“I come from General Hospital Bedded, a famous one in Myanmar. I am here to study endoscopy that I have not been updated on at home yet”, said Kyaw Aung San, a Myanmarese doctor as he started his study at Ho Chi Minh City Medicine and Pharmacy University Hospital.
Doctor Kyaw Aung San is among hundreds of international doctors who fly to Ho Chi Minh City each year to learn Vietnam’s advanced medical skills. Various big hospitals in the economic hub are now a reliable destination for those doctors.
When he set his foot in Ho Chi Minh City in early 2011, Doctor Kyaw Aung was surprised at the rapid change of this City since his first working visit over 10 years ago.
However, what this Myanmarese doctor was concerned with was the health sector of Vietnam. He found out that Vietnam had made a breakthrough on medical technology unparalled in modern times. “It is top-notch health technology, such as endoscopy, that takes me to Ho Chi Minh City”, shared the well-known doctor in internal general.
Apart from Doctor Kyaw Aung, other 20 trainees from 10 different nations are studying in Ho Chi Minh City Medicine and Pharmacy University Hospital. Founded in 2003 under the instruction of leading health experts, namely Associate Professors cum Doctors Nguyen Hoang Bac, Do Trong Hai and Nguyen Tan Cuong, the Hospital has become a training place for both domestic and international doctors.
As Associate Professor Nguyen Hoang Bac said, 223 trainees have attended 55 training courses since 2003. Trainees studied endoscopy, from basic to advance. In 2001 alone, more than 170 doctors and surgeons participated in the course.
Ramiro De Castro, a 42-year-old doctor who works for South Manila Hospital, the Philippines, recalled that, “last year, I could not believe what I witnessed as seeing Vietnamese doctors demonstrate a new endocopy technology in a scientific seminar on digestion and cancer. How talented Vietnamese doctors were. Later, I decided to learn from Vietnamese doctors”.
Meanwhile, Doctor Lee Mung Buk from the Republic of Korea expressed his excitement with microsurgery demonstrated at the Trauma-Orthopedic Hospital after reading news on internet. Since his stay in Ho Chi Minh City in March 2011, he has been instructed to conduct about 10 surgeries. “Great! Vietnamese doctors are in no way inferior to world’s experts”, Doctor Lee praised.
“Very impressive”, uttered Kuzuxima, a young doctor.
As well, Doctor Clement, working in an Australian hospital, concluded that “it is magic” as last year, nearly 100 international doctors and he were eye-witnessing a surgery that helped patient Ta Thi Khanh Van to eat again after 20 years. Van’s gullet was contracted as she had previously accidentally drunk acid.
Doctor Nguyen Minh Hai from Cho Ray Hospital boasted that endoscopy demonstrated in Vietnam had been highly appreciated in the world, which had helped lure a lot of international doctors to act as in-service trainees and apprentices in Vietnam.
“It means that Vietnam’s health position is on par with the world’s”, said Doctor Hai.
Associate Professor Nguyen Hoang Bac, short and long-term courses in 2012 have been fully booked.
“After the course, I am ready to act as a bridge to take my colleagues to study here”, cheerfully said Doctor Kyaw Aung.
Translated by Mai Huong