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Department of Medical Education & Research

Welcome to the Department of Medical Education & Research

The Medical Education and Research department was established in 2005. The initiative was taken by the former Chancellor of EUSL Prof. T. Varagunam who is a pioneer in medical education in Sri Lanka. The department is dedicated to providing assistance in medical education and research in the faculty.

The department works closely with the office of the Dean in curriculum development, implementation and evaluation of the study programmes. Also, the department convenes curriculum committee, research committee and ethical review committee.

The present MBBS and BSc.The nursing curriculum is outcome-based with the integration of disciplines, problem-based learning, early clinical exposure with provision for varied learning experiences to take place in the community and peripheral health facilities rather than restricting to the large teaching hospital. By organizing integrated modules and selecting study problems relevant to community needs and level of learning of students, education becomes relevant rather than memorising a massive amount of information that is usually forgotten.
The department also conducts interprofessional courses for both medical and nursing undergraduates like a module on Peace Medicine to promote peace through health and in addition other co-courses like IT and English are coordinated by the department.

Functions of the Department


Functions Descriptions
Health-Care educational think tank and expert resource Expert resource particularly in the areas of curriculum Development and Assessment.
Access the literature in educational decision-making and maintain archives of seminal articles.
Promote collaboration between academics given the multi-professional nature of staff in most health professional education programmes.
Curriculum planning and enhancement Play leading role in academic committees involving curriculum planning and evaluation
Curriculum review
Curriculum mapping (course/programme)
Innovation in teaching, learning and implementation
Problem-based learning and its implementation
Implementation of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing phases of professional education
Contribute to Continuing Professional Development(CPD) by conducting workshops and short courses and developing a distance learning programme
Initiate curriculum development in new programmes with expertise from relevant disciplines
Teaching & learning Coordinate scheduling and follow up of academic activities of the different departments to facilitate curricular dynamics
Take part in the teaching/learning activities of the faculty in areas wherever expertise is available and needed
Conduct Peace medicine module
Conduct Nursing education module
Delivery of the communications and study skills course and clinical skill course for the undergraduates through the clinical Sciences Department
Assessment Review of the systems and components of assessment
Development of question bank
Examination analysis by working out the “difficulty index” and “discrimination index”
Research into health professional education Faculty development in research methodology
Undertake healthcare-related education research
Supervise students registered for higher degrees in health professional education (MSc and PhD)
Staff development Provide educational training courses, for new staff members and practitioners/consultants
Design learning resources to enhance the quality of teaching, learning and assessment
Foster career development and provide recognition for achievements of staff
Managing clinical placements of health professional Facilitate coordination of the main clinical placements in the hospital
Provide a major contribution to the Quality Management and Education (QM&E)
Students academic counselling Provide & Coordinate academic counselling to individuals and groups of students