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
  • Weekly Clinical Lecture Demonstrations by undergraduates
  • Tutorials
  • Lectures in Phase II of the curriculum
  • Skills training sessions
  • Weekly mortality and morbidity conference
  • Weekly postgraduate case presentation
  • Journal club



The academic department is located within the Library building of the Faculty.

The Professorial Unit at Colombo South Teaching Hospital consists of a male and female ward each with a bed-strength of 50. The unit also comprises a Haemodialysis Unit containing 5 beds and an Upper and Lower GI Endoscopy unit.


Services to the Community

The following high quality clinical services are provided at the University Medical Unit of the Colombo South Teaching Hospital:

  • Two outpatient General Medical clinics per week
  • Weekly Dermatology clinic
  • Weekly Neurology clinic
  • Weekly Nephrology clinic
  • Inpatient care in 2 wards with casualty on take every third day
  • Endoscopy services
  • Renal dialysis
  • Echocardiography



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.