Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) is partnering with the University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City (UMP-HCM) and Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine (PNT UOM) to advance medical training and education in Vietnam.

As part of the partnership, TTUHSC El Paso Professor Hoi Ho, M.D., will assist with the creation of a Faculty Development Program (FDP) to train Vietnamese faculty at their respective institutions. Up to 60 faculty members will attend regular sessions with Dr. Ho in Vietnam to learn how to integrate medical education and clinical simulation in undergraduate curriculum.

Dr. Ho, who directs the Center for Advanced Teaching and Assessment in Clinical Simulation (ATACS) at TTUHSC El Paso’s Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, will also assist the universities in establishing clinical simulation centers to help students receive more effective medical education. He says ATACS is an integral component of medical education at the school and uses both mannequins and “standardized patients” — people trained to act out clinical scenarios —to facilitate clinical practice.