On October 15, 2016, Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy (HCMC UMP) launched a new medical education curriculum for general doctors. Students in the HCMC UMP Faculty of Medicine class of 2016 will be the first to participate in the new curriculum during the 2016-2017 academic year.
“This will be a special year with the application of a reform medical curriculum. This is the first reform medical curriculum in Vietnam, with the significant objective to produce qualified doctors to adapt with the future medicine and its challenges”, said President of HCMC UMP, Associate Professor Tran Diep Tuan.
HCMC UMP and the Partnership for Health Advancement in Vietnam (HAIVN), embarked on a comprehensive medical education reform in 2012. HAIVN supported the development of the overall framework for a comprehensive medical education reform, in-depth training on curriculum development, including content development, a series of faculty exchanges between Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and HCMC UMP. These activities have resulted in a fully integrated, organ-based medical education curriculum that is student-centered, uses active pedagogy and introduces students to clinical concepts in the first year of medical school. HAIVN and UMP will continue to develop the curriculum for subsequent years under the Improving Access, Curriculum and Teaching in Medical Education and Emerging Diseases (IMPACT MED) project, funded by USAID and private sector partners.
HAIVN Director and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Lisa Cosimi, in her speech congratulated HCMC UMP on the launching of the new curriculum and welcomed incoming students.
Dr. Cosimi emphasized the mission of alleviating human suffering caused by disease that is shared by those in the medical profession, and that “this shared mission [is what] Harvard faculty, HAIVN staff and UMP have worked together across both sides of the ocean to accomplish, [and, with this launch], we are one step closer to advancing that shared mission.
The launch was also attended by Vietnam Minister of Health, Associate Professor Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, who opened the new school year and stated, “…This reform curriculum has been developed based on medical doctor standard approved by Ministry of Health. This application in HCM UMP for the school year 2016-2017 is the historical milestone in medical education of Vietnam.”