The Graduation Ceremony and Conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Medicine and Pharmacist – School of Medicine - VNUHCM

2023-10-26 13:57:48

On the morning of 20th October, a total of 187 students from the School of Medicine – Vietnam National University successfully completed their training programme and recieved degrees, having achieved an outstanding overall success rate of 94.1%. According to Prof. PhD. MD. Dang Van Phuoc, Dean of the School of Medicine, the graduating Doctor of Medicine Batch 2017 consisted of 132 students, out of which 130 students attained good or excellent grades. Additionally, the Pharmacy Batch 2018 comprised 55 students, with 46 students achieving good or excellent grades.

During the diploma ceremony, Prof. PhD. MD. Dang Van Phuoc extended his heartfelt congratulations to the newly minted doctors and pharmacists. He also offered them valuable advice, emphasizing the importance of embodying qualities “Humanity – Professionality – Dynamic – Creativity” in their medical careers.

Prof. PhD. MD. Dang Van Phuoc, Dean of the School of Medicine

 “The completion of a 6-year or 5-year medical training programme represents merely the initial stage of a comprehensive medical education. The foundational knowledge is never enough for long-term safe and effective medical practice. Therefore, it is imperative for graduates to maintain the same level of courage and enthusiasm that propelled them to excel in their exams and studies throughout their future careers.”

Prof. PhD. MD. Dang Van Phuoc.

During the graduation ceremony, the School of Medicine bestowed honors upon three distinguished graduates who achieved the highest academic standing in their respective classes. These exceptional individuals are MD. Nguyen Anh Hao from the Y2017 class, MD. Pham Hoang Thien Phuong from the YC2017 class, and Pharm. Nguyen Le Hai An from the D2018 class. In addition, commendations were also extended to individuals and groups who demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in academic pursuits, research endeavours, and community engagement activities.

The remarks made by Assoc. Prof. PhD. Vu Hai Quan, VNUHCM Chancellor, highlight the School of Medicine’s consistent position as a leading institution in the field of health sciences education. School of Medicine has adopted numerous contemporary and progressive training methodologies, incorporating global advancements in medical education, including Problem-Based Learning (PBL), a student-centered teaching method that prioritises comprehension and resolution of real-world challenges.

Furthermore, an essential aspect of the School of Medicine’s mission is to facilitate the training of healthcare professionals for Southern Vietnam. This commitment aligns with the broader community service objectives of VNUHCM and specifically address the shortage of medical personnel in provinces facing significant healthcare challenges. Additionally, School of Medicine actively collaborates with the health sector of Ho Chi Minh City to effectively execute the project aimed at establishing the city as a healthcare hub within the ASEAN region. This collaboration involves clear delineation of roles and responsibilities between VNUHCM and the University of Health Sciences.

Assoc. Prof. PhD. Vu Hai Quan, VNUHCM Chancellor

Furthermore, School of Medicine remains committed to promoting health promotion activities, aiming to establish itself as the leading model for a health university in Vietnam. The objective is to replicate this model in other universities and within the wider community, thus contributing to to develop and implement ‘whole university’ approaches to health, wellbeing and sustainability.

To date, School of Medicine – VNUHCM has successfully conducted 8 graduating courses for Doctor of Medicine and 3 graduating courses for Pharmacists. This has resulted in the provision of over 1,000 doctors and pharmacists, who serve as valuable human resources within the national healthcare system. School of Medicine also emphasises the integration of development cooperation activities with scientific research, further engaging in the field of human resource training within the healthcare sector. These efforts ensure the successful implementation of School of Medicine’s strategic plan, which extends until 2025 with a vision towards 2030.

Promising newly graduated Doctors of Medicine and Pharmacists ready to make a difference.

Prof. PhD. MD. Dang Van Phuoc has announced that in October, School of Medicine will undergo accreditation for its Doctor of Medicine programme’s quality, in accordance with the standards set by the ASEAN University Network (AUN). This accreditation will serve as a preliminary step towards evaluating the quality of the Pharmacy programme as well.

By 2025, School of Medicine – VNUHCM aims to become an active participant in the IMPACT MED project. As part of this initiative, School of Medicine will introduce innovative changes to its training programme, connecting towards a comprehensive curriculum that integrates medical knowledge, clinical skills, professionalism, and a collaborative approach between doctors and patients.


School of Medicine – Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City