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  • Overall On February 24th 2022, Medical Education for the Future in Vietnam(MEFiV) introdcution ceremony took place via online from 12:20~13:20. The purpose of this ceremony was to introduce MEFiV project to Yonsei University Health System members and the interested parties actively participated in the ceremony. The ceremony took off with the welcome remarks by Prof. Dong-Sup YOON(President of YUHS), Prof. Dae-Hyun Yoo(Dean of College of Medicine), Mr. Han-Duk Cho(Head of KOICA Vietnam Office), and Prof. Tran Diep Tuan(President of University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City). The MEFiV project takes a holistic approach to medical education transformation, with four sectors in action; medical education(Sector 1), clinical training(Sector 2), research capability(Sector 3) and industry-academic cooperation(Sector 4). This project will result in a breakthrough in the health and medical sectors of Vietnam. Sector 1: Medical Education The project aims for qualitatively improved medical education. We intend to establish a competency-based, student participatory medical education model and a digital-based education process by adopting a model such as flipped-learning and digital platform. Through these innovative education systems, students will cooperate more actively and they will be able to absorb the class material more efficiently and effectively. Moreover, we will prepare for the international standard certification of medical education and strengthening of professors’ competency. Sector 2: Clinical Training The clinical training sector will be responsible for enhancing clinical capabilities in a qualitative sense. In this part of the project, we intend to standardize clinical education programs and strengthen the competency of specialists. Through these activities, it is expected that a training system that ultimately guarantees clinical competency can be established. Sector 3: Research Capacity The ultimate goal of the research sector is to strengthen Research Capabilities of Health Science in UMP at Ho Chi Minh. In Sector 3, we will reinforce research faculties, build an efficient research support system and improve the MedPharmRes. First, the Sandwich Fellowship Program for Professors will be open for invitation training in Yonsei University, which facilitates joint researches between UMP and Yonsei. Moreover, the Joint Thesis Program for graduate students will be open for the improvement and standardization of the criteria for Master/Ph.D degree. Secondly, a long-term plan for MedPharmRes will be established by the Journal Improvement Committee with members from UMP as well as Yonsei. Also, a Mentoring Program will be operated by Yonsei- Medical Journal and MedPharmRes editorial board members. Lastly, a Research Support System will be established at UMP to implement the efficient research support tools such as statistical Analysis and English proofreading, etc.. Sector 4: Industry-Academic Cooperation The last sector of the project aims for quantitative and qualitative improvement in industry-academic cooperation activities. Despite the fact that Vietnam’s industrial level is significant and its economy is rapidly growing, Vietnamese medical system still needs some improvement. Because industry-academic cooperation itself drives the development of the field of medicine, investment and development in this sector is likely to markedly contribute to the development of Vietnamese medical system. We aspire to activate pre-clinical and clinical research in this sector, as well as promote research cooperation with related institutions. The project also seeks to support start-ups. It is anticipated that the activities will strengthen industry-academic cooperation in health care. Please click the link below to download the full video of the ceremony. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jDwJRRY5YKJ38EiQeOUJhO3X7NxFd42O/view?usp=sharing

    May 17, 2022

  • <Computer Room> The Center for Global Development (CGD) of Yonsei Institute for Global Health terminated the “ICT-Based school health project: Providing materials to build production studio and IT room for E-learning” in March 2022. The project is the second one implemented in Thanh Hoa funded by Park Jeung, an incumbent member of the National Assembly in South Korea. As aimed at the launch of the project, learning materials on health were produced in ICT-based studio and a computer room was established in Quang Dinh secondary school in Thanh Hoa Province. <ICT-based Studio> The ICT studio has been built to conveniently produce audiovisual materials for online students and is equipped with the latest equipment such as cameras used for filming and conferencing, monitors, lighting, and computers for editing. As of now, a total of five video lectures on health have been completed, and training on video production has also been provided to those in charge of studio management to fully utilize the studio. In the future, two other secondary schools in Thanh Hoa Province are expected to provide health education every month using educational materials created in cooperation with Thanh Hoa Medical College(THMC), and new IT subjects will also be added. Using various educational materials produced through the studio, secondary school students in Thanh Hoa are projected to receive quality health education even during the COVID-19 period. In February 2022, an end-line survey interview was conducted and we received feedback from the students on online health education using the computer room of Quang Dinh secondary school. Students appraised eye health, sex education, and infectious disease prevention as the most effective out of five education topics: eye health; sex education; infectious disease prevention; smoking, drinking, and drug prevention; and food nutrition. In particular, the fact that they have not had precedent sex education resulted in high satisfaction with new and useful health information. Pham Quang Bom, principal of Quang Dinh secondary school, appreciated that the school has been reborn as a place to provide modern IT education, while the chief of the International Cooperation Office, Department of Foreign Affairs in Thanh Hoa Province, mentioned that the school health project led by CGD was very effective and practical. In addition, goals and results achieved during the past year and six months were collected to produce an activities report. Various activity photos, reports, beneficiary interviews, and local newspaper articles were collected and produced as brochures and distributed directly to local officials. CGD plans to continue global health activities to realize Universal Health Coverage in many partner countries such as Morocco, Viet Nam, Malawi, and Bolivia.

