The University of Moratuwa presents the newest addition to Medical Schools in Sri Lanka
With the humble yet ambitious vision of enhancing the quality of medical education in Sri Lanka, the University of Moratuwa introduces its very own Faculty of Medicine. Being the 13th Medical faculty and the newest addition to the arena of medical education in the country, The Faculty aspires to be one of the best medical schools in Asia.
Senior Professor Ranil Fernando appointed as the Founder Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Moratuwa
Senior Prof. Ranil Fernando was appointed as the first Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Moratuwa. Prior to being appointed as the Dean, he served as a Senior Professor and Head of the Department of Surgery at the University of Kelaniya and as an Hon. Consultant Surgeon in the North Colombo Teaching Hospital. He has 29 years of experience in medical education, having worked in the Faculties of Medicine in Ruhuna and Kelaniya. Senior Prof. Ranil Fernando who is an alumnus of the University of Colombo, obtained his MBBS degree from the University of Colombo in 1981, and obtained his Postgraduate qualifications from the United Kingdom & Sri Lanka. He had delivered 5 orations and 3 memorial lectures and more than 80 invited lectures and is a recipient of 6 international and 12 local-national research awards. He serves as a member in the editorial boards of World Journal of Endocrine Surgery, the Ceylon Medical Journal and Journal of Surgery: Open Access. His journal publications include 16 international publications and 25 national publications and 10 local publications. He has co-authored and contributed to 6 local and international books and his contributions to surgery and medical education are widely acknowledged.
Prof. Ranil Fernando has identified the importance of developing learning outcomes, skills and attitudes as a triumvirate for future medical practitioners. His vision is to provide a world class medical education that is innovative, patient oriented, evidence based and futuristic to produce medical graduates who are competent, conscientious, compassionate, caring and inquisitive and to make the Faculty of Medicine, University of Moratuwa the most globally recognized center of excellence in professional health care education in South Asia.
Orientation & Academic Programme - Faculty of Medicine
The inaugural session of Faculty of Medicine was held on a virtual platform on 3rd May 2021. The first intake consists of 104 students, aspiring to be the future of medicine in Sri Lanka. The Orientation program was successfully completed. The Academic programme commenced online on the 1st of June 2021, taking into account the safety and wellbeing of both students and the faculty. It is progressing well. These will later be shifted towards a hybrid model of both online and physical lectures, based on health and safety guidelines.
The students are scheduled to receive their clinical training at the District General Hospital Kalutara, which is being transformed into a modern teaching hospital. With the introduction of this new faculty, the University of Moratuwa aims to cater to the ever-rising demand for Medical Practitioners in the country, whilst also taking on a unique, collaborative research-based approach towards medicine.
The University of Moratuwa is well known for its specialization as a technological hub in the country and the Asian region. Embracing this expertise, for the first time in Sri Lanka, the Medical Faculty of the University of Moratuwa will have a specialized “Department of Medical Technology”, offering a range of subjects that will empower its students and widen their horizons as they peruse their medical education. This is the first time in Sri Lanka that “Medical Technology” has been incorporated into the curriculum as a subject.
With over a decade of bio medical research expertise, the students will have access to multidisciplinary research opportunities with specialists in fields such as Engineering, Information Technology and Business Science, that will transform medicine as we know it.
An initial recruitment of around 20 of professionals who have been handpicked based on their commitment to innovation, futuristic approaches, quality of research and proven expertise in their respective fields has made the delivery of the orientation programme and the Foundation module a reality. The potential of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Moratuwa is immense.
The University currently consists of six faculties, namely Architecture, Engineering, Business, Information Technology, the newly introduced Faculty of Medicine, and the Faculty of Graduate studies. In its mission to become a “knowledge hub” in the country, the University actively encourages multidisciplinary collaborations in approaching the problems of today and tomorrow with innovative solutions.
Please visit https://uom.lk/medicine for more information.