Teaching Hospitals and Community Practice Areas


The clinical training programme of the faculty is primarily carried out in Teaching Hospital Anuradhapura (THA), the third-largest hospital in the country, as the affiliated teaching hospital. THA is equipped with modern diagnostic and management facilities. The academic staff of all clinical departments provides services as honorary specialists at THA. Moreover, nearly a hundred specialists in different specialities who are attached to the Ministry of Health – Sri Lanka serves as the extended faculty in THA. THA has a capacity of 2,200 beds. In 2021, it served 110,871 and 135,072 individuals on an out-patient and in-patient basis respectively. In addition to THA, clinical training conducts at Teaching Hospital Polonnaruwa as the second affiliated teaching hospital. Both the teaching hospitals affiliated with the faculty are very rich in a wide variety of clinical materials for training.

The extensive community practice area of the faculty including Medical Officer of Health (MOH) areas of Nuwaragampalatha Central (NPC), Nuwaragampalatha East (NPE), Thalawa, and Mihinthale consists of a socio-economically diverse population that enables comprehensive primary and preventive care training for the undergraduates. The above training is linked with extensive community services to ensure that students get hands-on experience in public health.


Hospital-based appointments

Observer positions for interested graduates and training positions for medical undergraduates are available in all the specialities in both teaching hospitals and community practice areas. The training period can be customised based on the student's requirements. Clinical training and observer positions in all specialities are available throughout the year.


The following specialities are available for Clinical Training & Obser Positions


1.       General Medicine

15.   Dermatology

16.   Oncology

2.       General Surgery

17.   Destristy

18.   Oncosurgery

3.       Gynaecology & Obstetrics

19.   Emergency Medicine

20.   Ophthalmology

4.       General Paediatrics

21.   Endocrinology

22.   Orthopaedics

5.       Adult Psychiatry

23.   Family Medicine

24.   Otolaryngology


25.   Forensic Medicine

26.   Paediatric Nephrology

6.       Anaesthesiology

27.   Gastroenterology

28.   Paediatric Neurology

7.       Cardiology

29.   Gastroenterosurgery

30.   Paediatric Surgery

8.       Chemical pathology

31.   Haematology

32.   Paediatrics Critical Care

9.       Child Psychiatry       

33.   Histopathology

34.   Radiology

10.   Clinical Microbiology

35.   Neonatology

36.   Respiratory Medicine

11.   Clinical Parasitology

37.   Nephrology

38.   Rheumatology

12.   Clinical Pathology

39.   Neurology

40.   Transfusion Medicine

13.   Community Medicine

41.   Neurophysiology

42.   Urology

14.   Critical Care Medicine

43.   Neurosurgery

44.   Venereology



Clerkship programmes conducted in public health:

This is one of the main field-based teaching/training programmes in public health for medical undergraduates. This training is conducted as rotational appointments for fourth-year medical undergraduates.

The public health system in Sri Lanka has substantially contributed to the exemplary achievements in the Sri Lankan health indicators and the clerkship training programme provides a comprehensive overview of the public health system in the country. 

The programme includes field visits to,

  • meet and discuss with different public health professionals in the public health system at grass-root, divisional and regional levels,
  • observe public health service provisions via a diverse set of clinics targeted at different population groups, and
  • observe institutes providing services of public health significance (e.g. water treatment plant, care for children with special needs, elderly care, etc.).



130 USD/Week (No registration fee or other fees)


Admissions and Inquiries

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Facilities for international students

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