The PGIM’s postgraduate training programme in Pathology was commenced in 1980 with a two year  course for the Diploma which included six months of training in each in the disciplines of  Histopathology, Haematology, Chemical Pathology and Microbiology followed by a two year pre-MD  training period either in Histopathology, Haematology or Chemical Pathology and a year each for local  and overseas training, leading to Board Certification in Pathology. In 2008 with the revision of the prospectus, each subspecialty was endowed with its own Diploma and MD with the selection exam and Course in Basic Laboratory Sciences as common features.

The total duration of the postgraduate training in Chemical Pathology is six years. It includes training in Analytical Biochemistry, Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Management. The postgraduate training takes place in two parts. Part 1 consists of two years of training in Chemical Pathology, on completion of which the trainees are required to sit the MD Part 1 Examination in Chemical Pathology, which they must pass in order to proceed to the MD Part 2 training in Chemical Pathology. MD Part 1 examination is considered a barrier examination.  Part 2 consists of a further two years of training, on completion of which, the trainees will sit the MD Part 2 Examination in Chemical Pathology. Those who pass the MD Part 2 examination will undergo one year of training locally as a senior registrar and a further one year of training at an overseas centre of excellence, approved by the Board of Study in Pathology.

The aim of the Postgraduate Training in Chemical Pathology is to produce a specialist medical officer capable of managing and supervising the services provided by a Chemical Pathology laboratory either in the government or the private sector whilst offering expert advice related to Chemical Pathology services in optimizing patient care and improving clinical outcomes.

At the end of successful completion of the training programme leading to Board Certification in  Chemical Pathology, the specialist medical officer should be able to give expert advice related  to the optimal use of Chemical Pathology services in clinical diagnostics, supervise and manage  Chemical Pathology services offered by a laboratory and provide training in Chemical  Pathology to the relevant medical and allied health sciences personnel and engage in research  aiming to improve patient outcomes through effective Chemical Pathology laboratory services.

Entry to the training programme will be based on passing the Selection Examination in Pathology. Prospective applicants must satisfy the following requirements.

  1. A medical degree registered1 with the Sri Lanka Medical Council.
  2. Satisfactory completion of an 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.
  4. The criteria prescribed in paragraphs (1) to (3) must have been satisfied by the applicants as at the date of closure of applications. Where a short-fall has occurred due to any reason including sick, maternity or other leave, the doctor concerned should complete such shortfall in order to become eligible to apply for the Selection Examination.
  5. Six months of training in General Medicine or Paediatrics during the internship


  1. during the post-intern period, working in a General Medical or Paediatric ward under the supervision of a Consultant Physician or a Consultant Paediatrician for a six months period.

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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