Use your healthcare training and consolidate your studies by joining our medical internship at a district hospital in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. District hospitals in the area serve a populations of between 60,000 and 80,000 people but are only staffed by around 3-5 doctors and 30-40 nurses. The community itself is very diverse and the doctors and nurses support remote mountain communities, including minority hill tribe groups, refugees and migrants as well as providing ongoing care to some of the poorest areas in Thailand. Despite all the challenges faced, the Thai public healthcare system is often held up as one of the best in the region and it is therefore a great place for an internship, as not only can you observe the approaches to overcoming these challenges you can also experience first hand its successes.
Thailand has effective public health care outreach, HIV/AIDs prevention and treatment, vaccination, and non-communicable disease programs. Despite the positive there are many ongoing problems, with high rates of teen pregnancy, increasing levels of non- communicable disease and contagious disease. Hospitals provide a range of services including emergency care, x- ray, laboratory, in-patient wards, OBGYN, pharmacy, ECG, dental, eye-care, pre and post op care. With staff shortages it is often difficult to imagine how these services are delivered and an internship in Chiang Mai will demonstrate the approaches taken to do so.
Why choose this project?
As a medical intern at a district hospital in Chiang Mai you will be able to observe the challenges facing local staff and communities. You will be able to see a range of illnesses and ailments common in the developed world but also challenges presented by regional ailments. You will shadow local medical professionals who will share their diagnosis, treatment and experiences with you. It is a privilege to be able to do so and it will support your studies.
Medical interns in Chiang Mai can shadow and learn from the staff at the hospital. Resources provided by volunteers can help the staff to reach and support disadvantaged populations. All interns will participate in personal research and activities designed to increase reflection and support their learning.
Depending on the location of your placement, your internship may include shadowing in the ER, OBGYN, pharmacy and other departments of the hospital. Simple testing of patients and other hands on tasks will depend on the skill level of the participant and their own personal efforts while in country. All interns will be supported to complete their own reflection and research projects.
For this medical internship placement in Chiang Mai it is primarily shadowing in nature and it is therefore suitable for those who are studying medicine, healthcare or nursing. It is not suitable for those with no prior knowledge of healthcare. It is also difficult for qualified physicians due to the registration requirements that enable volunteers to practice – please speak to a Kaya Advisor if you want to know more. You will be working with a local team and cultural sensitivity and good team working skills are important. You will be asked to submit a full CV/resume plus supporting documentation relating to your studies. and attend a telephone interview before being accepted onto this placement. Please bring a laptop with you to record your learning during your internship.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To gain interesting work experience to support your studies
Understand the challenges facing medical staff and communities in a setting different from your own
To explore the interesting city of Chiang Mai at weekends
Sign up for a medical internship placement in the wonderful Chiang Mai province located in the north of Thailand. With its city walls surrounded by a moat and the lovely mountains where trekking is a must, you will instantly fall in love with this city. There is plenty to do for the active and those who like to take life at a slower pace. Enjoy a meal on the river in the heart of the city or take in one of the relaxing spas. Alternatively head for the hills and take part in white water rafting or a weekend hiking – you may even visit the Karen Hill Tribes. Shopping opportunities are in abundance with night bazaars, the weekend market and boutiques galore. Whatever you enjoy, there will be plenty to fill your weekends and travel time following your internship in Chiang Mai.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4 weeks plus
- Cost: £1719 / $3008 for 8 weeks
£199 / $348 for each extra week thereafter
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Chiang Mai province, Thailand
- Project activities: Shadowing local health professionals, taking vitals, research
- Working hours: Monday-Friday 09.00-17.00
- Project Availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Every 1st Friday of the month in Chiang Mai
What is included
- Accommodation: Single or shared room in a homestay (depending on availability)
- Meals: 3 meals per day
- Airport pickup and drop off from Chiang Mai airport or bus station
- Training: Healthcare ethics & culture doc, pre-departure info pack, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinator
- Excursion Planning: staff will help organise activities and excursions
- Learning Reflection Document
- Certificate on completion of Internship
- Supervision from qualified professional
What is not included
- Transfers from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
- Police background check: US and UK citizens processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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