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history of Faculty of Medicine Chiang Mai University

In response to the need for more physicians to serve rural areas, particularly in the north of Thailand, the third medical school of Thailand was established. Sixty-five students were accepted for admission to the new medical school in 1958. To facilitate the development of the new faculty, Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital was transferred from the Ministry of Public Health to the University of Medical Science in 1959.

The University of Illinois greatly assisted in the establishment of the faculty by providing 35 of its staffs to teach here during the period of 1962 to 1970. It also gave scholarships for Thai instructors to be trained in the United States and then to return to teach in Chiang Mai.

When Chiang Mai University was established, the School of Medicine atNakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, University of Medical Science became the Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University. This change became formal on March 16, 1965. Since then the Faculty has grown continuously. It has fully achieved its original mandate and is now the largest medical school in northern Thailand and operates the largest and most comprehensive hospital in this region.


The Faculty of Medicine is situated in the western part of the city of Chiang Mai near the base of Suthep Mountain. The health science campus, which also includes the Faculty of Nursing, the Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences and the Research Institute for Health Sciences, is centrally located and is readily accessible by public transport. The Faculty of Medicine consists of two hospitals and one center including Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, the Sriphat Medical Center, and the Center for Medical Excellence, respectively.  The other two major units of this faculty are the Medical School and the Graduate School. The campus is made up of a variety of attractive, multi-story buildings which provide modern and well-equipped facilities for teaching, research and patient care. Medical student dormitories and a guest professor hostel are also located on the same grounds.




         The Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University is a leading medical institution with international standards.

          - To produce graduates of international standard quality and good virtue.
          - To organize research for directing healthcare.
          - To provide standard quality health services.
          - To preserve and nurture the cultural heritage and natural environment.