PeMSAA-UK
Peradeniya Medical School Alumni association United Kingdom
The International Academic Conference and Annual Ball 2018

It is my honor and pleasure to reflect on the weekend of catching up with friends and alumni, learning, laughing, and having the most enjoyable time.

The event had been planned with meticulous care by the organizing committee under the leadership of Dr. Krish Radhakrishnan, to give the alumni, their families and friends an unforgettable weekend and to be proud to call themselves ‘Graduates of Peradeniya Medical School, Sri Lanka’.

The choice of venue was most fitting, for a group of medics who enjoyed their heady undergraduate days in the most salubrious campus in Asia, the Peradeniya Campus. As we drove into the calm, leafy roads of Center Parcs, we could not help feel nostalgic about the days we spent walking through the most beautiful roads and alleyways of the Peradeniya Campus.

The well-designed and well-presented brochure was informative, historical and served a loving souvenir to take home and cherish this special weekend.

The Friday evening of ‘warming up’ session did exactly that with wine and the Bowling Alley.

The International Academic Conference the next morning was of the highest academic level, reflecting the high academic standing of the Academic Secretary Prof. Swaminathan. It raised the bar for all such events for the future. The speakers, both alumni, current academic staff of Peradeniya Medical School and guest speakers were at the ‘top of their game’. The topics chosen were most appropriate. We were privileged to have Professor Vajira Weerasinghe, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, who gave us some insight into the current medical curriculum and the progress made by our Alma Mater. The programme also informed us on the medical advances of present day practice taking place globally.

Professor Varagunam Memorial Lecture delivered by Professor Sreeharan was poignant and truly acknowledged the forward thinking man’s legacy. The audience was mesmerized by the predictions for the healthcare environment for 2025 and beyond.

It was also inspiring to see the daughters and sons of our peers confidently communicating their specialty knowledge and experience. This made us feel that the ‘Peradeniya Brand’ is alive and well and in good hands for the future.

The evening reception and the Annual Ball was elegant, graced by the colourful sarees, delicious menu and the delightful music by Suresh and the ‘The Breeze’.

The guests were able to work away the effects of the ‘good times’ of the Saturday night with the Sunday morning water sports in the amazing sub-tropical water complex or walking and cycling the picturesque landscapes of the Center Parcs or indulge in their combative sprits with a badminton game. The Sunday afternoon fun took us back to our childhood reciting nursery rhymes. The dramatic entertainment had us all in stitches thanks to Dr Uditha Jayatunga and Dr Lal Jayasekara. It made us realise that the ‘Peradeniya Brand’ excels not only in high medical standards but also in the performing arts!

Congratulations to the organising committee and thank you for all who made the PeMSAA – UK 2018 event a great success.

Dr Shanthi Thomas MD MSc MBA FRCPath
Reminiscing the PeMSAA-UK International Academic Conference and Annual Ball.........
By Dr Shanthi Thomas