2009 Tropical Medicine Course in Thailand was a Huge Success!!
The 2009 Asian Clinical Tropical Medicine course was a huge success! Twenty-eight students representing countries as diverse as Australia, the United States, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Japan, and Canada, attended the ten-day course in Bangkok, Thailand. The course consisted of lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and clinical rounds in various hospitals in Thailand. Highlights included a trip to the Ratchaburi Malaria Research Station on the border of Thailand and Myanmar.
2009 students outside the Suan Phung Hospital
Emergency Medicine is one of the few specialties of medicine that encompasses all disciplines of medicine. One unique opportunity to learn more about diseases rarely seen in this country is to travel abroad. The International Humanitarian Medicine program at GHSU allows Emergency Medicine residents the opportunity to travel to third world countries and provide medical care to those underserved by modern medicine. The experience however, is mutually beneficial, by educating and enlightening the physicians.
The trips are generally of 1-3 weeks duration, and most involve care of poor and disadvantaged citizens. Many trips take place in primitive environments such as villages in the Peruvian Amazon, remote towns in Myanmar, and the Masai region of Kenya. Team members sometimes are housed in simple hotel rooms but in the more remote regions of the world the team members sleep on sleeping bags underneath mosquito nets. Recent countries visited include the Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, Haiti, Peru, Dominican Republic, Romania, Turkey, and Kenya. On the drawing board are trips to China, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Egypt. The majority of the international trips available to residents are co-sponsored by Missions to the World a medical missionary group based in Atlanta, but no religious affiliations or participation are required of the medical team members.
For more information about International Humanitarian Medicine program, contact Dr. Ted Kuhn at or 706-721-7144.
Dr. Kimberly Gaither poses with
|International Medicine Team deep in the Amazon 2002.|