Last week, the Học Mãi Foundation welcomed 11 Vietnamese medical students to the University of Sydney as part of the foundation's scholarship and student exchange program.
The students come from partner institutes and medical universities across Vietnam, including Hanoi Medical University, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Ho Chi Minh City, and Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine.
Throughout their eight week clinical placement, the students will visit a number of clinical schools, including the Northern Clinical School, the Royal North Shore Hospital and the Concord Clinical School – Concord Repatriation General Hospital.
The in-country student exchange program allows students the opportunity to develop new skills and learn about the differences between the Australian and Vietnamese healthcare systems.
In Australia, patients would ask the doctors where they should undergo a procedure. The doctors provide the patients background information, statistics, and leave the decision to the patient. The patient becomes more responsible and empowered in decision making towards their care.
Throughout their exchange, students also have the opportunity to engage in community and University activities. Last week they met with Professor Bruce Robinson, Chair of Học Mãi, and donors Nigel Stoke and Jane Recny, where they shared and discussed their future plans as medical practitioners in Vietnam.
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