Vidyajyothi Professor Rezvi Sheriff has wide range of Education & Administrative experiences in the Medical field over and above his usual duties as the Professor of Medicine.

His duties involve undergraduate teacher, postgraduate trainer, Clinician at Consultant level at the National Hospital Sri Lanka both in Internal Medicine and Nephrology giving 24 hours cover to all the Intensive Care units in Colombo 1978 to date. This service component has been enormous. He has also contributed by being a resource person for teaching all categories of Health Care workers for the Ministry of Health.


  •    Active proponent of the Colombo Medical Schools new curriculum introduced in 1996
  •    Chairman CVS Module Committee and Clinical Sciences Stream
  •    Chairman Electives Committee (started Elective programme in the Faculty)
  •    Chairman of the CDEC (Curriculum Development & Evaluation Committee)
  •    Person in charge of Management Committee of the IRQUE Project (Improve Relevance Quality of Undergraduate Education)
  •    Active member of the University Reforms Task Force 1994 (Appointed by President Chandrika Kumaranatunga)
  •    Active member of the National Education Committee 2004 (Appointed by President Chandrika Kumaranatunga)
  •    Chairman of Board of Study in Medicine - 2004. Member since 1990.
  •    Coordinated & Initiated the Postgraduate Nephrology Programme.
  •    Chief Examiner for MD since 1996.
  •    Active resource person/ participant in many PG Education workshops for Trainers and Trainees at the PGIM.
  •    Has been resource person in several workshops in the PGIM inclusive of

    •  Training of Trainers – 13th May 2003
    • Evaluation of Training Programmes – 30th March 2004
    • Appraisal based Postgraduate workshops – 31st May 2004
    • MCQ review workshops – 03rd February 2004

  •    Has Acted for the Director PGIM in 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005 on numerous occasions

    • 19th September  to  23rd September  – 2002
    • 25th February  to  03rd March  – 2003
    • 12th April  to  09th May  – 2003
    • 26th June  to  03rd July  – 2003
    • 08th September  to  18th September  – 2003
    • 04th March  to  08th March  – 2004
    • 15th April  to  16th April  – 2004
    • 29th June  to  11th July  – 2004
    • 13th July  to  27th July  – 2004
    • 09th August  to  14th August  – 2004
    • 01st September  to  09th September  – 2004
    • 16th October  to  25th October  – 2004
    • 07th February  to  14th February  – 2005
    • 13th June  to  19th June  – 2005

  •    THE PRESTEGIOUS SLMA Oration awarded in 1999 – “Yellow Oleander Poisoning – in search of an antidote”. Delivered in Kandy.
  •    GUEST LECTURE – Sri Lankan Society of Paediatric Nephrology Inuagural Meeting – “Establishing Adult Nephrology Services in Sri Lanka-Personal experience 1978-2002
  •    AMA Azeez oration on Health of Sri Lankan Muslims – November 2005
  •    Plenary on “Trainee Appraisal” – South Asian Conference on Post Graduate Medical Education, August 2005
  •    Lead author of the Country Paper on Human Resource for Health in Sri Lanka in 2005; August 3-6 2005, Bangkok
  •    Plenary lecture on “Acute Renal Failure in ITU settings” on Kerala Meeting of the Royal College of Physicians UK – overseas meeting; Trivandrum India, March 2006
  •    S. RAMACHANDRAN ORATION awarded in 2014 – “Accreditation of medical schools (Local and Foreign) in Sri Lanka Issues, Concerns and possible solutions Delivered in Colombo BMICH.


