International Unit – Subject Areas
Elective Option code Subject area(s)
of elective offered
Location(s) Learning outcomes Main activities during
the appointment
ANAT-01
  • Human Gross Anatomy
  • Embryology
  • Human Histology (Microscopic Anatomy)
  • Urological Anatomy
  • Cardiopulmonary Anatomy
  • Gastroenterological Anatomy
  • Ophthalmological Anatomy
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Radiological Anatomy
  • Department of Anatomy
At the end of this electives, the student would be able to describe,

  • The application of human anatomy in clinical medicine through the knowledge and skills obtained through cadaveric dissections and other related activities
  • Hands-on cadaveric dissections.
  • Study of prosected and mounted gross/cross-sectional anatomical specimens
  • Study of mounted embryological specimens.
  • Examination of histological slides of tissues from the major organ systems where relevant
  • Interpretation of various radiological films where relevant
ANAT-02
  • Human Genetics/ Genomic Medicine
  • Human Genetics Unit
At the end of this elective, the student would be able to describe,

  • The process involved in genetic evaluation and counselling of patients with various genetic disorders.
  • The steps involved in performing different types of cytogenetic and molecular genetic tests.
  • Attend daily genetic clinics as an observer.
  • Participate in genetic evaluation/counseling of patients under supervision.
  • Participate in conducting cytogenetic and molecular genetic tests in the laboratory as an observer and with limited supervised hands-on training.
ANAT-03
  • Bio-Medical Informatics
  • Department of Anatomy/Human Genetics Unit, Faculty of Medicine
  • Tertiary Care Hospitals from Colombo Group of Hospitals
  • Curative Sector Public Health Programme
At the end of this elective, the student should be able to,

  • Describe the scope of health and bio-medical informatics.
  • Describe the basic practices in bioinformatics.
  • Describe key components and functionalities of clinical information systems.
  • Describe key use of information systems for public health surveillance.
  • Identify the current/future trends of health and bio-medical informatics.
  • Lectures introducing health and bio-medical informatics and information systems.
  • Attend computer-assisted clerking as an observer in a Tertiary Care Setting.
  • Observe use of public health dashboards for decision making process at central and peripheral level.
  • Lecture on current trends and future directions of health informatics.
  • Discussion on possible undergraduate research areas.
Elective Option code Subject area(s) of elective offered Location(s) Learning outcomes Main activities during the appointment
ALHS-01
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Neurological Physiotherapy
  • Cardiothoracic Physiotherapy
  • Paediatric Physiotherapy
  • Disability & Rehabilitation
  • Physiotherapy clinic- Department of Allied Health Sciences
  • National Hospital of Sri Lanka
  • Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children.
  • Rehabilitation Hospital- Ragama
  • Chest Hospital- Welisara
  • De Soyza Maternity Hospital
  • Physiotherapy Clinic of ‘Mallika’ Elderly Home
  • Nawajeevana Rehabilitation Centre – Tangalle
  • Enhance clinical exposure and to observe the care offered in Sri Lankan setting.
  • Enhance the clinical exposure by participating in clinical work at different settings.
  • Complete three (03) case records including problem identification, goal setting and physiotherapy interventions.
  • Oral presentation on the experience gained during the clinical training.
Elective Option code Subject area(s) of elective offered Location(s) Learning outcomes Main activities during the appointment
CLNMED-01
  • General medicine
  • Pulmonology
  • Nephrology
  • Critical Care
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Endocrinology
  • Neurology
  • Toxicology
  • Cardiology
  • Rheumatology
  • National Hospital of Sri Lanka
  • As specified by the student and the sponsoring university.
  • Clinical work.
Elective Option code Subject area(s) of elective offered Location(s) Learning outcomes Main activities during the appointment
COMMED-01
  • Meditation & Mindfulness programmes
  • Department of Community Medicine
  • Mindfulness & Meditation.
  • Meditation sessions & discussions.
  • Visit to centers of mediation & mindfulness.
COMMED-02
  • Public Health
  • Field work /Residential programmes
  • Disease control programmes
  • Department of Community Medicine
  • Application of public health concepts
  • Disease control programmes in Sri Lanka
  • Field and primary level health care of Sri Lanka
  • Maternal and Child health programmes
  • Nutrition programmes at field level
  • Field work
  • Visits to disease control units, campaigns & programmes
  • Residential community programmes
  • Visits to filed level maternal, nutrition, family planning, well woman clinics etc.
