On December 2-3, 2017 the Partnership for Health Advancement in Vietnam (HAIVN), The Vietnam Ministry of Health, University of Pharmacy and Medicine at Ho Chi Minh City (HUMP) was pleased to announce the First Annual National Vietnam Medical Education Conference – “Preparing the 21st Century Physician” in Ho Chi Minh City. This national conference is one activity of the Improving Access, Curriculum and Teaching in Medical Education and Emerging Diseases (IMPACT MED) Alliance, supported by USAID. The Conference attracted 400 leaders in medical education, students, and faculty from Vietnam and around the world.
Economic growth and demographic changes are driving demand for improving healthcare services throughout Vietnam. Having a responsibility for developing national strategies and programs, planning and budgeting, manpower allocation and supervision of national institutions, the Vietnam Ministry of Health encourages the improvement of health care system and emphasizes investing in medical education and primary care. Recognized as being the top university for health professional training in Vietnam, the University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh city has been playing a leading role in standardizing teaching methodologies and implementing innovative curricula in health sciences in Vietnam. In organizing this inaugural Medical Education Conference, HUMP offers a unique opportunity for educators and leaders from medical universities in Vietnam to share innovations and advances in medical education. The conference aims to stimulate discussions among medical education experts, inspire further innovations, and foster a community of medical educators invested in advancing medical education, research, quality improvement, and patient care.
The conference was honored to welcome Professor Nguyen Van Phuc, Vice Minister of Education and Training Vietnam, Professor Le Quang Cuong, Vice Minister of Health Vietnam, Charge Caryn R. McClelland of United States of American Embassy in Vietnam and Assoc. Professor Tran Diep Tuan President, Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy.
“This national conference on medical education was the first of its kind in Vietnam. We look forrd to making this an annual event, so we can facilitate the sharing of advances in medical education, inspire ongoing innovations, and foster a community of medical educators invested in advancing medical education research and quality improvement.” states Dr. Todd Pollack, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Country Director of HAIVN.
“This was a meaningful conference to share experiences in education and training. It also provided an opportunity for young faculty to access new medical education approaches, and to catch up with the trends in medical education around the world. We believe that this annual conference will make a great contribution to medical education and training in Vietnam.” said Assoc. Professor Tran Diep Tuan, President, Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy
International experts in the field of medical education and healthcare presented on relevant topics including “Trends in medical education in the 21st century around the world,” “Quality assurance and accreditation in medical education,” and “Reforming and improving the training of doctors – the difficulties, the complexities and the necessity.” The conference was honored to welcome three internationally renowned experts in medical education as keynote speakers:
Professor David Gordon, President of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and emeritus professor of medicine at the University of Manchester.
Professor Peter Ellis, Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Medical Education at Otago University, Wellington, New Zealand, and executive committee member of the Association for Medical Education in the Western Pacific Region.
Professor Erik K. Alexander, Executive Director of the Brigham Education Institute, Director of Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
In conjunction with the conference, a national essay contest for Vietnamese medical students was held. The contest aimed to create a platform for medical students to reflect the essential values and priorities of a Vietnamese physician. This year’s theme was “Who is the 21st Century Vietnamese Physician?” Nearly 200 submissions were received from medical students across Vietnam. The winner of the national essay contest was announced and read at the Conference.
The Conference is generously supported by the World Bank and Ministry of Health’s Health Professionals Education and Training for Health System Reforms Project (HPET) for Vietnam, USAID, Shorelight Education, and Pearson Education.