The Department of Medical Education conducts a regular programme of staff development for the academic staff, including conduct of monthly staff development workshops and facilitation of guest lectures / workshops by medical educationists of international repute.
The Department conducts regular workshops in PBL/ SGD facilitation and case development. Many novel teaching/ learning and assessment methods such as Best Response MCQs, Task-based Learning have been introduced to staff via workshops. In collaboration with the Medical Education Study Group, we also conducts lunchtime colloquia for faculty staff.
In addition several international experts in Medical Education have conducted workshops in Educational Research, Curriculum Development and Review for the staff on invitation.
The Department also provides consultancies for workshops in teaching/ learning and assessment methods for other medical faculties in Sri Lanka, such as Kelaniya, Jayawardenapura, Karapitiya, Jaffna and Peradeniya; as well as the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine and professional bodies such as the Colleges & Associations & health professions training institutes under the Ministry of Health.
Open Day Program
The department organizes Open day programmes for the extended faculty staff members. Academic staff members and extended faculty staff members share their experiences in clinical teaching during this programme.
Department provides valuable and up to date knowledge about the curriculum to the Faculty of Medicine, Colombo by participating in the Curriculum Development and Evaluation Committee which meets monthly. Department staff also plays key roles in the other units supporting the curriculum including the Academic Standards Committee, the Curriculum Implementation Unit and the stream and module committees.
Feedback from graduates of 2014 A/L batch was obtained by Department of Medical Education in collaboration with the Quality Assurance Cell aiming at evaluating the current medical curriculum at the Faculty, as perceived by its the recent graduates. Their views are utilized for quality assurance and curriculum revision to improve the standard of medical education.
Lecturers’ perceptions regarding the ongoing curriculum was obtained via a questionnaire distributed electronically and at the board meetings. The responses were qualitatively analyzed and several dominant themes were identified. The analysis report was submitted to the CD & EC meeting with the graduates feedback. At CD & EC meetings in depth discussions regarding the lecturers feedback took place and with the suggestions from the committee a final document of the concerns identified regarding the current curriculum was developed. Also a faculty curriculum retreat was planned to further discuss about the concerns identified.
Core Group for Disaster Relief
Department coordinates the activities of this staff and student effort in Disaster Management, which was initiated after the Tsunami disaster in 2004. Its aim is capacity building of the community in disaster mitigation and relief and training of student volunteers for rapid deployment in such instances.
Regional centre of APACPH
APACPH is an international non-profit organization, comprising many of the largest and most influential schools of Public Health in the Asia-Pacific region, has strong collaborations with department of medical education. Department functions as a regional center of APACPH. The 2012 APACPH conference held from 15 – 17 October 2012 in BMICH, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The annual conference of the Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) was held from 5th to 9th December 2020. The pre-conference programme consisted of the Scientific Writing Workshop, ECN (Early Career Network) Workshop, Global Public Health Network Meeting, and the General Assembly which were webcast live from Wijerama House, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The main conference was held on 8th and 9th December at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, Colombo, Sri Lanka, with participants worldwide joining virtually.
The Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Medical Association, were the co-hosts of the APACPH 2020 conference.