:: Chulabhorn International College of Medicine ::
Faculty of Medicine &
Chulabhorn International College of Medicine (CICM)
Thammasat University, Thailand
 
 A number of factors have lead to Thailand’s commitment to adequate human-resource development. There has been a rapid advancement in medical knowledge in an era where borders are becoming obsolete and advancements in information technology are made daily. Additionally collaboration in the ASEAN community, increased usage of English in the Asian sector, vast alliances amongst educational and health systems, heightened awareness of different cultures, and improvements in a higher education frameworks propel our investments into educating future physicians who meet these same attributes. While implementing these goals, we do so in line with medical professional standards. Overall, our success is that of securing progress into the future universal educational landscape. In doing so, we will secure a role for Thailand in the ASEAN and global community alike.
 
History & Philosophy
Thammasat University (TU)
 
The university was established by the Thammasat University Act in 1993, and was inaugurated on June 27, 1934, giving it its status as the second oldest university in Thailand and the first Open University for higher education in Law and Politics.
 The university was named “Thammasat Lae Karn Mueang,” which literally means “The University of Moral Science and Politics.” Since then, the motto of the university is “We love Thammasat, because Thammasat teaches us to love people” and which later evolved into “Thammasat for the People.”
 Having started out as a law school, TU has expanded to offer courses in multiple disciplines pertinent to social needs, and to promote research and development. At present, there are twenty-four faculties and academic institutions spread amongst four main campuses, Tha Prachan, Rangsit, Lampang, and Pattaya.
 
The study of medicine
At the Faculty of Medicine (TU) and Chulabhorn International College of Medicine (CICM),
Thammasat University
 
