Dr. Ashwini de Abrew

Dr. Ashwini de Abrew

Lecture in Medical Eduction, Medical Education Development and Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine

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CONTACTS

PHONE : +94 -11 2695300

EMAIL:  ashwinie@yahoo.com/ ashwinie@medarc.cmb.ac.lk

Academic Qualifications

M.B.,B.S. (Colombo), Cert.Med.Ed (Colombo)

Research interests

Curriculum development, E-learning, Student support, Accreditation

Biography

Dr. Ashwini de Abrew is a young lecturer at the Medical Education Development and Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is a medical graduate and has obtained a PG Certificate in Medical Education from the University of Colombo. Her special interests are clinical training, simulation and accreditation of medical and health professions education.

Publications

 Communications at scientific meetings published as abstracts

INTERNATIONAL

  • Chathumini M, Abayadeera A, Ponnamperuma G, de Abrew A. (2012). Attitudes and Perceptions of Medical Students Regarding Teaching Carried Out by Postgraduates. 15th Ottawa Conference, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia. 9 – 13 March 2012.
  • Jayasinghe S, Ranasinghe H, Samarakoon, U, Perera Y, de Abrew A, Ponnamperuma, G. (2011) Network Diagrams and complex clinical cases: a study on learning and perceptions among 4th year medical students, 8th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference, from 26-30th January 2011, National University of Singapore, book of abstracts, p. 75.
  • Jayasinghe D, Berugodaarachchi C, de Abrew A, Samarakoon, U, Karunathilake, I, Ponnamperuma, G (2011) Hitting the target right: students’ perceptions on the achievement of objectives for the first clinical appointments in general medicine and general surgery. 8th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference, from 26-30th January 2011, National University of Singapore, book of abstracts, p. 310.
  • de Abrew A, Gunathunga, W, Wijesundera, S, de abrew, K, Samarakoon, U (2011) “Happiness Programme”: a mindfulness based activity for first year medical students. 8th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference, from 26-30th January 2011, National University of Singapore, book of abstracts, p. 334.
  • Perera, R, Jayasinghe D, Karunathilake, I, de Abrew A (2011) students perceptions on the effectiveness of a midterm “re-orientation” activity in BSc. Physiotherapy programme. 8th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference, from 26-30th January 2011, National University of Singapore, book of abstracts, p. 334.
  • de Abrew A, Sebastiampillai, C (2010) Young Women in Peace Movements, Peace Health and Women, a Supplementary volume of the 42nd APACPH Pre-Conference Workshop, pp. 51-52.
  • Rodrigo, UCH, Samarakoon, PSMJU, de Abrew A (presenting author), Karunathilake I, Ponnamperuma, G. (2010) Refresher programme for the new interns : perception of participants, presented at the 1st SEARAME International Conference, Jakarta, Indonesia 19th – 22nd November 2010. (Selected as the Best Short Communication).
  • de Abrew, K.A.G. (presenting author), Senadeera, C.,   Berugodaarachchi, C., de Abrew, W.K. (2010) Promoting active learning in clinical pharmacology using Audience Response Technology, presented at the 1st SEARAME International Conference, Jakarta, Indonesia 19th – 22nd November 2010.
  • de Abrew A.G., Karunathilake I. (2010) Role of Healthcare workers in Disaster management, 42nd Conference of the Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health, Bali, Indonesia 24th – 27th November 2010.
  • de Abrew A, Jayasinghe D, Berugodaarachchi C, Karunathilake I, Wickramasinghe S. Capacity building for disaster preparedness – development of a diploma course. 7th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference, from 4 to 8 February 2010, National University of Singapore.
  • Berugodaarachchi C, Jayasinghe D, de Abrew A, Karunathilake I. “Facebook” approach to disaster management training – an online course in disaster management. 7th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference, from 4 to 8 February 2010, National University of Singapore.
  • Jayasinghe D, Berugodaarachchi C, de Abrew A, Karunathilake I. A. A bridging course for new entrant medical undergraduates – how long should the bridge be? 7th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference, from 4 to 8 February 2010, National University of Singapore.
  • de Abrew, A., Olupeliyawa, A.M., Wickremasinghe, S.A., Karunatilake, I.M. (2009) Student perceptions regarding their initial clinical appointment in the Medical Curriculum, 6th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference 19 to 22 February 2009, Singapore: book of abstracts pp. 17.
  • Olupeliyawa, A.M., Gooneratne, I.K., Munasinghe, S.R., Karunathilake, I.M., Ediriweera, E., Kaluarachchi, A., & de Abrew, A. (2008) Evaluation of an initiative to introduce Family Medicine to undergraduate medical students, 40th Conference of Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health, from 07 to 09 November 2008, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: book of abstracts pp. 82-83
  • Olupeliyawa, A.M., Karunathilake, I.M., Gooneratne, I.K., Munasinghe, S.R., de Abrew, A., Ediriweera, E. & Kaluarachchi, A. (2008) Student Perceptions of a Programme in Family Medicine at Faculty of Medicine, Colombo, Sri Lanka, International Medical Education Conference 2008, from 12 to 14 March 2008, International Medical University, Malaysia: book of abstracts pp.27-28
  • Olupeliyawa, A.M., de Abrew, A., Karunathilake, I.M., Kuruppu, O. & Brahmana, M. (2008) The Reliability and Predictive Validity of a Structured Oral Examination, International Medical Education Conference 2008, from 12 to 14 March 2008, International Medical University, Malaysia: book of abstracts pp. 45-46

