The Department of Pediatrics plays lot of roles in the Faculty of Medicine. The main role of the department is teaching and assessing final year medical students. Teaching consist of lectures and clinical teaching. Academic members also contribute Nursing Degree programme as visting lecturers for the Faculty of Allied Health Science, University of Ruhuna. They also contribute to Para clinical department in conducting integrated clinical sessions and examining preclinical and Para clinical students. Our teaching programme is popular among foreign elective medical students.
The Clinical Unit of the department is housed in Ward 1 of the Teaching Hospital, Karapitiya, the only Teaching hospital in Southern Sri Lanka and is the leader in providing health care for all ages of children in the southern province. The University paediatric unit has 78 acute paediatric beds and a special care baby unit which provides services to critically sick babies.
Apart from teaching undergraduates of the Faculty of Medicine, the Department is also involved in post-graduate training activities. At present The chairmen of the Board of Study in Paediatrics ,PGIM, University of Colombo is a member of our Department.
Our research interests include Nephrology, Mycoplasma infection, Endocrinology,Nutrition, Child abuse and neglect,asthma and Metabolic bone disease. In addition to general paediatric clinics we also conduct specialized clinics such as renal and respiratory at Teaching Hospital Karapitiya and at the Faculty of Medicine.
Our department members contribute to the administrative activities in the University and the Faculty in a grate deal. At present The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ruhuna, The Dean, ,Clinical coordinator and the Deputy Senior student counselor of the Faculty of Medicine are members of our department.
Representatives from our department also serve on numerous national and international committees and organizations dedicated to the development of research and formulation of health policies in Sri Lanka.
To be a health care leader in improving the lives of children by providing excellent clinical care, education and research
Provide excellent clinical service with the interest of children and adolescents recognizing their needs and rights in the context of their families and communities and provide excellent teaching and leadership for undergraduate and postgraduate students to become good health care professional and encourage research to uplift the health status in the country.