It has been estimated that around 50 to 60 per cent of the workload of a paediatric unit in Sri Lanka involves respiratory diseases. In developing nations around one in five deaths in the under-five year category are due to respiratory illnesses. It has been a universally agreed upon contention that the under-five year mortality is a reasonable index of respiratory care in a country.
While the major portion of these respiratory diseases could be handled adequately by general paediatricians, there are those that require the expertise of a highly trained sub-specialist in paediatric pulmonology. Such a person will be able to use his or her training, experience and the infrastructure facilities available in a highly specialised unit to cater to the needs of those more complicated respiratory problems.
- Acquired a sound knowledge in the basic sciences related to pulmonology and the changes during the different phases of life.
- Acquired an extensive knowledge of the patho-physiological processes of the diseases of the respiratory system.
- Developed skills in the diagnosis and management of pathological states presenting in paediatric respiratory practice.
- Developed correct attitudes for good clinical practice.
- Developed the skills required for the organization of paediatric respiratory services and evaluate its outcome.
- Developed the skills required to conduct audits and scientific research, with a view to contributing to the scientific knowledge in this field and participating in the task of improving the paediatricpulmonology services in the community.
- Developed the skills required to be a medical teacher / resource person in order to impart medical education to medical personnel and the public.
- Developed the ability to critically appraise research publications and practice evidence based medicine
- Developed the ability to maintain the highest standards of professionalism, moral and ethical conduct Cultivated the commitment to engage in continuing professional development.
- Applicants should have passed the MD Paediatric Examination.
- The candidates 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.
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