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. The BOSP can now justifiably be proud of its achievements and of all of its efforts towards providing specialist paediatric services in all areas of Sri Lanka. Currently, 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 that come up in paediatrics, ultra-specialist care and high-powered services are required in certain well-defined specialised areas. To cater to this need, over the last few years, the BOSP has commenced, in stages, training programmes for different sub

specialties in paediatrics. There are several sub-specialities that are incorporated into the current training programmes of the Board of Study in Paediatrics. Up to the present time, these include Paediatric Cardiology, Paediatric Neurology, Paediatric Nephrology, Paediatric Intensive Care, Paediatric Endocrinology and Neonatology. These have been introduced from time to time to cater to the identified needs and requirements of the country in providing comprehensive ultra-specialist care to the paediatric population.

Few decades ago many children with complicated kidney diseases were regarded as having grave prognoses. While development of chronic dialysis and paediatric transplantation programs have offered survival chances to children with end stage renal disease, many children with acute renal failure- who succumbed to their illnesses previously – are also blessed with hope of life with the availability of acute renal replacement therapies. In addition, with modern management strategies, a large proportion of children with complicated renal diseases can lead a good quality life with minimum risk of going into end stage renal failure. However, all these children need continuous support and to provide services of this nature, it is of paramount importance to have well-structured systems and services which are supervised by paediatric nephrology specialists. Appropriately selected, properly trained, exquisitely competent and holistically caring paediatric nephrologists would be able to satisfy the needs of the country in providing the best possible state-of-the art care and follow up for those children with renal disorders who need expert attention.

This document is the final proposal for inclusion of paediatric nephrology as a sub-specialty leading to ultimate Board Certification as Paediatric Nephrologists.

The qualified specialist is expected:

  1. To be clinically competent in the diagnosis and, acute and long term management of newborns, infants, and children with kidney disorders and related conditions
  2. To have acquired the skills, professionalism and knowledge necessary to establish and guide a paediatric nephrology service, including dialysis and kidney transplantation; 3. To possess the life-long habits of learning the science and the art of renal medicine through research

The ultimate aim is to establish an island wide provision of specialized nephrology services with these highly trained experts.

Applicants should have passed the MD Paediatrics Examination and should not be already Board Certified by the PGIM in any specialty or subspecialty 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

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