Over the past 20 years, Vietnam has undergone rapid social and economic development resulting in significant improvements in the health of the population. However, the country’s health system now faces many new challenges that have accompanied this rapid development, including an aging population, an increasing burden of non-communicable diseases alongside persistent communicable diseases, widening inequities in health, and an uneven distribution of human resources for health. As a result, the healthcare needs of the population are changing rapidly as are the expectations of the quality of health care in the country. In recognition of this, the Government of Vietnam and the Vietnam Ministry of Health (MOH) have, in recent years, undertaken a number of reforms aimed at improving the quality of healthcare delivered in the country. One important step, as mandated by Vietnam’s Law on Examination and Treatment, is to reform medical education and training in order to improve the quality of doctors, increase the number of practicing doctors, and improve their distribution.
Currently HAIVN is engaged in providing technical support to the Vietnam MOH across the full spectrum of medical education including (i) reform of the undergraduate medical curriculum; (ii) reform of graduate medical education; and (iii) implementation of a national system for continuing medical education (CME).