The Board of Study in Paediatrics (BOSP), from its inception in 1980, has endeavoured meticulously to train and provide our country with well-trained Board Certified Specialists in General Paediatrics. These Board Certified Specialist General Paediatricians provide specialist paediatric services in all areas of the country.
Although general paediatricians are able to provide optimal cover for the majority of clinical problems in paediatrics, ultra-specialist care and high-powered services are required in certain well defined specialised areas. Since 2004, the BOSP has commenced training programmes for different sub-specialties in paediatrics.
It has been estimated that a substantial proportion of the workload of a paediatric unit in Sri Lanka involves neurological diseases. The picture reported globally is similar, but is slightly higher in proportion for certain neurological disorders such as central nervous system infections and cerebral palsy. Another common neurological disorder of note is childhood epilepsy affecting 8-9 per 1000children. A postgraduate training program in paediatric neurology has been in effect since 2004.
This document is the final proposal for improvement of the current training program in Paediatric Neurology as a sub-specialty leading to Board Certification as Paediatric Neurologist. It has taken into account the many different, but inter-related, aspects of neurology.
- Acquire a sound knowledge in basic sciences related to neurology and the changes during the different phases of life.
- Acquire an extensive knowledge of the patho-physiological processes of diseases of the nervous system.
- Develop skills in the diagnosis and management of pathological states presenting in paediatric neurology practice (this is detailed in annex 1).
- Develop correct attitudes for good clinical practice.
- Develop the skills required for the organization of paediatric neurology services and evaluate its outcome.
- Develop the skills required to conduct audits and scientific research, with a view to contributing to scientific knowledge in this field.
- Participate in the task of improving the paediatric neurology services in the community.
- Develop the skills required to be a medical teacher / resource person in order to impart medical education to medical personnel and the public.
- Develop the ability to critically appraise research publications and practice evidence based medicine.
- Develop the ability to maintain the highest standards of professionalism, moral and ethical conduct.
- Cultivate the commitment to engage in continuing professional development
The applicant should have passed the MD Paediatrics examination. The candidate should not be already Board Certified in any medical field or have already applied to be enrolled in the training programme in any other subspecialty.
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