NAM CAN THO UNIVERSITY POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES TRAINING IN THE HEALTH SECTOR, MEETS THE DEMAND OF THE PEOPLE IN THE MEKONG DELTA
Assoc. Prof. Phillip Tran
Senior Assistant at Nam Can Tho University, Senior Assistant at Nam Can Tho University Medical Center, Vice Chairman of Medical Advisory Council of Nam Can Tho University Medical Center, Health Sciences Program Coordinator, American Educational Foundation - PHER Foundation.
1. CONTRIBUTION OF NAM CAN THO UNIVERSITY TO HUMAN RESOURCES IN TRAINING HEALTH SECTOR
Health care is a very vital and required necessity, and as society is currently developing, this need is becoming more and more of a concern. There is a large human resource in the health industry to match the aforementioned need, which has created professional chances for those studying health straight after graduation.
According to the survey results on medical human resources serving people's health care in some countries, China had 22 doctors per ten thousand people, the US had 26 doctors per ten thousand people, and Australia had 38 doctors per ten thousand people. Thereby, it showed that the current health workforce in the Mekong Delta had not met the people's health care requirements well. The ratio of doctors per ten thousand people in the region was only about 4.8, which was very low compared to the whole country (the national average was 8.8 doctors per ten thousand people), and compared to the world. Most public health facilities have overloaded with patients. There are about 323 communes in the whole region without doctors who work at the medical station.
Nam Can Tho University (DNC) had put the mission of training high-quality human resources for society on the top, which constantly promotes the training of human resources in the health sector with sufficient medical ethics, in-depth knowledge of medicine, fluent foreign languages, ability to independently conduct scientific research, access to the application of scientific achievements towards the highest goal of comprehensive health care for the people of Can Tho City in particular and the Mekong Delta region in general.
In order to strengthen the training of health workers for the region according to Decision No. 122/QĐ-TTg dated January 10, 2013, of the Prime Minister approving the "National strategy to protect, care for and improve people's health in the period 2011-2020, vision to 2030"; with the desire to train medical human resources, contribute to society with a quality workforce, and improve the shortage of medical human resources in the Mekong Delta, the DNC has conducted initial training in fields such as Medical imaging techniques, Medical laboratory techniques, then Medicine.
When it was established, the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the DNC started enrolling in the first course (course I) with just over 200 students; course II enrolled more than 300 students; course III was 500 students. In the following academic years, the number of new students recruited increased, especially so far, the number of students studying at the Faculty of Medicine is more than 3,500 students, and has awarded diplomas to nearly 1,200 people including doctors and bachelors. The number of students studying at the Faculty of Pharmacy is 4,336 students and have awarded diplomas to 2,359 pharmacists. More than 95% of graduates were employed. Students of the Faculty of Medicine graduated and actively contributed to improving the quality of human resources for the development of Can Tho City in particular and the Mekong Delta provinces in general.
With a vision and mission of training human resources for the health sector, the DNC has invested in spacious and modern facilities, laboratories, and skill labs, recruited a team of experienced managers and lecturers who are enthusiastic about the profession and have held important positions at Universities of Medicine and Pharmacy, general hospitals as well as leading specialists in Can Tho City and in the Mekong Delta region. In order to prepare for the internship and improve students' skills, the university has signed cooperation agreements with more than 30 hospitals and general clinics at provincial, city, and district levels, preventive medicine centers, and clinics in Can Tho City, Mekong Delta region and Ho Chi Minh City such as Pham Ngoc Thach Medical University, Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital, Can Tho Central General Hospital, Philips Vietnam Co., Ltd., Military Hospital 121, DHG Pharma, Can Tho Traditional Medicine Hospital, Kien Giang General Hospital, Can Tho Children's Hospital, Can Tho Hematology Blood Transfusion Hospital, etc. Especially, the DNC has invested in building the Nam Can Tho University Medical Center. The Medical Center is a practice and internship place for health students studying at the DNC.
