Dr. Sisira Dharmaratne
Lecturer
 
Email sisirahemante@yahoo.com  
TP. Number 0094-773208288  
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Educational /Professional Qualifications
MD (Medical Education), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka - 2016
MA (Sociology), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - 2012
Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Education, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka - 2010
Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka - 2009
MBBS with second class honors, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - 2002
 
 
Research Interest
  • Clinical Reasoning
  • Medical School Admission
  • Work-place based learning
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    MD Thesis
    Contextual factors influencing decisions of grade medical officers on management of deliberate self-poisoning in Divisional Hospitals in North Western Province of Sri Lanka
     
    Professional Experiences
    Previous Positions
    2002 - 2003

    Temporary Lecturer, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

    2003 - 2004 Preliminary grade medical officer, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka
    2004 - 2008 Grade II Medical officer, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka
    2008 - 2009 Visiting lecturer, Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Allied Health sciences,
    2012 - 2017 Visiting Lecturer, Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
    2012 - 2017 Visiting Lecturer, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
    2017 -2019 Visiting Research Assistant, Leeds Institute of Medical Education, University of Leeds, UK
     
    Faculty Committees and managerial experiences
    2011 - 2012 Chairman of the Time Table Committee: This committee is responsible for developing and maintaining the long term time table of individual batches and resolve issues related to them.
    2011 - 2013 Convener cum Secretary of the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee: This committee is responsible for discussing issues related to Monitoring of the curriculum and student assessments, making recommendations to the faculty and organizing activities related to them.
     
    University Committees/Responsibilities
    2014 Volunteer Assistant Deputy Proctor
    2009 Module Coordinator, Module on Society and Medicine, B.Sc. Pharmacy Programme
    2011 Member, Editorial Committee, Statistical Hand Book, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2010
     
    Undergraduate Teaching
    2009 - 2015

    Facilitator in two student centered teaching learning activities in the MBBS programme, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya

      Clinical Cases of Relevance (CCR): An activity designed based on principles of PBL for students of the first two years to promote vertical integration.
      Learning Effective Communication Skills through Student Assignments (eCSSA): An activity designed to allow second year students to practice different aspects of communication within a classroom and obtain feedback from peers
    2012 to 2017 Lecturer and examiner in the modules of;
      Teaching and learning, BSc Nursing programme, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya
      Teaching in Physiotherapy, BSc Physiotherapy programme, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya
     
    Postgraduate Programmes
       
    2016 Resource person, Post graduate certificate in Medical Education, Post graduate institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
    2019 Resource person, Post graduate Diploma in Medical Education, Post graduate institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
       
    Staff Development
       
    2012 to date

    Resource person, Staff Development Programme for Teachers in Faculties of Health Sciences conducted by the Medical Education Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya (Topics: Small group dynamics, Problem Based Learning)

    2016 to date

    Resource person,  Capacity Development on health profession education for tutors/trainers of the training schools function under the ministry of health, Sri Lanka (Topics: Different roles of a teacher, Small group learning and PBL)

    2015 Resource person, Training workshop on presentation skills and effective communication for staff of health institutions of Central Province,  Sri Lanka (Topics: Sources of information and effective communication)
       
    Reviewing research publications
    2011 - 2017 Reviewer, The Annual Scientific Sessions of the Kandy Society of Medicine
    2010 - 2016 Reviewer, Peradeniya University International Research Sessions
    2017 Reviewer, South East Asian Journal of Medical Education
    2018 Reviewer, Sri Lanka Journal of Medicine
       
    Research grants
    2012 - 2013

    AUS $ 30000.00: Based on a research collaboration between University of New Castle, Australia and University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka titled, “A house hold survey to measure use and access to Medicine in Four Districts in Sri Lanka”

    2010 - 2011 AUS $ 15000.00: Based on a research collaboration between University of New Castle, Australia and University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka titled, “A house hold survey to measure use and access to Medicine in Kandy District, Sri Lanka”
       
