On the morning of the 11th of November, 2020, a signing ceremony between FV Hospital and International University (Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City) took place in FV’s Auditorium. The objective of the agreement signed is to develop the human resources in biomedical technology, not only for FV Hospital, but for the entire medical sector within Vietnam.
The agreement between International University and FV Hospital aims to provide many technical and management training courses for FV’s staff. Additionally, FV Hospital will support students from the university for field trips, internships, and working opportunities, as well as also provide lecturers for training programs at the university. The two parties will also organize training sessions on medical equipment, cooperate in research, and develop new techniques in the medical field.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ms Pham Thi Thanh Mai, Chief Operating Officer at FV Hospital, shared “With the signing of this cooperation agreement, both parties hope that the Vietnamese medical sector will receive more well-trained human resources”. According to Ms Thanh Mai, specialized medical experience in hospital administration systems and the management of medical equipment is incredibly important in the operating of any hospital. In Vietnam, however, the medical devices management field related to the biomedical engineering sector is not trained well and the human resources in the country are lacking.
Previously, FV Hospital and International University, particularly the Biomedical Engineering Department, have cooperated in other areas for many years. In addition to providing lecturers, FV Hospital has also supported the university by supplying medical equipment for teaching activities. Through practicing with modern equipment, students can gain more experience to work in professional hospitals in the future. Furthermore, with this experience, many students who studied in the Biomedical Engineering Department of the university have had the chance to learn and work at FV. In fact, many have gone on to work for the hospital with one of them currently holding a managerial position.
Dr Tran Tien Khoa, Rector of International University, shared on how he highly appreciated the relationship between the university and FV Hospital. He said “FV Hospital is a prestigious hospital and students from our university, when coming to the hospital for practicing and learning, will be evaluated directly from the employer. From spending time working with FV, we will improve our students’ knowledge and experience.” Additionally, another reason why the university was keen to cooperate with FV Hospital was that the hospital has received JCI approval since 2016.
Cooperating with domestic and foreign universities has been a development strategy put in place since the early days when FV Hospital was established. Each year, FV Hospital welcomes approximately around 120 students from many universities in Vietnam to come and embark on internship programmes. Consequently, FV Hospital has cooperated with some of the most prestigious universities in the country. They include Hoa Sen University; University of Medicine, Ho Chi Minh City; Can Tho University of Medicine; Hue University of Medicine; Ton Duc Thang University; and Lycée Francais International Marguerite Duras (LFIMD). The objective of FV Hospital is to cooperate with many universities to create an environment for hospital administrators, doctors, pharmacists, nurses, technicians, and medical secretaries of the future to have the chance to practice and work in a hospital with international standards. Through this, FV Hospital intends to help improve the quality of the medical sector services available throughout Vietnam.