24 May, 2017

My SAITM Story

By Pulashi Rodrigo

Pulashi Rodrigo

I’m not one to share my personal stories, but it’s time to break the silence and clear up the misconceptions about SAITM where I’ve been studying for the past four years.

My family moved to Seychelles when I was 6, so I had my primary education at The International School Seychelles. When it was time to come back I was 14 and had to start my O’Level course here in Sri Lanka. Since I had never learnt Sinhala (having only gone to Montessori in Sri Lanka) I had no option but to enter an international school. So I completed my secondary education at Elizabeth Moir School.

I excelled in school and was made a House Captain and Senior Prefect within a year of joining. My GCE O’Level results were 7As and 3Bs and my GCE A’Level results were 4As (there were no A Stars at that time). I won Edexcel awards for both examinations. The purpose of this is not to brag but to educate those who think students that fail A’Levels go to SAITM.

I wanted to pursue a career in Medicine but unfortunately those who sit London A’Levels are not eligible to enter state universities in Sri Lanka and studying Medicine at a reputed foreign university is ridiculously expensive as most don’t offer scholarships for this course. In 2010 I decided to do a Bachelors in Medical Bioscience at Monash University. After completing this degree I still had not given up my dream of becoming a Doctor so I looked for more options. I could have chosen any university with my results, however, my father had already spent more than 4 million rupees on my BSc degree so I was looking for cheaper options. That is why I decided to join SAITM in 2013 as the degree is a fraction of the cost of doing it abroad. Also, as I live at home, I would have no additional living expenses.

So here are some of the answers to the FAQs and misconceptions about SAITM:

1) Why are we striking?

We are not striking; it is the state medical faculties who are on strike against us because we are a private medical college. According to them, all education should be free, and yet they go for private tuition classes and work in private hospitals.

2) Anyone with money can enter SAITM and “buy” their degree

No. There are students with excellent results; and I can assure you there is nobody who has failed or done A’Levels in Commerce or Arts. In fact, our results are available at the Ministry of Higher Education so please feel free to go and have a look. We do not “buy” our degree; we work hard for it. There were 120 in my batch when we started but only 98 remain today because, contrary to popular belief, not everyone is passed just because we pay for our education.

3) The standard of education is bad at SAITM

No, the standard of education at SAITM is equal to if not better than those at state faculties. We have the same lecturers as state faculties, and they are not teaching us anything different to what they teach students at the state faculties. Having studied in a foreign university myself I can vouch for the facilities and standards of SAITM.

If you think the standards are low, let us sit for a common exam so we can prove the level of our standards. If students who study medicine abroad can come back and sit for the ERPM (Act 16) exam and then work here why can’t we do the same? We are Sri Lankan citizens, so give us equal rights.

4) Private education should be banned

Open your eyes and look around. Private education has been around for centuries. Some of the best education is paid for. There is private education for every other course except Medicine in Sri Lanka. You can pay for Law, Engineering, Business, IT, Nursing and any other course but I don’t see anyone protesting that. Some people think that a private medical college will threaten free education but this is not so. The state universities will still have the same number of places for those who qualify to enter. Out of around 25,000 students who qualify to enter state universities, only about 1200 are taken in for Medicine due to limited resources. So the rest of the students can enter private colleges like SAITM to fill the shortage of approximately 25,000 doctors in our country (according to the WHO).

5) We are unqualified so we will “kill our patients”

We are not the ones protesting on the roads every day; our university staff is not on strike; we are continuing with lectures and clinicals; we are studying every day; so which of us do you really think will “kill our patients”?

6) We don’t have enough clinical exposure

It is not the number of patients we see but how much we can learn from each patient. In some foreign universities students can’t examine patients due to racial issues and language barriers. The Government has also assigned us with a base hospital where we get the required training.

7) Why is the Kotelawala Defence University accepted by the SLMC but not SAITM?

Exactly. KDU is a private medical college that was approved by the previous Government but SAITM was not. Also, KDU does not have a teaching hospital (which is one of the criteria for approval) whereas SAITM has a teaching hospital. So why the double standard?

