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“Bad Medical Student” group takes to Twitter to discuss downfalls of medical industry in Thailand

A new group, inspired by the Bad Student protesters, has taken to naming itself Bad Medical Students, as it stormed Twitter to reveal the downfalls of studying medicine in Thailand. The hashtag #นักศึกษาแพทย์เลว (Bad Medical Student), has now gained over 86,000 Tweets after the Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Chiang Mai university encouraged the group to voice their take on the industry. Dr. Manoch Chokchamsai, posted on his Facebook page:

“Let’s hear some noise from the Bad Medical Students. Talk about the things the [medical] faculty wouldn’t want to hear.”

The message gained over 670 comments and was shared by 3,400 people on Facebook. Now, it is the top trending topic on Twitter, prompting many medical students, interns and residents to expose what they say is the toxic work culture in the Thai medical industry. Such allegations range from sexual harrassment, abusive workloads, verbal and emotional abuse, gender discrimination and many more. One Twitter user says she was discriminated against because she was a woman.

“Some professors treat med students with double standards. The management was the same, but I was verbally abused and looked down upon because I am not a man… yep.”

“I was screamed at by a medical staff right in the middle of the ward and told to go jump off a building and kill myself. I didn’t, because I didn’t want to die and just didn’t want to see their face.”

“We should not be romanticizing working beyond human powers as sacrifice, such as being on call for 24 hours and working for another right. This practice is probably held at every hospital, because I have witnessed it everywhere.”

Thailand’s medical education industry has long been rumoured to be toxic, but the issue has never been publicly addressed apart from news reports that have shone a light into what happens behind closed doors, which has prompted some students, residents, and interns to take their own lives.

SOURCE: Thai Enquirer

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  1. Exposing the dirty underbelly of the medical establishment is a noble cause. Don’t forget the operational side of medicine as well. Thailand, long thought to be an inexpensive destination for quality medical tourism, has become just another tourist trap. The government knows it as it has encourage hospitals to reduce their costs to no avail. The profession long ago abandoned the Hippocratic Oath and now bows to a Hypocritical Oath. Hospitals are now a for-profit industry.
    Medicine worldwide is in bed with the big pharma companies to promote their products of which they receive royalties. One such group of drug is Statins. It has now been proven that LDL cholesterol is not the enemy and the body needs it to function properly. Doctors are paid upwards of $500.00.00 a year to speak at seminars to promote products. Many doctors are on a crusade against the dangers of statins.

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  1. Exposing the dirty underbelly of the medical establishment is a noble cause. Don’t forget the operational side of medicine as well. Thailand, long thought to be an inexpensive destination for quality medical tourism, has become just another tourist trap. The government knows it as it has encourage hospitals to reduce their costs to no avail. The profession long ago abandoned the Hippocratic Oath and now bows to a Hypocritical Oath. Hospitals are now a for-profit industry.
    Medicine worldwide is in bed with the big pharma companies to promote their products of which they receive royalties. One such group of drug is Statins. It has now been proven that LDL cholesterol is not the enemy and the body needs it to function properly. Doctors are paid upwards of $500.00.00 a year to speak at seminars to promote products. Many doctors are on a crusade against the dangers of statins.

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