Dr. Sisira Dharmaratne
Senior Lecturer
 
   
   
Dept. of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya
sisirahemante@yahoo.com
077-3208288, 071-8248680
081-2389106
 
   
   
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
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
  • Visiting Research Assistant, Leeds Institute of Medical Education, University of Leeds, UK - 2017 to 2019
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - 2012 to 2017
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - 2012 to 2017
  • Visiting lecturer, Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Allied Health sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 2008 to 2009
  • Grade II Medical officer, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka - 2004 to 2008
  • Preliminary grade medical officer, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka - 2003 to 2004
  • Temporary Lecturer, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - 2002 to 2003
Faculty Committees and Managerial Experiences
  • 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 to 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. 2011 to 2013
University Committees/Responsibilities
  • Volunteer Assistant Deputy Proctor
  • Member, Editorial Committee, Statistical Hand Book, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2010
  • Module Coordinator, Module on Society and Medicine, B.Sc. Pharmacy Programme
Undergraduate Teaching
  • Lecturer and examiner in the modules of;
    • Teaching and learning, BSc Nursing programme, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya - 2012 to 2017
    • Teaching in Physiotherapy, BSc Physiotherapy programme, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya - 2012 to 2017
  • Facilitator in two student centered teaching learning activities in the MBBS programme, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya - 2009 to 2015
  • Clinical Cases of Relevance (CCR): An activity designed based on principles of PBL for students of the first two years to promote vertical integration - 2009 to 2015
  • 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 - 2009 to 2015
Postgraduate Programmes
  • Resource person, Post graduate Diploma in Medical Education, Post graduate institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka - 2019
  • Resource person, Post graduate certificate in Medical Education, Post graduate institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka - 2016
Staff Development
  • 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) - 2012 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) - 2016 to date
  • 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) - 2015
Reviewing research publications
  • Reviewer, Sri Lanka Journal of Medicine - 2018
  • Reviewer, South East Asian Journal of Medical Education - 2017
  • Reviewer, The Annual Scientific Sessions of the Kandy Society of Medicine - 2011 to 2017
  • Reviewer, Peradeniya University International Research Sessions - 2010 to 2016
Research grants
  • 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” - 2012 to 2013
  • 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” - 2010 to 2011
Organizing conferences
  • Secretary, Organizing Committee, Colombo Conference in Medical education, 10-11th November, 2017
  • Member of the organizing committee – SEARAME conference 2014
Invited presentations in conferences/symposia
  • 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 - Aug 2016
  • 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) - Nov 2014
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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