Until 1995 the M.B.,B.S. course was on traditional lines where the course was punctuated with the 2nd M.B.,B.S. and 3rd M.B.,B.S. examinations and terminated with the Final M.B.,B.S. examination. Clinical teaching was mostly in the tertiary setting of the Colombo group of hospitals. However, even within this traditional course, many changes were made over the years in both training and evaluation.
In periodically changing its curriculum to keep pace with ever widening horizons of medical knowledge and possibilities, the Faculty has spear headed changes in medical curriculum in Sri Lanka. In 1995 the M.B.,B.S. curriculum was changed after six years of planning. The main objectives of the new curriculum are to reduce content and quantum of teaching by didactic lectures and instead to make learning more student centered.
Towards this end teaching methods such as Problem Based Learning, Small Group Discussions, Seminars, Tutorials, Debates, Inter-Disciplinary Activities, Fixed Learning Modules, field attachments, and family attachments have been introduced. The student is encouraged by these methods to be a self-learner. System based learning, emphasis on behavioural sciences and the community are other important features of the new curriculum.
- Clinical skills
- Patient management
- Health promotion and disease prevention
- Medico-legal skills
- Scientific basis of practice
- Communication and interpersonal skills
- Teamwork and leadership
- Planning, critical thinking and analysis
- Ethics, attitudes and professionalism
- Lifelong learning
The degree is offered as a full time study programme and the duration of study is 5 years and 2 months. There are 16 academic terms, each of 10 weeks duration.
The curriculum of the MBBS course is organized into five streams.
- Basic Sciences Stream
- Applied Sciences Stream
- Community Stream
- Behavioural Sciences Stream
- Clinical Sciences Stream
Refer Student Handbook for more details.
A range of teaching/learning methods are used,
- Small Group Discussion (SGD)
- Problem Based Learning (PBL)
- Bed side teaching
- Integrated Ward Classes
- Student seminars
- Role plays and Debates
- E -learning
- Clinical Skills Training Programme
- Elective appointment
- Research projects
There are wide variety of tools used to assess the students,
- Practical exams
- Long case and Short case
- Reflective logs
- Supervisor reports