Two clinical faculty members of the Faculty of Pharmacy visited Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand from July 22 to 26, 2019. Ms. Sharmaine Y. Dela Cruz and Mr. John Carlo H. Lee were welcomed and oriented by Research and International Relations Deputy Dean Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mullika Chomnawang, and Deputy Dean for Education Asst. Prof. Dr. Wichit Nosoongnoen. This official visit aimed towards benchmarking and internationalization activities of the UST Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Program.
The clinical faculty members visited and observed pharmacy practice sites that are also visited and observed by Mahidol University Pharmacy students. They went to Roenya Drugstore which is one of the practice sites for experiential learning and Siriraj Hospital for activities related to preceptorship and student dynamics. Moreover, a series of lectures were given. Dr. Chanjarupon discussed Health Technology Assessment and Dr. Chaikledkaew talked about Public Health and Healthcare System of Thailand . The lectures provided a landscape of Thailand’s current healthcare system, an overview of the roles of pharmacists in hospital and community practices and how these greatly contributed to their Pharm.D. program.
This official visit of the clinical faculty members concluded with an agreement with Department of Pharmacy Chair Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pramote Tragulpiankit, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Preecha Montakantikul on future partnership with Mahidol University for the international placement of the UST Pharm.D. students. It also strengthened the collaboration between these two institutions.
Also initiated was the possibility of inviting Mahidol University faculty members to be resource lecturers to reinforce the UST Pharm.D. program.