Introduction of Continuing Medical Education (CME)

2023-09-16 21:09:00

With the rapid pace of scientific, technological, and informational advancements, experts predict that human knowledge will double within a span of approximately 7 years. This rate of progress is even more accelerated in the field of medicine. Consequently, healthcare professionals must prioritise the cultivation of existing knowledge, stay updated on new medical advances, and enhance their expertise to ensure optimal patient care.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) is a well-established concept that has been globally recognised and developed since the 1950s. Presently, CME is considered a mandatory requirement in the majority of healthcare systems worldwide, including several countries in Southeast Asia, such as Vietnam.

CME encompasses various short-term courses aimed at fostering knowledge, skills, and professional growth. It includes activities such as staying abreast of the latest medical advancements through CME, engaging in Continuous Professional Development (CPD), participating in technical transfer training, pursuing specialised training aligned with specific tasks or responsibilities, and undertaking other professional development courses for medical personnel that may not be part of the national education diploma system. By engaging in CME activities, clinicians can stay informed about new diagnostic techniques, treatment modalities, emerging technologies, and evidence-based guidelines. These guidelines for Continuing Medical Education are outlined in Circular 22/2013/TT-BYT, issued on 9th August, 2013 by the Ministry of Health.

CME plays a crucial role in maintaining and improving healthcare quality, and as such, they must cater to the diverse needs of the international medical community through a variety of formats, approaches, and levels. School of Medicine – VNU-HCM is currently entrusted with the responsibility of providing CME training courses. Emphasising “Holistic education – Student-centered approach”, CME courses offered by the School of Medicine employ a novel methodology that fosters enhanced interaction between instructors and students. These courses provide students with access to fundamental yet practical subjects that are directly applicable to their clinical practice, while also being tailored to their specific needs and ensuring their competence in professional duties.

Specialised CME certificate in Otolaryngology offered by School of Medicine – VNUHCM in collaboration with Ho Chi Minh City Ear, Nose, and Throat Hospital

In the upcoming roadmap for CME, School of Medicine – VNU-HCM intends to collaborate with additional institutions, including the Institute of Biomedical Research. Its primary focus lies in scientific research related to health science, biomedical materials, biotechnology, pharmaceutical materials, medical equipment, and consumables. The institute provides consultation and scientific evaluation for programmes and projects within the realm of health science and biomedical materials. Moreover, it actively applies and transfers research findings into practical applications and everyday life. Furthermore, the institute organises conferences, scientific seminars, and training sessions to enhance professional qualifications in the aforementioned research areas, collaborating with both domestic and international organisations and individuals.