Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 285--286

Postdoctoral degree in humanistic medical science: The first development from a public health curriculum unit


Viroj Wiwanitkit, Wasana Kaewla 
 Surindra Rajabhat University, Surin, Thailand

Correspondence Address:
Wasana Kaewla
Surindra Rajabhat University, Surin
Thailand




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Wiwanitkit V, Kaewla W. Postdoctoral degree in humanistic medical science: The first development from a public health curriculum unit.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:285-286


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Wiwanitkit V, Kaewla W. Postdoctoral degree in humanistic medical science: The first development from a public health curriculum unit. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Sep 26 ];9:285-286
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Dear Sir,

The shift of paradigm in public health is very interesting. More concern on humanistic approach is promoted.[1],[2] Vogt et al. noted that “systems medicine as currently envisioned cannot be said to be integrative, holistic, personalized or patient-centered in a humanistic medical sense.”[2] There is no doubt that humanistic medical science is needed for any personnel and is a very complex knowledge. A continuous education is the way that can be helpful to support development of a new concept. The training after PhD or board is merit and should be promoted.[3] Kanwar noted that “today's PhD students will be working in a global but highly competitive, rapidly changing, and complex world”[4] and “it is no longer enough to be a good researcher and a good teacher; researchers and teachers must be good team players and leaders to lead interdisciplinary research programs, and exceptional managers to effectively manage their research staff, MS and PhD students, and postdoctoral researchers.”[4] There is no doubt that the development of the postdoctoral training program in humanistic medical science has to be done to serve the present need. Here, we report our experience from a high education center, Surindra Rajabhat University, Thailand that has the vision to serve local wisdom. The development of the postdoctoral training program has been successful in 2015 and it is the first postdoctoral training center for humanistic medical science in the region. This is a hope for the next step of new local public health education center of this area.

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