The collaboration between Duke University and Mahidol University began shortly after Dr. Ralph Corey visited Thailand in 1985. This collaboration was consolidated when Dr Chirayu Udomsakdi-Auewarakul returned home after finishing her medical training at Duke and Harvard. She is now a professor of hematology and the Dean of the School of Medicine at Mahidol University.
Siriraj Hospital is a 2000-bed hospital in the middle of an enormous complex at Mahidol University Medical Center. Patients are admitted with a wide variety of medical illnesses. It is a tertiary care referral center for all hospitals in Thailand. Duke Residents work with Thai residents in seeing and evaluating patients. Duke residents can rotate on cardiology, neurology, gastroenterology, and hematology. Other specialties may also be available. Due to language issues and the fact that the General Medicine service is extremely busy, previous residents recommend rotating on a consult service. The Infectious Disease service can also be very interesting and worthwhile in providing exposure to illness uncommon in the United States.
In general, residents on short-term elective rotations do not participate in research.
Global Health Pathway resident, Dr. Julia Zhu, is currently conducting research at Siriraj Hospital focused on thalassemia screening in migrant populations.