APPENDIX XIIA CME points- general guides (rules repeated in Prospectus book) Continuing Medical Education Introduction
Entering the medical profession is a commitment to life-long care of patients and people.. Continuous advances in medical knowledge and technology occur so fast that it makes it difficult to offer competent medical care without continuous medical education (CME). Communication at all levels is an integral part of good medical and surgical care. Interact - ing with teachers, peers and colleagues and listening and questioning are further spin offs of good continuing medical education. Finally the art of critical and objectives viewing of new and old knowledge helps the doctors .and surgeons to apply science to this noble art. However, continuous learning requires integrating personal, family, and social needs with the demands of the profession and patient care. Realization of this will help the individual doctor to plan effective time management to give his life that happy balance whi ch would result in an all round contended successful life. In July 2000, the Board of Management of the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM) accepted a proposal made by the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka to the Board of Study in Surgery that CME should be made a compulsory requirement for all surgical trainees. This was accepted.

Advantages: 1. The main advantage is the incentive to attend such courses. The training program is a very busy one and trainees could get caught up as a service provider in routine patient care. 2. In institutions where such activities are not adequate, trainees could initiate such activities through the Board of Study, not only to acquire the points but to be taught and trained in the process. 3. A well maintained CME record book will serve as an addi- tional "log book" at vivas and interviews. 4. It can be used as an achievement in one's curriculum vitae (CV). Disadvantages: 1. It needs allocation of time from the routine 2. It may make one attend a lecture only for the sake of ; accumulating points.

3. One may not get the same opportunity as one's colleagues in

another institution. 4. It could interfere with one's personal, family and social life. The Activities and Points Scheme Not all activities that could have CME points could be listed. The organiser of the activity could obtain prior authorization for allocation of points from one of the following. * Chairman Board of Study in Surgery * Secretary Board of Study in Surgery * President / Secretary of the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka

* . Chairman / Secretary Academic Committee of the College of
Surgeons of Sri Lanka.

The allocation of points is as follows. In Training

Activity Points

* Mortality & Morbidity Conference 10 * Pathology Conference 5

*Radiology Conference 5 *Clinical Lecture Demonstration 5 * Journal Club 10 ..
* Other Clinical Meetings 5 Active participation and presentation at above, doubles the points awarded. Academic Sessions

* Sri Lanka Medical Association Annual Sessions - 10 per day I
* College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka Annual Sessions - 20 per day *Other clinical Societies' Academic Session - 05 per day

. Presentations at above doubles the points on that day.
Publications First author 40 Second author 20 Third author 10 Other Activities Surgical Workshops 15 per day Lecture by Overseas Lecturer 10 per day Lecture by Local Lecturer 10 per day Certification of Attendance This is vital in order that an authentic record is kept of the above points earned. Annexed is a copy of the CME points awarding certificate, which indicates the activity, date, time & venue and the number of points awarded. This should be authenticated by the signature of the organiser or by one of the office bearers of the organization under which the activity was planned. Total number of points The minimum total number of points for the course is 1225 i.e. Approximately 350 points per year for 3 1/2 years. Post graduate Tutors The PGIM has nominated post-graduate tutors at the following Teaching Hospitals (the PGIM will have the up to date list).

Kandy Teaching Hospital - Dr. P. Welgama Peradeniya Teaching Hospital - Dr. M.D. Lamawansa Kalubowila Teaching Hospital - Dr. S. Alagaratnam Sri Jayawardenapura Teaching Hospital - Dr. G. Goonetilleke Karapitiya Teaching Hospital – Dr Galketiya Ragama Teaching Hospital - Dr. P. Fernando Lady Ridgeway Hospital Jaffna Teaching Hospital National Hospital, Colombo - Dr. Silva Trainees are requested to coordinate with the tutors to organize CME activities. Coordination with Board of Study The CME points give a cumulative record of your accumulated points over one year. A photocopy of this should be sent to the Board of Study every year for inclusion in your file. CME Points Form The signature need not be duplicated in this form if a certificate of attendance or attendance form (as given in the last page

of this booklet) ~ is signed by the supervisor

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