DEAN’S PHOTO ALBUM: Thailand, Hawai`i medical schools sign agreement to promote more student learning exchange opportunities

A delegation headed by Associate Professor Preecha Wanichsetakul and Dean from Thammasat University, in Thailand met on May 13 with the Dean and his executive team at John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), University of Hawai`i to discuss ways to formalize student learning and exchange between the two institutions of academic medicine. Also on hand were two of the newest JABSOM-trained MDs, Dr. Sara Harris and Dr. Alycia Yee (Class of 2013). Harris and Yee traveled to Thammasat University, about 40 miles outside of Bangkok, for their senior electives; working, respectively, in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

The two medical schools signed an agreement to continue their cooperative efforts, in a ceremony in the Medical Education Building on JABSOM’s Kaka`ako campus. JABSOM Dean Jerris Hedges and Thammasat Dean Associate Professor Preecha Wanichsetakul signed the agreements, along with JABSOM’s Dr. Satoru Izutsu, JABSOM’s longtime Vice Dean and the force behind JABSOM’s global outreach programs.

Also meeting after the ceremony for working discussions were Dr. Roy Magnusson, JABSOM Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs with Associate Professor Wanida Paoin, the Vice Dean for Thammasat University Hospital and Dr. Thana Khawcharoenporn, Physician of Internal Medicine there. Dr. Richard Kasuya, JABSOM Associate Dean of Medical Education met with Assistant Professor Pisit Wattanaruangkowit, Thammasat’s Vice Dean for Academic Affairs. JABSOM’s Dr. Richard Smerz, JABSOM Director of Student Affairs met with Assistant Professor Panadda Rojpibulstit, Thammasat Vice Dean for Student Affairs and Health Promotion. Dr. Satoru Izutsu, JABSOM Vice Dean met with Thammasat Associate Professor Pakitpunthu Tomtitchong, the University’s Assistant Dean for International Affairs.

As is custom, the schools exchanged small gifts. The Thammasat group brought a lovely Benjarong Pottery Bowl. JABSOM logo emblazed mugs filled with edible treats were Hawai`i’s gift.

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