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    Dear Pulashi Rodrigo RE: My SAITM Story 1. “We are not striking; it is the state medical faculties who are on strike against us because we are a private medical college. According to them, all education should be free, and yet they go for private tuition classes and work in private hospitals.” 2. “Exactly. KDU is a private medical college that was approved by the previous Government but SAITM was not. Also, KDU does not have a teaching hospital (which is one of the criteria for approval) whereas SAITM has a teaching hospital. So why the double standard?” Thanks for sharing your information. So why the double standards? There are private hospitals, private schools, why not private universities and private medical schools? The people will certainly benefit. It is nor about the people or country. It is about the cast-ism and hegemony.Do they have a problem with Ayurveda? There is certainly a need for more medical schools, to serve the populace, based on market demand. Unfortunately, the cast-ism of the GMOA and SLMC , the Mafioso, is getting in the way. They have no right to block you or any other students. Let the market forces dictate supply and demand. It is time all the people speak up.
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      Marakkalamare, Who can talk more about castism, the Mafioso, heroin and Kerala grass trade than youand the other ‘FIDELS (not us the INFIDELS)? We also know that you want to let the market forces dictate supply and demand because you Fidels.get together and control D &S through underhand cartels. Days are numbered!
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        Kalagol Abey No ad hominems. Discuss the subject matter. The GMOA and SLMC have the population of Sri Lanka by their balls and other body parts. The Private practice by GMOA, is to fleece the patients, who paid the taxes to educate them, and then are fleeced again, with the concurrence of the politicians., when the tax payers become patients. Ban the GMOA doctors from doing private practice. If they want want to do private practice, fine, but don’t work in the Govt. Hospitals and draw a salary. Let those who want to serve the people, work in the Govt Hospitals,. Those who want to make money, work in the Private Hospitals, in COMPETITION, with the other private hospitals. That is what businesses are doing. This is market supply and demand. Let the economic value proposition dictate who stays in businesses and who falls by the way side, just like what happens in examinations. Same with Private Medical Schools.Let them compete with each other and the state medical schools and excel. Let them attract foreign students who pay more. Right now it is about the Cast-ism of GMOA and SLMC and its activities as Mafioso, that is the core problem.
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      Yes. SAITAM is of poor quality according to the experts. We know some big shots and ministers funded this project. That is why they are doing their best to get it approved. They are going to produce the doctors of the quality which same as the quality of ministers and mps (many did not study even O/L). It is matter of playing with the life of people. As sri Lankan we can not allow this to happen. Minister Laxman is waiting to start his another project of Manipal university. At this rate, private people can even start atomic university too. The government should not bother. Close the SAITAM. That is the only answer. SAITAM students need not to write their stories. They all can get together and release a book which can be used for students studying literature in English in the future. We can understand what you are doing ? Are you studying medicine or writing stories and striking? This is more than enough for your quality of education
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    Your teachers are keeping quiet. Why not get a few of them to write articles about the courses, assessments etc?
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      Very good idea. The world must know there is a great deal going on in SAITM though not visible to all because of the distance. They should give and take for the future good and solidify Mulleriyawa, Homagama and nearby hospitals not used for teaching and become very extensive with already available govt. hospitals. In medicine, no man is an island.
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      Though there have been numerous students writing up ” My SAITM Story” ,none of them have divulged what do they study in detail within SAITM; one of the writer said something in short-forms of pre-clinical studies, not giving much weight the her argument. Give weight to your arguments by truly divulging what you all have been doing and undertaking within SAITM itself rather than your personal history of past education, which may lead or end up further shedding negative impact on processing your all intended registration itself. Please tell us What you all learn during Pre-Clinical, Para-Clinical and Clinical Semesters and give your arguments more weight on that basis! If you are not prepared to do that it will be suspected of as some thing fishy!
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        It is amazing you cannot fathom as to why these students write their own stories here. Anyway, if you’re inquisitive about curriculum and the course work of SAITM medical faculty, is not it the best that you visit the institution and inquire about it in person. A long drawn write-up of what students learn in medical jargon would be boring and little use for simple non medical mortals like us.
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    This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/
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    Another Silly article. None of these will have any impact on the eventual takeover of the SAITM.
