St. George’s University Quality Clinical Training is Crucial to Next Generation of Thai Doctors
Clinical rotation and exposure to different medical disciplines offers a diverse skillset needed to land US residencies
BANGKOK, 21 September, 2021 – St. George’s University School of Medicine (SGU) offers aspiring medical professions the chance for exposure to a wide variety of different disciplines as quality clinical training is viewed as crucial for the next generation of Thai doctors.
SGU has been the number one provider of doctors into first-year residencies in the United States over the last 12 years combined, placing over 1,090 US residencies in 2021, including 39 from Asia.
Overall, the university has contributed over 19,000 physicians to the global physician workforce, with students, graduates, and faculty from over 150 countries, including Thailand. SGU graduates have practiced in every state in the US, as well as in more than 50 countries.
According to Dr. Robert Grant, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Studies at SGU, a very important part of being a medical school student is the tangible difference that quality in-hospital training can make for any aspiring Thai physician.
Dr Grant believes it starts with exposure to the different disciplines. “No one knows what the life of a practicing physician in a certain specialty is really like until they get to live it.
“Personally, I went to medical school because I wanted to be an ophthalmologist. It wasn’t until I rotated through other disciplines—and spent some time in ophthalmology and realized I didn’t really want to be an ophthalmologist—that I settled in the surgical world, and then ultimately on a career as a reconstructive plastic surgeon,” he said.
Students in their final two years of medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine will experience core rotations in internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, and psychiatry, which can help future doctors become familiar with the skills and mindset to excel in these specialties. These clinical rotations can be completed at one of over 70 affiliated hospitals in the US or the UK. Each country has a different healthcare system that provides a unique perspective for students to apply during their careers in medicine.
Dr. Grant, said, “For students to make a good impression during their clinical studies they should possess three main qualities: They should be available, be affable, and be interested as this is their opportunity to immerse themselves in a clinical field. With the team-based nature of modern clinical care, they’re going to be working with medical colleagues in other disciplines who are going to be a source of referral for them; and likewise, the students could refer them in the future.”
If a SGU faculty member or resident is doing clinical research, students are invited to get involved as it is in everyone’s interest to make universal healthcare better. The clinical project may be one with outcomes, deal with healthcare policy, or a particular clinical condition. Contributing to the fund of knowledge is a fantastic way for Thai students to make a good impression.
“Our faculty at SGU is committed to delivering the ultimate St. George’s experience. That means teaching our curriculum, mentoring our students, and offering guidance throughout the residency match program. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship for the clinical sites. We are a superb medical school because of the comprehensive foundation we provide our students in the basic medical sciences, enabling them to excel in their in-hospital activities during the clinical years of medical school, throughout their residency training and ‘for the duration of their careers’.” Dr. Grant, concluded.
For those who would like to learn more about St. George’s University and the opportunities that it affords, please visit the SGU International webpage for East Asia to request more information.
About St. George’s University
Founded in 1976 with the goal of drawing the best talent and practices from around the world, St. George’s University (SGU) has become a leading center for academic excellence worldwide. With students and faculty drawn from more than 150 countries, SGU is truly an international institution, with a uniquely global perspective, perfectly poised to help educate students in this rapidly changing world. St. George’s University School of Medicine has four-, five-, six-, and seven-year Doctor of Medicine (MD) programs with entry points available for students from any education system around the world. SGU has a large network of 70+ affiliated hospitals and health centers in the US and UK and also has a unique opportunity for students to begin their medical career in Grenada, the United Kingdom, or India.
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