Asian Clinical Tropical Medicine Course

Next ACTM: Summer 2023

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Join the Faculty of Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University, the University of Ottawa, the University of Minnesota, and Augusta University as they co-host the ninth Asian Clinical Tropical Medicine Course in beautiful Bangkok, Thailand and Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Healthcare providers with experience and/or a special interest in clinical tropical medicine or infectious diseases are invited to attend.

We plan to next host this course in summer 2023. Stay healthy and please contact us if you have questions.

This course fulfills the hands-on/laboratory requirement to be eligible to sit for the ASTMH CTropMed® exam, but is not an exam preparation course. If you are looking for exam prep we have a course for that here.

Application Instructions & Deadlines

There will be an email announcement when applications are being accepted. Contact Sarah Sponsler at radic011@umn.edu to be notified.

Course Dates

TBD, summer 2023. Generally, the portion of the course in Bangkok, Thailand precedes the optional portion of the course in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Cost and Payment

Costs TBD. Previously, costs have been about $2300 for the Thailand course, and the addition of the course in Cambodia about $500.00. 

Course Size

The course is limited to 30 participants to maximize the small-group learning environment. Early applications are encouraged due to high demand.

Prerequisites

Training in or experience with clinical tropical medicine or infectious diseases is required. Those with special interests in clinical tropical medicine but without experience or training will be considered on an individual basis.

Curriculum

Siem Reap, Cambodia. The course is based in Bangkok at Mahidol University, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, and a regional referral center for Southeast Asia. We visit multiple other hospitals in Bangkok, and spend a weekend at the Ratchaburi Malaria Research Station on the Myanmar border. The course consists of lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and clinical rounds. Mahidol University Faculty of Tropical Medicine provides core lectures, along with international faculty. Workshops and demonstrations will involve the entire group. Clinical rounds will be in small groups.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about healthcare in Bangkok, Thailand and Siem Reap, Cambodia. 
  2. Gain expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of tropical infectious diseases, with a focus on Southeast Asia.
  3. Complete laboratory requirements of a diploma course for eligibility to take the ASTMH CTropMed certifying exam.

Sample Lecture Topics

  • Clinical management of malaria
  • Diagnosis and treatment of leprosy
  • Eosinophilia in immigrants
  • Lymphatic filariasis
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Helminthiasis
  • Travel Medicine for Southeast Asia
  • Evaluation of fever in the tropics
  • Refugee and Immigrant Health Care
  • Overview of the Thai Healthcare System
  • Thai Traditional Medicine
  • Tropical Dermatology
  • Rabies
  • Venomous Snakes of Southeast Asia

Small Group Learning Environment

Most of the hospital rounds and clinical experience will involve small groups of no more than 8 course participants. We feel that this will help facilitate learning in a congenial, informal environment for learners at all levels of expertise.

RAJANAGARINDRA TROPICAL DISEASE INTERNATIONAL CENTER (RTIC) VISIT

Also known as the Ratchaburi Malaria Research station, RTIC is located on the border of Thailand and Myanmar. It is a clinical training site for the recognition, care, and treatment of outpatient malaria, and it is located in a rural area approximately 4 hours by bus from Bangkok.

ANGKOR HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN

Join the medical staff at Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) in Siem Reap, Cambodia for this exciting 3 day post-course extension. AHC is a non-profit pediatric teaching hospital working in cooperation with the Cambodian government to provide free, quality health care to impoverished children in Siem Reap. A combination of teaching and intensive clinical rounds will introduce participants to common and uncommon medical problems of the children of Cambodia. Examples include evaluation of fever, coma, rashes, malaria and outbreaks in children. This post-course received rave reviews in 2014, and because of this, we added an additional day to the course in 2016, 2018, and 2020. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to experience the temples of Angkor Wat, as well as traditional Cambodian food, music and dance.