Post Qualification Training for Junior Doctors

In Vietnam there is no formal post qualification training for paediatric doctors who choose neonatal medicine as their specialism. Post qualification, junior doctors need to be trained in theory and practical aspects of neonatal medicine. In the UK much of a junior doctor’s training comes from working under supervision with constant feedback and discussion around babies. Neonatal units in UK are managed with at least a three tier system – junior doctors, middle grade more experienced doctors and consultants.

The introduction of a formal post qualification competency-based training for junior doctors in Vietnam supports doctors professional development to deliver good standards of safe care, clinical leadership and management within an evolving health service, and to produce professionals who are sensitive to the needs of children and their families.

The training is based on the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s Level 1 and Level 2 curriculum and is evidence and competency based the doctors must be able to demonstrate they understand the rationale for the different treatment options. UK and US Neonatal Consultants teach the programme. A pilot training programme is underway at Da Nang Hospital for Women & Children and Vietnam National Children’s Hospital Hanoi. Clinical placements are provided at UK hospitals.

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