Siradanai “Mind” Kanithasevi, MD

Siradanai “Mind” Kanithasevi, MD

Graduation Date: 2024
Somdej Hospital, Thailand
General Practice

Siradanai Kanithasevi’s, MD ’24, journey into medicine finds its roots in his upbringing and the nurturing environment of his family. Growing up in his community in Thailand, he was privileged to witness firsthand the unwavering dedication and compassion of his father who ran a local clinic. Observing his father’s genuine joy and fulfillment while treating patients left an indelible mark on him.

From a young age, Dr. Siradanai aspired to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives through healthcare—particularly by contributing to his family’s clinic in Thailand. Inspired by his father’s example, he envisioned not only following in his footsteps but also expanding the clinic’s reach to further benefit their community. This aspiration fueled his passion for medicine and set him on a path to serve.

Dr. Siradanai shares his St. George’s University (SGU) experience and advice for aspiring physicians.

SGU: How did SGU contribute to your success?

Dr. Siradanai: SGU played a pivotal role in shaping my path to success. The university not only provided me with a comprehensive medical education but also instilled in me a global mindset. Through its diverse learning environment and international opportunities, SGU broadened my perspectives and equipped me with the skills necessary to thrive in a dynamic healthcare landscape.

One of the most invaluable experiences during my time at SGU was the opportunity to participate in clinical rotations in the US. These rotations exposed me to different medical practices, advanced technologies, and diverse patient populations. The knowledge and insights gained from these rotations will undoubtedly contribute to my ability to improve and elevate the services offered at our clinic.

SGU: How did SGU prepare you for the USMLE exams?

Dr. Siradanai: SGU lectures and small group activities helped me with foundational knowledge. SGU also provided me with a UWorld subscription, which helped with preparing for the USMLE exam.

SGU: What was your experience like living in Grenada?

Dr. Siradanai: Living and studying in Grenada provided a unique environment where students from diverse backgrounds came together with a shared goal of pursuing their medical careers. Through this shared journey, I had the privilege of forming deep and lasting connections with fellow students who quickly became like family to me.

My group of friends provided support, encouragement, and camaraderie throughout the ups and downs of medical school. Whether it was late-night study sessions, exploring the beautiful island of Grenada, or simply sharing a meal together these friendships enriched my experience in ways I could never have imagined.

SGU: How did you feel when you learned you would be practicing in Thailand?

Dr. Siradanai: In Thailand, you can work as a general practitioner without pursuing a residency program. The requirement for obtaining a medical license in Thailand is earning an MD degree followed by completing a one-year externship.

The feeling of knowing that I got accepted in a one-year externship program at Somdej Hospital was absolutely exhilarating. It was a moment filled with immense pride and gratitude for the journey that had brought me to this point.

SGU: What drew you to general practice?

Dr. Siradanai: My chosen field of specialty, general practice, holds a special place in my heart as it aligns perfectly with my vision of contributing to my family’s clinic in Thailand. Growing up, I witnessed the profound impact that my father’s clinic had on our community, and I am eager to continue and expand upon this legacy.

I like its versatility and the opportunity it offers to provide comprehensive care to patients of all ages and backgrounds. It allows me to develop long-term relationships with patients and address a wide range of health concerns, from preventive care to chronic disease management.

SGU: Why did you choose to return to Thailand to practice medicine as opposed to another country?

Dr. Siradanai: My decision to return to Thailand to practice medicine was deeply rooted in my desire to be with my family and to reconnect with the culture that has always been a part of my identity. Being able to practice medicine in familiar surroundings allows me to draw upon the rich cultural heritage and values that have shaped my upbringing.

SGU: What are your long-term career aspirations within the field of medicine?

Dr. Siradanai: My long-term career aspirations within the field of medicine are centered around a deeply rooted commitment to my community in Klong Luang. I envision creating a healthcare facility that not only provides essential medical services, but also focuses on improving the overall quality of life for the people in my area.

SGU: How do you envision making an impact in your community?

Dr. Siradanai: I hope to make a difference in the future of my family’s clinic. I am passionate about integrating technology and innovative services to enhance patient care and accessibility. I also aim to implement electronic medical records systems and telehealth services to streamline communication, improve efficiency, and expand our reach beyond the confines of our physical location.

I would like to introduce convenient services such as prescription delivery service to ensure that patients have access to their medications in a timely and efficient manner. By embracing technology and modern healthcare solutions, I believe we can elevate the standard of care at our clinic and better meet the evolving needs of our community.

SGU: What advice would you give to medical students from Thailand?

Dr. Siradanai: If I were to offer advice to medical students from Thailand, it would be to carefully consider your future career goals and support systems before deciding to study abroad. While pursuing medical education abroad can offer valuable opportunities for learning and personal growth, it’s essential to have a clear understanding of where you envision practicing medicine in the future. Whether it’s returning to Thailand to serve your community or exploring opportunities abroad, having a clear career path in mind can help guide your decision-making process and ensure that your educational experience aligns with your long-term goals.

Additionally, it’s crucial to consider the support systems available to you, both in your home country and abroad. Medical school can be a challenging and demanding journey, and having a strong support network of friends, family, mentors, and peers can make all the difference.

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