NATIONAL

  • de Abrew, W.K., Weeraratne, C., Wijeratne, T., Perera, H., de Abrew A.G., Lakshmee, D.L.S. (2010) Study of the prevalence of diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolaemia and obesity in non academic staff of a medical faculty (DHHO study) using a screening program, Proceedings of the University of Colombo Annual Research Symposium, 12-13 May 2010, p. 96.
  • Prathapan R., Dodampahala H., Wijeratne C.N., Jayawwardane, A., Prathapan, S, Wijeratne S., Wijesinghe E, de Abrew, K.A.G. Wickremasinghe, S.W.A.D., Priyanga L.M., Karunaratne D.A.S., (2008) An Evaluation of Sonographic Parameters of Fetal Growth, Maternal Glycaemia and Pregnancy Outcome of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in Sri Lanka Tertiary Care Unit. 17th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lankan Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: book of abstracts pp. 125
  • Dayaratne H.G.A.K, de Abrew, K.A.G, Chetthri D.K. (2006) A comparative study of the knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding drinking water among junior and senior students of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Student Scientific Sessions Faculty of Medicine, Colombo: book of abstracts pp. 99

Other publications

  • de Abrew A (2011) Health, Good governance and Peace, in Peace, Religion and Health, a Supplementary volume of the 43rd APACPH Pre-Conference Workshop, pp. 45-48.
  • de Abrew A, Sebastiampillai, C (2010) Young Women in Peace Movements, Peace Health and Women, a Supplementary volume of the 42nd APACPH Pre-Conference Workshop, pp. 51-52.

Awards and distinctions

  • Award for Best Oral Presentation on “Refresher programme for the new interns : perception of participants” at the 1st SEARAME International Conference held in Jakarta, Indonesia 19th – 22nd November 2010.
  • Young Investigator Travel Award for the paper on “Role of Healthcare workers in Disaster Management” selected for the at the 42nd Conference of the Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health held in Bali, Indonesia 24th – 27th November 2010

Professional Achievements and Activities

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

NATIONAL

  • Sri Lanka Medical Association
  • Forum of Sri Lankan Medical Educationists
  • Sri Lanka Association for Improving Higher Education Effectiveness
  • PAST POSITIONS HELD IN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS/ ORGANISATIONS

NATIONAL

  • Assistant Secretary, Sri Lanka Clinical Trials Registry, 2011
  • Assistant Secretary, Forum of Sri Lankan Medical Educationists, 2010 – to date
  • Assistant Secretary, Sri Lanka Medical Association, 2010
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OTHER

  • Convener, Quality Assurance Cell, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo (2011)
  • Joint Convener, Language Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo,2010 – to date
  • Assistant Secretary, Faculty of Medicine Teachers Association (Colombo), 2010/2011
  • Assistant Treasurer, Diabetes Walk, 2009, 2010
  • Member, Sri Lanka Federation of University Women, 2010 – to date

EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE

  • Co-editor : ‘Peace, Religion and Health’, A Supplementary volume of the 42nd APACPH Pre-Conference Workshop (2011)
  • Co-editor : ‘Peace, Health and Women’, A Supplementary volume of the 42nd APACPH Pre-Conference Workshop (2010)
  • Co-editor : ‘Health as a Bridge for Peace’, A Supplementary volume of the 41st APACPH Pre-Conference Workshop (2009)
  • Editorial Board : South East Asian Journal of Medical Education (2008, 2009, 2010) Karunathilake, I.M. & Nantana Sirisup (Eds), published by the South East Asian Regional Association for Medical Education
  • Editorial Board : Violence Prevention, Peace & Health (2008) Karunathilake, I.M & Palmer, P (Eds), Supplementary volume of 40th Conference of Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Editorial Board : Health Sector Contribution to Knowledge Economy (2008) Publication of the Foreign Placement Coordination Centre in Collaboration with the Presidential Secretariat, the Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition, the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine and the Government Medical Officers Association
  • Student Medical Journal (2008) Widanapathirana N., Wijayaratne H., De Abrew A. (Eds), publication of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.
  • Editorial Board : SLMA News, Monthly Newspaper of the Sri Lanka Medical Association (2008, 2010)
  • Editorial Board : MEDARC Newsletter, quarterly publication of the Medical Education Research and Development Center, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo (2008, 2010)
  1. Editorial Board : Health as a Bridge for Peace (2007) Karunathilake, I.M & Palmer, P (Eds), Supplementary volume of 39th Conference of Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health, Saitama, Japan
  2. Editorial Board: Guidelines on Disaster Management – A compilation of expert guidelines on providing healthcare. Publication of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo in collaboration with the Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition and Uva Wellassa Development.

Other Activities

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

  • Member of the ASCEND Research Network a collaborative project between the US NIH and Monash University, Australia

Employment

  • Resident Medical Officer in Gastrointestinal Surgery (July – August 2009)
  • National Hospital of Sri Lanka
  • Intern House officer (July 2008 – July 2009)
  • National Hospital of Sri Lanka
  • Demonstrator in Medical Education (October 2007 – June 2008)
  • Medical Education Development And Research Centre,
  • Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Consultancies

CONTRIBUTION AS A RESOURCE PERSON

  • Resource person in the Research Workshop conducted by the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo (2011 and 2012)
  • Resource person on adult learning methods for the Board of Study in Aneasthesia, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo (2011)

Supervised projects

  • Supervisor of undergraduate student research, Community Stream, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo (2010-)
  • Supervisor of undergraduate student research, Allied Health Sciences Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo (2010-)