In an effort to advance medical training and education in Vietnam, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) has partnered with the University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City (UMP-HCM) and Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine (PNT UOM), both in Ho Chi Minh City.
Last week, leadership from the two institutions visited TTUHSC El Paso for the first time. Tran Diep Tuan, M.D., president and dean of UMP-HCM, Vu Minh Phuc, M.D., vice dean of UMP-HCM, and Pham Dang Dieu, M.D., vice dean of PNT UOM, toured the campus and visited with TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A.
“This new international partnership is a testament to how TTUHSC El Paso’s reach goes far beyond the border city,” Dr. Lange said. “This is a unique opportunity for us to collaborate with skilled medical professionals and educators in another country and to help them achieve their goals.”
As part of the partnership, TTUHSC El Paso Professor Hoi Ho, M.D., will assist with the creation of a Faculty Development Program (FDP) to train Vietnamese faculty at their respective institutions. Up to 60 faculty members will attend regular sessions with Dr. Ho in Vietnam to learn how to integrate medical education and clinical simulation in undergraduate curricula. Dr. Ho, who directs the Center for Advanced Teaching and Assessment in Clinical Simulation (ATACS) at TTUHSC El Paso, will also assist the universities in Vietnam in establishing clinical simulation centers to facilitate more effective medical education.
The ATACS Center is an integral component of medical education at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. The center uses both manikins and “standardized patients” — live people trained to act out clinical scenarios — to facilitate clinical practice. The lab’s life-like animatronic manikins are designed to replicate the full spectrum of medical conditions, from childbirth to respiratory distress and diabetic symptoms. This unique environment gives health care professionals and students a chance to refine their clinical skills and see the effects of clinical decisions that they may encounter in real-life situations.
“Clinical simulation is not only very important for nursing and medical training — it is important for performing high quality services and increasing patient safety,” said Dr. Ho. “Simulation centers can decrease the number of errors that happen in everyday practice, and increase the level of effective collaboration and communication; I look forward to helping these universities strengthen their medical education by creating a simulation center and faculty development program for each to utilize.”