≪ 第20回東京大学医学教育セミナー ≫
|日 時：||2010年2月12日（金） 18:00〜19:30|
|場 所：||東京大学医学部図書館３階 ３３３会議室
|Medical Education in Thailand: Past, Present and Future
Thailand is a small, lower middle income country in South East Asia. There is approximately 65 millions of population. Although there is some improvement in health care services, we are still facing with the problem of shortage of doctors, especially in rural areas. Western medicine took its root in Thailand since Ayudhya period. The progression of western medicine abruptly ended for more than 100 years before starting again during Bangkok period. Western medicine took its root more firmly in mid nineteenth century when an American doctor came to work in Bangkok. However it is not until late nineteenth century that the first permanent hospital was built. The first medical school; Siriraj Hospital was opened in 1889. Medical education in Thailand improved rapidly over the next 20 years with the help from the Rockefeller Foundation. The first Thai national medical conference was held in 1956. Since then undergraduate medical curriculum was revised to meet with international standard. Educational strategy is moving to more student-centered, more integration and more community-oriented. Nowadays there are 17 faculties of medicine and 23 medical education centers to cope with doctor shortage. The number of medical college graduates increases from 300 to 1500 per year. We are now getting better comparing to the past; however, we are still far from the best. Many challenges are waiting for us as medical educators to make a better future for medical education.