School of Medicine Faculty Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award


Pholaphat Charles Inboriboon, MD, Director of International Emergency Medicine Programs at the UMKC School of Medicine, was selected to receive a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Thailand in Emergency Medicine. Inboriboon will spend six months teaching at Chulalongkorn University as part of a project to enhance emergency medicine education through incorporating active learning into the didactic curriculum, developing online learning resources, and enhancing individual learner feedback.

Inboriboon is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2018-2019 academic year through the Fulbright Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Inboriboon has been working with Chulalongkorn and several other Thai emergency medicine residencies since 2006 helping to train the new generation of emergency medicine leaders in the country. While he periodically travels to Thailand for two-week stints to work with faculty at Chulalongkorn University on enhancing the school’s emergency medicine program, Inboriboon said that the Fulbright Scholarship will allow him to stay for a longer period of time and actually help to build a more inherent culture for the program. During his six-month stay, which will last from January – June 2019, Inboriboon will continue his partnership with Chulalongkorn faculty to work toward providing more capacity-related teaching for emergency medicine residents, which will incorporate workshops, group discussions, simulation and individual learning feedback to name a few things.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. With the recent natural disasters

Fulbrighters address critical global issues in all disciplines, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

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