Volunteer in Thailand with Friends for Asia

Doctor Follows Week

Local Thailand International School Student Medical Internship Program

Session 1: 17th to the 24th of December, 2022 (FULL)

(New Dates): Session 2: 26th to the 31st of December, 2022 (Now Accepting Applications)

This project is in Chiang Mai.

Make the most of your mid-year break and shadow doctors treating patients at some of Northern Thailand’s most prestigious hospitals. Learn more about medical practices in Thailand, what it’s like to be a medical professional and boost your resume of experiences at the same time. This program is conducted in English.

*Find our Application Form at the bottom of this page

*Group Maximum: 16 students – To insure a well organized and supervised program, we keep the number of interns in our projects low. A maximum of 16 students will take part in each session.

Our Doctor Follows group medical internship for international high school students offers unparalleled access to hospital facilities, doctors and the patients they work with. Each day, explore the workings of different international-standard hospitals in Chiang Mai, shadowing doctors and nurses with supervision and translation provided by Friends for Asia coordinating staff.

Expand your medical knowledge as you learn from the best, most highly qualified doctors in the Northern Thai region, many of which have qualifications from international medical institutions in the United States or United Kingdom. In every case, students will only be grouped with a healthcare professional that possesses a high command of the English language. This course allows students to rotate through departments and hospital venues with ease, spending two hour blocks in each department in small groups.

Departments include:

  • General Surgery
  • Dental
  • Emergency Room
  • Hemodialysis
  • Out-patient
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Therapy
  • OBGYN (Female Students only)
  • Thai Traditional Medicine

Each group will be accompanied by Friends for Asia coordinating staff who will help supervise the course and translate where necessary. Complete participation is necessary for all students, and we try hard to place students in departments that align most with their interests.

This Doctors Follows Week Program is primarily observation based, focused on following professionals in the hospital setting such as daily rounds, consultations, treatment administration and surgery. Each stage of observation is carefully monitored and regulated to ensure the safety and comfort of both the patients and students involved.

Program Outline Plan for Session B

Monday – Morning arrive at Chiang Mai. Pick-up and Check into accommodation. Afternoon Orientation and City Tour.

Tuesday – Morning and afternoon hospital rounds at a private hospital. Late afternoon Thai cooking course.

Wednesday – Morning and afternoon hospital rounds at a large public hospital. Late afternoon Warorot Market tour.

Thursday – Morning and afternoon hospital rounds at a large public hospital. Late afternoon visit to natural hot springs.

Friday – Morning and afternoon hospital rounds at a small rural hospital. Evening farewell dinner.

Saturday – Goodbyes and departure from Chiang Mai. Staff will escort students to the airport, help them check-in for their flights and see them through to security.

Student Intern Qualifications

  • Participation age for this program is 14-18, male, female, non-binary students are all welcome.

  • All participating students will need a reference letter (or email) from a current or previous teacher.

  • Students need to be actively enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a local school and speak English fluently (English is the language of communication for the program).

  • Students must have an interest in following medicine as a career in the future.

Student Accommodation

Students will stay in our central Chiang Mai Intern accommodation. Room assignments will be separated upon gender.

Students will stay in our well-equipped central Chiang Mai intern accommodation. Room any shared room assignments will be made based on gender.

Our Chiang Mai Friends for Asia accommodation is the perfect spot to unwind after a day of interning at busy hospitals. Located in a convenient area in the middle of Chiang Mai city, our two residences are only minutes apart and accommodate up to 20 people in air-conditioned bedrooms that provide much needed respite from the hot, sunny days of Northern Thailand. The accommodation is currently being renovated to be even better equipped to provide a comfortable and enjoyable space for course students to relax.

A morning breakfast of toast, cereal, eggs, oatmeal, yogurt and fresh fruit will be provided for all students.

The residence has just been renovated. More pictures of the student intern rooms will be shared soon!

Program Coordination and Supervision

Friends for Asia has been hosting students and international volunteers and interns in our Chiang Mai programs since 2007. Our bilingual coordinating staff will be on hand to translate for student groups at the hospitals when needed and will accompany the group 24 hours a day.

Participation Fees

Participation in the Doctor Follows Week (Session B) for both local and international school students is 16,950 Thai Baht per student.

Project Fee Includes

Project Fee Does Not Include

  • Travel to/from Home and Chiang Mai (airfare, train tickets, etc.)
  • International Medical Insurance

Apply for this program now!

There is no application fee. Upon receiving your application, we will get back to you within one business day with next steps. We look forward to having you as a part of our Doctor Follows Medical Intern Team!

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