Does the undergraduate medical school influence postgraduate performance of doctors in Sri Lanka?: An observational study

July 2013
Indian Journal of Higher Education;Jul-Dec2013, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p98
Academic Journal
Objective: Sri Lanka has 6 established state funded medical schools and one medical postgraduate institution. Does the medical school of origin influence the post graduate performance? Methods: We analysed the demography and examination performance of all medical graduates who successfully completed a postgraduate degree at the above institution from 2004 to 2010 in relation to their medical school of origin. Results: A total of 2925 medical graduates successfully completed a postgraduate degree of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM), Colombo during the study period. Of the 2925, a majority (95%) had obtained their primary medical degree from a Sri Lankan medical school. The proportions of students undertaking postgraduate examinations from each medical school varied from 18 - 73%. Conclusions: We find the chosen category of postgraduate qualification, the year of attainment and the proportion participating are influenced by the medical school of origin.


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