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      It is good to see that the format adopted here is somewhat different from what was being said in response to earlier efforts to place the issues before us. Yes, Private Universities have to be encouraged, but it is the business of the government to see that certain standards have to be adhered to
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    Karl Marx has resurrected from the dead. That is why the double standards you have encountered. Marx was hunted by his own, but was safe in London where he died a pauper in his utopia and buried in the capital of capitalism. So much for trying to make all equal and the STATE their god who provides. Pulashi each student’s story is different. Problem here is the BOI FOR PROFIT. GMOA cant condemn the money they themselves chase. So they found a dummy- “not up to standard” with an outdated 2 year report of a team of which some only are mature and the rest 1st time gropers or vested interest and pp. The war will end with Supreme Court, but money and power craving by all has another dimension and solution. As long as mafia rebels exist, there will be mess even for smug state students. Let them find out. You study
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    Very good, these state University blokes and GMOA wage industrial action out of jealousy not nothing else. These GMOA blokes say they are trying to protect patients, its a total lie. How many patients die or suffer under medical negligence, all doctors coverup issues for their mates and prevent tarnishing the reputation, . In SriLanka there is no proper mechanism to sue doctors, this is another issue government must address. My children were in a similar situation but i took proactive action to migrate for the sake of children education. Good luck, hope there will be tangible outcome for the current impasse.
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    Let the SIT for ACT 16 exam. Student who clear it , accept them which is very fair request.
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      Act 16 is now a 2 year ERPM extracting lot of examiner fees. They victimize thinking they have money and so went abroad. Also job agencies love them since they are paid to go abroad. Only if computer correction is done, then only fair. Also subjects for foreign have already been trained for SAITM and would be unfair repetition like forensic and Com med. Also all local UGC MBBS are equal. Locals cant sit Act 16. The idea is to give justice to SAITM unfairly accused. Others have nothing to lose except their voices by shouting SAITM staff should tell the world their high standards through writing
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        @Waiter, I did not understand your statement ” Also subjects for foreign have already been trained for SAITM and would be unfair repetition like forensic and Com med.” I was citing the worst case scenario. It is better to sit for the ACT 16 exam than being unrecognized. Their hard work will go in the drain if unrecognized. From the articles, I see that most of the students are confident that they will get through. These students enrolled at SAITM after validating with then government bodies that they would be given provisional registration as doctors upon graduation. The previous government awarded scholarship to student who failed to enter state university which a testament to recognition. GMOA and SLMC should have raised their voice during that period and we all know why they DID NOT. Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of SAITM and Now the case in supreme court docket. I sincerely hope that Supreme court rules in SAITM’s favour. Given the case, will SLMC/GMOA make the poor public suffer by striking? Dear Ministers, Please draft resolution to hold disciplined protests in this country. Protests should only be allowed in designated area in every province, not on the public roads. Protesters should apply for police permit. subjected to the police asseessment they should to be allowed. Finally your bill should categorize health care and transportation services as essential services. They should go through a process to raise their demands in organized manner. Cheers, Nahfees
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    All this time studying in SAITM, haven’t you had a single doubt/ question about corruption/ fraud done by the SAITM (contradictory advertisements by SAITM against the SLMC notices, SAITM putting full page advertisements for the ex-president in 2014, ex-vice chancellor and the Thajudeen case, ex-CEO and his self shooting incident). If you had these questions, shouldn’t you have put them in your SAITM story as well. If you didn’t have these questions, you are either naïve, or SAITM has given very plausible explanation for them which I am interested to hear for the above questions, or you thought that SAITM would get the SLMC approval by bribing the politicians or thuggery (which makes you complicit in the fraud done by SAITM).
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      SAITM surrounded by crooks like GMOA, IUSF and SLMC trying to do injustice. SAITM story is not about these crooks, but for those qualified to practice medicine to be able to do so SAITM is not about eliminating crooks from the world, but an Institute for study for which payment is made like in tution classes. When the teaching is over and exams. are passed, people will move on like from their schools
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      Umm.. Then what about all the crooks surrounding the GMOA and the local bodies. Are state medical students complicit for fraud, thuggery, terrorism or whatever done by bodies attached to the state education system? If you want to measure the fraud/bad aspects of ANY private education system relative to the state system, then you’re in a whole new mess.
