On 9 February 2015, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aswin Promsopa, Assistant to the President for Academic Affairs presided over a welcoming ceremony of medical students from Ohio State University, USA, at Mokhalan Meeting Room, Administration Building, Walailak University. Also present at the ceremony were Dr. Prachyapan Petchuay, M.D., Dean of the School of Medicine, Dr. Theerapan Songnuy, M.D., Associate Dean of the School of Medicine, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Werawath Mahatthanatrakul, M.D., Lecturer of the School of Medicine, and International Relations Officers.
Under a good attempt and cooperation by Dean and Associate Dean of the School of Medicine, Walailak University and Ohio State University have initiated a student exchange program between the two universities. The program is participated by four 4th year medical students namely Ms. Audrey Lioyd , Mr. James Collen , Mr. Braxton Forde, and Mr. Ryan Barson from Medical School of Ohio State University. The students are required to take a medical internship abroad to fulfill their degree completion. They have selected Walailak University and Sichon Hospital as their practice locations. The students will spend a week from 9 -15 February 2015 at Walailak University to attend normal classes and classroom seminar on Research Management in Medical School, Tropical Medicine& Toxicology: Research & Publication, Epidemiology of Diseases in Thailand, Family Medicine Curriculum & Practice in Thailand, Health Service System of Thailand, Community-based Experience. Another 3 weeks from 16 February – 6 March 2015 will be the medical practice period at Sichon Hospital. At the hospital, the students will learn community health care system in Thailand. During their internship program, the students are under the supervision of their academic advisors—Ms. Lynnsay Sinclair, a Program Coordinator, College of Medicine, Ohio State University and Dr. Theerapan Songnuy, M.D., Associate Dean and Lecturer of the School of Medicine, Walailak University.