Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Vietnam Ministry of Health has a long-standing cooperation to improve the healthcare system in Vietnam. The cooperation was formalized in a memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on July 24th, 2017 in Boston, MA, USA. The specific aims of the MOU include (1) strengthening health systems through medical education reform; (ii) improve health care worker capacity to respond to current and emerging health needs; and (iii) build capacity for biomedical research. The purpose of this visit will be to review the progress of the MOU to date, including activities, and discuss continued opportunities for collaboration in the future.
On September 25-26, 2019, the Vietnam Ministry of Health Delegation, led by H.E. Ass. Professor Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, Minister of Health, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, visited Harvard Medical School to conduct a mid-term review of the MOU signed on July 24th, 2017 outlining the cooperation between Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Vietnam Ministry of Health (MOH). The Vietnam Delegation was received by Professor David Golan, Dean for Research Operations and Global Programs, alongside faculty and staff from Harvard Medical School engaged with HMS’ cooperation in Vietnam.
Both HMS and MOH acknowledged the strong cooperation in this area since 2017, specifically around the strong and unique collaboration between HAIVN and HPET, leveraging USAID funding for HAIVN to provide technical support to the five university of medicine and pharmacy (UMPs) under the HPET project to comprehensively reform the undergraduate medical education curriculum. The success of that collaboration and positive results of the undergraduate medical education (UGME) reform has led to collaboration for post-graduate medical education (PGME) reform in 2018, starting with the surgical residency.
The official visit of the Vietnam Ministry of Health Delegation to Harvard Medical School on September 25-26, 2019 was a success as both side review previous and ongoing activities under the framework of the MOU signed on July 24th, 2017. Both sides acknowledge that the cooperation has been and will continue to be strong, and there is high level of commitment from MOH and HMS, as well as HAIVN (collaboration between Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital) to continue the strong partnership for HMS and HAIVN to provide expertise and build collaborations with MOH in the areas of medical education, training in the conduct of clinical care, and health care quality improvement at medical universities, hospitals, primary care clinics and other institutions in Vietnam.