The Department contributes to the undergraduate course from second year onwards. Within the Faculty’s integrated traditional curriculum Paediatric inputs are delivered through different learning methodologies from the second year onwards.
Clinical teaching is at Teaching Hospital Jaffna, at community level and in outreach clinics. Students have ample opportunities in learning up to date practice of Paediatrics and they were emphasized on acquiring procedural and communication skills during their course.
- Phase I – Term 1 to Term 4
At the end of the Phase I there will be First Examination for Medical Degree. The successful completion of First Examination for Medical Degree is compulsory to follow the Phase II.
- Phase II- Term5 – Term11
During the Phase II Paediatrics lecturers are conducted along with the other subjects. Paediatric clinical appoints during the Phase II includes
Introductory course – 4 weeks
First Paediatric appointment – 4weeks
Second Paediatric appointment – 4 weeks
Neonatology – 1 week
At the end of the Phase II there will a Paediatric incourse assessment .
The successful completion of second Examination for Medical Degree and the common OSCE is mandatory to follow the Phase III.
- Phase III
During the Phase III Clinical lecturer demonstrations are conducted on Friday evening along with other clinical subjects. Phase III consist Paediatric Professorial appointment of 8 weeks.
Professorial Paediatric appointment consist teaching at bedsides in ward rounds, ward class, teaching at clinics. It also includes student centered learning activities such as presentation on Paediatric emergencies on Saturdays and Integrated ward class on Thursdays, where students are allowed to present their allocated case in front of other students and specialists from department of Microbiology, Pathology Pharmacology and Community Medicine. The Paediatricians attached to Ministry of health also participate in the integrated ward class.
During the Professorial appointment students are assessed on presentation at integrated ward class and on log book. At the end of the professorial appointment the students are assessed on theory and clinical examination and the marks are carried to the final Examination for Medical degree.
Assessment methods on Paediatric
- Continuous assessment (20 marks)
- End of course OSCE 10 marks
- Log book 5 marks
- Common OSCE (Pre Professorial appointment) 2.5 marks
- End of appointment assessment (theory and clinical) 2.5 marks
i) Integrated ward class 10%
ii) Theory 40%
iii) Clincals 50%
- Summative assessment (80 marks)
- Theory paper 40 marks
- Multiple choice question paper – 2 hours ( 20 MCQ and 30 SBA) – 50%
- Structured essay question paper – 3 hours ( 6 questions) 50%
- Clinical assessment 40 marks
- Long case – 01 – 45 minutes with the patient and 20 minutes with the examiner – 50%
- Short cases 02 – 10 minutes each with separate panel of 2 examiners – 50%
Academic staff regularly engages in supervision of clinical training in MD general Paediatric, Diploma in Child Health, and Emergency Medicine. They also supervise the research projects of postgraduates’ students such as M Phil.