  Prospectus
  In fitting with the philosophy of the university, TU’s curriculum is constructed around two integrated medical training strategies : Problem-based learning (PBL) and Community-based Learning (CBL). Additionally, the faculty engages in clinical research at the forefront of medical investigation, and interdisciplinary health science research that is responsive to social needs and academic horizons.
  The Relevance to Thammasat University’s Original Mission
  When the Faculty of Medicine was established on March 19, 1990 as the eleventh faculty of the university it became the ninth public medical school in the country, and the first medical school with full-scale PBL and CBL in Thailand.
  As time has evolved, now the ASEAN economic community, as of 2015, has recognized three pillars to its success: Economic Cohesion, Political Stability and Socio-cultural Learning. The plural society with a multicultural diversity and collaborative learning environment will inevitably occur in the near future with English as the official language for communication. The education of medical graduates who possess both knowledge, virtue, and who efficiently can communicate in English is vital to the healthcare community. To achieve this goal, the university council was dedicated to establish the International College of Medicine on April 30, 2013. Subsequently, with royal grace from HRH Princess Chulabhorn, the college was transformed into “Chulabhorn International College of Medicine” (CICM). It is considered to be the first medical school in Thailand with an English-based curriculum.
  The Curriculum
  The curriculum has been designed to produce medical graduates who possess not only knowledge and virtue, but those who efficiently communicate in English. Healthcare for all forms a foundation for the development for all of us be it physically, mentally, intellectually or morally. In so doing, holistic engagement of the local community will lead to the development of a balanced, secured and stronger global community. Achievement of this goal is considered to be the primary mission of the Faculty of Medicine and corresponds to the original mission-of-education of Thammasat University.
  Problem-based learning (PBL) encourages students to develop their critical thinking and inter-personal communication skills, as well as leadership qualities. Community-based learning (CBL) and community medicine courses facilitate student’s understanding of health in socio-cultural context as well as development of their skills in a community focused approach. Students are trained in and practice their clinical skills at all levels of the health care system: primary care at community health centers and community hospitals, secondary care at provincial hospitals and tertiary care at the Thammasat University Hospital in Pathum Thani.
  The objective of the Faculty’s new approach to medical education is to create a curriculum focusing an equal measure on health and disease as well as on effective prevention and treatment. This approach encourages students to recognize the significance of influences that family, society, culture, economy and environment have upon disease etiology. Integrative training strategies exercise student’s capacity for critical thinking and discovery as they assimilate the facts that make up a physician’s knowledge base. The curriculum is designed to guide, stimulate and challenge students, rather than direct them through the process. Educators help to create a good learning environment by sharing ideas in discussion and analysis of problems with students, but the ultimate responsibility for learning lies with the students themselves. Thus, they begin the process of self-education that will continue throughout their medical careers. TU’s curriculum prepares students with sufficient medical knowledge, skills and attitudes to work effectively in the community and to incorporate ongoing learning, scientific thinking, and problem solving into their clinical practice.
  The curriculum also focuses on other facets of medicine, including the principles of research methodology, evidence based medicine, the ability to transfer knowledge and educate patient and the public, as well as aspects of health administration. This learning strategy will complement those students who following completion of their medical training, will work in governmental community hospitals immediately upon graduation.
  In conclusion, our curriculum is set up to educate medical doctors who are equipped to serve the community as a whole and also to continue in the evolution of their knowledge.
  General Characteristics of the Curriculum
  Construction of a medical curriculum to reach these goals has required the following innovations:
Many factors have necessitated the development of the Doctor of Medicine English program. The economic, social, cultural, and medical professional situation in Thailand at the regional and global level has expanded exponentially. Investor expectations, the estimation of need for capable and knowledgeable physicians to respond to the ASEAN region and, in particular the burgeoning ASEAN community also have pushed the need for our program to existence. Our program has the following key characteristics:
 1. Utilizing English in the learning and teaching process
 2. Defining desired characteristics of medical graduates
 3. Emphasizes making medical graduates lifelong learners while maintaining virtue and ethics
 4. Integrating bodies of knowledge
 5. Being holistic, focusing on patient-centered management and development of patient care
 6. Emphasizing strengthening health as a basis for development into healthy individuals
 7. Enabling graduates to exercise critical thinking and empirical evidence in their professional career.
 8. Equipping graduates with knowledge, competency and teamwork skills.
 9. Assuring graduates will be able to adjust in times of change, as well as social, racial and cultural diversities
  The Integrated Medical program
  The integrated curriculum enables students to approach medicine through examining the systems of the body rather than through the traditional divisions of anatomy, biochemistry, pathology and other disciplines. We believe that this format gives students a more coherent working knowledge of normal structure and function of disease processes, as well as greater insight into the clinical relevance of their studies.
  The Supervision system
  All courses utilize a supervision system learning to facilitate student’s under standing of the impact of health and problems. Students are taught by faculty fellows in groups of one to three on a weekly basis. Students receive direct feedback on their weekly essays or work in a small discussion setting. This promotes learning in that during each session students are expected to orally communicate, defend, analyze, and critique the ideas of others as well as their own in conversations with the tutor and fellow-students.
 The teaching and learning methods encourage students to develop their scientific and critical thinking skills, teamwork skills, interpersonal communication skills and leadership qualities.
  In collaboration with the Ministry of Pubic Heath, medical students learn about management and health service provision at different levels in the health system, including local health centers, community hospitals and secondary/tertiary hospitals.
 
