Community Mental Health Activities of Final Year Medical Students
The department of psychiatry conducts undergraduate programme, which lays great emphasis on training in psychiatry for the graduates of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya. During the final year clerkship of eight weeks the students are exposed to general hospital psychiatry for a period four weeks at the Professorial Psychiatry unit at the Colombo North Teaching Hospital. The remaining four weeks students spend at community, rehabilitation and child psychiatry units and an alcohol and drug rehabilitation centre.
With this exposure, students broaden their understanding of community care for long-term mentally ill patients, and the governmental and nongovernmental organizations providing them. Therefore medical graduates of the University of Kelaniya will be able to appreciate the role of the multi-disciplinary team in providing a better care to patients with psychiatric illness.