The role of the medical professional as a teacher is evolving, with progress made in thehealth care delivery system and learning trends in higher education. Medical Education israpidly developing with new innovations to meet these challenges.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education (PGDME), conducted by the PostgraduateInstitute of Medicine (PGIM) aims to equip health professionals with expertise inknowledge, skills and attitudes required of a medical teacher. The course is designed tofurther develop participants’ skills, competencies and attitudes that were gained at thePostgraduate Certificate for Medical Education (PGCME). The programme will strengthenparticipants’ ability to design, deliver, conduct research and evaluate effective educationalprogrammes.

This course will suit professionals involved in delivering undergraduate/postgraduatemedical/health professions education.

The PGDME is offered to applicants who have completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education. The Diploma course will permit them to customize their studies to cater to individual needs and desired educational expertise. Research skills too will be developed during the Diploma programme.

On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, in addition to the above outcomes, trainees should be able to;

  • Design and develop a medical/health professions curriculum/course • Apply principles of educational research and basic research methodology in developing research projects
  • Critically evaluate literature and research on medical education
  • Design and develop appropriate instructional material to facilitate achievement of learning outcomes in their own institution
  • Design and evaluate assessments at different levels of complexity
  • Apply generic principles in chosen areas of interest to design educational/ development strategies suiting their personal and institutional requirements • Critically evaluate educational interventions
  • Enhance their continuing professional development
  • Describe concepts and recent trends in medical education

To be eligible for admission to the PGDME study programme, an applicant should have:

  1. a medical degree registered with the Sri Lanka Medical Council
  2. completed an internship recognized by the Sri Lanka Medical Council iii. completed one year’s work experience in Sri Lanka, after internship


  1. a dental degree registered with the Sri Lanka Medical Council and completed two years’ work experience in Sri Lanka after graduation


  1. the Postgraduate Certificate Course in Medical Education conducted by the PGIM, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

An applicant holding a Certificate in Medical Education from an overseas university (the list of overseas certificate courses accepted by the Board of Study is given in Annex 2) may be exempted from Criterion (v). Exemptions will also be considered on a case-by-case basis, and such exemptions will require approval of the Speciality Board, the Board of Studies in Multidisciplinary Studies, and the Board of Management of the PGIM.

The maximum number of trainees will be decided by the Speciality Board in consultation with the Board of Management of the PGIM. If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of training slots, priority will be given to those who have completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education (PGCME), conducted by the PGIM. Even after such prioritization if there are more eligible applicants than available training places, the applicants who have performed best at the PGCME (e.g. scored the highest grades) will be selected.

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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