It is with great pleasure that I extend my greetings to the Australasian chapter of the Peradeniya Medical School Alumni Association in Australia.
Since the birth of PeMSAA in 1992, it has truly grown in stature and glory not only within Sri Lanka but also overseases. I am happy to withness the enthusiasm of the members of the PeMSAA in Australia and New Zealand showing to join hand in hand to support their alma mater, Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya. I appreciate the efforts made by Dr Lekamge, the vibrant President with his council members of PeMSAA Australasia to bring together their membership scattered in Australia and New Zealand, to reform it to be one of the most dynamic PeMSAA overseas chapters. I am confident that it will pave the path to extend the helping hands and strengthen thier bonds with PeMSAA Sri Lanka.
Since its inception, the Medical school Peradeniya, has been in the forefront of medical education in Sri Lanka and also has extended its services to south asian countries. I am pleased to make a note that during past few years, the Medical School Peradeniya has tremendously contributed to strenghthen and expand the medical and health care services of Bhutan and Moldives by training their medical under graduates at the Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya. Further PeMSAA supported them to commence their own medical schools in their respective countries. At this juncture, I am indeed happy to announce the birth of another overseas branch of PeMSAA, the fourth branch after the UK, Australasia and USA, in Thimpu, Bhutan, which was founed in October 2015.
I would like take this opertunity to apprecite the donations made by the PeMSAA Australasia to the Faculty of Medicine over the years.
As the incumbant president of the parent PeMSAA in Sri Lanka I am delighted to express my best wishes with a sense of pride, to the Australsia chapter of PeMSAA, in an era the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya continuing to leap forward as the best medical education provider in the country.
I wish all the members and their family of PeMSAA Austtalasia a Happy and Succesfull 2018 and looking forward for 6th PeMSAA Australasia Congress to be Adelaide in October 2018.
Professor Ranjith Kumarasiri Vithana
President PeMSAA – Faculty of Medicine
University of Peradeniya
20th November 2017