Bioethics and Cultural Exchange Program

This program, which began in 2007, is a collaborative effort between MUIC and the Center for Bioethics, Columbia University (NYC). Its length ranges from two to four weeks, accommodating 20-30 undergraduate and graduate students from the USA and ASEAN+3 countries, accompanied by an instructor, and 10 Biological Science majors from MUIC.

The participants are introduced to the university and Thai culture, after which they take classes taught by Mahidol University lecturers from the Faculties of Medicine at Siriraj and Ramathibodi Hospitals, the Faculty of Tropical Medicine as well as guest lecturers from the Ministry of Public Health. They also visit Siriraj, Ramathibodi, Jubilee and Yanhee Hospitals, where they attend a series of lectures on Thailand’s medical system, the ethical implications of in vitro fertilization and stem cell research, alternative medicines and medical tourism.

The program also provides an opportunity for field trips to temples that serve HIV/AIDS patients, in addition to visits to celebrated tourist attractions in the greater Bangkok metropolitan area, Koh Samed and Ayutthaya.