The Department of Psychiatry is a pioneer department in the South Asian region. It conducts a psychiatry under graduate programme which lays great emphasis on training in psychiatry for the graduates of Medical Faculty, University of Kelaniya. The psychiatry programme involves a 2 weeks attachment in psychiatry in the 3rd year and 8 weeks in the final year. It culminates in a year examination along with the other clinical disciplines Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The knowledge, skills and attitudes in mental health are taught and assessed from the 1st year within the Behavioral Sciences Stream and there after during the Psychiatry Clinical Clerkships which include ward and community attachments.