The Department of Clinical Medicine contributes to almost all the components of our intergrated and modular curriculum. Our main contributions are, however, to the Clinical Sciences Stream of the undergraduate curriculum. In addition, we contribute by organizing and teaching several academic modules in the Applied Sciences Stream, the Behavioural Sciences Stream and the Community Sciences Stream.
We have an innovative teaching program for the students in their final year. This is done mainly in the 100-bed University Medical Unit (Ward 41 and Ward 48B) at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL). Our programme includes bed side teaching in the wards, clinics and in the acute admission unit (‘casualty wards’) of the hospital. These setting have a wide range of clinical problems rarely seen in any other hospital. Furthermore, the department organizes regular lectures, clinical lecture demonstrations, integrated ward classes where specialists from other diciplines (e.g. pathology, community medicine, and pharmacology) partcipate. Students also visit the Dialysis Unit, the Medical Intensive Unit and the Emergency Treatment Unit. We have also introduced home and community visits to enhance knowledge and skills in relation to discharge planning in chronic problems and to encourage learning on psychosocial issues. Students also 'Shadow' the hospital doctors (i.e. an assistant house officer scheme) the enable experimental learning of what it is to be a doctor.
This structured, supervised training program and the assessment of clinical skills are carried out. We are responsible for organizing the Clinical Medicine rotations and teaching programs for undergraduates. These include development of objectives, conducting orientation programs and liaising with an excellent group of clinical teachers attached to the Ministry Of Health, mainly the NHSL. The students undergo an extensive clinical programme that include all the major specialties in medicine: neurology, dermatology.......
We also conduct regular continuous assessments, OSCEs, clinical skills assessments and participate in student evaluations in many academic modules and streams.