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The Conference attracted 464 attendees, including representative of Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Training, USAID/Vietnam Mission Director Mr. Michael Greene, leaders in medical education from 46 University, Institutional and Collages of Medicine and Pharmacy in Vietnam, leaders of 6 hospitals, 4 international organization, students, andfaculty from Vietnam and around the world.

After the success of last year’s Conference, the National Vietnam Medical Education Conference became the leading platform for educators and leaders from health professional universities and hospitals in Vietnam to share innovations and advances in health professional education.

The 2018 conference was co-organized with Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy (Hue UMP) and this year’s theme was “Clinical Teaching to Transform Healthcare Professionals.” “Hue UMP is proud to host the 2nd National Vietnam Medical Education Conference and to be a member of the IMPACT-MED Alliance. Clinical teaching is the backbone of health professional education reform and this conference provides a great opportunity for medical and health professional educators around Vietnam to share their knowledge and experiences” said Associate Professor Nguyen Vu Quoc Huy, Acting Rector of Hue UMP.

The one and a half-day conference offered an exciting agenda, bringing together international experts, medical and health professional educators, researchers, students, and industry partners to share the latest ideas and best practices in clinical teaching. The presentations, discussions, and exchanges provided participants with new perspectives, innovative ideas, and opportunities for collaboration with new partners working on health professional education reform.

The 2nd annual national essay contest for Vietnamese medical students was a critical part of the conference. This year’s theme was “Who is a good doctor”, and nearly 200 medical students across Vietnam submitted responses that expressed their vision of an ideal doctor. The winner of the national essay contest was students from Hue, Thai Binh and Da Nang University of Medicine and Pharmacy,

The Conference was generously supported by USAID, Ministry of Health’s Health Professionals Education and Training for Health System Reforms Project (HPET) for Vietnam, Shorelight Education.



The conference was honored to welcome three internationally renowned experts in medical education as keynote speakers:

Dr. Darrell G. Kirch, MD
Dr. Darrell G. Kirch is President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), which represents all U.S. and Canadian medical schools, teaching hospitals, and academic societies. Dr. Kirch is also a member of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Special Medical Advisory Group and the Board of Regents of the American College of Psychiatrists, and a past member of the American Council on Education Board of Directors. In 2007, Dr. Kirch was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). A psychiatrist and clinical neuroscientist by training, Dr. Kirch began his career at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), becoming the acting scientific director in 1993. His work at NIMH was recognized when he received the Outstanding Service Medal of the United States Public Health Service. A native of Denver, Dr. Kirch earned his BA and MD degrees from the University of Colorado.


Professor Ducksun Ahn, FRCSC, MA (Lit.), MA (Bioethics), P.g.Dip (MEd.)
Dr. Ducksun Ahn graduated from Korea University Medical College in 1978 and received clinical training in Plastic Surgery at the University of Toronto. Upon his return to Korea, he created the Medical Education Department at Korea University Medical College. He also holds a Master’s degree in bioethics from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Currently he is the vice-president of the World Federation for Medical Education, AMEE Ambassador, member of AMEE ASPIRE for student engagement panel, professor at the Department of Medical Humanities of Korea University Medical College, and professor at the Department of Plastic Surgery of Korea University Medical Center. He has been awarded for excellence in teaching, research, and innovation by Korea University, the Korean Society of Medical Education, and the Korean Association of Medical Colleges.


Dr. Susan Day, MD, MSc
Dr. Susan Day is the Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). She also had a thirty-year career centered on the clinical practice of pediatric ophthalmology and medical education. Her interest in graduate medical education includes 20 years as Program Director and five years as her institution's Designated Institutional Official with oversight of all residency programs. She has held leadership positions, including the Chair of the Ophthalmology Review Committee and Chair of the ACGME Board, as well as President of the national membership, academic, and honor societies for her specialty.


About IMPACT-MED Alliance
The IMPACT-MED Alliance, supported by USAID, is a Global Development Alliance bringing together a diverse group of universities, public, and private sector partners. The project goal is to build a strong and effective health workforce in Vietnam able to respond to 21st century priorities and to contribute to the health resilience and health security of the country.