The specialists in Forensic Medicine in Sri Lanka provide their expertise and expert opinion both in criminal and civil investigations and court trials in an increasingly complicated world of crimes. Unlike in some developed countries, they provide their services both in the spheres of Forensic Pathology and Clinical Forensic Medicine. As a result of the rapidly changing complex political situation in the country, they should not only work impartially and independently but also it should be seen as such by the public. Ability to work as a competent specialist in the field of Forensic Medicine is underpinned by the subject expertise, personal virtues and professional qualities of honesty, integrity, accountability as well as respect for good medical practice and human rights. Therefore, the Specialist in Forensic Medicine needs to acquire an expert knowledge in theory and competence in technical skills of the art of Forensic Medicine as well as solid attitudes in personal virtues, medical ethics and human rights.

The mission is to promote excellence in the practice of Forensic pathology and Forensic Medicine in Sri Lanka and the region, and to be responsible for maintaining standards through training, assessments, examinations and professional development.

An accredited MD in Forensic Medicine training program and examination leading to Board Certification as a specialist in Forensic Medicine is for Sri Lanka to provide a standard medico-legal service throughout the country on par with the global developments in the field. Presently majority of the 20 million population does not have access to the services of a specialist in Forensic Medicine. Therefore, this should be a sustainable program to ensure continuous availability of experts with a comprehensive specialized training in Forensic Medicine to assist the administration of justice. This MD in Forensic Medicine is structured and comprehensive and is offered at postgraduate level in Sri Lanka.

Recently changes have been introduced to the postgraduate training programs locally as well as globally so that expectations of the patients, clients, criminal justice system, employers and Higher Education sector are fulfilled. When developing this MD in Forensic Medicine program several concerns were taken into account. They included the proper administration of justice by maintaining a specialized medico – legal service, contribution of specialists’ expertise for the advancement of the specialty in Sri Lanka, to provide necessary advice to policy makers on the furtherance of the discipline with a view of upgrading the human rights status in Sri Lanka. In order to achieve these, UGC and PGIM guidelines and recommendations, comments and suggestions made by the external examiners of MD Forensic Medicine have also been taken into account. The MD is the highest academic qualification which is a prerequisite to undergo post MD senior registrar training (local and overseas) and obtain board certification as a specialist in the subject.  The board-certified specialist in Forensic Medicine is the authority of the subject.

Previously, entry into the MD training program was provided automatically to all those who successfully completed the Diploma in Legal Medicine. Entry to the proposed standalone MD Forensic Medicine training program will be through a separate selection examination, since the one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Medicine program which commenced in 2015 is now distinct from the MD Forensic Medicine and provides the candidate with a basic post graduate training to handle ordinary medico-legal work. Furthermore, they could be attached as assistants to Board Certified Specialists in institutes where the workload is high. The selection examination for the diploma has less stringent criteria due to this distinction between the two.

The aim of the MD (Forensic Medicine) program is to provide the trainee the,

  1. experience required to become technically competent in practical work and to master the underlying analytical and clinical principles of forensic pathology and clinical Forensic Medicine
  2. Opportunity to gain knowledge of and some basic skills in the specialist fields of forensic dentistry, forensic science, and forensic anthropology.
  3. training in the communication and teaching skills necessary for effective practice
  4. opportunity to develop to the required standard of a specialist, the ability to provide expert opinion in Forensic Medicine
  5. opportunities to acquire the management skills to lead a centre/department providing an effective service
  6. experience of research and development projects and critical assessment of published work so as to contribute in a team and individually to the development of the service and specialty
  7. the framework for continued professional development (CPD) including life-long habits of reading, literature searches, consultation with colleagues, attendance at scientific meetings and the presentation of scientific work
  8. Practical experience of clinical governance and audit (specialist and multidisciplinary) through evaluation of practice against the standards of evidence-based medicine. 9. opportunity to cultivate the personal virtues and traits of professionalism such as honesty, integrity, responsibility, accountability etc. to practice as a professional in the field of Forensic Medicine
  9. experience which emphasizes the importance of medical ethics and human rights in the practice of Forensic Medicine
  10. Opportunity to acquire the skills of leadership at appropriate levels, and team work necessary to work in teams of criminal investigations and prosecution. 12. opportunity to experience the importance of ‘clinical governance’ and the individual institutions accountability and responsibility for continuously improving the quality of their services and safeguarding high standards of care, by creating an environment in which excellence in clinical care will flourish’.
  11. Opportunity to be familiar with the lines of accountability, quality improvement programs, clinical audit, evidence-based practice, clinical standards and guidelines, managing risk and quality assurance programs.

To be eligible to sit for the Selection Examination, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Hold a medical degree and be registered with the Sri Lanka Medical Council*.
  2. Completion of internship recognized by the Sri Lanka Medical Council.
  3. Completed one-year work experience in Sri Lanka in the medical field after internship acceptable to the Board of Study.
  4. The criteria prescribed in paragraphs (a) to (c) must have been fulfilled by the applicant as at the date of closure of applications for the selection examination. e) Produce a medical certificate from a specialist physician to confirm general mental and physical fitness.
  5. Comply with any other PGIM regulations.

* Foreign nationals who seek to apply to sit the selection examination should possess a medical degree registrable with the Sri Lanka Medical Council.

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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