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Doctor’s experience – How much is enough?

Working in the medical profession for more than 20 years, Dr Nguyen Tu Duy, the new Head of FV Hospital’s Internal Medicine Department, shared: “Experience is never enough. Medicine develops every day and doctors will full behind if they don’t update themselves with new knowledge and techniques”. To become an excellent doctor, every doctor should be aware of the importance of self-learning, never stop researching, and serve patients to gain more and more experience for themselves.


Humans have always being curious about their surroundings, especially children. When Dr Nguyen Tu Duy was a child, he always questioned how doctors were able to treat patients. It was that question which became ingrained into his subconscious and over time motivated him to find the answer.

When he grew up, following his siblings, Tu Duy passed the entrance exam to study in the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City with a dream of understanding what is happening in our body and helping others. During his time studying and practicing, young Dr Nguyen Tu Duy always adored the stethoscope. He excitedly realized that doctors, by simply listening to patients’ breathe, can diagnose exact respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, such as mitral valve stenosis, mitral incompetence, and asthma, thanks to, as he puts it, “this miraculous device”. Seeing the power of understanding how medical treatment can diagnose and help patients made Dr Nguyen Tu Day love the profession more and more. Since then, the stethoscope has become his indispensable tool.

Dr Nguyen Tu Duy

After Dr Nguyen Tu Duy graduated from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City in 1993, he worked as an internal practitioner at the Adult High-Dependency Unit, Tropical Diseases Hospital; in Internal Medicine at Gia Dinh People Hospital; and then at the Pulmonology & Nephrology Department at Cho Ray Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City. In 1997, Dr Tu Duy achieved a Specialization Degree Level I – General Practice; and in 2003, Dr Tu Duy went on to complete a Master’s degree in Medicine.

Alongside studying and practicing, from 1998, Dr Tu Duy worked as a lecturer and clinically practiced at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City, in the Internal Medicine Department. Dr Tu Duy also practiced at the Nephrology Department of Monash Medical Centre, in Melbourne, Australia, when he was a clinical post-graduate student at the International Society of Nephrology in 2000-2001.

With Dr Tu Duy’s passion in biology and chemistry, he went on to study further, learning about Cell & Molecular Biology at the University of Arkansas, USA and acquiring a Doctorate’s degree in 2013.


Working as a doctor for more than 20 years, Dr Nguyen Tu Duy shared: “Sometimes I can’t remember any patients’ information. However, regardless of who patients are, we will take care of them as if they are our family!”.

When working at the hospital, Dr Nguyen Tu Duy cares about patients with all his heart and mind. For less important matters and meetings, he usually sets them at the end of the day to focus on his examination hours first. If there are any unexpected cases, he will always give priority to patients. Understanding that Dr Tu Duy always puts patients first, colleagues are happy to schedule appointments to suit his requirements.

Dr Nguyen Tu Duy officially joined FV Hospital from the 2nd of December, bringing with him a strong focus on being patient-centred, acquiring more knowledge of specialized skills, and respecting professional ethics. As Head of the Internal Medicine Department, he will look to help develop FV Hospital’s Internal Medicine Department as well as bring safety and quality in examinations and treatment to patients.