The Faculty of Medicine, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka is established as the 9th Medical Faculty in Sri Lanka to offer an excellent educational environment for learning, teaching and research in the fields of medicine. The flexible modular based curriculum is designed to facilitate students to excel according to their individual learning styles by providing a platform for learner and student centric experience. I am privileged and honoured to be part of the Faculty of Medicine at Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, as the successor to Professor M.D Lamawansa who was the first acting Dean of this newly established faculty and to work with a team dedicated to the provision of high quality education.
As this young medical faculty is stepping into the second year of its academic activities, I assumed duties as acting Dean of the faculty to take on the mantle on the unbreakable foundation laid by the first Dean of the faculty Professor. M.D. Lamawansa. In the establishment of the Faculty of Medicine, Wayamba University, the credit goes to Prof E.M.P Ekanayake, the Vice Chancellor for writing a comprehensive proposal which was approved by the University Grants Commission, and today construction work of the Faculty of Medicine is almost completed for the commencement of academic activities in the new premises. His continuous guidance, support and dedication to establish this medical faculty is highly commendable. I am also duty-bound to appreciate and express my sincere gratitude to Professor Sujatha Salgado who coordinated the establishment of this medical faculty at the initial stages.
As the acting Dean of the faculty I am proud to affirm that the success of our programme is significantly contributed by the dedication of each faculty members. Our academic staff are passionate about the work they do and make significant contributions to the development of the curriculum. They are devoted to deliver high quality experiential learning to ensure that the end product is academically sound and has the right aptitudes to be a caring medical professional.
A successful pre-clinical academic programme is currently in progress here at Faculty of Medicine, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka with most updated and innovative teaching -learning techniques for the first two intake of medical students. Experienced and highly enthusiastic lecturers from this faculty and from other reputed Medical Faculties are successfully conducting this pre-clinical phase of MBBS undergraduate course. We eagerly await each new batch with the intent of ensuring holistic learning that will gear our graduates to be compassionate doctors who will fulfill the needs and aspirations of the patients they treat.
The tireless and capable team of academics already have completed much of the Para-Clinical (second) phase and Clinical (third) phase curricula and are getting ready for the commencement of clinical rotations and Para-Clinical academic semesters. This feat is facilitated by a group of senior academics representing all departments handling medical education, hailing from several Sri Lankan reputed Medical Faculties. They receive our sincere thanks for their contribution to teaching, curricular development and administration through Faculty Board. In our constant effort to enhance student and staff friendly teaching and learning experiences, an expert medical educationalist from department of medical education, University of Peradeniya, regularly evaluates our teaching programmes and curricular designed with much emphasis on staff and student feedback.
The clinical rotations will be conducted at Teaching Hospitals Kuliyapitiya and Kurunegala, and to our utmost gratitude, the administrators and consultant medical specialists from those hospitals have expressed their willingness to offer training to our undergraduates. This phase will roll over a period of two and a half years under the guidance of health ministry consultants representing all specialty areas. The final (fifth) year professorial appointments await further decision making, with the help of health ministry consultants.
We are proud to announce that we have already achieved zero-ragging in all premises of this faculty and, are witnessing cordial relationships between first- and second-year students. The administration is maintaining a student friendly attitude across all fields, while maintaining strict academic standards, university by-laws and regulations.
The faculty is devoted to seeking remedies and developing human resources that can bring hope and relief to those suffering from ailments and illnesses. This mission entails the cultivation of broad perspectives, profound knowledge, and advanced technology. The faculty endeavors to cultivate human resources with deep intellectual curiosity, who can develop new values through practices based on astute perception, and who have the insight required to cast light on issues that are not yet understood. I believe that it is necessary for such people to maintain an attitude of sincerity, and not to be deterred by failures and setbacks, but persevere with conviction to address unresolved issues.
The faculty’s aim in a nutshell: ‘propagation of the ninth medical faculty of this country to a successful accreditation nationally and internationally, safeguarding the academic future of undergraduates to graduate as compassionate doctors and to maximally assist academic and non-academic staffs’ aspirations for professional and personal developments.’ I am most hopeful that academics, consultants, non-academics and undergraduates are determined to contribute to the propagation of the faculty and to enjoy their share in return.
Dr Sanjeewa Bowatte
MBBS MD MRCP(UK) MRCP(London)
Acting Dean and Consultant Physician, Faculty of Medicine, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka
Member, Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and United Kingdom
Member, American College of Physicians
Associate Member, Ceylon College of Physicians