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Minimum standards for Medical Education in Sri Lanka 2C & 1S

Parliament has approved Minimum Standards on Medical Education under the Medical Ordinance on 3 November 2020.

What are the minimum standards for Medical Education to become a Doctor in Sri Lanka?

Under the new standards, it will be compulsory for students to have sat for Biology, Chemistry and Physics for their Advanced Level exams and scored a minimum grade of two Credits and a Simple Pass (2C and 1S) in one sitting.

The Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), the University Grants Commission, the Attorney General and the Legal Draftsman had earlier agreed to these standards.

The Minimum Standards which prescribed regulations for: structure of education program, assessment of students, admission, academic staff, infrastructure and resources, syllabus structure and content and the need to constantly update curricula also specified that,“Students have a minimum period of 200 hours in planned learning in a community/first contact care setting to engage in primary care, health promotion and preventive medicine, and a minimum of 50 hours of clinical forensic medicine and forensic pathology”.

Will this affect students who are currently studying abroad?


According to Lankadeepa Newspaper (see below) on 5 November, 2022, this regulation does not apply for those who are already following Medical Degrees overseas before passing of this regulation in Parliament.

Minimum standards for Medical Education was approved in Parliament on 3 November 2020
GMOA view of minimum standards for Medical Education in Sri Lanka

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