In addition, the DNC also cooperated with many partners and medical institutions to train students studying in the health sector to interact with real people and real jobs. Since then, in order to improve the knowledge and skills of students, contributing to improving the quality of training and medical examination and treatment skills for learners after graduation.
Currently, the DNC is one of the first choices of parents and students and is proud to be the place to contribute to training many generations of elite students to become a key force and a quality human resource at the medical facilities of the Mekong Delta region in particular and the country in general. The DNC has graduated the first students with health majors, which were highly appreciated by agencies and medical facilities. Students studying under the roof of the DNC are fully equipped with knowledge, skills, and a good working attitude. Therefore, the students are very confident, active, and integrated when they graduate.
2. THE PROCESS FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE, BUILDING THE NAM CAN THO UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER AND THE DNC HEALTH RESEARCH AND TRANING INSTITUTE
2.1 Nam Can Tho University Medical Center
The DNC established Nam Can Tho University Medical Center One Member Company Limited to invest in building Nam Can Tho University Medical Center. Nam Can Tho University Medical Center One Member Company Limited has operated under a Business Registration Certificate with enterprise code: 1801591532, which was first registered on January 31, 2018, and changed for the fourth time on March 9, 2021, issued by the Business Registration Office, Department of Planning & Investment of Can Tho City.
Nam Can Tho University Medical Center was officially started on December 5, 2018. After 38 months of construction, up to now, the construction has been completed and ensured quality to put into use. This project was invested by the DNC, Viet Uc Forestry & Construction Joint Stock Company was the main contractor, H.C.M Consulting - Design - Construction Co., Ltd was the design consulting unit and Mien Nam Consulting Investment Development Construction Joint Stock Company was the construction supervision consulting unit. The project was built on a land area of more than 25,000 m2. Nam Can Tho University Medical Center was invested in built with a scale of one basement and ten floors, a floor area of 30,500 m2. The total investment in the construction of facilities and equipment of phase 01 was about VND 860 billion (equivalent to USD 36 million). By 2027, Nam Can Tho University Medical Center will invest in the construction and completion of phase 2 with an additional 500 hospital beds with the investment cost of building a 20-floor building and equipment of about VND 1,200 billion.
Nam Can Tho University Medical Center is located at 168, a parallel road to National Highway 1A, Hong Loan residential area, Hung Thanh ward, Cai Rang district, Can Tho City. Nam Can Tho University Medical Center was granted the License for medical examination and treatment by the Ministry of Health No. 322/BYT-GPHD on May 31, 2022.
Nam Can Tho University Medical Center is one of the outstanding constructions of the DNC. The Medical Center is oriented to be built as a modern hospital according to international standards, meeting the needs of medical examination and treatment, health care for the people, contributing to reducing the number of diseases on the upper level, helping people have conditions for on-site examination and treatment, reducing costs for patients, saving medical costs, social costs, creating the best conditions and opportunities for people to enjoy health care services, etc. In addition, the Medical Center is also a place of practice and internship for health students studying at the DNC.
The mission and operational goal of the Medical Center is to serve the needs of medical examination and treatment for the people of Can Tho City in particular and the people of the Mekong Delta in general.
The Medical Center has been invested with spacious and modern facilities, advanced medical equipment, meeting international standards, and equipped with the world's leading medical technologies; with a team of nearly 300 staff that is experienced consultants, doctors, and nurses from domestic and foreign hospitals. The Medical Center has signed a cooperation agreement with the Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy in providing professional support and training for doctors, technicians, and staff of Nam Can Tho University Medical Center, receiving and treating patients, consulting, medical examination, and treatment from a distance.
Nam Can Tho University Medical Center deploys new clinical and subclinical medical techniques in medical examination and treatment, helping to diagnose and treat diseases effectively and meeting the needs of the people. In addition, there are works, technical infrastructure, green parks, power supply, water, drainage, discharge, wastewater treatment systems, etc. that meet quality standards according to current regulations.
