It is with great pleasure and pride I issue this message as the president of the College of Specialists in Rheumatology and Rehabilitation, Sri Lanka (CSRRSL) at this important era of transformation of the College in its journey to reach new heights.
CSRRSL is the professional body dedicated for rheumatology and medical rehabilitation in the country. The Sri Lanka Association of Rheumatology and Medical Rehabilitation was convened in July 1997 and was transformed to become a college in 2016. The CSRRSL has entered into its third decade since its inception in 1997.
It was a long felt need to update the College website with a new look. I am delighted to note that our effort has been successful. The regular updates will be available and further developmental work will be done in improving the web site.
The College has continued to conduct the regular monthly CME program at National Hospital of Sri Lanka. This has now become one of the popular academic event with the participation of more and more medical trainees and physicians. This comprise a rheumatology case presentation by a consultant rheumatologist or a senior registrar (SR) in rheumatology and a journal club done by a SR in rheumatology.
The college conducts its regular quarterly regional meeting in different parts of the country with the aim of disseminating the knowledge and updating current advances in rheumatology among doctors in the peripheral regions of the country. The college conducts a training program to senior registrars in rheumatology and also contributing to the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine in various ways. The college is involved in many collaborative activities with number of national bodies including the Ministry of Health.
We have been able to work more closely with other colleges and associations in matters of common interest. I hope to expand these relationships for meaningful projects in future.
The main goal of the college at this juncture is to introduce a uniform record keeping practice in all rheumatology clinics in the country. A new rheumatology clinic book has been introduced and a paper based data collection system is in now in use. This was made possible by an International League of Associations for Rheumatology (ILAR) project grant. The College is collaborating with the Ministry of Health to establish the computer based rheumatology record keeping system. We are pleased that pilot projects will soon be started in four rheumatology clinics in the country. We have been able to introduce an electronic record keeping method for patients registered for biological drug therapy.
The annual Scientific Sessions (ASS) is the most important academic event of the College. With the encouragement of a huge success in ASS-2017, we are planning to stage an even more dedicated, clinically oriented program for this year which is scheduled to be held on 24th and 25th of November. This year’s ASS will be a joint meeting with British Society of Rheumatology (BSR) with the participation of number of eminent Rheumatologists from UK. We hope the program this year will be well received by consultants and trainees in medicine in particular and other specialties. The program will be available on the College website soon.
CSRRSL had opened new links with regional sister associations. We are now joined with a number of committees and groups in Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR) and hope to strengthen the links with colleagues in the region.
I am blessed with a team of dedicated rheumatologists in achieving above goals. I am indebted to the past presidents for the wealth of knowledge and experience they have shared We as a college have a vision in improving the rheumatology services in our country. We are ambitious and hopeful in bringing more meaning to rheumatology in Sri Lanka.
We invite all of you to be a part of our collective strength in achieving our goals.