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The 3rd National Vietnam Medical Education Conference – Achieving Competency in Medical Education – a leading forum in Vietnam to share innovations and advances in the field of health professional education.



Hai Phong (November 15-16, 2019) – Vietnam’s Ministry of Health (MOH); the Improving Access, Curriculum and Teaching in Medical Education and Emerging Diseases (IMPACT-MED) Alliance, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); the World Health Organization; and Hai Phong University of Medicine and Pharmacy is organizing the3rd National Vietnam Medical Education Conference – Achieving Competency in Medical Education on November 15 – 16 in Hai Phong city. The Conference will attract more than 400 attendees, including leaders in medical education, students, and faculty from Vietnam and around the world.


Following the success of the Conference in 2017 and 2018, the National Vietnam Medical Education Conference is now considered the most important forum in Vietnam for sharing innovations and advances in the field of health professional education.


This year’s theme is “Achieving Competency in Medical Education” reflecting the current priority in Vietnam to reform health professional education towards a competency-based approach, which focuses more on concrete skills than abstract learning. The Conference promises to feature a dynamic line-up of distinguished national and international speakers who will share their experiences and perspectives.


The two-day conference offers valuable opportunities for researchers and educators throughout Vietnam and many other countries to share the results of their efforts to improve health professional education in Vietnam. It stimulates discussions among medical education leaders, inspires further innovations, and builds a community of medical educators invested in advancing the quality of medical education in Vietnam. For the past two years this conference has provided policymakers, university leaders, faculty members, and students an opportunity to come together to learn from international experts and to learn from each other.


The winner of the 3rd health professional student essay contest will be announced on the second day of the Conference. The national medical student essay contest provides an opportunity for students to share their thoughts about the future of the healthcare profession in Vietnam. This year’s theme is “The patient – healthcare professional relationship.”


The Conference is supported by USAID, the Ministry of Health’s Health Professionals Education Training for Health System Reforms Project (HPET) for Vietnam, World Health Organization, Arizona State University, and Shorelight Education.


The conference is honored to welcome four internationally renowned experts in medical education as keynote speakers:

Emeritus Professor Paul Worley - Emeritus Professor Paul Worley is a leading figure internationally in the rural health and medical education sectors, has held senior positions including Dean of Flinders University College of Medicine and Public Health, the Rural Doctors Association of South Australia and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Dr. Yoon-seong Lee - Dr. Yoon-seong Lee is the Director of the Korean Health Personnel Licensing Examination Institute (KHPLEI), which manages national examinations for licensing or certification of 26 kinds of health personnels in Korea. Dr. Lee was previously the chair of the board committee of Korean Institute of Medical Education and Evaluation (KIMEE), and previously President of Korean Society of Medical Education (KSME), and President of Korean Academy of Medical Sciences (KAMS).

Professor Pongsak Wannakrairot - Professor Pongsak Wannakrairot is the Director of the Institute for Medical Education Accreditation (IMEAc) in Thailand, which accredits basic medical education for medical schools in Thailand employing international standards (WFME Global Standards). 

Dr.Nguyen Ngo Quang - Dr. Nguyen Ngo Quang is the Acting Director of the Administration of Science, Technology and Training (ASTT) – Ministry of Health (MOH) –Vietnam. He is also the director of the Central Project Management Unit of the Health Professional Education and Training for Health System Reform Project (HPET project).


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. The IMPACT-MED Alliance is implemented by The Partnership for Health Advancement in Vietnam (HAIVN, haivn.org), a collaboration of Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

USAID leads the U.S. government’s international development and disaster assistance through partnerships and investments that save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people emerge from humanitarian crises. Following more than 50 years of improving lives through development and humanitarian assistance, USAID continues to support partners to become self-reliant and capable of leading their own development journeys. Please visit www.usaid.gov or follow https://www.facebook.com/USAID/ for more information. Vietnam- specific sites: https://www.usaid.gov/vietnam and https://www.facebook.com/USAIDVietnam.

The Partnership for Health Advancement in Vietnam (HAIVN)

The Partnership for Health Advancement in Vietnam (HAIVN) is a collaboration between Harvard Medical School (HMS), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) dedicated to improving health outcomes in Vietnam. Our team includes experts in clinical medicine, medical education, health systems, healthcare quality improvement, monitoring and evaluation, and implementation research. HAIVN has been working to improve the Vietnamese health system since 2003. Please visit http://haivn.org/home or follow https://www.facebook.com/haivnoffice/  for more information.


Media contact

For more information about the conference, please visit http://vmeconf.com/ or contact Ms. Nguyen Thu Phuong at [email protected]