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    This is a real eye opener. Cannot disagree with you on any of the points stated. My feeling is that this opposition is purely due to jealousy and also a fear psychosis that the lucrative business of private channelling will effect them by the time they pass out. It is a simple theory of supply and demand. If we double the number of doctors passing out each year, definitely it will impact the demand for medical services. These “owls” who enter to medical college after free education and waste taxpayers money by picketing rather than learning, should be chased out from the Universities.
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    It is such a tragedy that Sri Lankan children have to go through all this trauma due to no fault of their own . Successive corrupt , inefficient , governments with no policy have been floundering for several years now , letting this issue drag on and on without a solution .
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    You are a another unfortunate student. What ever you try to convince others, your clinical exposure is not enough. Avissawella is not a teaching hospitalgayag
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      It is not the label of ‘teaching hospital’ It is h Consultants who teach clinical well and train minds to think clinically, investigate as you go along and wholly cure patients without adding up the money god into the picture. Patients come to get well and if you do that, you will have more satisfaction than money mafia.
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        do you know the difference between teaching and the other hospital. teaching hospital are the tertiary hospital that get patients from all over the area. patients population is so high that automatically gives broad base knowledge and skill for both medical students, post graduate training doctors, even for the nurses. no matter how you try to say that the saitum students get enough clinical experience is a fraud.
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          All this chest beating and weeping over SAITM students that apparently have not even started practicing in SL yet and seemingly, will not be able to either What’s the problem ? Let them study and let them go abroad and work. Let the locally qualified doctors who you guys hold in such esteem, spend one hour in the government hospital and 10 hours in their Channel practice at Rs.4000 per patient
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            Whose fault is this? government fault. government doesn’t have a proper rule to restrict or limit. see how the Singapore government handle the issue
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    Very well analyzed by a student herself. This should be published in all news papers including Sinhala and Tamil Papers.
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    Why didn’t you join kothlawala, you don’t like to serve for forces. They directly join. It’s an agreement
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    Good article. I think every citizen who is civic conscious must unite to solve the SAITM issue and support further strengthening of freedom of education . SAITM is only a scapegoat. But the larger problem is GMOA and SLMC who have formed the habit of taking every government that is in power to ransom to meet their self serving interest. I THINK THEY FEAR THE COMPETITION. That’s why they are shouting so much for this issue without overcoming the patients real issues.
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    ya ya ya.. your story, my story, this story , that story.. all stories.. but ordinary folks in SL.. do not give a damn about your story. if you can pay 10.2 million for SAITM, should have gone to foreign uni and come back to SL to serve the poor people . all you rich folks do not understand the reality
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      @wiejlion,your talking thru your rear end pal first of all foriegn uni medical studies cost more than SAITM,secondly why are you being a traitor and asking her to go to study abroad and send our money there when same can be got here?
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      Ya ya ya…bla bla bla nothing will shed light on the ignorance on commenters such as you. Foreign universities cost for an year would be equal to that. And some people like to stay in their home country. But you don’t know that and you don’t care about it, you are convinced otherwise
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      wijelion,the problem is that we have a majority of idiots like you in the country. that is why we have these issues in Sri lanka.
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    I really admire the write for coming out with the story. This is out of malicious intention of GMOA and SLMC that they block private medical universities. Around the world best doctors are produced in private university for which all this crokard doctors go for their specialization. We are short of doctors in SL and any addition of doctors is a threat to their business that is the only issue they have . They also lose their blackmailing and bargaining power. It is time whole society come out against this GMOA Mafia. They never cry for the benefit of the society but only for their benefit. I suggest the writer to force the SITEM management to release the qualification and all other information pertaining to the issues in question for the public. I am for standardizing the universities with accepted standards for all students with a possible common examination mechanism by UGC but not closing of private universities as I believe government can’t facilitate all those who pass but it should be the right of the masses to pay for the education and obtain the qualification and serve the people of this country if the government can’t facilitate.