Elective Option code Subject area(s) of elective offered Location(s) Learning outcomes Main activities during the appointment
FRNSIC-01
  • Forensic medicine & Forensic pathology
  • Faculty and department based.
  • Unspecified
  • Clinical
  • Autopsy
Elective Option code Subject area(s) of elective offered Location(s) Learning outcomes Main activities during the appointment
MEDEDU-01
  • Not Specified
  • Not Specified
  • Unspecified
  • Not Specified
Elective Option code Subject area(s) of elective offered Location(s) Learning outcomes Main activities during the appointment
MICR-01
  • Tuberculosis
  • Hospital, field & Laboratory-based.
  • Diagnosis(clinical & laboratory) & management of TB patients.
  • Contact screening & management of defaulters.
  • Laboratory/ microscopy centre.
  • Chest clinic/ directly observed treatment centres.
  • Field visits with the public health inspector.
Elective Option code Subject area(s) of elective offered Location(s) Learning outcomes Main activities during the appointment
OBG-01
  • General obstetrics
  • Obstetrics medicine
  • Hospital & Department based.
  • Familiarity with General obstetrics & Obstetrics medicine.
  • Clinical
OBG-02
  • Gynaecology surgery
  • Endoscopic surgery
  • National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Professorial Unit(ward 39)
  • Familiarity with gynaecological practices in a developing country.
  • Clinical
OBG-03
  • Obstetrics Medicine
  • De Soyza Hospital for Women Professorial Unit (Wards 3 and 15).
  • Exposure to medical diseases in pregnancy.
  • Clinical
Elective Option code Subject area(s) of elective offered Location(s) Learning outcomes Main activities during the appointment
PDTS-01
  • Neonatolog
  • Developmental Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Tropical Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Hematology
  • Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Hospital or field based.
  • Hands on experience in Tropical Pediatrics at undergraduate or post graduate level.
  • Observer ship in other subspecialties mentioned above.
  • Clinical clerkship
  • Involvement in ongoing research activities
  • Participation in clinic activities
Elective Option code Subject area(s) of elective offered Location(s) Learning outcomes Main activities during the appointment
PARAST-01
  • Medical entomology
  • Medical parasitology
  • Laboratory and field based.
  • Unspecified
  • Field & laboratory work
Elective Option code Subject area(s) of elective offered Location(s) Learning outcomes Main activities during the appointment
PATH-01
  • General Pathology(scheduled periods only)
  • Clinical Haematology
  • Department of pathology
  • Department of pathology, National Hospital of Sri Lanka
  • Basic understanding of etiology, pathogenesis, pathological features, complications and basic principles of investigating and management of diseases.
  • Basic understanding of aetiology, pathogenesis and clinical presentation of haematological disorders.
  • Lectures on general pathology
  • Practical sessions based on case scenarios, museum specimens and microscopy slides Computer assisted interactive learning activities.
  • Clinical teaching
Elective Option code Subject area(s) of elective offered Location(s) Learning outcomes Main activities during the appointment
PHARMC-01
  • Animal experiments
  • Department of Pharmacology & Animal Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo
  • To develop “hands on skill “ in ethically conducting animal experiments.
  • Theory and practical training in animal experiments.
PHARMC-02
  • Paediatric clinical pharmacology (paediatric pharmacovigilance, rational use of medicine in children, treatment of infectious disease in children)
  • Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo
  • Exposure to realities of paediatric clinical pharmacology in developing countries.
  • To participate in on-going research at that time.
  • To understand the difference in treating children between developed & developing countries.
PHARMC-03
  • Introducing students to techniques/methods of communicating drug information to hearing and visually disabled.
  • Field based
  • Communicating drug information to hearing and visually disabled.
  • Demonstration of already developed methods.
  • Visit institutes and interactions with the visually and hearing disable consumers.
Elective Option code Subject area(s) of elective offered Location(s) Learning outcomes Main activities during the appointment
PHYS-01
  • Not Specified
  • Not Specified
  • Not Specified
  • Not Specified
Elective Option code Subject area(s) of elective offered Location(s) Learning outcomes Main activities during the appointment
PSYCH-01
  • Rehabilitation psychiatry/ psychology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Psychiatric social work
  • Music therapy
  • Hospital and field based
  • Skill of planning a psychosocial rehabilitation programme.
