Advanced medical teaching for talented medical graduates

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Professor Goulston and Professor Oates, the leaders of this Học Mãi Foundation project, would like to acknowledge the support from Sunway Hotel, Hanoi and Vietnam Airlines for the Hoc Mai Advanced Course in Medicine.

Sunway Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam

Sunway Hotel, Hanoi, Viet Nam: Mr George Teh, General Manager at Sunway Hotel, Hanoi has generously provided 35 free night’s accommodation in a Club Classic superior room to Australian academic clinicians teaching at HMU as part of the Advanced Medical Course in Education and Research, 2012.

Viet Nam Airlines Australia

Viet Nam Airlines Australia: Mr Tuan Anh Luu, General Manager for Vietnam Airlines Australia, provided generous support by offering twelve (12) complimentary economy airfares for recent graduate doctors in Vietnam to travel to Australia to take part in an intensive two week program in August 2012 on Advanced Medical Education and Research.

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Advanced medical teaching for talented medical graduates 2010–2011


This course teaches a small, selected group of highly talented recent Hanoi Medical University (HMU) medical graduates to provide them with an advanced course which will expand their medical horizons and increase their clinical skills. It was developed in consultation with senior academics at HMU and will be taught in English at their request. The young doctors who complete this course will be well-equipped to become academic leaders in Vietnam.

The course consists of:

  1. An advanced 12-month Medical curriculum taught at HMU.
  2. A two week immersion in enhanced clinical teaching held in Sydney.

The curriculum will cover 15 areas which are essential for future healthcare in Vietnam and which are not widely taught at present.

  1. Communication skills,
  2. Effective clinical handover,
  3. How to assess clinical skills,
  4. Presenting a history and physical examination,
  5. Patient management plans
  6. Improving performance through feedback,
  7. Ethics and professionalism,
  8. Developing learning outcomes for students,
  9. Evidence Based Medicine,
  10. Medical errors,
  11. Literature searching,
  12. Publishing: What editors look for,
  13. Medical statistics,
  14. Research methods,
  15. Presentation skills,

Fifty potential participants in the Course were chosen by Professor Hinh, the Rector of HMU, on the basis of their academic record and ability to speak English. In July, these 50 were interviewed by Kim Oates, Owen Dent and Kerry Goulston using a new structured interview format devised by Owen Dent. The 31 candidates selected come from a wide range of specialities and include one medical student and one nurse. All were considered to be among the future leaders in Vietnamese medicine.

Six times each year two academic clinicians will travel to HMU to teach an intensive one-week block in one or more of the subjects listed above. Two visits have been completed. Presentations were interactive and included role play with the course participants.

A pre-test/post-test is used for all teaching sessions. At the conclusion of the entire course a test will be given based on all of the previously administered tests.

For the first visit, pre-test total ranged from 3 to 7 with a mean of 5.3. Post-test scores ranged from 5 to 7, (Wilcoxon p <0.001), indicating an improvement in knowledge following teaching.

Feedback from the first two visits has been enthusiastic.

An additional component to the September visit was a course in Medical English which was made available to a wider group. The Medical English course teachers paid all of their own expenses.

Teachers & Students Medical English Course September 2010
Teachers: Tony Broe, Ron Barr, Robert Read, Jonathan Page, Owen Dent, Kerry Goulston and Kim Oates.

Professors Kerry Goulston & Kim Oates

2008 Report


Bach Mai Hospital

This Program again was held in the Emergency Department, BachMai Hospital, HaNoi. The team was welcomed on the first day by the Hospital Director and the Head of the Emergency Department.

Teachers included: Owen Dent (Medical Statistician), Kerry Goulston (Gastroenterologist), Richard Holloway (Gastroenterologist), Ian McPhee (Intensivist), Jonathan Page (Oncologist), Chris Tennent (Psychiatrist), Phillip Yuille (Radiation Oncologist).

There were 45 participants and so we used 4 separate Tutorial Rooms with whiteboards. The sessions ran from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. for five days. The attendance was good and due to their work commitments, we arranged 30-35 participants at each session.
Each pair of teachers used different teaching styles – ranging from PowerPoint case scenarios to role playing. Only English was spoken and there was diversity in English Language skills. Some of the participants had attended last year’s program. Some were nurses and there were both senior (Department Heads) and junior (interns) doctors present.

Owen Dent gave separate talks on: ‘the tense of verbs in English’, ‘contractions of verbs’, ‘definite and indefinite articles in English’, ‘colloquialisms’ as well as distributing papers on ‘preparing a paper for submission to a medical journal’ and ‘statistical guidelines’. All of these were very well received. Owen also carried out an evaluation at the end of the Program.

The participants took us out to lunch, the Emergency Department for dinner, and there was a large gathering for the Học Mãi Alumni Dinner.

All in all, the week was deemed worthwhile by students and teachers!

Emeritius Professor Kerry Goulston
University of Sydney

2007 Report


Under the leadership of Professor Kerry Goulston, a group of Australian Health professonals and medical educators (with the support of the Học Mãi Foundation) have conducted classes at Bach Mai Hospital to assist Vietnamese Health Professionals to develop a better understanding of 'medical english'.

In October 2007, Kerry Goulston (Gastroenterologist), Richard Holloway(Gastroenterologist-Adelaide), Jonathan Page (Oncologist-Sydney ), Ron Mackinnon (GP-Sydney), Harley Harwood (Business Consultant-Sydney), Ian McPhee(ICU/Intensivist-Tweed Heads) and Owen Dent (Medical Statistician-Sussex Inlet ) arrived in HaNoi in order to present a education program of 'developing a better understanding of Medical English' to a selected group of Health Professionals at Bach Mai Hospital. On Monday 1 October, the team was welcomed by Dr Nanh (A/Director of Bach Mai Hospital) and Dr Nguyen Dat Anh.

The course would not have been possible without the usual support and help of Dr Dang Van Duong, The Director, Centre of Pathology, Bach Mai Hospital and Học Mãi Coordinator. Two Emergency Department Specialists (recently returned from Australia as Học Mãi AusAID Fellows) had organised the participants of the Course; the contribution of Dr Tu Huu Nguyen and Dr Nguyen Anh Tuan was invaluable.

The ‘Teaching Team’ spent each afternoon in the Emergency Department at Bach Mai Hospital facilitating knowledge of Medical English to the participants. The chief purpose of the course was to improve the spoken English with relation to patient care. Attendance during the Course was excellent, and the feedback was very good indeed.

In addition, Owen Dent gave an hour long tutorial on ‘How to interpret a Journal Article’ - this was very well received and attracted over 50 Bach Mai staff. His offer to coach in Statistics for individual papers or projects by Email was enthusiastically received.

One night, we had an emotional "Reunion Dinner" with those whom had previously been to RNSH and other Australian Hospitals; also Dr Anh, Head of ED, arranged a dinner on the last night and thanked the team for facilitating the teaching program.

The ‘Teaching Team’ also made various observational visits during the week to individual Hospital Departments.

Professor Kerry Goulston