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Vietnamese Medical Students scholarship recipients 2010


Reflections from Nguyen Duc Duy Tam - Vietnamese medical student, Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine

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It was my luck to receive a strong support from Học Mãi Foundation to have an opportunity studying in Australia. It was a peaceful and lovely country. Moreover, this was my first time to go to Australia so I had a huge chance to open my mind to the world and change my old thinking style.

Arriving in Sydney in July through the strong support of Học Mãi Foundation, I spent one of the most unforgettable period in my life. At the airport, I was warmly welcomed by Ms. Rhondda Glasson. It was a sunny day and the sky was very clear. On the first day, Ms. Rhondda helped us with almost everything to make us accustomed to the Australian lifestyle. I felt that I lived in a ‘big family’ of Học Mãi operated by the clever hands of Ms. Rhondda. In fact, everything was well-organized.


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Reflections from Thi Hong Hanh Le - Vietnamese medical student, Hanoi Medical University

General information:

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Elective course place: Radiology Ward. Concord Hospital. NSW. Australia

Started on 2nd August, 2010. Finished on 27th August, 2010. On the premise of Concord Hospital, Radiology Ward. Sydney, Australia.

Main sponsor: Học Mãi Foundation. The University of Sydney.

Course Experiences:

Main study at Radiology ward was focusing on T-C scanner, X-ray, Ultra Sound and Lectures.

C-T Scanner: I have learnt many things about C-T scanner. I learnt how to read normal films as well as abnormal films. There were many cancer cases. I was quite surprised about it.

X-ray: I saw doctor doing X-ray to patients. I earned basic knowledge of X-ray which would be very useful when I study it on next term at my University.

Ultra-sound: I attended at Ultra-sound patient room. I did see doctor doing ultra-sound to patients, biopsying for them. The work was very professional. It was very fast and less pain for patients. I was also taught about some normal ultra-sound films.
During the time at the hospital, I was not only attending at patients examination, but also attending at clinical school for lectures. I was introduced about Concord hospital, many wards, medical system and patient processing. This knowledge is new to me. It will be studied in my next term at my university. However, I believe that, I have not learnt as much knowledge as I should do. I have limitation of English ability.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Doctors, nurses and staffs at Concord Hospital for helping, teaching, assisting me during the time at the hospital. I would also thank Học Mãi Foundation for giving me the chance, which I believe it will inspire me in my future medical study.


Vietnamese Medical Students scholarship recipients 2009


Reflections from Dang Truc Quynh - Vietnamese medical student, Hanoi Medical University

The time I will never forget

Philip Han, Kathryn Chae, Eve McClure, Puvi Longanthasan, Dang Truc Quynh, Hansoo Lee

When I knew that I was chosen to be the elective student, I felt extremely happy because this would be the first time I went abroad. But it was also my first time travelling by plane and going far away from home alone. However, all my worries disappeared immediately when I arrived in Sydney.

Rhondda Glasson took me to the accommodation when my plane landed at Sydney Airport, and she always cared for me like my mother during my month here. She was very thoughtful and encouraged me to be confident with my English. I met Professor Bruce Robinson on my first day, he was so close and welcomed me to the hospital. I felt like I had my family here in Sydney, right from my first day.

Dang Truc Quynh recieveing completion certificate from Professor Bruce Robinson

My placement was at Aged Care Department, Royal North Shore Hospital, under the supervision of Dr Sue Ogle. I had a chance to be in Dr Ogle’s team with Dr Eve McClure – the registrar, Dr Philip Han and Dr Puvi Longanthasan – the interns. Every morning, I followed my team to do the ward rounds, except for Tuesday and Wednesday morning when I studied at the Aged Care clinic. Although Dr Ogle and all the team were very busy, they explained to me whenever I had questions and encouraged me to take history and examine the patients. All the registrar and interns in Aged Care Ward were like my older sisters and brothers, so I didn’t feel any nervous. I took part in some case discussions of Australian medical students and I really liked the way they prepared it so carefully. I prepared my own case presentation which was my first one in English, and Dr Ogle said that it was quite good.

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Reflections from Nguyen Hoang Minh - Vietnamese Medical Student, Hanoi Medical University

Four Weeks In Plastic & Facio Maxillary Surgery

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I went to Australia in the hope of acquiring effective methods to study clinical medicine involved in Plastic & Facio maxillary surgery, which is one of the necessary specialities in Vietnam because of high rate of facial trauma in motorbike accidents. Actually, I gained considerably much more. In four weeks, I received warm care from The Học Mãi Foundation, intensive way to study clinic, as well as visiting the Australian unique landscapes.

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First of all, I felt happy and warmly under The Học Mãi Foundation’s attention. I met Rhondda Glasson from The Học Mãi Foundation at the airport. She took me to the Greenwich Village Accommodation, the University of Sydney and attentively cared for me during the period I stayed in Sydney like my mother. Moreover, my teachers and I were invited to the lunch in Rhondda’s house. It was really an unforgettable memory. Although Professor Bruce Robinson was very busy, he spent much time talking with Vietnamese Scholars in party, thus making us feel significantly touched.

Secondly, The Học Mãi Foundation has provided me with a valuable opportunity to acquire effective methods to learn medicine and work in hospital as well.


