The main contribution of the Department in the undergraduate teaching program is providing training in Psychological Medicine. The Department pioneered the teaching of Psychiatry in the medical Schools in Sri Lanka. It was the first Department of Psychiatry established among Sri Lankan medical schools. It was also the first department to conduct clinical training in Psychiatry for undergraduate students in their final year and include the assessment of Psychological Medicine as a separate subject in the Final year.
In term 9 the basic theory is taught in the Mental Health Module conducted by the Applied Sciences Stream.
In the fourth year undergraduates follow a 2 week clinical attachment in Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health-Angoda.
The Department conducts clinical training in Psychiatry of 6 weeks duration for final year students at the University Psychiatry Unit, ward 59 National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo. This unit provides wide exposure to patients with mental health issues in a General Hospital setting.
Assessment in Psychological Medicine consists of MCQ’s, SEQ’s a clinical case and continuous assessments.
Behavioural Sciences Stream
Department staff contributes much to teaching and assessment in the Behavioural Sciences Stream. Prof. Hemamali Perera and Dr. Raveen Hanwella have been Chairpersons of the Behavioural Sciences Steam and contributed much to the design of the course content. Dr.Piyanjali de Zoysa has been the convenor of the stream.
The Department staff contributes to teaching, assessments, the community attachment program and the research projects of the Community Stream. Prof. Diyanath Samarasinghe contributed to developing teaching contents of the stream and has been the Convenor of the stream.