Fongfa Thongsamak has been interested in medicine from a young age and hopes to join a voluntary medical team in rural Thailand when she graduates.
“I’m an inquisitive person, so a challenging field such as medicine interested me from a young age. Also I’m a natural people person who enjoys meeting new people, and I feel this is a strength I could utilise in the medical field.
“We are studying basic medical knowledge – including skills and attitude – and learning how to further develop our personal and professional skills.
“It is a privilege that we, as medical students, are given the opportunity to study a real human body (First Patient Project) as it gives us hands-on experience that enhances our understanding of our study. I also appreciate that the lecturers in our programme are very approachable, friendly, and willing to go out of their way to help us.
“I have a scholarship from the government of Thailand called the Royal Thai Government Scholarship under the ODOS programme, which assists with tuition and some living expenses.
“After graduation, I hope to return to and work in my hometown in Thailand. I would love to be a part of a voluntary medical team that helps those in urgent need of medical attention, especially in the rural areas of my homeland.”