Hoc Mai Foundation
The University of Sydney
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'Understanding Medical English' - BachMai Hospital, Hanoi

Classroom

Under the leadership of Professor Kerry Goulston, a group of Australian Health professonals and medical educators (with the support of the Học Mãi Foundation) have conducted classes at Bach Mai Hospital to assist Vietnamese Health Professionals to develop a better understanding of 'medical english'

In October 2007, Kerry Goulston (Gastroenterologist), Richard Holloway(Gastroenterologist-Adelaide), Jonathan Page (Oncologist-Sydney ), Ron Mackinnon (GP-Sydney), Harley Harwood (Business Consultant-Sydney), Ian McPhee(ICU/Intensivist-Tweed Heads) and Owen Dent (Medical Statistician-Sussex Inlet ) arrived in HaNoi in order to present a education program of 'developing a better understanding of Medical English' to a selected group of Health Professionals at Bach Mai Hospital. On Monday 1 October, the team was welcomed by Dr Nanh (A/Director of Bach Mai Hospital) and Dr Nguyen Dat Anh.

The course would not have been possible without the usual support and help of Dr Dang Van Duong, The Director, Centre of Pathology, Bach Mai Hospital and Học Mãi Coordinator. Two Emergency Department Specialists (recently returned from Australia as Học Mãi AusAID Fellows) had organised the participants of the Course; the contribution of Dr Tu Huu Nguyen and Dr Nguyen Anh Tuan was invaluable.

The ‘Teaching Team’ spent each afternoon in the Emergency Department at Bach Mai Hospital facilitating knowledge of Medical English to the participants. The chief purpose of the course was to improve the spoken English with relation to patient care. Attendance during the Course was excellent, and the feedback was very good indeed.

In addition, Owen Dent gave an hour long tutorial on ‘How to interpret a Journal Article’ - this was very well received and attracted over 50 Bach Mai staff. His offer to coach in Statistics for individual papers or projects by Email was enthusiastically received.

One night, we had an emotional "Reunion Dinner" with those whom had previously been to RNSH and other Australian Hospitals; also Dr Anh, Head of ED, arranged a dinner on the last night and thanked the team for facilitating the teaching program.

The ‘Teaching Team’ also made various observational visits during the week to individual Hospital Departments.

Professor Kerry Goulston