On: 17th May 2013
Venue: Hotel Janaki, 43 Fife Road, Colombo 5
Our New Office........
The new office of the College of Medical Administrators of Sri Lanka at the Quality secretariat Building Castle Street Hospital premises was declared open by the founder president Dr George Fernando at 5 pm on 24th May 2012.
The solemn ceremony was attended by past presidents and current executive council members. After cutting the ribbon and the lighting of the traditional oil lamp the founder president in his speech gave a brief history of the origin of the CMASL and the progress he perceived over the years. He said he was happy to observe that despite meager founder membership which was questioned by some, the college has now grown to a formidable group with over 200 members. The President Dr NELW Jayasekera while thanking the past presidents and the council members, who attended the opening ceremony, stated that he was pleased that the long standing need was finally made a reality. He thanked the Dr R Ruberu, Secretary Health and Past President Dr Vimal Jayantha, Acting DGHS for the timely allocation of the office. He also thanked the Past President Dr SM Samarage for initiating the collaborative project between CMASL and the Asia-Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health (AAAH) without which the furnishing of the office would not have been a reality. The state board with the past precedents' names and the gold framed past presidents' photographs added glamour to the new office. The ceremony was followed by traditional refreshments.
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20th President inducted........
Surgeon Rear Admiral NELW Jayasekera, Director General Health Services of the Sri Lanka Navy (left) was inducted as the 20th President of the College by the outgoing president Dr Sarath Samarage National Consultant WHO (right) at the Annual General Meeting of the college held on 22nd March 2012.
The President's Message........
I consider my appointment as president of this prestigious college both a challenge and an opportunity. I say it is a challenge because I need to improve or at least maintain all the good work done by my predecessor. On the other hand, I say it is an opportunity because we have a good foundation to build on.
Based on the objectives of the college the outgoing council established 03 sub-committees. The first of these is the Management sub-committee which will address matters related to policy proposals, establishment of college office, complaints against administrators, irregular appointments/transfers, amendments to the Medical Minute, CSR projects, Health Ministry committee representations, affiliations with other colleges and international affiliations including membership with the World Federation of Medical Managers (WFMM). The second is the Academic sub-committee which will collaborate with the PGIM and its Boards of Studies, conduct the orientation course in Medical Administration, preparatory course for E-bar, research and continuous professional development activities. On the academic note the theme for the Annual Sessions scheduled for February 2013 will be "Towards better performing health care institutions". Since there is ample time, I sincerely hope that sufficient work will be done in this area leading to academic sessions of a high standard. The third is the Social sub-committee which will manage events, organize council/members outings and arrange refreshments and entertainment. In addition, I propose to have a Media sub-committee to publish and regularly update the long awaited membership directory, monitor the media, maintain the website and handle invitations.
Now in order to achieve the above we need teamwork, and I sincerely hope that an efficient team of council members will be elected to the council this year. Each one of us has individual needs, but a college such as ours that allows the individual needs to undermine our collective needs will soon destroy itself. Hence, let me end this brief speech by reminding all of you of our common objectives:
- Guide the health development in Sri Lanka.
- Assist in the implementation of national health policy.
- Promote post graduate studies in the field.
- Contribute to health systems research.
- Promote and foster professional development.
- Development and management of health system resources.
- Foster fellowship among professionals in the field.
- Publication of a journal in Medical Administration.
I request the entire membership to contribute as a team, to make these common needs a reality.
Surgeon Rear Admiral NELW Jayasekera VSV, USP.
A Seminar on Medical Management
Professor Devaka Fernando MBBS MD FRCP FRCP (Edin) Msc, was the keynote speaker at the Seminar on Medical Management organized by the College of Medical Administrators of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, Colombo.
Prof. Fernando draw on his experience - as a medical manager in the UK, advisor to health services in India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, a consultant to the World Bank and other institutions in the Far East, USA, Asia and Europe - to discuss about Medical Management.
Professor Fernando is a consultant endocrinologist, head of the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology and Associate Medical Director for clinical governance at Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK.
Several Sri Lankan Medical Administrators who had their postgraduate training in Sheffield were the panelists at the seminar who shared the lessons learnt during their training.
The Seminar was held at the Auditorium of the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, Colombo on Friday 17th June 2011 from 9 to 11.30am. A large number of medical administrators academics and post graduate students in medical administration attended the seminar.