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Improving the quality of undergraduate medical education


HAIVN is engaged in supporting a 6-year comprehensive undergraduate medical education reform by directly giving technical assistance to the Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMP) in the areas of strategic planning, curriculum re-design, faculty and student exchanges, curriculum development, pedagogical support and monitoring and evaluation of the reform process.  Through the support of in-country and Boston based HAIVN staff, along with medical education experts from Harvard Medical School and its affiliated hospitals, HAIVN provides a comprehensive package of technical assistance, developed in collaboration with UMP in order to align with UMPs short-term and long-term vision of a comprehensive reform effort, and to build a cadre of in country medical education experts.


Identified by the Vietnam Ministry of Health and the Administration of Science, Technology and Training as a pilot site for comprehensive 6-year undergraduate medical education reform, with technical assistance from HAIVN, UMP is leading the way other medical universities in Vietnam to reform their programs and curriculum in order to meet new national standards and eventually accreditation. 


Medical student clinical rotations in HIV Outpatient Clinics (OPCs)


A current priority of the Vietnam Ministry of Health (MOH) is to improve the quality of medical education in the country.  To support this goal, the Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy (HCMC UMP) has initiated an ambitious project to reform and modernize their 6-year undergraduate medical curriculum.   A major focus of the reform is to introduce early community-based clinical experiences for students, which are currently lacking.  Recognizing an opportunity to leverage PEPFAR’s investments in HIV outpatient clinics and care providers, HAIVN is supporting the Ho Chi Minh City People’s AIDS committee (PAC) and HCMC UMP to collaborate on an effort to train medical students in HIV outpatient clinics in the city.  The aims of the program are to develop a model for community-based medical student education, to improve the capacity of community-based HIV staff to mentor students, improve student history and physical examination skills, reduce stigma, and promote HIV medicine as a potential field for graduating doctors.


Based on the initial success, HAIVN is currently supporting HCMC UMP to scale up the program to include more students and more community clinical sites.  Importantly, the lessons learned from this model will be used to support the university’s planned expansion of community-based clinical training opportunities for all students.