    Apr 4, 2022

  • The Center for Global Development(CGD) of Yonsei Institute for Global Health held an project performance review meeting in Morocco on February 23rd to report the termination of the "2021 Blindness Prevention Project Using Portable Devices". Activities and achievements taken during the last 15 months were shared with the project stakeholders and thanked for continued cooperation in future plans. Many officials, including Abdelilah El Maari, the mayor of Rabat (Capital of Morocco), promised to actively participate in activities to improve eye health in Morocco along with the project. This project is part of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Upcycling program, which repurposes older smartphones into the Internet of Things (IoT)-based devices for resource utilization and circular economy. Using EYELIKE, the portable fundus camera first attempted in the health sector, the project intended to improve medical accessibility in a cost-effective way of underserved areas which lack medical facilities and healthcare professionals. Since December 2020, CGD had provided eye screening services and medical treatment to Moroccan residents aged 40 or older, who are at high risk for eye diseases in a joint effort with Samsung Electronics and NGO Global Care. To improve medical accessibility by reducing the travel time to eye care facilities, which previously took more than two hours, to within 30 minutes, we provided eye checkups at primary level such as public health centers and community health associations. Consequently, more than 1,900 residents got their eyes screened, achieving 127% of the target*. Among the patients diagnosed with eye disease, 45% were diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, 32% with glaucoma, and 15% with cataracts. In addition to the examination, more than 350 patients were provided with appropriate follow-up cares*. In addition, medical professional and general medical personnel were educated on how to use EYELIKE to continuously strengthen the capabilities of on-site medical staff. A total of 30 portable fundus cameras were distributed to 19 health centers so that the trained personnels could continue its own eye screening activities even after the termination of the project. Samsung Electronics Maghreb Arab (SEMAG) will support the repair and management of devices. This blindness prevention project showed that community-centered health services could work even in the COVID-19 pandemic situation. In particular, Many Moroccan locals, including the mayor of Rabat, highly appreciate eye care services provided to underserved populatoins with extremely poor access to essential health servcies. The CGD plans to continue international health activities to realize universal health coverage in many partner countries such as Morocco, Viet Nam, Malawi, and Bolivia. *as of 28 February 2022

    Mar 16, 2022

  • Medical Mission Center held the YGHLC online workshop on February 10-12. At first, it started as participating in the GEEF 2022, and forty students and faculties joined from four countries: Cambodia, Mongolia, Vietnam, and Korea. Then, Dr. Chin Pak, Director of Medical Mission Center, Yonsei Institute for Global Health, introduced the YGHLC program with three keywords: 1) Experience, 2) Friendship, and 3) Serving our neighbors. The workshop consisted of two special lectures with small group discussions, cultural exchange, fellowship, etc Dr. Youngah Choi shared about "The Diseases and the Lives of the Poor." She devoted her life to serving the poor and homeless people without proper compensation. She has worked at a charity hospital for 20 years and has helped the poor and the marginalized for 30 years. Dr. Sichan Kim gave a lecture on "Primary Health Care." He shared his life story and his experiences in Vietnam last 30 years. The YGHLC students presented their projects, "the COVID-19 Pandemic Urgent Relief Project," that they had performed in the previous year. At the last session, all the students and faculties shared their reflections. Despite the online workshop, students could actively share their thoughts through small group gatherings and had an opportunity to introduce their cultures using the movies prepared by themselves. Some wore their traditional clothes at the last session. YGHLC began in 2014 and was funded by both United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia and YUHS. The purpose of YGHLC is to build the next generation of health leaders responsible for medically underserved communities, stimulate an exchange of ideas, and establish a cooperation network through innovative workshops, one-to-one mentorship, and direct experience.

