DTU offers a New Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program
The shortage of well-qualified personnel in health care area leads to unsustainable social development. In order to help increase health professionals in the Central Region, DTU gained the approval of the Ministry of Education and Training to offer a Doctor of Medicine program, starting in 2015.
DTU cooperates with domestic and foreign universities and hospitals
By the year 2020, the number of health personnel per 10,000 people is planned to be 8 doctors and 2.5 pharmacists. In the Central Region the rate is currently much lower, with about 4.4 to 5 doctors per 10,000 people. The shortage of highly-qualified professionals has caused hospitals in the cities to become overloaded due of the influx of people from rural areas.
DTU has spent many years developing its Medical and Pharmacology programs, improving the quantity and quality of its faculty and investing in advanced facilities for the new MD program. DTU offered a Bachelor’s Degree in General Nursing in 2009 and a Pharmacological program in 2012. Admission requirements for Health programs at DTU are relatively high. In 2013, the K19 DTU Valedictorian was a student of Pharmacology with a score of 24.5/30. In 2014 the K20 DTU Valedictorian scored 26.5/30.
Over the years, many health staff working in hospital and health centers in Danang enrolled in the DTU Nursing and Pharmacology Link Program. With her graduation thesis entitled “Inserting Port-A-Cath”, Mrs. Truong Thi Mai, Chief Nurse at the Department of Oncology at Danang hospital, was selected to present at the 17thNational Conference on Cancer Control in October 2014.
In 2013, DTU has started developing the Doctor of Medicine. To ensure the quality of education, DTU selects only 50 students annually. Students are taught by highly-qualified lecturers, of whom 4 are Professors, 9 are Associate Professors, 14 have PhDs and 38 have Master’s degrees and graduated from some of best known universities worldwide.
DTU is collaborating with two American universities, the University of Illinois in Chicago and Pittsburgh University. DTU has also partnered with 18 hospitals to provide students with the opportunity to work with experienced and clinically practice with patients, at the Danang C Hospital, the 17thMilitary Zone Hospital, the 199th Hospital of the Ministry of Public Security, the Quang Nam General hospital and others. The Family Hospital is the leading hospital for internships.
Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Minh, the DTU Vice-Provost and in charge of DTU Medicine and Pharmacology program, said: “According to the Danang Health Department statistics, Danang is in need of 500 doctors. So it is necessary to train many more highly-qualified doctors to fill the gap in community health care. DTU will apply many new ways of selecting students in the first enrollment season, including face-to-face interviews. Lecturers and staff will make sustained efforts to increase the quantity and quality of talented and community-oriented doctors in Danang”.