The Medical Curriculum at the School of Medicine is a six-year program, consisting of 1 Pre-Medicine, 2 Pre-Clinical and 3 Clinical years. In the first three years, the students take courses at Walailak University, Tha Sala, Nakhon Si Thammarat, while during the last three years students will practice Clinical skills at the affiliated hospitals which are Trang Hospital and Vachiraphuket Hospital. Enrollment is open to all Mathayom Sueksa six students who wish to devote the extensive time and effort necessary to practice medicine. These students should come from Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, and Phuket provinces. The academic program leading to the M.D. degree is designed to produce graduates with professional competencies. Prior to graduation, each student enrolled in the Medical Program is expected to:
· Acquire current knowledge of basic medical science through an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of the processes that support normal development, structure and function of the human organism as well as the pathology of organ systems, in order to apply for the recognition and management of the diseases;
· Acquire clinical skills including technical and procedural skills by demonstrating the ability to evaluate patients and properly manage their medical problems according to ICD (International Classification of Disease) by completing a comprehensive history in medical record and physical examination. These steps should be followed by the application of critical thinking to correctly identify patients' medical problems and to formulate hypotheses as to etiologies and develop diagnostic strategies and implementations;
· Understand the impact of the various stages of life, as well as the effects of gender, life style, socio-economic status, nutritional factors, genetic characteristics, psychosocial and epidemiologic factors, and culture upon the human health;
· Understand the fundamental concepts of continuity of care, preventive care, rehabilitative care, health promoting and end-of-life, in addition to the diagnosis of acute medical problems, and be able to apply these concepts to clinical practice on a local, regional, or national level;
· Demonstrate the ability to evaluate, interpret the published findings, medical informatics, evidence-based medicine and to apply for the solution of medical problems and making effective decisions;
· Demonstrate skills in communication and interpersonal skills when interviewing patients and explaining the necessity for patient compliance. The student must also demonstrate appropriate physical examination skills, proper use of instruments and application of manual techniques and skills in utilization of laboratory resources, and be able to order appropriate tests and interpreting those values;
· Exhibit appropriate professional behavior in patient and peer interactions; to adhere to professional standards of ethical behavior; to function harmoniously and respectfully as a member of a diverse health care team, and growing concern about community;
· Display skills of independent, life-long, and progressive learning;
· Manifest self-awareness, self-care, self-assessment, self- respect and personal growth sufficient to be a role model for others;
· Satisfy requirements essential to enter and pass the Medical Licensing Examination conducted by the Medical Licensing Board of the Medical Council of Thailand.
Career and Postgraduate Study Opportunities
In general, the Medical Graduates are under contract to spend one year of Internship and two years of Tenure in rural areas before they are eligible for most Residency positions. Since this Medical Curriculum was under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Public Health (Project to Increase Production of Rural Doctors) and Walailak University, the students are recruited from specified provinces: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, and Phuket; therefore, the medical graduates from School of Medicine, Walailak University, will serve in these three provinces.
They may pursue further practice as Specialty or Expertise in medical fields, namely Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Internal Medicine (Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Hematology, Infectious disease, Intensive Care Medicine, Nephrology, Rheumatology etc.), Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Radiology, Anesthesiology etc. The Medical graduates should apply for membership of the Medical Council of Thailand.
Program Contact Person
Name: Prof.Dr.Voranunt Suphiphat
Contact Phone No.: +66 7567 2801
School of Medicine
222 Thaiburi, Tha Sala,
Nakhon Si Thammarat 80161
Tel: +66 7567 2801-6
Fax: +66 7567 2701