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 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 aim of the postgraduate training programme in Histopathology is to ensure that trainees are fully prepared to provide a high-quality service at consultant level in a laboratory providing Histopathology and Cytopathology 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. One year of post internship in Medical/Clinical practice in a university/public/private sector institution in Sri Lanka acceptable to the PGIM.

The criteria prescribed in paragraphs (1) to (3) should 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.

Trainees will be selected from those who qualify in the selection examination. Applicants will be tested on the Pathology knowledge an undergraduate is expected to possess. This includes general and systemic pathology, basic haematology, basic chemical pathology and basic microbiology.

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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