    Feb 17, 2022

  • 1) Please introduce yourself. I am Cristopher Varela, 30 years old. My mother is a Medical Nutrologist, and my father is an Engineer in Agronomy. My sister is a Medical student in Venezuela. 2) Where is your working place back in your country and what is your specialty? I work in Domingo Luciani’s Hospital, the main hospital of the Venezuelan Institute of Social Security, Caracas city Level 1 Trauma Center, and teaching hospital to the Universidad Central de Venezuela. I have been a part of Domingo Luciani’s surgical team since I started my surgical residency in 2014. During my residency, I became an instructor of the Integral Management of Polytraumatized Patients course (certified by the Pan-American Society of Trauma) and worked with the team of the Colorectal Unit. After completing my surgical residence in 2017, I was accepted into the Postgraduate training program of Colorectal Surgery, graduating in 2019 as Colorectal Surgeon. For the last two years, I have been working as an attending in the same General Surgery Department and Colorectal Surgery Unit. After 8 years working in Domingo Luciani’s Hospital, I consider it my home. 3) How did you get to know Severance? Why did you choose Severance as your training hospital? I was invited by the International Society of University Colorectal Surgeons (ISUCRS) to apply for the Avison’s Scholarship coordinated by the Medical Mission Center of Yonsei Severance Hospital. Yonsei’s Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery for Colorectal Cancer is well known and admired in the ISUCRS, thanks to an excellent staff of Professors and the teaching work of Prof. Nam Kyu Kim with many international fellows. During 2020 and the pandemic situation, I stayed in communication with the International Office of Yonsei Institute for Global Health and the Medical Mission Center, who kindly helped me organize a safe trave to Korea in January 2021. I am the second Latin American colorectal surgeon to come to Severance Hospital and the first Venezuelan. 4) How long is your training period in Korea? Initially, my training period was a 3-month observership, but Prof. Nam Kyu Kim and the Avison Scholarship through the Medical Mission Center’s team helped me get a full-year scholarship to apply for hands-on training. 5) Which area did you focus on during your fellowship at Severance? Minimally Invasive Surgery for Colorectal Cancer. 6) What is the most impressive feature of Severance Hospital? The organization is the most impressive feature. All details are carefully taken care of: starting from the access to facilities, personalized patient care, and the staff daily working routine. With discipline and dedication, everyone in Severance works to get the best outcomes every day. 7) What are the specific contents of your fellowship program at Severance? Surgical treatment and management of Colorectal Cancer through Laparoscopic and Robotic approach. My activities include surgical simulation training at the Avison Biomedical Research Centre (ABMRC), observing and assisting in the operation room, and academic meetings and rounds with Professors, residents, and co-fellows. 8) What was your first impression of Korea? Korea can be a challenging social environment for Latinos. The respectful and formal social behavior, adding the social distancing rules at the start of 2021, it’s a total contrast with our relaxed and extrovert manners in Caribbean countries. Nevertheless, I have happily managed to understand, adapt, and enjoy Korean culture and social etiquette rules. I’m sure I will keep many of it when I go back to Venezuela. 9) What is the best memory so far during your stay here? I feel deeply grateful to have the opportunity to work with International Fellows from many different countries. The cultural exchange is the treasure I will keep from this year abroad. All the friendships forged in one year of being ex-pats in a foreign land, traveling, studying, and sharing achievements, success, and not-so-good situations as a newly formed family in Korea. 10) Who are you most thankful for at Severance (who helped you the most) & why? I have to mention Prof. Nam Kyu Kim, who has become a medical role model to me, being a dedicated colorectal surgeon, fully committed to improving surgical techniques to guarantee optimal outcomes and keeping individualized patient care as the top priority. Also, the Medical Mission Center and the YIGH International Office team have accompanied me during all my stay in Korea, kindly helping and orienting me in all my activities. 11) If you were to get the chance to come back, which field of clinical study would you like to focus on? Surgical teaching and training. I feel there is an open field and big chances of developing surgical training programs with the help of ABMRC and the Department of Surgery that can improve the surgical performance of surgical trainees (residents and fellows) in Korea and the rest of the world. Yonsei University counts with one of the most advanced surgical simulation centers for dry-lab, animal, and cadaveric lab training. A world-known staff of professors with standardized surgical techniques and constant innovations to improve the management of colorectal cancer.

    Jan 4, 2022


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