I am greatly privileged to be elected as the 47th president of the Kandy Society of Medicine (KSM) for the year 2016 /17. . I pledge that I carry out my duties as the new President to the best of my ability for progress of the society.
The Kandy Society of Medicine was formally established as a society in 1963in the central hill capital. It had taken a major role in enhancing knowledge skills and attitudes of the Medical profession. The KSM had reached out to the society in uplifting the same in all strata of healthcare workers as well as the public.
We shall be continuing the routine academic programmes, such as the very popular Wednesday CME program. Along with the council I hope to promote multidisciplinary approach in healthcare through the CME program. In this respect, it would make an arena for all grades of medical officers as speakers to share their experiences and disseminating their knowledge. A series of Specialty Updates to cover all branches of medicine also will be carried out.
Our academic programme will target all grades of doctors, and postgraduate students, and we would encourage doctors taking up postgraduate studies. I thank the previous councils for arranging the live webcast of the CME programme in Kandy to Peradeniya and Kegalle and I am happy to announce that Nawalapitiya joined us this February.
Having listened to two excellent orations during the annual academic sessions 2016 the council wishes to carry out the messages delivered by the orators. In this regard I’m happy to announce the first regional clinical meeting arranged at Anuradhapura along with the “World Kidney Day” programmes in the management of chronic kidney disease of unknown origin.
The Sri Lanka Journal of Medicine, the official publication of the KSM, belongs to you all and I greatly appreciate your contributions to the journal to make it a both nationally and internationally popular indexed journal during the past year. I greatly appreciate the very hard work of Prof Sudheera Kalupahana and DrHeshan Jayaweera towards the journal.
I wish to thank Dr. Shenal Thalgahagoda and Dr. Pathum Dissanayake who readily agreed to compile a regular newsletter and Dr. W Somasiri for his valuable advice.
Finally I take this opportunity to thank the immediate Past President Prof. Rathnathunga, her council and all the past Presidents and their councils of the Kandy Society of Medicine for their invaluable contribution, which has made the KSM what it is today.
Dr. Anoma Siribaddana
MBBS MD (SL) MRCP (UK), Consultant Chest Physician - THK
President, Kandy Society of Medicine 2016/17