The Medical Curriculum English Programme at Thammasat University
 
Program : Doctor of Medicine Program
Degree : Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
   Rationale for the development of Medical Curriculum
  The Faculty of Medicine at Thammasat University was founded with the ultimate goal not only to increase the number of doctors available to cope with the growing country’s population, but also with training medical students to become competent physicians with all the capabilities and qualities necessary to solve the other health problems of the country.
Factors eliciting change in the medical curriculum worldwide, including Thailand, have included the following:
   Rapid advancement of the basic medical sciences and technologies that require health science personnel, especially physicians, to be aware and adaptable to rapid academic progress; Doctors must also have the capacity to analyze, synthesize and appropriately incorporate the growing knowledge of health sciences into their practice
   The rapid changes in life-styles, behaviors and socio-economic status have affected the Thai people dramatically.
   The life expectancy in Thailand has increased during the past twenty years. This means that the number of the aged has increased correspondingly and the common diseases of the elderly are becoming general health problems. Chronic diseases due to tissue degeneration will be frequently encountered.
   The Thai people now have a much better understanding and awareness of their health. They are also interested in learning about their illnesses, prognoses, treatment and prevention. Therefore, the physician-patient relationship is becoming more and more important. Doctors should have good human interaction with patients and their relatives.
   Medical and public health services need the cooperation of health personnel at all levels.
  The Faculty of Medicine of Thammasat University recognizes the necessity of preparing future physicians who are capable of coping with these changes effectively. Therefore, TU’s new medical curriculum emphasizes not only medical knowledge, but also the impact of economic, social, behavioral and environmental factors on the causes and progression of diseases, as well as the learning processes themselves,; including problem-solving, analysis, synthesis and discussion. Ultimately the curriculum seeks to educate and train students to learn the concepts of medicine and to strive to be good doctors and good citizens, guided by both ethics and morality.
  The curriculum has been designed to provide students with an overview of biosocial sciences in one year. A community-centered approach is introduced early on and is continued until the final year. In total, students accumulate 259 credits over 6 years of study.
  PHASE l (Year 1) Biosocial sciences & Free Elective (43 Total Credits) medical ethics and professionalism
  PHASE ll (Year 2&3) Pre-Clinical Sciences (82 Total Credits)
  Clinical Practice PHASE lll (Year 4, 5 & 6) Clinical Sciences (134 Total Credits)
  Clinical Experience abroad
PHASE l (Year 1) : Phase-l covers the essential knowledge in medicine. The subjects included are basic sciences, social sciences and language. Medical students have the opportunity to study with students from a wide variety of subject areas within the university.
PHASE ll (Year 2 & 3) : The integrated body systems approach in years 2 & 3 focuses on normal and abnormal structure, function and behavior. Students will be exposed to a wide range of clinical experiences that are integrated into this systematic approach.
PHASE ll (Year 4, 5 & 6) : In the task-based approach of years 4, 5 & 6, students further advance their understanding of medicine in the hospitals and general practice settings. The clinical course is followed by rotation through the departments of General Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Anesthesiology, Forensic Medicine, Community Medicine, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine and General Practice. Multidisciplinary resource-day teaching based on patient care supports these experiences. They also emphasize the importance of the community setting in delivering patient care, fundamental knowledge, professional skills, communication skills, and attitudes that have been carefully defined for each of these areas.
   All courses include theory and field work practice.
   Problem-based learning: students are divided into small groups of 10-12 persons with one tutor per group.
   The supervision system teaching: 2-3 students will be assigned to a mentor every week.
   All courses will provide a tutor guide and student guide containing course objectives, contents and schedules.
  Our graduated physicians are expected to gain valuable experiences-in community service and problem solving, in gaining the capability for self-development, in keeping continuously up-to-date with the rapid advancement of new knowledge and technologies, and also in medical ethics and morality.
   Other Courses Offered at CICM
Undergraduate study
   Cardiovascular and Thoracic Technology
   Renal Replacement Therapy Technology
   Clinical Technology
Postgraduate study (Master degree (MSc) and doctor of philosophy (PhD) program
   Bioclinical Science
   Integrative Medicine
   Clinical Dermatology
   Cosmetic Dermatology
 
Medical Student Life at Thammasat
 
 In addition to medical knowledge, it is important to cultivate the necessary social and cultural education needed to make well-rounded students. Activities and events organized by students include a singing contest the Thai Musical Society, as well as various activities by other on-campus groups including the Photographic & Travel Society, the Academic Society and the Community Service society.
  Accommodation
  When you enter the university, you are not only choosing a degree but also choosing the place where you will be living for the next six years. At Thammasat-Rangsit, we offer a variety of accommodations from a standard room with an electric fan to more luxurious rooms with fully equipped air-condition rooms. On campus housing typically attracts nearly eighty percent of first year students. Most of the rooms are also equipped with satellite TV. The accommodations are arranged as a university village within a university campus. There is a movie cinema and swimming pool also within the village. There are also a variety of privately owned off-campus dormitories for those seeking a distance from campus.
 
