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Thailand
IFMSA-Thailand
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Participating cities (LC's) Burapa University
Chulalongkorn University
Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital
Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital
Prince of Songkla University
Srinakarinwirote University
Thammasat University
BMA Medical Colledge and Vajira Hospital Khonkaen University
Languages Thai and English
Currency (how much is a Bigmac?) Thai Baht (69 Baht)
Time zone GMT +7
Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people 166 doctors and 3 beds
Member of IFMSA since... 2003
Number of incoming students per year 120
Who are our NEO's Kornkanok Saringkarisate (Out-going)/ Napasorn Jansongserm (In-coming)
Our official website / Forum / Facebook group http://www.ifmsa-th.org/index.htm
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Welcome Note


สวัสดี (Sawasdee) or Hello (in Thai) and welcome to IFMSA-Thailand’s Wiki pages.

Here you will find all the information you need about the hospitals and about the country. We, SCOPE and SCORE Thailand, try our best to take care of

exchange students for their well being and their best experience on the exchange here in Thailand. We hope that through SCOPE and SCORE exchange programs the world cultures and differences would be more understood and more appreciated as what exchanges are suppose to do. We welcome all who comes with a smile on our faces and in our hearts. Please don’t hesitate to ask us anything and hope to see you soon in sunny Thailand!!






Overview

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The kingdom of Thailand lies in the heart of Southeast Asia, making it a natural gateway to Indochina, Myanmar and Southern China. Its shape and geography divide into four natural regions : the mountains and forests of the North; the vast rice fields of the Central Plains; the semi-arid farm lands of the Northeast plateau; and the tropical islands and long coastline of the peninsula South.

The country comprises 77 provinces that are further divided into districts, sub-districts and villages. Bangkok is the capital city and centre of political, commercial, industrial and cultural activities. It is also the seat of Thailand's revered Royal Family, with His Majesty the King recognised as Head of State, Head of the Armed Forces, Upholder of the Buddhist religion and Upholder of all religions.

Thailand is a constitutional monarchy with His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, or King Rama IX, the ninth king of the Chakri Dynasty, the present king. The King has reigned for more than half a century, making him the longest reigning Thai monarch. Thailand embraces a rich diversity of cultures and traditions. With its proud history, tropical climate and renowned hospitality, the Kingdom is a never-ending source of fascination and pleasure for international visitors.


Our health care system

Considering Thailand as a developing country, yet one of the most developed among the Southeast Asia region so the health care system is well developed here. Although, not every Thai has health insurance, they can easily access to the hospitals and other medical units, and can afford the payment for the treatment or other related costs. The health care system here can be divided into 3 systems for different reasons including occupation, socioeconomic status and convenience.

The first system is the Social Welfare System. This represents both the national level and the organization-specific level. For the national level, the government has recently passed the policy on the Universal Coverage System, which mainly benefits every Thai that are excluded from other specific system such as the full coverage for the governmental employees. For the organization-specific level, the health care involved payment often covers the specific groups of people. For example, if you work as a military officer, then you will get to pay less and have easy access in the military hospitals.

The second system is the Insurance system. This system includes all health insurance buyers, who independently buy the variable insurance plans from the private insurance companies, and labors due to the governmental policy for the employers. In this system, both the companies and the health insurance owners pay so it could also be called the Co-Payment System.

The third system is the Self Payment System. This is normally used among the groups of high socioeconomic status because of the whole self payment deal, which mostly takes place in the private hospitals.


The hospitals


Our medical education

As similar as it is in most parts of the world, the medical education in Thailand takes 6 years until the graduation. Here, the 6-year course is commonly divided into 3 different periods.

The first period, the first year of the pre-medical study, normally requires students to pass the subjects similarly taught in the secondary schools. So the subjects are, for examples, Basic Biology, Physics, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and many more including English and Thai.

The next period, the second and third year of pre-clinical studies, mainly focuses on the normal and the abnormal aspects of the human. In the second year, students study Anatomy, Microanatomy, Neuroanatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry and other subjects related to the normal state and function of the human being. Then continue to the third year, which is considered the most intensive year in term of theoretical studies, we study the Pathological (abnormal) state and function. So the subjects that are taught in this particular year are Anatomical Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Medical Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology, Pharmacology, Parasitology, and Preventive and Family Medicine.

The final period, the fourth, fifth and sixth year of the clinical study, allows students to experience in term of practicing and observing up on the patients’ ward both in our university hospitals and other community ones as well. The students gain most valuable medical experiences in these clinical years from all departments all year round so they, then, become quite certain of the knowledge combined with the real-time practices. Also, they would have the field to further their residency study, which happens after this 6-year course and other 3-year training internship. Moreover, the fellowship after the residency is also available in many university hospitals.


Cultural differences

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Apart from the fact that we speak Thai and not many Thais are fluent in English, Buddhism plays an important role in the culture of our country since Thailand is the Buddhist country as 95% of the whole population is Buddhist. So We believe in the Buddhist way of life, which is to keep doing good, avoid doing bad and stay pure and delighted in our hearts.

