Ceylon College of Physicians

The beginning

The Ceylon College of Physicians came into being after an informal meeting of eleven Physicians on the 25th of July 1967 in the Consultants’ Lounge of the General Hospital Colombo (now the National Hospital of Sri Lanka) and has since then remained true to the inspired vision of its founders: to promote the dissemination of up-to-date medical knowledge, promote research and thereby foster postgraduate education in medicine. The 1967 get-together included Professor K. Rajasuriya, Dr O.R Medonza, Dr E. Mirando, Dr W.D.L Fernando, Dr W. Wijenaike and Dr N.D.W. Lionel. The Inaugural Meeting of the College, held on the 26th of September 1967 at the Clinical Lecture theatre of the General Hospital, Colombo, considered and adopted the draft constitution presented by the Chairman. All those present at that meeting, as well as those applying for membership within a month, qualified to be founder members of the College.

Dr E.M. Wijerama delivered the first foundation lecture on 19th of February 1968, his subject being “Physicians, ancient and modern”. The lecture was followed by dinner at the Hotel Samudra, where covers were laid for 119 members & guests. The cost of the dinner was an unbelievable Rs.l5/-per person. In keeping with the objectives of the College the Council decided to organize scientific meetings, they being restricted topresentation of original research papers by members, and to lectures by visiting professors.