The successful construction of the project is the result of hard work, creativity, innovation, and unity of the staff and employees of the Construction Project Management Board of Nam Can University Medical Center under the motto "Pioneer leaders, above and below united".
2.2 DNC Health Research and Training Institute
The DNC Health Research and Training Institute started construction on July 27, 2022, applying the advanced medical model of the United States and other countries with leading medical systems in the world. The building has a 10-floor structure; has a total construction floor area of about 20,000 m2; was built on the project campus of the DNC with a total cost for construction and modern equipment of the building of about VND 500 billion. The project was invested with modern equipment and facilities according to international standards, applied according to the advanced medical model of the United States and other countries with a leading medical background in the world. The construction of the DNC Health Research and Traning Institute aims to serve training for students studying in the fields of Medicine, Dentomaxillofacial, Pharmacology, Nursing, Medical Imaging Techniques, Medical testing techniques, Biomedical engineering, etc. This is also a training center for clinical practice skills for health students studying at the DNC.
The DNC Health Research and Traning Institute was invested with spacious and modern facilities, advanced medical equipment, meeting international standards, and equipped with the world's leading medical technologies; with a teaching team of experienced consultants, doctors, and nurses from domestic and foreign hospitals. Here, students will learn according to advanced teaching and training methods, taking the learner as the center, maximizing the potential of learners, and ensuring that graduates meet the ASEAN competency framework.
It is expected that in May 2024, the project will be completed and put into use, meeting the training scale for 5,000 students studying health at the DNC and serving effectively training human resources of high quality according to international standards in the health industry for Can Tho in particular and the Mekong Delta region in general in the trend of international integration.
3. ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT
3.1 Developing Skills for health students in the Trend of international integration
Currently, in addition to creating a well-invested, modern learning and practicing environment for students majoring in General Medicine, the DNC also pays great attention to improving the quality of training through regularly updating and introducing new knowledge into the curriculum.
In particular, in the past 2 years, the DNC also promoted academic exchanges between DNC medical students and American medical students, as well as Vietnamese doctors who are studying in the United States with the consent of doctors’ practice and guidance of Assoc. Dr. Phillip Tran - A teacher and brother who has led many generations of Vietnamese medical doctors to achieve success in the United States. When participating in this exchange activity, you will not only be able to practice and improve your specialized foreign language skills, but also help gain more useful information about study programs after completing 6 years of training at the DNC, contributing to bringing DNC medical students closer to the opportunity to study in the United States - one of the countries with the world's leading medical background.
Currently, the demand for information and graduate training in Medicine in the United States is a concern of many students and doctors in Vietnam and around the world. After being trained in advanced medicine, doctors will be a resource to help patients and Vietnamese medicine. In order to help inform about the path of the American Resident Doctor, the DNC cooperated with VMGs to organize a seminar on the American Resident Examination. With the participation of Chairman Assoc. Prof. Phillip Tran and doctors from Medical Universities across the country have just succeeded in the selection of American Doctors.
3.2 Fostering and improving professional qualifications and scientific research for staff, lecturers, and students to meet international standards
The DNC always creates favorable conditions for lecturers to study and improve their qualifications in the US, such as sending clinical lecturers in internal medicine to study and practice in Boston, USA. In addition, the University always encourages and supports lecturers and students to participate in scientific research and publish scientific research articles in major international conferences and journals around the world, such as the Internal Medicine Conference United States and the world's leading Journal of Cardiology, the JACC (American Journal of Cardiology).
The DNC has a core team of medical staff, typically Assoc. Dr. Phillip Tran - As a supervisor for many Vietnamese students and doctors, supporting and helping Vietnamese students and doctors to take exams and apply for residency training in the United States for generations, with the hope that future doctors will share their experiences and help the medicine of Vietnam to grow tremendously in the near future.