The Board of Study in Paediatrics conducts the PDCH programme in order to improve the knowledge, skills & attitudes of medical officers in the provision of childcare in Sri Lanka in a variety of settings. The acquisition of this diploma will

  • not entitle him/her to specialist status
  • not give any concession in the MD programme leading to the MD Paediatrics examination.

The contents outlined in this prospectus describe details of the amended PDCH programme and the formal assessments.

  • To provide basic knowledge, skills and attitudes related to childcare. This will improve their understanding of problems of health and disease from conception through birth and childhood to adolescence in Sri Lanka.
  • To provide opportunities to support career advancement for paediatric oriented grade medical officers. For this purpose a trainee should have
  • have an understanding of and competence in the principles and practice of the clinical methods in order to be able to identify, analyse and manage such patients efficiently and humanely.
  • be able to identify and refer those problems that require specialised treatment.
  • be able to carry out long term treatment for those referred back from a referral clinic including chronically ill and terminally ill patients.
  • possess a sound knowledge of community resources & social services programmes and an understanding of the principles of preventive care and be able to take preventive and/or promotional measures to improve the health and well being of infants, children and adolescents.
  • to develop good communication skills and empathy.
  • be able to function as a member of a team, delivering child care services

Criteria for eligibility to sit the PDCH Selection Examination

1. A medical degree registered with the Sri Lanka Medical Council. And

2. Satisfactory completion of internship And

3. Satisfactory completion of one year of post internship in Medical/Clinical practice in a university/public/private sector institution in Sri Lanka acceptable to the PGIM

The criteria prescribed in paragraphs I, II, III should be satisfied by the applicant before the date of closure of applications. Note: In respect of (III) above, those who have availed maternity or sick leave during this one year period could be considered eligible provided that they have completed 80% of the one year period.

4 . Any other requirement/s stipulated by the Board of Study relevant to the particular field of study concerned, that has/have been approved by the Board of Management.

5. Foreign nationals who seek to apply for training programme should possess a medical degree registered with the Sri Lanka Medical Council. Such applications are scrutinized by the BOS for suitability and recommendations. The decision of the Board of Management will be final in all such applications.

Please refer to the relevant prospectus for the most up to date information. The prospectus of a particular programme contains official information pertaining to a programme approved by the Board of Management, University Senate and the University Grants Commission

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