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Vietnamese Medical Students scholarship recipients for 2008

Hanoi University Medical Students

In 2008, 3 Hanoi Medical University Students were successful in obtaining scholarships from the Học Mãi Foundation: Le Nguyet Minh, Pham Minh Giang, and Phạm Hoàng Ngọc Hoa.

Reflections from Le Nguyet Minh - Vietnamese medical student, Hanoi Medical University

4 weeks in urology surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital

I was involved in urology surgery Department, Royal North Shore Hospital, from 7th July to 1st of August 2008 as an elective medical student. The main objectives of this elective were to observe and find out the most effective methods to learn medicine, and how to work within a hospital as well.The very first thing I had to do was to get acquainted with my team work, included two supervisors – Dr. Ken Vaux, Dr. Rasiah, a registrar - Dr. Said Jaboubs, and an intern – Amanda Tan. At the first time, it was quite difficult for me to meet them, but it turned to be easy when I discovered how to take their schedules. Everyone has the own timetable for each day, each hour, and they were all available on the intranet of the RNS hospital. I myself had the schedule for my 4-week-election. I spent three days per week in theatre, besides Wednesday at urodynamics department and Thursday at out-patient department (OPD).

Secondly, I could see how effectively the hospital system works. They follow patients from birth till the death. Whenever they have complaints, they present their local doctor or general practitioner (GP), and then they will have an appointment with a specialist if it’s necessary. All information needed was sent to the specialist with a letter from GP that shortens the interview between doctors and patients, to save time so much. I had seen those appointments in OPD with my registrar. He showed me the way to present to patients, he always smiled, answered all their questions, and explained their problems carefully, he treated as if he was their brother or their son (such a surprising thing that almost patients are over 60). I could see their pleasure faces when they left OPD. That is an essential skill I could learn from him and all staff there. He emphasized that being a good surgeon is very hard, because a good surgeon must have a lion’s heart, precise as an eagle but soft hands and gentle as mothers, those are always kept in my mind. He encouraged my love with surgery so much.

Thirdly, I also joined all the examinations and tests were used in Urology such as bladder scan, urodynamic, cystoscopy for urinary tract investigation and treatment as well… I could follow a patient to do pre-operation, included examination and taking note, I was extremely happy about that. Furthermore, I was welcome in most tutorials for student and intern there, especially presentations every Wednesday of researching club.

I would like to thank the Học Mãi Foundation for giving me a good chance to study in Royal North Shore hospital, a very essential opportunity to change my view about behavior in medicine.

So I do hope that the Học Mãi Foundation could bring more and more opportunities for Vietnamese students and young doctors as well.

Thank you for everything!


Vietnamese Medical Students scholarship recipients for 2007

Reflections from Tran Thu Huong - Vietnamese Medical Student

I went to Australia in the hope of learning some ways to study about clinical medicine about eye diseases which were rare in Vietnam now but might be popular in the future. However, I was taught so much more.

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I was quite anxious before going to Australia but that feeling disappeared when I got there. Rhondda Glasson from Hoc Mai Foundation meet me at the airport, took me to the accommodation and cared for me all the time I stayed in Sydney like my mother. Although Professor Bruce Robinson was very busy, he spent much time for Vietnamese scholars with talks and parties. He made me feel that Hoc Mai members were a family.

I studied at eye clinic in Royal North Shore Hospital. My supervisor Timothy Roberts, registrars and optometrists were very enthusiastic. They gave me many chances to take histories, examine patients and explained to me whatever I didn’t understand. They taught me not only eye diseases but also doctors’ behavior to patients. They told me that some actions such as opening the door for patients to see them off were simple but they made patients feel comfortable when they left the hospital. It would be very useful for my job in the future and I was really thankful to them. Furthermore, after observing some cataract surgeries, I had an opportunity to help a surgeon to drop water on the cornea of a patient and saw directly how the surgeon operated. I was extremely happy then.


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Reflections from Trinh, Ngoc Anh - Vietnamese Medical Student, Hanoi Medical University

Sydney – The captivating city

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My life-changing and memorable journey to Sydney in July began with a striking alteration in climatic condition. However, the freezing weather here could not extinguish my resoluteness of exploring new and different things in Australian medical system and discovering the Australian life-style. I was really surprised with numerous advanced infrastructures that have been established in Royal North Shore Hospital. Indeed, medical officers in hospital have worked vigorously enthusiastic and they never forget to express their affable smile with patients. Doctors here have their own page numbers that could be used domestically in hospital for facilitating their communication. Also, one patient is able to have great supports from various medical officers such as: doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, social workers, and dieticians. They do all the best for their patients and provide them with the most optimal conditions. On the other hand, every patient also has their own code with patients’ stickers helping hospital’s staffs easily find any documents they want through computers.

My extreme admiration is when I saw Australian doctors have conferences everyday at noon so as to keep their knowledge acquisition up to date instead of taking a short rest in the middle of the day. A little bit embarrassed and difficult initially, I was getting used to the working style in Royal North Shore Hospital. I experienced four weeks of being an elective student in Aged Care Unit in this hospital where I learnt many significantly profitable lessons.

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