We have many ceremonies and traditions related to this religion, for example, there are many national holidays for Thais to go to the temples and participate in religious matters. Moreover, Thai people are quite famous because of the “smile”. This reflects the typical characteristics of Thais, which are friendliness, kindness, gentleness and peacefulness. Many foreigners might find it quite easy to have a chat with Thais and to ask for their help.

Also, Thai culture is very conservative and traditional so some might find it extraordinary to first experience it. For examples, we pay full respect to the royal family especially His Majesty the King as he is the heart and soul of the nation, we encourage legal marriage with permission from both parents, we maintain the big family relationship, we respect each other regarding the ages and experiences, we take care of the old and never leave them behind, and we maintain the proper distance between boys and girls.

Other cultural differences in places like school or universities are mainly about dressing. The proper uniforms must be worn according to the policy of the place, and the way it looks in the society. Other miscellaneous differences are about food. Here, we normally have three hot meals a day and desserts or fruits are commonly served after the main dish.









Accommodation & Boarding

All the SCOPE and SCORE exchange students are placed separately by gender in the medical student dormitories in the campus. The basic requirement for living is met in all university hospital dormitories including laundry service, hot water showers, television, and computers with high speed internet access. The convenient stores are placed within a walking distance. The food places are numerous around the area. The other faculty facilities, such as fitness center, swimming pool and sport complex might be available in some universities. Also, other entertainment complex is within reach by bus, taxi or “tuk-tuk”, the typical Thai transportation with open-air environment. Since normally the students are placed in Bangkok, the access to the tourist attractions both in Bangkok and the surrounding towns is also very convenient. You can easily travel around places by the public transportations.


Social program

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The SCOPE and SCORE officers are very eager to put up the best social program we could for all students. It is simply due to the fact of the language difference. Here, we work closely with the contact persons to organize the trip to the most important and the must-see places around Thailand especially in Bangkok. The most common places in our social program are the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple, and the Wimanmek Palace. Some special trip to the beautiful tropical beaches or the ancient city in the countryside might be organized with cooperation of the officers, the contact person and the student himself. Also, we normally organize some dinners and parties for a lot of students, who are with us in the same time for better friendship and understanding between cultures. And, of course, we try our best to encourage the contact’s persons to take the best care of the students. So, apart from their medical experiences, they would have some great memories with us.








Local & National transportation

Transport in Thailand is extremely well-organized and makes the whole stay in Thailand comfortable and easy. The air, rail, bus, road and water transport is very competent. The different islands and cities are connected to each other and the tourists can easily move about the country. Bookings and reservations should be done preferably in advance to avoid the rush at the last minute.

International Transport: Suvarnabhumi International Airport

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Suvarnabhumi is the largest international airport in south-east asia. It has more than 100 airlines landing within its terminals and takes more than 45 Million peoples per year. It is located not far from the city center and is easy to travel to with connections with the airport-express (sky-train) and many other covenient transpotation to the airport. You can find more information through the offcial website: http://www.suvarnabhumiairport.com




Internal Transport:

Bangkok Mass Transit System

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The BTS Skytrain is the safest, most comfortable and convenient way to get around Bangkok. In service since December 5, 1999, it has transformed the face of public transportation in the Thai capital, for the first time offering both residents and visitors a comfortable ride through central Bangkok - lifting commuters above the chronic congestion, noise and pollution of the streets below.

Our modern electrified trains transport Bangkok's commuters in wide air-conditioned cars, saving them time with quick, reliable service. The BTS SkyTrain's high-capacity operating system ensures almost no breakdowns and a virtual 100% punctuality. Each train can carry over 1,000 passengers while a similar number of people would use 800 cars, making the BTS Skytrain the most environmentally friendly mass transit system in Thailand.

Currently there are two routes, the Sukhumvit Line and the Silom Line. They cover much of the central city and its many commercial, residential and tourist areas, with extensions planned to outlying areas. The trains run daily between 6:00 am and 12:00 midnight with frequent service throughout the day, increased during rush hours. The fare is based on the distance traveled. for more information go to the offcial website: http://www.bts.co.th/en

Bangkok Metro:Underground Train

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Being one of Bangkok’s heavy mass rapid transit, the M.R.T. Chaloem Ratchamongkhon Line has become the first metro in Thailand because its initial system section of Hua Lamphong to Bang Sue is the first railway system in Thailand that kept on underground level. It has two stations that intersect with the sky-train, which gives you the freedom to go anywhere in Bangkok. for more information go to: http://www.bangkokmetro.co.th






Bus Transportation

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There are buses in Bangkok and coaches that lead to other provinces around Thailand. Buses are cheap and get everywhere but you will have figure out the numbers and the designations that it goes to, plus you have to watch out for traffic!!!. For coaches, there are two main stations, Morchit and Ekkamai, both leads to different parts of Thailand for more information you can go to http://www.transport.co.th/ for coahces and http://www.bmta.co.th/en/index.php for buses in Bangkok.




