The inauguration of the first-ever milestone Induction Session of the one-year old Sri Lanka College of Military Medicine (SLCOMM), themed on ‘Military Medicine - Sri Lankan Perspective’ got underway at the Eagle’s Lakeside Convention Hall, Attidiya on 10th March 2017 with the participation of Secretary to the Ministry of Health, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), tri-forces commanders, professionals and participants, drawn from other colleges of relevance to the fields of medicine and dentistry.
Mr. Anura Jayawickrama, Secretary, Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine attended the event as the Chief Guest while Air Chief Marshal Kolitha Gunatilleke, CDS attended as the Guest of Honour to the induction session at the invitation of the SLCOMM.
The session which continued until Saturday afternoon focused on increase its membership, conduct of a workshop on Research Methodology, introduction of a Masters’ level post-graduate course in Military Medicine, etc.
Further, the present Council has embarked on tracing and documenting the history of military medicine in our country with special emphasis on experiences in the thirty-year long conflict. In addition, the SLCOMM has begun to collaborate with other local and international professional colleges as an academic forum.
The ‘Progressive Session’ followed the ‘Scientific Session’ of the SLCOMM which was also held at the Colombo Army Hospital auditorium during March 10 - 11 with the participation of over 200 professionals and participants in the fields of medicine.
Marking a major turning point in the annals of Sri Lankan military history, a combined tri service gathering of 400 medical and dental officers, succeeded in establishing the first-ever Sri Lanka College of Military Medicine (SLCOMM) as the academic forum at the Colombo Army Hospital on 18 March 2016 with the blessings of the Commander of the Army on a proposal, submitted by Major General Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Director General Army Health Services.
These academic sessions touched on tri service (Army, Navy, Air Force) dimensions of military medicine, including Combat Medicine, Underwater Medicine and Aviation Medicine.
A pre-scientific session dealt with ‘Update on Bleeding & Thrombosis’ which is regarded as an important area of military medicine. These sessions were debated on eight paper presentations and an equal number of poster presentations.
Furthermore, those sessions included a symposium each on Military Medicine, Military Dentistry and Military Psychiatry.
In the past one year of its founding, the SLCOMM executive council under the leadership of Surgeon Rear Admiral (Rtd) N.E.L.W Jayasekera, Founder President, along with Major General Sanjeewa Munasinghe, President Elect and Air Commodore L.R Jayaweera, Vice President has undertaken a series of activities through four sub-committees: Management, Academic, Social and Media.
Sri Lanka’s membership in the International Council of Military Medicine (ICMM), representing 120 countries is a significant milestone in this regard and works as a catalyst to the scope of the SLCOMM.