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Academic Teacher Training Course in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Date: 17. – 20.02.2014

In February 2014, the 4th Academic Teacher Training Course (ATTC) of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMP) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, was organized from 17.02.-20.02.2014. This time, the main topic to deal with reflected the need of emerging Universities of Developing Countries: Clinical reasoning, student’s assessment, and how to teach seminars. The faculty of the course involved mainly staff from UMP with LMU experts serving as supervisors. Also, the teaching language during the course was mixed between Vietnamese and English. So, all 40 participants together with the 12 UMP-tutors could participate very well independently from language barriers. For the 2 invited participants from Gadjah Mahda University from Bandung, Indonesia, also an English translator was provided. The LMU mission team included Prof. R. Dalla Pozza (Department of Pediatric Cardiology), Prof. O. Genzel-Borovoczeny (Department of Neonatology), Dr. S. Niedermaier (Department of Neonatology) and Dr. S. Kohler (Department of Pediatric Cardiology).

During the 24h-course, lively discussions rose and involved all participants. The local organizer team, namely led by the President of the UMP, Prof. Von Tan Son, and the Vice-Dean of the Medical Faculty, Prof. Tuan Diep Tran, provided superb local input. By this way, it seems very likely, that the UMP team consisting of 12 academic teachers will form a “stakeholder team“ which will in turn contribute to the expansion of modern teaching methods throughout the UMP in detail and the emerging Vietnamese universities in general. UMP of Ho Chi Minh City may serve as a “hub” for medical teaching activities of the LMU in the South-East-Asian region in future.

ATTC HCMC 2014_Tutors and Supervisors

Fig. 1: During the ATTC 2014 at UMP. Tutors of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Ho Chi Minh City together with supervisors of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität.

A large part of the participants consisted of academic teachers of the young Medical Faculty of Danang University. In this field, the new Medical Faculty lacking infrastructure and personnel is included in the LMU-collaboration project with Vietnamese Universities. Following the Governmental decision of the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Ho Chi Minh City serves as a tutor for the young Medical Faculty in Danang. Thus, medical students enrolled in Danang had to start their studies at UMP in Ho Chi Minh City. Later on, it may be reasonable that during their clinical years medical students return to Danang as the highly developed medical infrastructure in Danang City allows for clinical training. Moreover, graduates would then stay in the Danang area where neonatal mortality is still high and the need for well-trained practitioners is high.

The series of courses in medical teaching (Academic Teacher Training Courses) of the LMU in Vietnam was created following a contract of cooperation between the LMU, the University of Danang Medical Faculty and the UMP in Ho Chi Minh City in 2008. The DAAD is currently funding this project with its exceed-program. In the past 4 years, more than 160 academic teachers were trained in modern medical teaching skills.

Fig2_Manikins for teaching_2Fig. 2: Part of the brand new skills-lab of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Ho Chi Minh City: Manikins for teaching pediatric resuscitation to medical students.