Work to be done by PGIM - From 2006 - 2010

18 Postgraduate Diplomas and 3 Postgraduate Certificate courses under            21 Boards of Study.

Board of Study in Multidisciplinary  Study Courses

Speciality Board in –

  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Medical education
  • Molecular Medicine
  •  Medical  Medicine
  •  Disaster Preparedness and Healthcare Management
  • Elderly  Medicine
  • Critical Care and Emergency Medicine
  • Clinical Pharmacology

Boards of Study in Basic and Medical Sciences

  • Speciality Board in Anatomy
  • Speciality Board in Physiology

Board  of Study in Multidisciplinary Study Courses  ( MDSC)

  • MD Clinical Pharmacology
  • MSc in Bio Medical Informatics
  • PG Diploma in Critical care Medicine
  • PG Diploma /MSc in Molecular Medicine
  • PG Certificate /Diploma/MD in Medical Education
  • PG Diploma in Sports Medicine

PG Diploma in Disaster Preparedness and Healthcare Management

  • PG Diploma in Elderly Medicine
  •  PG Diploma in Anatomy
  •  PG Diploma in Physiology
  •  PG Diploma in Family Medicine through Distance Education
  •  PG Diploma /MSc in Clinical Nutrition Management
  •  PG Diploma in Clinical Microbiology

PG Diploma in General Dental Practice through Distance Education


  •  Opening up of the PGIM courses to all private sector doctors
  • The  private sector doctors were encouraged to apply and undergo training in the PGIM to obtain postgraduate degrees.
  • Conducting other training programmes:These programmes were conducted as additional learning activities to facilitate development of competencies other than what is expected from their core learning programmes.
  • 05 day training programme on “ How to get your Research published”Includes research design, literature survey, methodology, data gathering,Analysis, statistics, data presentation
  • Certificate of Competence in Computer Applications 3 months week –end course on basic computer skills for postgraduate trainees
  •  Conducting and hosting workshops/ Seminars/ Guest lecture for the benefit of postgraduate trainees through earned and funded income. All activities were accredited by the National CPD committee at the Sri Lanka Medical Association and CPD points were awarded to all participants.
  • Use of cost effective Video conferencing techniques to link up with regional centers within Sri Lanka as well  as trainers/lecturers in foreign countries for postgraduate training programmes.
  • Organizing Academic Sessions. The academic sessions were organized to promote research activities among postgraduate as well as among other doctors from various regions in the Country.


  • 25th Anniversary Academic Sessions   ( 2005)
  • 27th Anniversary Academic Sessions   (2007)
  • 1st  Oration  of the  PGIM  (2007)
  •  Titular  Recognition Awards of PGIM Trainers/Examiners    (2008)
  •  2nd Oration PGIM   (2008)

Titular Recognition Awards of PGIM  Trainers/Examiners      (2009)

3rd Oration – PGIM    (2009)

  • Titular Recognition Awards of PGIM                         (2010)                                                   4th   Oration – PGIM (expected to be held in October 2010)
  • 30th Anniversary  Academic Sessions  ( expected to be held in April 2011)


  • Workshops were conducted for trainers, tutors and examiners in relation to needful areas identified by specific Boards of Study through PGIM funds.
  • Specialty  Board in Bio Medical  Informatics through the NOMA funding to attend Seminars, Workshops and Conference.
  • Equipped the Medical Education Resource Center (MERC)  with reference material, journal access and internet facilities for the benefit of the trainers
  • Allowed the postgraduates trainers to follow modules in the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education Courses as it can improve the standards of Medical  education at the PGIM even further.
  • The PGIM library was established in close proximity to the PGIM main building with adequate spacing for study and referencing purposes.
  • Subscriptions were made to reputed indexed foreign journals to provide the postgraduate trainees and trainers with high quality research articles for review purposes.
  • Published a Compilation of Orations and Presidential addresses as a National           service to the Medical profession.
  • Published an Annotated Library Bibliography by compiling Research  Reports, Theses,  Dissertations & case reports produced by the PGIM trainees.
  • PGIM launched its first official journals in the year 2009.
  • Sri Lanka Journal of Biomedical informatics –  online
  • Sri Lanka Journal of Critical care Medicine   – online

PGIM publishes a quarterly newsletter for the successive 4thyear and is distributing 2000 copies to relevant institutions as a free issue to uplift the postgraduate medical education as well a s to increase the awareness related to medical educational activities at the PGIM among Medical doctors.

