Week Two at Walailak University

Written by Collin Montgomery '22

Week two really saw us begin to get down to business with Walailak University. On Monday, we toured the university campus and enjoyed a welcoming reception with the Office of International Relations, where we had the opportunity to meet  a group of French medical students, which was really nice. On Tuesday, we took part in a Problem-Based Learning exercise with Walailak medical students, which served as a fantastic review of hypersensitivity reactions and contact dermatitis! Wednesday entailed an experience in an outpatient clinic with a family medicine physician.

The Gate

Written by Isaac de la Bruere, UVMLCOM Class of 2022

This poem came to me after our visit to the Phud Hong Leprosy Community near our town in Thailand. It was an incredibly powerful experience to see how its members have adapted to life within their community. All the residents are elderly, as there have been very few new cases of leprosy in the region in the last couple of decades.

The Value of Seemingly Simple Skills

Dr. Zhou Li, Medical Resident at Norwalk Hospital

Due to a shortage of doctors and large patient volume, the MDs here are well-rounded with superb hands-on skills in all procedures. Even senior medical students in their sixth (final) year - called "externs" - regularly handle procedures that are usually designated to specialists in North America, such as endotracheal intubation, and even perform simple surgeries such as Cesarean sections or appendectomies as the only surgeon, as opposed to the first assistant!

A More Deeply Connected World: A Note From the Leadership of Walailak University School of Medicine, Thailand

Written by Dr. Prachyapan Petchuay, Dean of Walailak University School of Medicine

I strive to nurture my students into well-rounded physicians who approach their patients with astute clinical skills and with heart. Undeniably difficult to teach, empathy opens a window into a world deeper than the classroom where care translates as truly listening to patients and seeing the communities in which they live. In imparting this way of being, we as teachers are reminded to reflect on the meaning of empathy and learn to practice it anew.