“Transforming Health Professions Education to Develop Professional Identity”

The development of professional identity is recognised as a vital and integral component of health professions education. In current times however, fostering professionalism among trainees in the health professions can be a challenging task. The Colombo Conference on Medical Education 2019 will explore how health professions education can be transformed to effectively achieve this paramount goal of developing professional identity among the future generations of healthcare professionals.

The College of Medical Educationists (CME) has successfully hosted several national and international conferences in medical education in the past decade, graced by speakers of global repute.

 2012 : The first conference by the then Forum of Sri Lankan Medical Educationists (FOSME) was graced by Prof Rita Sood, President of the South East Asian Regional Association for Medical Education (SEARAME).

 2014: FOSME hosted the SEARAME conference where the keynote addresses were delivered by Prof Kevin Eva, the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Medical Education and Prof Charlotte Rees, Director of the Centre for Medical Education, University of Dundee, UK. This conference was attended by a large number of local and international delegates.

 2017: The first ever international conference after FOSME matured as CME, Colombo Conference on Medical Education was held. It was graced by Prof Trudie Roberts, President of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), and was attended by scores of health professions educationists.

 2019: CME intends to feature the Colombo Conference as a bi-annual event encouraging meaningful dialogue among scholars, teacher clinical practitioners and enthusiasts in health professions education around the world. In 2019, the Colombo Conference on Medical Education unfolds with the theme, 'Transforming health professions education to develop professional identity'.

Message from the College of Medical Educationists,Sri Lanka


Prof. Madawa Chandratilake, President, College of Medical Educationists

"Colombo Conference on Medical Education – 2019, focuses on how the cornerstones of fostering professional identify, clinical and moral reasoning, and reflective skills, can be upheld in these challenging but very exciting times. Many international experts and leaders, who are paving the way in the right direction, share their wisdom and scholarship over three days across a diverse programme of activities.We invite you to be a part of this brainstorming journey while embracing the warmth of sincerity and joy of excitement in the vibrant city of Colombo, Sri Lanka." Read more