A Trainers Director was published for the purpose of identifying trainers in specific fields and their research interests for the PG trainees and other interested parties.

  • Providing funding and necessary support for PGIM staff to undergo training in areas which are directly relevant for the efficient and smooth functioning of the PGIM.
  • Provided funding for staff members to attend International Conference which would support institutional development.
  • Providing facilities and support for non-academic staff at the PGIM to participate in basic skills development courses pertaining to computer literacy and English Development.
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  • Building and development of the Roof Top facility.
  • This is the newest  addition to the PGIM infrastructure and has become a much sort after place for postgraduate trainees to engage in their study activities as well as for the trainers to perform their academic duties.
  • The facility includes:
  • The MERC Office
  • Confidential Rooms
  • Computer lab with 30 computers
  • A learning room with capacity for 50 students
  • Consultants longue
  • Study area
  • Dining and recreational area
  • TV lounge
  • Meditation Room
  • Making the PGIM roof top a Wi-Fi enabled hot spot.
  • Establishment of the PGIM Library at close proximity to the PGIM.
  • Expanding the PGIM fleet of vehicles by adding a brand new motor car and a van to cater the growing transport requirements of the institution
  • Fulfilling the needs of all departments in relation to computer systems, printing devices, photocopying machines.. etc. depending on the requirement.
  • Expects to join the LEARN Network to link up with Regional centers of the PGIM through Video conferencing facilities for providing trainees the option of attending lecture sessions without having to travel long distances to Colombo.
  • Formulated the MSc in Biomedical Informatics course with collaboration from University of Oslo, Norway.
  • WHO backed   research development initiatives were implemented along with other projects.
  • Received funding from the Distance Education Modernization  Project (DEMP) to develop and implement online courses at the PGIM.
  • Collaborated with ISHED (Worls  Space.SneHA) in implementing a pilot project kon distance learning tools for Medical Education.
  • There are links with RCP, RCS, Australian Medical Association and New Zealand Medical Association in relation to finding placements for PG trainees, obtaining services for examination purposes, recognizing training programmes at the PGIM as equivalent to standards in respective countries.. etc.
  • New MOU with Malaysian Government to provide placement for PGIM trainees in centres of Excellence in Malaysia.
  • MOU with Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan – MOU expects to allow selected number of trainees from these countries to be trained at the PGIM to facilities specialist medical services in these countries.
  • Formulated in 2005, PGIM Alumni Association Organizes the Annual PGIM Oration.
  • Expects to function as a body that will support the development of the institution through it s Alumni, spread locally as well as globally.
  • A roof top facility with study areas
  • A TV Longue , refreshments
  • Wi-FI facilities was opened in the year 2008
  • The canteen facility has been extended to Saturdays to cater to the PG trainees attending week-end training porogrammes
  • All trainees going abroad for their foreign training was given a laptop allowance.
  • The monthly stipend for trainees going abroad on PGIM scholarship was also increased based  on the increasing living costs abroad.
  • Students undergoing MSc in Biomedical Informatics course funded by the NOMA project was given Laptops for their educational use.
  • Scholarship were awarded through the NOMA project for its trainees to attend foreign conferences during the training period.
  • PGIM functions as an intermediary institution to find foreign placements for some of its trainees based on the offers given.
  • Implements the Standing Committee on Academic Affairs, Accreditation, Examination & Discipline (AAAED)
  • This committee is functioning as a Advisory body to the Board of Management as well as to Boards of Study in matters coming under their purview.
  • A Fixed Assets  Registrar has been introduced through the board of Survey.
  • A  fees Structure Book has been formulated:
  • This booklet will streamline the fees charged for various  activities at the PGIM
  • A finger scanning device has been installed  to register attendance for the PGIM  staff.