Scholarships for 3rd year medical students from the University of Sydney

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2010 3rd year medical students from University of Sydney

Elise Coker

My Học Mãii four week clinical experience in Hanoi promised to be a wonderful opportunity to improve my medical knowledge and skills, as well as to form friendships with Vietnamese health care workers.

The scholarship not only exceeded my expectations in these key areas, but also offered me the opportunity to form relationships with allied health care workers back home and to gain an insight into the Vietnamese culture and way of life.

The four weeks I spent in Bach Mai Hospital - one of the largest in Vietnam - provided me with a chance to complement the last two years of predominantly university based learning with an extended period of clinical exposure. I was able to observe a wide range of medical procedures and clinical care, particularly in the area of surgery.

Lauren Hammer

The Học Mãi scholarship to Viêt Nam was an invaluable learning experience for me. I feel I have gained a wealth of new knowledge and understanding and achieved all of my objectives for the placement and more. As well as fantastic medical teaching, I have had insight to circumstances that challenged my thoughts on health equity, medical ethics and responsibility. These experiences have shed new light on my view of patient care and will make me a better doctor. I was provided with ample opportunity to gain surgical experience in Việt Đức hospital. This experience has opened my eyes to new specialties that I thoroughly enjoyed. At Việt Đức hospital, I also saw the traumatic outcome of Viêt Nam’s primary public health problem; motorbike accidents. This allowed me to have the opportunity to address one of my main objectives of the scholarship; to explore my interest in surgery and public health. Continued...

Catherine Pham

As a recipient of a Hoc Mai Foundation scholarship, I was fortunate enough to be able to spend four weeks of my Elective Term at the National Hospital of Paediatrics (NHP) in Hanoi. My time was primarily spent with the surgical department, however I did have the chance to visit other departments around the hospital to gain a deeper insight into medical practice in Viet Nam. This leg of my elective ran from July 20th to August 14th 2009, that is, during the Hanoian summer. Continued...

2007 3rd year medical students from University of Sydney

Tamara Rickersey and Paula Conroy

We have just spent four weeks at the Tu Du Maternity Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. It was an inspiring and eye-opening experience and we are grateful to have been given the opportunity from TuDu Hospital, the Hoc Mai Foundation and the Northern Clinical School to be able work in such an incredible environment.

Tu Du Hospital Delivery Suite staff attends to approximately 200 deliveries per day and over 70,000 each year. It was in the engine room of this amazing machine, the delivery department, that we spent our time for this placement. We were overseen by Madame Trinh, the Head Midwife of the department and midwife extraordinaire and were very fortunate to have such a wonderful tutor teach us about the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology in Vietnam. Ms Trinh was a 2007 Hoc Mai Foundation/AusAID Fellowship recipient.

From day 1, we were made to feel extremely welcome and were encouraged to get involved in all aspects of the delivery process. The numerous midwifes, midwifery student, doctors and medical students were happy to teach us the art of delivery at Tu Du as well as immediate post-natal care for both mother and baby.

The overall experience has made us more confident in the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology and has also taught us much about the Vietnamese culture – we are very grateful to the Hoc Mai Foundation for this opportunity.