Forensic Medicine or medical jurisprudence is one of the most fascinating of all the many branches of medicine. It is known as the science which teaches the application of every branch of medical knowledge to the purpose of the law”. Sooner or later every practitioner of medicine will be faced with medico-legal problems which will demand, in addition to his technical skills, knowledge of the law, a broad insight into the behaviour of people and a detailed understanding of the ways of life in the particular population that he serves. One of the objectives of this department is to teach Forensic Medicine to undergraduates in a meaningful and enjoyable manner. This department has been introducing new methods of teaching/ learning with an emphasis on learning in an integrated manner with maximum student participation. The department also conducts activities for undergraduates to improve their reasoning skills, team work and presentations skills. The main areas of Forensic Medicine taught to undergraduates are medico-legal aspects of traumatology, toxicology, death related issues, medical ethics and professionalism. This department at all times tries to maintain and build new relationships with different institutions with a view to improving services provided. The staff of the Department of Forensic Medicine have diverse research interests which include many subspecialties of forensic medicine, related subjects and medical education. The department has created a friendly environment for students, staff, patients and visitors to enhance quality of education and provision of services..

Achievements 2021-22
  1. Sri Lanka Journal of Forensic Medicine, Science and Law (SLJFMSL), published by the Department of Forensic Medicine, has been re-assessed on the Journal Publishing Practices and Standards (JPPS) framework and the journal has been placed at level 5 of 6 and awarded two stars

  2. Professor Dinesh Fernando of the Department of Forensic Medicine delivered the Professor H.V.J. Fernando Oration at the 20th Annual Academic Sessions of the College of Forensic Pathologists of Sri Lanka held at the Oak-Ray Regency Hotel, Kandy from the 11th to the 12th of December, 2021.

  3. Visit by Prof. Werner Jacobs, Professor in Forensic Medicine and Pathology, University of Antwerp, Belgium - who is also a Medical Major in the Belgian Defense Forces and an Editorial Board Member of the SLJFMSL – to the Department of Forensic Medicine on the 6th of January, 2022.

  4. Dr. Kasun Ekanayake (01.02.2022) and Dr. Chathula Wickramasinghe (01.03.2022) joined the Department of Forensic Medicine as Lecturers (Probationary).

  5. Dr. Sameera Gunasekara and Dr. Tharanga Nayakarathne successfully completed the MD (Forensic Medicine) examination.

  6. Dr. Gayan Kumarasinghe and Dr. Upuli Bandara successfully completed the MD (Forensic Medicine) examination.


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