Faculty of Medicine Vajira Hospital, Navamindradhiraj University

The Faculty of Medicine Vajira Hospital (Thai: คณะแพทยศาสตร์วชิรพยาบาล) is a medical school located in Bangkok, Thailand. The Faculty has its origin as a medical college, previously known as BMA Medical College & Vajira Hospital (Thai: วิทยาลัยแพทยศาสตร์กรุงเทพมหานครและวชิรพยาบาล). The school is run in collaboration with Vajira Hospital, Mahidol University and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Medical Department. The Faculty has become a part of the newly established Navamindradhiraj University (formerly University of Bangkok Metropolis). The Faculty of Medicine Vajira Hospital was an affiliated college of Mahidol University between 1985 to 2011.

Faculty of Medicine
Vajira Hospital,
Navamindradhiraj University
Vajira Logo.png
Former names
BMA Medical College and Vajira Hospital
Parent institution
Navamindradhiraj University
DeanAsst. Prof. Jakravoot Maneerit, M.D.
Administrative staff
Undergraduates550 (490 medical, 60 paramedic)
Samsen Rd., Dusit, Bangkok, Thailand 13°46′50″N 100°30′33″E / 13.78056°N 100.50917°E / 13.78056; 100.50917Coordinates: 13°46′50″N 100°30′33″E / 13.78056°N 100.50917°E / 13.78056; 100.50917
CampusDusit Campus
JournalVajira Medical Journal
Colors  Blue


Vajira Hospital in the 1920s; Wachiranusorn building, now used as a museum

Vajira Hospital is the fourth public hospital built in Siam, founded in 1913 (B.E. 2455) by H.M. the King Vajiravudh. It is one of the first hospitals to employ modern medicine and practices. Vajira Hospital intends to provide the people of Bangkok with efficient primary health care. It was named by the King Vajiravudh, who came to open the hospital on January 2, 1913 (B.E. 2455). Its earliest buildings are located on Samsen Road, in present-day Dusit District, Bangkok.[1]

Vajira Hospital established a medical school in 1985, the 8th in Thailand, in cooperation with Srinakharinwirot University, as the Faculty of Medicine Vajira Hospital, Srinakharinwirot University. The Faculty was organized by Vajira Hospital and was funded by the University. A few years later Bangkok Metropolitan Administration planned to start their own medical program, established as BMA Medical College (Thai: วิทยาลัยแพทยศาสตร์กรุงเทพมหานคร.[2] This became an affiliated institution with Mahidol University, as the 3rd medical school of Mahidol University.[3] In 1993, the college began opening admission process for students.

In 1998, BMA Medical College was merged with Vajira Hospital into a single organization under the name BMA Medical College and Vajira Hospital Thai: วิทยาลัยแพทยศาสตร์กรุงเทพมหานครและวชิรพยาบาล to form a union of medical education and healthcare services.[4]

In 2010, BMA Medical College & Vajira Hospital, along with Kuakarun College of Nursing, joined to form University of Bangkok Metropolis (มหาวิทยาลัยกรุงเทพมหานคร), with the medical school's name changed to Faculty of Medicine Vajira Hospital, University of Bangkok Metropolis. It was officially declared in the Royal Thai Government Gazette on November 12, 2010.[5][6] On June 3, 2011 H.M. the King Bhumibol Adulyadej presented the university with a new formal name, Navamindradhiraj University (Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยนวมินทราธิราช).

Medical EducationEdit

Vajira Hospital provides medical programs for both undergraduate and postgraduate medical students. Vajira accepts about 80 students each year, and also offers various residency and fellowship programs.

Vajira runs its medical program in cooperation with Mahidol University. Prior to the 2019 academic year, medical students attend their pre-clinical studies at Mahidol University with their first year at its main campus in Salaya. In their first year, the students study basic general studies, including subjects such as Biology Chemistry, Calculus, Statistics, and Physics. Students spend their second at the Faculty of Science, Mahidol University at Mahidol University's Phayathai campus, studying pre-clinic studies and basic medicine. The rest of pre-clinical studies and clinical training, starting from 3rd year, is provided at the Faculty's campus at Vajira Hospital. This affiliation ended in 2019.

Since the 2019 academic year, medical education is taught at the Vajira Hospital campus since first year. In 2020, a program was introduced where separate cohort of medical students were trained at the Dusit Campus for the preclinical years and at Taksin Hospital in the clinical years.

Vajira is one of the country's leading medical schools in terms of medical science, clinical training and urban medication. Doctors graduated from Vajira are not only highly qualified and well trained, but also ethical and moral. Students are well trained in areas of public service, teaching as well as research.


Vajira Medical School's headquarters at Vajira Hospital


The faculty offers three undergraduate programs related to medical and allied health sciences.

Undergraduate programs Postgraduate programs
Doctor of Medicine (M.D)

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) 4-year course

Residency training for specialty and Fellowship training for sub-specialty

Main Teaching HospitalEdit

Teaching Hospital AffiliatesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "ประวัติคณะแพทยศาสตร์วชิรพยาบาล". www.vajira.ac.th. Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  2. ^ "ประกาศกรุงเทพมหานคร เรื่อง การแบ่งส่วนราชการภายในหน่วยงานและการกำหนดอำนาจหน้าที่ของส่วนราชการกรุงเทพมหานคร (ฉบับที่ 16)" (PDF). Royal Thai Government Gazette (in Thai).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "ประกาศทบวงมหาวิทยาลัย เรื่องการรับวิทยาลัยแพทยศาสตร์กรุงเทพมหานครเข้าเป็นสถาบันสมทบของมหาวิทยาลัยมหิดล พ.ศ. 2536" (PDF). Royal Thai Government Gazette (in Thai).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "ประกาศกรุงเทพมหานคร เรื่อง การแบ่งส่วนราชการภายในหน่วยงานและการกำหนดอำนาจหน้าที่ของส่วนราชการกรุงเทพมหานคร (ฉบับที่ 38)" (PDF). Royal Thai Government Gazette (in Thai).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "พระราชบัญญัติ มหาวิทยาลัยกรุงเทพมหานคร พ.ศ. 2553" (PDF). Royal Thai Government Gazette (in Thai).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "ประกาศมหาวิทยาลัยกรุงเทพมหานคร เรื่อง การจัดตั้ง ส่วนงานในมหาวิทยาลัยกรุงเทพมหานคร" (PDF). Royal Thai Government Gazette (in Thai).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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