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    There is one interesting statement here ” Since I had never learnt Sinhala (having only gone to Montessori in Sri Lanka) I had no option but to enter an international school.” Hope she does now. Leave aside SAITM acceptance, if she were ever to practice as a Doctor in SL, guaranteed she would not be able to serve locals.
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    Excellent article explaining the current situation. Pulashi Rodrigo, at the end of the day you have to do the best you can for yourself. No politician or anyone else will enable you to get what is justly yours. The nation is sick and dying of corruption and nepotism. No section of the country, no government department, no university, no school, no court, not even your local postman is free from this cancer that has eaten into the body politic. If you remain in Sri Lanka you will have to compromise your ethics merely to survive.. Qualify, emigrate and reach for the stars, that is my advice to you.
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    Sister You and your parents have been made a very big mistake in your life by not cheking the quality and standard of the SAITM before you enrolling since there were so many paper ads published by the SLMC to the effect that SAITM has not been approved by them. My son was also got selected to SAITM but we did not send him due to above reason. On the other hand your personal matters and your ambition to become a doctor do not consider and sufficient enough to be a doctor and now you all are paying the penalty for the mistake you have done.
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      What you said was partly correct, you and your parents could have done some research beforehand. However, how do we know for sure whether then government censored adds against SAITM or threatened SLMC and GMOA if they publish such negative campaign. Rajapaksa was more than capable of doing anything if it goes agist stupid chinthanaya. I believe the government will weigh all options and provide SAITM undergraduates an acceptable solution.
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      Dear. ranjan You will also pay the price whenever your son or daughter complete studying medicine in a foreign university and when she or he sit for the ERPM/ ACT 16 here, then you realize how sweet the SLMC is. Do not think that you are wiser than others, there are so many students who ruin their lives after sitting it many times, unable to get through the ERPM.
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        This is the biggest mistake in Asian counties, parents want children to be doctors, engineers, no other profession beyond those two, one is for family reputation, the other is not a childhood dream or saving poor people, it is purely for money. this world is open, if a child scored A, A+ and all good result for the AL, she should have entered into another science stream and can become lecturer. can persuade post graduate studies and live a better life. THIS IS ASIAN MYTH
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    Dear Sister.. I’m supporting you and many students like you who have been vitemised due to lack of professional policy makers in SL.. UGC, SLMC and H.education MINISTRY should sort this out soon..if want be among one of tops countries in the world we should show our talent and skills and wisdom in solving this issues .. I think that our GDP is no longer depends in experts of tea, rubber and other products…Rather we are rich nations in H/R…why not those in power put their grip on this issue and shut the mouth of Drs and students who opposed this private medical colleges..I think we should have not only private medical collegesl but we should open private nursing schools too..we have failed to make use of international market for health professionals.. Government should open its eyes and set up some more private medical and nursing schools to produce more health care wokers. If governemnt can not provide jobs let them go abroad earn foreign currency that county badly needs.. Quality control and accreditation should be done by UGC and higher education ministry with some strict rules and regulations.. We do not want to produce cheap medical profession also but SL can do better than Bangladesh or Malaysia in this respects.. Matala air port and Hampathoda port are built witb money borrowed from.Chinese government? Why can not SL do this to build more facilties to private medical colleges or expand state medical faculties..
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      HI, know country is going to hire doctros from SAITM because this is not accredited.
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    The best companies in Sri Lanka are private. All our airline pilots studied in private flying schools. The best tuition classes are private. Alternatively, the worst run state institutions are government run, including schools and universities. Now we see why our future doctors are out in the street stricking and incoveniecing the public? No wonder these free-loaders are against SAITM because they FEAR COMPETITION.
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      not fear of competition, people love their lives and loves their loved ones lives.
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    Pulashi “No, the standard of education at SAITM is equal to if not better than those at state faculties.” As a student you are not the one to come to this conclusion. Leave it to medical educators to decide. “The standard of education is bad at SAITM” Yes. The reason why SAITM did not get accreditation from the SLMC. ” Private education should be banned” You are wrong, no body says that and there are many private education institutions. But specially in medicine it needs to be regulated that only quality and the best students are accepted and acceptable curricular are followed.
