The Annual General Meeting of the College of Anaesthesiologists and Intensivists of Sri Lanka was held on the 11th of January 2020.

Following the address of the President, the Council for 2020 was appointed.

A resolution for the establishment of a resuscitation council within the college was tabled. The changes to the articles of association are to be passed by the members at an extra ordinary general meeting and should be verified by the registrar of companies.

An enthusiastic discussion followed on the subject of sub speciality training. Following this animated discussion, the following suggestions and queries were adopted by the house to be sent to the Ministry of Health.

  1. Not to create sub specialties until all the peripheral vacancies for general Consultant Anaesthetists are filled.
  2. If sub specialties are needed, to appoint a general anaesthetist on seniority basis as usual and offer him/her one year training abroad (as done in interventional radiology) providing paid leave while maintaining the seniority. The ministry can stipulate a mandatory period of service in the post, upon the consultant taking up the post after training.
  3. Legal position of the general anaesthetist anaesthetising a patient in a government hospital belonging to a group categorized as a sub specialty.

Eg. A general anaesthetist  anaesthetising a child.

  1. How will it affect the merit based transfer system of the consultant already

board certified.


The Annual Academic Sessions incorporating9 workshops were held from the 13th to the 20th of January 2020. The inauguration was on the17th of January at Galadari Hotel.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the presidents of the College of Anaesthesiologists & Intensivists of Sri Lanka and the Royal College of Anaesthesiologists for collaboration during the Sessions.

The Sessions were well attended with 38 speakers and resource persons, 248 local delegates and 18 foreign delegates. The banquet and Sri Lankan night was held on the 18th and enjoyed by all those who were present.

The College was closed on the 21st when the staff were given a well deserved rest.

The Working Committee on Resuscitation continuing with their heavy calendar held a generic instructor course for 44 candidates from 28th to 31st January, one ERC ILS course, 8 ALS courses, 1 ILS obstetrics course and an instructor day.

The College of Anaesthesiologists & Intensivists of Sri Lanka has inaugurated a fund for the building of the “Dr Sashidaran Lecture Hall” at the new premises. Dr Nilmini Wijesuriya has been instrumental in organizing this project.

Donations to this fund can be made to our following BOC college savings account:


Account Name- College of Anaesthesiologists and Intensivists of Sri Lanka

(Dr Sashidharan Memorial Auditorium Fund)

Bank of Ceylon, Branch – Regent Street

A/C no – 77827973

Swift Code – BCEYLKLX

Branch Code: 627

Bank Code: 7010


Please send a copy of receipt to the college by e mail.


Part 1A/CCA & Part 1B lecture programmes are ongoing. The College would like members to indicating their preferred topics for future programmes.


Mock vivas were held for the 1B examination with enthusiastic participation from all anaesthetist, specially our junior consultants.


CME lectures for 2020 begin on the  29th of February with the topics ‘Donation after circulatory death’ and ‘Anaesthetic challenges in robotic surgery’.


The Medicare exhibition will be held on the 6th, 7th and 8th of March 2020. The College of Anaesthesiologists and Intensivists of Sri Lanka hopes to have 3 stalls to educate the public on pain management, CPR and intensive care. All members are invited to help in these programmes. Please contact Dr Gayani Walpola (Pain Management Unit) Dr Mithrajee Premarathna (CPR Unit) and Dr Waruni Samaranayaka (Intensive Care unit)


The council meeting for the month of February will be held on the 2nd of March 2020.