  • Skill of assessment of psychosocial needs of a person with psychosocial disability.
  • Skills to plan and carry out home visits for assessment/ therapy.
  • Once-a-week day programme for persons with psychosocial disability.
  • Home visit to see a patient for assessment or therapy.
  • Meeting of the rehabilitation team.
  • Journal club on a related journal article.
PSYCH-02
  • Behaviour therapy
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Dynamic therapy
  • Grief counselling
  • Supportive therapy
  • Strategic therapy
  • Sex therapy
  • Basic communication skills
  • Breaking bad news in clinical settings
  • Therapies for medically unexplained symptoms
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Hospital based
  • Improved communications skills.
  • Basic theoretical knowledge of various psychotherapies.
  • Skill of breaking bad news.
  • Once-a-week psychotherapy group.
  • Role plays with simulated patients.
  • Observation of selected instances of actual therapy.
  • Journal club on a related journal article.
PSYCH-03
  • Admission process
  • Multidisciplinary ward rounds
  • Management of acute behaviour disturbance
  • Making discharge plans
  • Management of medically compromised patients
  • Cognitive assessment of patients with probable neuropsychiatric conditions
  • Management of patients with neuropsychiatry conditions including cognitive rehabilitation
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Hospital based
  • Basic knowledge and skills in psychiatry needed to function as a good physician.
  • Skill of managing an acutely disturbed patient in resource poor settings including prevention.
  • Skill of carrying out basic cognitive assessment.
  • Observation of various procedures like ECT.
  • Journal club on a related journal article.
PSYCH-04
  • Mental health promotion including substance use and suicide prevention
  • Outreach community based mental health clinics
  • Home visits for assessment or treatment
  • Community based
  • Basic understanding of conducting community based health promotion activities including innovative approaches in substance use and suicide prevention.
  • Basic understanding of implementing and sustaining community based psychiatric care in resource-poor settings.
  • Once-a-fortnight outreach clinics in the community.
  • Home visit to see a patient for assessment or treatment.
  • Health education activities: Formal (e.g. health talks to clinic patients) and informal (activities at grass root level with groups like women or youth).
PSYCH-05
  • Staging of motivations to change
  • Motivational interviewing
  • CBT, cue exposure therapy and standard alcohol/ substance use therapies
  • Innovative approaches like addressing subculture and using empowerment
  • Medical management of substance use problems like alcohol detoxification and disulfiram therapy
  • Substance use prevention in community using innovative approaches
  • Community based and hospital based
  • Skills in staging motivation.
  • Basic understanding and initial skills of motivational interviewing.
  • Basic skills needed for inpatient alcohol detoxification.
  • Basic understanding of conducting community based substance use prevention activities.
  • Basic understanding of involving family/ significant others in substance use therapy.
  • Observation of inpatient alcohol detoxification.
  • Clerking of patients under supervision of a person competent in motivational interview.
  • Visits to a community based specialised alcohol, drug and tobacco treatment centre.
  • Home visits for assessment of clients and relevant subcultures.
  • Follow up home visits for clients.
  • Observation of community based prevention activities like small group discussions in real communities.
PSYCH-06
  • Medically unexplained symptoms
  • Psychology of physical diseases
  • End of life, live transplantation and breaking bad news therapies
  • Standard liaison psychiatry including neuropsychiatry
  • Addiction psychiatry
  • Hospital based
  • Basic understanding in assessment and treatment of medically unexplained symptoms.
  • Patient clerking in standard liaison psychiatry.
  • Basic understanding in end of life, live transplantation and breaking bad news therapies.
  • Basic understanding in psychology of physical diseases.
  • Observation of actual therapies.
  • Visits to outpatient department.
  • Clerking of patients.
Elective Option code Subject area(s) of elective offered Location(s) Learning outcomes Main activities during the appointment
SURGRY-01
  • General Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Hepato-pancreatico biliary(HPB) Surgery
  • Breast & Endocrine Surgery
  • National Hospital of Sri Lanka
  • Unspecified
  • Clinical
SURGRY-02
  • Vascular & Transplant Surgery
  • National Hospital of Sri Lanka
  • Unspecified
  • Clinical
SURGRY-03
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • National Hospital of Sri Lanka
  • Unspecified
  • Clinical
SURGRY-04
  • Anaesthesiology
  • National Hospital of Sri Lanka
  • Unspecified
  • Clinical