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    We don’t have enough clinical exposure It is not the number of patients we see but how much we can learn from each patient. In some foreign universities students can’t examine patients due to racial issues and language barriers THIS IS NOT TRUE, IF YOU HAVE MORE DIFFERENT PATIENTS MEAN YOUR EXPERIENCE IS MORE, FOREIGN COUNTRIES HAVE OWNERSHIP WHICH IS DIFFERENT.
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    i would like to see the story of a medical student in government university, that would be interesting as well. and problem with this one is making wrong decisions at the wrong time. why didn’t you choose government school with English medium stream. if your plan is to become a doctor in sri lanka why did you even want to sit for London A/L rather than our our GCE A/L. haven’t you done any research before you do that.
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      I am 100% agree with your comment. l
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    Ask for more at SAITM. Ask for quality education which you are loosing. Ask for regulating what you get. You have never experienced what good medical education is as you haven’t been there in a medical school with facilities and opportunities. What do you learn from peers who are equally ill informed? And what about lack of opportunity to learn from any of the hierarchy of postgraduates doctors in a state hospital, even if you forget about the university units. What you have not seen will never be wanted and never be appreciated as you haven’t had a chance to experience them. As SAITM students, you are the very people who should file a case against lack of proper education there. There has to have a limit to deception. Have a sincere chat with your own friends from other universities and be open minded. there is still some time for you all to correct things and reach the acceptable level. Ask for regulating your own standards and take this opportunity to become real doctors, not dummies who are taught using dummies.
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      acceptable comments. parents, children believed, still believing politicians and businessman and put the life is at risk, now every one blaming GMOA, government doctors, medical students in state universities and trying to get a sympathy for get the SAITM approved. even if this is approved, these students can’t practice medicine in another country because this is not an accredated institution. after that country will face to another problem, these people ( if could work as doctors) don’t go to rural areas, trying to hangout in big cities.
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    Methord use to start the Med. Collage is wrong, so we must force them to correct it & to show a way to complete the course. Many Med. Collage s means a good business in foreign market.if we are to that we have to fulfill the defects of SAITAM. Then we can stop the draining of foreign exchange & minimise our mothers going abroad.Here in Sri Lanka we have SSS drs & AAA drs all are practising.All are having the same brains. GMOA is in a political game. It wants to maintain the power, wants to minimise the production rate of Med. Graduates. SLMC is a puppet of GMOA. There is no independent voice of it.cat’s hand of GMOA. Ex SLMC Member
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    Before joining professional degree, should inquire about it’s recognition of relevant body and it’s international recognition. …The medical council continously putting advertisement from 2008 in all 3 languages, but why you couldn’t understand and know the standard of the institution. …it’s all your fault. Every year periodically central bank put number of advertisement about it’s recognised financial institutions. …After investing in sakvithi’s mega scam….The people who got cheated asking compensation from government. .??no, …They took it’s risk and kept silent. ….like that now you have to bring this cheaters to the courts and get justice. ..not to force SLMC to approve this scam. …This fraud can understand by 8th grade small kid….now how can we tell your all educated??? The political and money power playing it’s own games. …innocent people like you got caught to this scam. Dear, clinical exposure is not the only matter….. before u started ur eduactional degree, u and ur parents should have the sole responsibility for inquire regarding the professional accreditation and legitimacy of ur degree and institution. U cant say that u dont know things… cz even education agents for bangladesh and russian med unis display about slmc accreditation in their ads….. dr. Neville frauded u all from the beginning….. no one can justify his deceptive acts from the very first advertisement.. from that point giving a clinical exposure in government hospital is an questionable ( morally you would be given that… but not necessarily) cz there are several pvt nursing degrees in the country at the moment ( i dont know whether they have the relevant professional accreditation or not) but they dont seek government hospital training…… as i see problem is not with anywhere else but with dr. Neville and ur pure negligence… but i admit sooner or latee u all should be given a fair justice as students by considering all facts including ur mistakes
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    Dear Pulashi Rodrigo With out knowing Sinhala or Tamil language how can you serve to the patient in Sri Lanka once you wil start to practice as a doctor.in future. (unless you migrate to English speaking country after graduation). if you says you do not know about your mother tongue ,what kind of shame you are bring it to the nation that you are belonging. Need to write my SAITM story in order to establish favorable public opinion for your cause rater than making self boasting story which endorse the opinion where SAITM is for elite class. Ananda

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