I am a pediatrician at Weill Cornell with contacts in multiple Asian hospitals. The clinical cases seen in these hospitals vary with location; therefore, any student interested in arranging a global health elective in Asia should arrange a meeting with me to discuss their background and interests. All of the hospitals I am aware of offer student rotations in rural and urban settings. In addition, all hospitals permit interaction in clinical fields such as: pediatrics, infectious diseases, cardiology, refugee health etc.
Of the countries listed, I have the most contacts in Thailand. For example, I am aware of ongoing projects in three hospitals in Bangkok (i.e. Siriraj Hospital, Chulalongkorn Hospital, and Vajira Hospital). Both Sirirang Hospital and Chulalongkorn Hospital are publically funded hospitals. Vajira is a municipal hospital. I am also aware of projects in Mae Sot Hospital, a rural hospital located near the Burmese border in Mae Sot City, Tak Province. The Mae Sot Hospital also has an affiliated refugee clinic. Fluency in the local language/dialect is not required, as interpreters are frequently available. Depending on locations, patient discussions could be conducted in English.