Medical internship in Thailand is the best way to learn and grow, and Volunteering Solutions will ensure that each of you gets to experience something incredible. Medical Interns in this project will be paired with a full-time Thai doctor and work five days a week (Mon – Fri) usually from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. In special cases, interns may work on weekends and evenings.
Please note that the daily working hours can vary depending on the workload and hospital schedule. Interns will shadow the Thai doctor in their normal, daily routines and assist with professional responsibilities.
Thailand has become a medical center for much of Asia and westerners travel half-way across the world to receive expert, inexpensive medical care. Thailand’s medical system is well known for its highly qualified doctors, staff and new medical equipment. The medical internship program in Thailand is available in Chiang Mai and Bangkok.
No more than two interns at any one time will be paired with each full-time doctor. The amount of “hands-on” involvement while interning will depend upon the intern’s experience, education, comfort level, the length of the internship and the consent of both the attending doctor and the hospital administration. Interns who have completed course study and received their medical degree will be able to execute a more active role during their internships.
Interns must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the internship. As an intern, you should have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. All interns must provide additional documents such as Resume/CV, statement of motivation, list of preferred departments and letter of recommendation at least one month prior to joining the internship. Interns need to be a current student or recent graduate of a medical studies program to be accepted. This includes pre-med, medical school, nursing, public health, pre-nursing students.
Intern Roles & Responsibilities
As a medical intern, the main roles & responsibilities would be:
- Shadow and observe the professional doctors and learn how to handle the patients and treat them with utmost care
- Being involved in the daily procedures of the hospital
- Conducting hospital rounds with the doctors and medical staff
The hospitals have a wide variety of departments and services. Interns may be able to pick different centers and clinical areas of the hospital to focus their work on or to spend supplemental time in.
The hospital in Chiang Mai offers the following healthcare departments and services:
- Ophthalmology (must study in this field)
- Otolaryngology (must study in this field)
- Family Medicine
- Community Medicine
- Emergency Room (Not busy one)
- Nursing - Pediatrics (OPD/Ward) (follow nurses) (accept only 1 week/month)
- Nursing-General (follow nurses)
- Anatomy (accept only 1 week/month)
- Physical Therapy
Intern Work Schedule
Day 1 – Friday
Pick up from airport, train station, bus station
Getting settled into accommodation
Day 2 - Saturday
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome to Thailand. Orientation - Getting to know about your program (Staff, different volunteer and intern projects and history)
9:30– 10:15 Thai Language Lesson
10:15 – 10:30 Break.
10:30 – 11:45 Specifics about your project and preparation
11:45 – 12:00 Places to go and see!
12:00 – 13:0 Lunch.
13:00 – 16:30 City tour of Chiang Mai
16:30 – 19:45 Relax
19:45 Cultural Activity and Dinner
Day 3 – Sunday
9:00 – 9:15 Breakfast and unwind
9:15 – 10:00 Thai Language Lesson
10:00 -10:10 Recess
10:10 – 10:15 Staying Healthy and Safe in Chiang Mai
10:30 – 11:00 Do’s and Don’ts about Thailand and the Program
11:00 – 11:30 Visa Stuff
11:30 – 12:00 The Role of the Volunteer/Intern
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch and Relax
14:00 – 15:00 Tour of Chiang Mai’s Largest Market
15:00 – 19:00 Prepare, Relax, Try to get over Jetlag
Day 4 to Day 8 - Monday - Friday
After having a self-made breakfast at the accommodation, depart for the hospital. Interns are usually at the hospital from 8 am to 4 pm. The daily schedule and workload can vary as well. You will have your lunch at the hospital or at any restaurant nearby and will be back to the accommodation by the evening when you are free to go out with other participants for dinner or just exploring the city.
The same routine will be repeated for the following workdays. Changes, if any, will be notified.
Volunteering Solutions provides end to end services as far as living arrangements of the volunteers are concerned. VolSol volunteers just have to land at the placement destination and the rest is on us to arrange it for you.
Volunteers are picked up from the Chiang Mai International Airport in Chiang Mai by the coordinator or representative. Volunteers who’d be present already in Chiang Mai will be met by the staff at a designated meeting point decided beforehand. Please note that volunteers are provided pickup from the airport between 8am and 8pm only.
All volunteers are provided with a two day orientation before starting their project work. The Orientation session covers areas like, local Thai culture, greetings, locations, transportation etc. Volunteers are also given a city Tour of Chiang Mai.
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer’s home in Chiang Mai. Accommodation is shared with other volunteers. The volunteer house accommodations are located in safe and secure neighborhoods within the Chiang Mai city. We have 3 volunteer homes in Chiang Mai and you would be staying in one of them. All three are very close to each other and have same facilities and are located in the heart of the city.
For volunteers working in the Elephant Program, accommodation is provided at the elephant camp itself (From Mon- Fri). All rooms have attached western toilets and showers. On the weekends the volunteers are welcome to stay at the home in Chiang Mai (if space available). If room is not available at the House during a weekend, volunteers will have to cover the cost of their own accommodation for those two days.
All ingredients for breakfast are provided and volunteers can cook their own breakfast. Lunch is provided at the schools and the childrens home projects on all working days.
For all Elephant Camp volunteers all meals are provided from Monday to Friday afternoon.
During your Free Time
Volunteers can take part in the Thai Cookery classes or Thai Massage course which are available all around Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai also boasts of restaurants of every international cuisine. During the weekends, you can travel to the cities of Pai , Chiang Rai or fly down to the capital city of Bangkok.
Please Note: -An application fee of $199 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of £149 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of $259 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of €169 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment)
What are you Paying for?
- 24 hrs Assistance and support from Staff
- Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
- Airport Pickup in Chiang Mai
- 2 Day Orientation and Half day city tour
- Cultural dinner and show
- Food - 2 meals a day
- Certificate of completing the internship
- Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)
- Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)
What's NOT included?
- Return Airport Drop
- Visa Fee
- Local Transportation