The discipline of Paediatrics is a speciality concerned with health and ill health in babies, children and adolescents. Paediatricians SHOULD have a detailed knowledge and understanding of specific health issues, diseases and disorders related to these stages of growth and development. Paediatricians work with colleagues from a wide range of professional groups in hospitals, general practice, community, social services, schools and nongovernmental organizations.

Over the course of the training program, all trainees must carry out a variety of activities, assessments and program requirements in consultation with their supervisors. Satisfactory completion of these requirements is a pre-requisite for Board Certification

By the end of the training programme, trainee should,

  • have a comprehensive understanding of health and disease from conception to birth, infancy, childhood, and adolescence up to adulthood.
  • be competent in diagnosing and managing paediatric problems in a global setting with special reference to diseases that are prevalent in Sri Lanka.

For this purpose, the trainee should

  • have an understanding of and be competent in the principles and practice of clinical methods in order to develop the capacity to identify, diagnose, analyze and manage patients efficiently and humanely.
  • possess a sound knowledge of community resources and an understanding of the principles of preventive care and be able to take preventive and/or promotional measures to improve the health and wellbeing of infants, children and adolescents.
  • develop satisfactory communication skills in dealing with children, parents and relatives.
  • demonstrate integrity, respect and compassion in the care of patients and their families.
  • demonstrate high standards of moral and ethical behaviour towards infants, children, young people and their families and co-workers.
  • develop the necessary skills, attitudes and temperament to work amicably and in partnership with colleagues and other professionals involved in all aspects of childcare.
  • be able to function as a member of a team, delivering child care services and be competent to assume leadership.
  • acquire competence in teaching and training undergraduates, postgraduates and allied health professionals in Paediatrics and Child Health.
  • possess a basic knowledge of research methodology, including hypothesis generation, principles of statistical analysis essential for a paediatrician and be motivated to conduct related research.
  • act as an independent paediatrician with an understanding of their own limitations of knowledge and experience.

To enter the training programme in Paediatrics candidate should be successful at the selection examination.

Eligibility to sit for Selection Examination Prospective applicants must satisfy the following requirements.

  1. Hold a medical degree registered with the Sri Lanka Medical Council
  2. Satisfactory completion of internship acceptable to the Sri Lanka Medical Council
  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/Senate
  4. Should have any one of the following
    1. Completion of six months of continuous service experience in a general paediatric medical unit as “first on-call” medical officer either during internship or after wards
    2. Completion of six months of continuous service experience in a general paediatric surgical unit as “first on-call” medical officer either during internship or after wards AND three months of first on-call experience in a Paediatric Medical Unit
    3. Completion of six months of continuous service experience in neonatology or any other paediatric sub speciality as “first on-call” medical officer AND three months of first on-call experience in a Paediatric Medical
  5. Any other requirement/s stipulated by the Board of Study relevant to a particular field of study concerned, that has/have been approved by the Board of Management/Senate.
    1. The criteria prescribed in paragraphs I, II, III should be satisfied by the applicant before the date of closure of applications.
    2. 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.
    3. Work experience stipulated in (IV) should have been completed within a period of seven years at the closing date of application.
    4. Foreign nationals who seek to apply for training programme should possess a medical degree registrable with the Sri Lanka Medical Council. Such applications are scrutinized by the BOS for suitability and recommendations. The decision of the Board of Management/Senate 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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