The Department of Medicine was established in 1995. The academic department is situated within the Faculty premises while the Professorial Unit is located at the Colombo South Teaching Hospital.

Our core curriculum is designed to meet the educational needs of students with diverse backgrounds and a wide range of career aspirations. Apart from the main aim of teaching the undergraduate medical students the Department is committed to imparting knowledge to other categories of health care professionals which includes visiting foreign elective students, postgraduates, and nursing professionals. We have developed a new curriculum that is appropriate for the education of health care providers in the many decades to come. We understand that clinical training with appropriate supervision is the most powerful setting for producing a competent doctor for tomorrow, and aim to harness this in our academic program and assessment practices.




The mission of the department of Medicine is to educate undergraduate medical students and postgraduate students in accordance with the highest professional standards and train them to practice patient-centered medicine of the highest standard using available resources.



Participation in Undergraduate Training Programmes

We participate in the MBBS degree programme.

  • MBBS
  • B.Sc. (Nursing)


Participation in Postgraduate Training Programmes

We are also a recognized training unit for the MD in Medicine postgraduate course conducted by the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine.


Teaching Activities

The department conducts the following teaching activities for undergraduates and postgraduates:

  • Daily ward round teaching
  • Clinic based teaching
  • Ward classes
  • Clinical Lecture Demonstrations by undergraduates
  • Tutorials
  • Lectures in Phase II of the curriculum
  • Skills training sessions
  • Mortality and morbidity conference
  • Postgraduate case presentations
  • Journal club



The Academic Department is located in the second floor of the new faculty premises and comprises of:

  1. A Common Room
  2. A Seminar Room
  3. A Common Research Room

Utilized for academic activities.

The Professorial Medical Unit is located at Colombo South Teaching hospital and comprises of one male and one female ward with a bed strength of 40 each.

In addition our unit also comprises of a Haemodialysis unit with a bed strength of 7.


Services to the Community

The Professorial unit of Medicine is the tertiary care referral center for the Colombo South region and caters to this need and aim to provide High quality clinical services to the community. Patients greatly benefit from the two outpatient General medical clinics conducted every week with over 200 patients attending each. Inpatient care is provided in 2 wards; one male and one female ward with casualty rotations every third day. Haemodialysis services are provided via the Haemodialysis unit attached to the Professorial unit of Medicine at Colombo South Teaching Hospital.



Prof. Saman Gunatilake

  • Member of the International Advisory Board of the Text Book "Davidsons Principles and Practice of Medicine" 20th and 21st Editions, published by Elsevier.
  • President of the Association of Sri Lankan Neurologists for the year 2009.


Dr. Kamani Wanigasuriya

  • President of the Ceylon College of Physicians for year 2010.