What initially attracted you to your job?
My interest in
nervous system and the care of patients with neurological illness made
me a neurologist. My interest in medical education and teaching
undergraduates made me to take up the post of senior lecturer.
Define your job?
I teach Clinical Neurology and Neurophysiology for medical students in faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Galle. I also care for patients with neurological problems in University Medical Unit Teaching Hospital Galle Sri Lanka.
Can you walk me through your day to day activities?
Morning: Businesses ward rounds and ward teaching to students. Research activities.
Afternoon lectures, neurophysiology laboratory and administrative work and research activities.
What are the key issues facing your sector?
Lack of facilities for sophisticated neural- investigations in Sri Lanka, Lack of adequate supporting staff in teaching and research in Neurology.
How does government legislation affect your job?
We have the job security. The promotion scheme is monitored by University Grant Commission.
What impact has technology had on your job?
For state of art care the technology is essential.
What are the best things and worst things about your job?
I enjoy working with young medical students who change from a School child into a fully qualified doctor in front of our eyes.
Do you have any horror stories?
Oh yes many!
What attributes do you need/ what are you looking for when hiring someone in
Interest in teaching and research
The ability to withstand the stress of overwork
What are your tips/ advice for those starting out?