Living in Pathum Thani
 
 Located on the outskirts of the Bangkok metropolitan area, Pathum Thani is surrounded by a number of historical places including Pra Na Korn Sir Ayutthaya. Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya is approximately 30 kilometers north of the university campus along Phahonyothin Road. This old capital of Siam (Thailand) was ravaged by Burma (Myanmar) in 1767. It was an astonishing city during its time, by its dimension, organization and cosmopolitan character. It sheltered thousands from abroad, had Portuguese and French churches, and a Japanese colony. Not surprisingly, the ancient ruins and temples of this once vast empire have been preserved as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here you will have the ability to see the amazing triple pagodas of Si Sanphet Temple, each holding the remains of a once-great king, take a boat ride to exotic palaces and gardens, or if you need a break from all the history, try shopping at Bang Sai for Thai folk art and handicrafts.
 The shopping facilities in Pathum Thani are second to none. “Future Park Rangsit” is Thailand’s biggest shopping and leisure complex. In addition to large department stores, there are designer outlets, smaller specialty shops, and not to mention a wide variety of restaurants and computer technology stores to attract shoppers from all over the city and beyond
  What to Eat
  “Kauy Tiew Reu”, a traditional style of Thai noodles eaten on boats is famous and unique to the local people in Pathum Thani. You may find “Kauy Tiew Reu” anywhere in Bangkok, but the original is native to Rangsit. Along Rangsit Canal at Rangsit Square is the perfect place to eat “Kauy Tiew Reu” in a cozy and relaxing atmosphere.
  Apart form noodles, Pathum Thani is also a perfect place for “Kung Mae Nam” or fresh-water king shrimp. Grilled “Kung Mae Nan” has proved to be an authentic Pathum Thani dish.
  Sports and leisure
  Thammasat University at Rangsit Campus was an official venue for the 1999 Asian Games ,which were held in Bangkok. These sports facilities met a very high standard and included a 30,000 seat stadium arena, an Olympic-size swimming pool, and three large, air-conditioned indoor stadiums.
  Two 18-hole golf courses with beautiful scenery are also located in close proximity to the faculty. Pine Hurst Golf Club is about 500 meters away from the campus and Alpine Golf Club is about 10 kilometres.
  Muay-Thai is traditional Thai boxing. The arena venue known as “Vae Tee Muay Rangsit”, is in Rangsit Square. A fight is typically held every weekend.
  Map and Travel Information
  By plane : The Faculty of Medicine at Thammasat University at Rangsit Campus is only 16 kilometres (10 miles) north of Don Muang International Airport. A taxi from the Airport takes about 20 minutes and costs approximately 250 Thai baht.
  By road : From the Bangkok metropolitan area, follow Praholyotin Road past Rangsit towards Pra Na Korn Sri Ayutthaya. The medical faculty is located next to the main road on the left-hand side (west-side). Regular air-conditioned public transportation to the faculty from Rangsit is available on buses # 4, 29, 39, and 10. Alternatively, private cars may reach the faculty by taking a northbound Sri Rat expressway and exiting at one of the Thammasat exits.
  Further Information
If you have any further questions about the program or your own qualifications please contact:
 Chulabhorn International College of Medicine
 Thammasat University-Rangsit Campus
 Kong Luang, Prathum Thani
 Thailand 12121
 Tel: (TH) 0-2926-9694-7
  (International) +66 2 926 9697-7
 Fax: (TH) 0-2926-9676
  (International) +66 2 926 9676
 Email: cicmtuacth@gmail.com