Marine Transpotation

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Another way you can travel in Bangkok is by boat. Because Bangkok is built upon two sides of a river, useing boats use to be one of the most common ways to travel around. One of the most traveled way for people who wants to avoid traffic and lives near the river. Thailand has a convenient system and reachable way to travel by boat. The lines also intersect with the sky-train so you can just hop on, take a relaxing seat and just watch the views of Thailands heritage on the river side. For more information visit: http://www.chaophrayaboat.co.th/





Weather

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Thailand can best be described as tropical and humid for the majority of the country during most of the year. The area of Thailand north of Bangkok has a climate determined by three seasons whilst the southern peninsular region of Thailand has only two.

In northern Thailand the seasons are clearly defined. Between November and May the weather is mostly dry, however this is broken up into the periods November to February and March to May. The later of these two periods has the higher relative temperatures as although the northeast monsoon does not directly effect the northern area of Thailand, it does cause cooling breezes from November to February.

The other northern season is from May to November and is dominated by the southwest monsoon, during which time rainfall in the north is at its heaviest.

The southern region of Thailand really has only two seasons -- the wet and the dry. These seasons do not run at the same time on both the east and west side of the peninsular. On the west coast the southwest monsoon brings rain and often heavy storms from April through to October, whilst on the east coast the most rain falls between September and December.

Overall the southern parts of Thailand get by far the most rain with around 2,400 millimetres every year, compared with the central and northern regions of Thailand, both of which get around 1,400 millimetres.



Exchange Conditions


Level of studies: Clinical

Type of Clerkship : Clinical students

Languages : Thai and English

Duration of Clerkship : 4 weeks

Working Conditions : Clinical - depends on your supervising doctor, mostly 5 - 6 hours per day, 5 days per week.

Disciplines : CLINICAL

- Radiology (Radiodiagnostic, Radiotherapeutic, Nuclear medicine)

- Oto-Rhino-Laryngology (Prevention of hearingloss and deafness, Allergy in otolaryngology)

- Orthopedic surgery (Adult orthopedics, Muscoloskeletal trauma, Spinal trauma and deformity)

- Obstetrics and Gynecology

- Surgery (General surgery, Cardio-thoracic surgery, Plastic surgery, Urological surgery, Neurological surgery)

- Internal medicine (Neurology except Bangkok-3, Endocrine & Metabolism, Infectious disease & Tropical medicine - 2 students per month)

- Pediatrics (available from September to December)

- Dermatology (accept only one student per month)

Periods & Towns 1. Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn hospital, Chulalongkorn university, Bangkok 2. Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi hospital, Mahidol university, Bangkok 3. Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj hospital, Mahidol university, Bangkok 4. Faculty of Medicine, Vajira Hospital, Navamindhadhiraj University, Bangkok 5. Faculty of Medicine, Thammasat University Hospital, Thammasat University, Pathumthani (Next to Bangkok) 6. Faculty of Medicine, HRS Mahachakrisirindhon Medical Centre, Srinakarinwirote University, Nakornnayok 7. Faculty of Medicine, Burapha University, Chonburi (not available in 2014-2015 season) 8. Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkhla University,Songkhla 9. Faculty of Medicine, Khonkaen University, Khonkaen

Application documents: -Only digital documents are required! please upload on your eAF. Except that you are accepted at Ramathibodi hospital, you will be asked to send some original docs to their officer.

- photographs (passport size) - recommendation letter from dean of your medical school - curriculum vitae - motivation letter in English, of each Departments if possible, indicating why you wish to do an elective at Thailand

Deadline: -AFs must reach NEO-incoming "4 months" before clerkship on database.

Card of Acceptance deadline (weeks in advance) 8

Card of Confirmation deadline (weeks in advance) 3

Insurance : The exchange students have to present it to LEO when they arrive the country.

Pocket Money : 2,000 - 3,000 baht (upon LCs) after successfully completed clerkship

-Lodging is free on bilateral agreement. Lodging is mostly arranged in student dormitory in shared rooms,gender separated.Smoking, alcohol drinking,and bringing pets,relatives and friends are prohibited. -Boarding is not offered since LCs provide pocket money to each student.

Social Program Arranged by the local committees voluntary depending on their free time,normally the social programme include

- cultural trip like to be at Grand Palace, Temples, Ancient cities and etc.

- travel nearby campus.

- travel around Bangkok and outside bangkok if possible for example beach and climping.

- welcome dinner.

Substitutions : Substitutes must be of same sex and must accept the same period as the original applicant. Substitutions must send their information **1** month before the clerkship starts.

Cancellations Should be made at least **1** month before the clerkship starts. But we prefer substitutions than cancellations.

Visas : You can find the informations in our Ministry for Foreign Affairs website http://www.mfa.go.th/

Special remarks : *****Starting date mentioned in e-AF is 1st day for the clerkship not arriving date.***** -We don’t guarantee you’ll be placed in one of the 3 Cities. We do our best, but sometimes it’s not possible. -You'll receive the certificate after the clerkship has been successfully at least 80% completed. -For unilateral agreement, please contact NEO directly (incoming students have to pay 300 Euro for exchange fee)

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Cities offered for exchange

  Bangkok   
 Chulalongkorn 
 Ramathibodi 
 Siriraj 
 Vajira 

Chonburi

Nakhonnayok

Patumthani

Songkla