    Research publications & presentations
    • Dharmaratne, S. Balasooriya, C. Razee, H. Marambe, K. Ponnamperuma, G. (2015) Vignette-based Decision Point Analysis (VDPA): A novel method of exploring contextual influences on clinical decision making. European Journal of Person Centred Health Care 3: 2; 151-157.
    • Athuraliya, N., Walkom, E.J., Dharmaratne, S., Robertson J. (2016) Assessing medication packaging and labeling appropriateness in Sri Lanka. Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice 9:38 DOI: 10.1186/s40545-016-0091-5
    • Mudiyanse, R. M., Pallegama, R. W., Jayalath, T., Dharmaratne, S., Krupat, E. (2015) Translation and validation of patient-practitioner orientation scale in Sri Lanka (2015) Education for Health Change in Learning & Practice 28:1; 35-40
    • Dharmaratne S, Ratnatunga C. When motivation and competence act together to influence Academics’ research output, staff development alone may not work (Poster), 12th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC) and 3rd International conference on faculty development in the health professions, Singapore, 2015
    • Dharmaratne, S. Balasooriya, C. Razee, H. Marambe, K. Ponnamperuma, G. Vignette-Based Decision Point Analysis: An innovative method to explore sensitive clinical practice information (Poster), 11th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC), Singapore, 2014
    • Mudiyanse, R.M. Pallegama, R. Jayalath, T. Dharmaratne, S. Experience of Translation and Validation of Patient Practitioner Orientation Scale into the Sinhala Language, Oral presentation, SLMA 126th Anniversary Scientific Medical Congress, 2013
    • Mudiyanse, R.M. Pallegama, R. Jayalath, T. Dharmaratne, S. Comparison of patient centered attitudes among 1st, 3rd and 5th year medical students of the Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya, Proceedings and abstracts of the 35th Annual Academic Sessions of the Kandy Society of Medicine, 2013
    • Dharmaratne S, Marambe K. Psychometric properties of a modified Dundee Ready Educational Environment Measure (DREEM) inventory adapted for the context of faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (Poster), 8th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC), Singapore, 2011
    • Dharmaratne S, Weerasinghe V. Use of pre-fixed percentage as the reference point for standard setting gives acceptable failure rates at Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka: A retrospective study on secondary data (Poster), 8th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC), Singapore, 2011
    • Nimmi Athuraliya, Jane Robertson, Sisira Dharmaratne & Emily Walkom. Access and use of medicines in Kandy district, Sri Lanka. (Poster), Third International Conference for Improving Use of Medicines (ICIUM), Antalya, Turkey, 2011
    • Dharmaratne, T.M.S.H., Marambe, K.N., Gawarammane, I.B & Kumarasiri, P.V.R. Students’ perceptions on a ‘Cases of Clinical Relevance’ (CCR) activity conducted at Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya (Oral Presentation), Annual Scientific Sessions of Kandy Society of Medicine, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 2010
       
    Organizing conferences
  • Secretary, Organizing Committee, Colombo Conference in Medical education, 10-11th November, 2017
  • Member of the organizing committee – SEARAME conference 2014
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    Invited presentations in conferences/symposia
    2016 Aug Resource person and panel discussant, Symposium on Clinical and Moral Reasoning organized by the department of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka (Topic: Conceptualizing clinical reasoning and possible cultural differences
    2014 Nov Resource person, 3rd Conference of the South East Asian Regional Association for Medical Education and the 2nd Conference of the Forum of Sri Lankan Medical  Educationists 2016 (Topic: Scenario Based Learning)
       
    Positions and memberships of professional organizations
  • Member. Association of Medical educationists of Europe (ASME), 2018/19
  • Editor and council member, College of Medical Educationists, Sri Lanka (CME), 2016/2017
  • Editor, Forum of Sri Lankan Medical Educationists (FOSME), 2015/2016
  • Editor, Forum of Sri Lankan Medical Educationists (FOSME), 2014/2015
  • Assistant secretary of the Forum of Sri Lankan Medical Educationists (FOSME), 2011/2012
  • Committee member, FOSME, 2010/2011
  • Founder Member of the Forum of Sri Lankan Medical Educationists (FOSME)
  • Secretary, Peradeniya Medical School Alumni Association (PeMSAA), 2009/2010
  • Life member, Kandy Society of Medicine (KSM)
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