Welcome to the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo website.


Apart from teaching undergraduates of the Faculty of Medicine, the Department is also involved in post-graduate training activities. The Clinical Unit is housed in Ward 1 of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital in Colombo, the only children's hospital in Sri Lanka. Our research interests include Gastroenterology, Developmental Paediatrics, Nephrology, Endocrinology, Neonatology, Intensive Care, Nutrition and Neurology. We also conduct specialised Child Development, Renal, Endocrine and Obesity clinics at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital. Representatives from our department also so serve on numerous national and international committees dedicated to the development of research and formulation of health policies.



Medical student education and mentorship is a core mission of the Department of Pediatrics. Our door is always open to any student interested in learning about and becoming involved in the rewarding career of children’s healthcare. Browse these pages for an introduction to Pediatrics education at Dartmouth Medical School, and feel free to contact the course directors and staff with any questions you may have.

Pediatrics education begins in year 1 and can continue into year 4:

Year 1 — Medical school coursework concentrates on the basic sciences and includes part one of the two-year course On Doctoring, an introduction to the role of the physician in the clinical setting.

Year 2 — Students continue the course On Doctoring until the spring, when they study Pediatric Health and Development.

Year 3 — The Pediatric Clerkship is the focus of teaching in the third year. This rotation combines inpatient and outpatient experiences at many different teaching sites.

Year 4 — In year four, students may take several fourth-year subinternships and electives in Pediatrics, ranging from Intensive Care Nursery to Adolescent Medicine.