that began in 2001 to improve education in reproductive health had been able to
develop an 84-lesson curriculum being applied by most medical universities
across the country, a workshop in Hoi An heard on Thursday.
The project had also
trained 235 clinicians in new skills and knowledge, 455 teachers in new teaching
methodologies, equipped 11 skills labs, arranged for six additional hospitals to
be used for students’ practical training, and developed 30 checklists and
The two-day Final
Dissemination Workshop was attended by Deputy Minister of Health Tran Thi Kim
Tien, representatives of Pathfinder International, experts from the University
of California in San Francisco (USA) and the University of New South Wales
(Australia) and representatives of several NGOs acting in the field.
Students from eight
medical universities and colleges nationwide also attended the workshop.
The project had
successfully introduced innovative approaches including problem-based learning,
evidence-based medicine, self-directed learning and objective structured
clinical examination, participants said.
The project achievements
were praised by Deputy Health Minister Tien who urged the medical schools to
sustain and scale up the training models developed by the project to areas other
than reproductive health and to other schools in the country.
Supported by international
donors, particularly Pathfinder International, which was the execution and
technical support agency, the project expanded in 2006 to cover eight of the
nation’s 10 medical schools throughout the country.
The Ministry of Health,
the Ministry of Education and Training and the Hue Medical University were
involved in the project’s inception. — VNS