Yonsei University Health System held a web seminar with 3 universities in Vietnam about medical education in the era of COVID-19. The purpose was to strengthen the connection between the parties regarding Asian Development Bank’s project related to KHIDI’s '2020 Overseas Medical Expansion Support Project,’ and to enhance knowledge of the changes of medical education sites due to COVID-19. The webinar was held on the 24th and 25th of September with University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi Medical University, and Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Prof. Shin-ki Ahn, Director of Yonsei Institute for Global Health, Prof. Min-geol Lee from the department of dermatology, and other executive members of gMED(Global Medical Education Development) Working Group participated from Yonsei University Health System. Also, consultants from GDC Consulting and Hyundai Research Institute participated through an online platform. From Vietnam, the director, vice director, and other administrative members attended from each University. After Prof. Dae-Hyun Yoo, Dean of Yonsei University College of Medicine, gave a welcoming speech through video, Prof. Shin-ki Ahn presented on the development and future of medical education in Korea and major changes in the time of COVID-19. Then the 3 universities from Vietnam gave presentations on the subject of the current status and development needs of medical education in Vietnam. Hanoi Medical University and Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy sent a thank-you letter, expressing gratitude of holding the webinar which enhanced their understanding of medical education in the COVID-19 pandemic, and their willingness to continue the cooperation through a memorandum of understanding.
7 international physicians successfully completed the Severance International Fellowship - Prime Course(SIF-PC) September 2020 at September 25, 2020. SIF-PC is a pre-training program open for all international physicians who are interested in learning about the Korean healthcare system and hospital management. It is especially beneficial to those who want to study more on clinical research methodology and biostatistics. The faculties and instructors of this course are specialists in diverse medical or clinical fields : renowned professors of Yonsei University College of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health, and leaders and staffs of Severance Hospital etc. The 7 graduates of SIF-PC September 2020 came from 7 different countries. Dr. Lorenzo Salvatore Solimeno from Italia, 3rd year resident in Otorhinolaryngology was especially grateful to have the opportunity to communicate with other physicians from diverse countries. “I learned more about biostatistics and how to write a manuscript, which is very important as a physician,” said Lorenzo. “I was interested in learning about clinical research even before the SIF-PC was made, and I heard this great news from Severance Academy that they are going to open a course about it,” said Dr. Abdurrahman Almurayshid, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. He added, “The curriculum was well-structured, starting from the basics and advancing throughout the course, and the practice sessions were especially helpful.” The SIF-PC is also a pre-requisite program for foreign physicians who wish to practice medicine in Korea. It was originally named Severance Healthcare Specialist Basic Training Course(SSBTC), which was first launched in March 2020. This was the first time in Korea for a single medical institution to acquire permission for medical hands-on practice of 11 foreign physicians from the Ministry of Health and Welfare of Korea, by developing a new training program independently. 5 out of 7 SIF-PC September 2020 participants are newcomers to Severance Hospital, who started their clinical training at October 1, after completing this course. Their trip to Korea was tough. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Korean government currently requires all passengers from abroad to go through a self-quarantine period for 2 weeks immediately after they arrive in Korea. Nevertheless, their passion for learning could not stop them. All 5 physicians came to Korea in mid-August, went through the self-quarantine period, and completed the full 4-weeks course successfully. After they complete the 3-months pre-training period, they will also be qualified to apply for medical hands-on practice to the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of Korea. SIF-PC is not only open to international physicians who wish to train at Severance Hospital, but also to those who are currently training or planning to train at other medical institutions within Korea. The application notice will be posted on the YIGH website ‘Notice’ menu(https://yigh.yuhs.ac/yigh/activities/notice.do).
- 작성자Severance Academy
The Medical Mission Center visited Laos for five days from January 28, 2020, making a survey of the local medical infrastructure and conducting wound treatment for about 50 patients with Hansen’s disease. - A village for people with Hansen’s disease - We made a small team of six people, including Professor Leu Dae Hyeon (plastic surgery), and visited a village for people with Hansen’s disease in ‘Somssaneuk’ near Vang Vieng in Laos. We provided them with wound care. Most patients in this village had at least one or two wounds in their legs and feet. Since the wounds have not been taken care of, it seldom heals. There was no gauze, band-aid, ointment available for dressing or disinfection. The village community health center had one sloppy set of dressing and a desktop sterilizer, which seemed that the term ‘wound care’ was just a luxury. There was only one fluorescent lamp on the ceiling in the clinic, so all the windows were left open to get the enough natural light. - A man who humiliated efficiency - Then a man stood out. He was quite different from other patients in this village. It was clear that his wound had been well-managed, and he was wearing special boots for wound care and prevention. We heard that a Japanese doctor makes a regular visit once every year. His only purpose of visit is to take care of this man. The special boots that he wore were custom made in Thailand for the wounds and protection. The doctor did not come from next village but all the way from Japan. He did not serve many but only one with all his heart; it was a fresh shock to me. As we listened to his story, we wondered the efficiency we pursue is an absolute value. Perhaps the word ‘man’ has an extraordinarily important meaning and weight for this Japanese doctor. We really want to meet him. Note: The Medical Mission Center carries out medical mission activities with a small team (5-10 people) with the aim of providing practical help and building a family-like relationship with locals by visiting one place repeatedly. The team will visit the village in Laos two or three times a year.
- 작성자Medical Mission Center