FAQs - Doctor of Medicine

In the 2021-22 intake cohort we expect to enroll a group of fifty students.

The medium of instruction at VinUniversity is English. You will need to demonstrate ability to read, write and communicate in English so that you can participate in the learning activities using text books, lectures, reading and writing assignments in English, and can actively participate in discussions. Detailed information about the English language requirements and VinUniversity’s plan to support building English language proficiency for all students, is available at this link on our website.

There will be opportunities for students to undertake placements in their areas of interest around Vietnam, Asia Pacific region as well as globally. While VinUniversity will be maintaining a database for all the placement opportunities, we may also be able to facilitate the exchange programs at other places based on student interest and the discussion with host institution.

In order to build required competency across the essential aspects of the students’ medical education, we will require all students to take and successfully complete a certain set of foundational courses. The curriculum also allows students to choose electives throughout their six-year program. These electives provide an opportunity to explore areas of interest in the basic or clinical sciences, research-or interdisciplinary areas such as business, engineering or computer science.

Yes and No.

The MD course at VinUniversity is developed to meet national and international standards for doctors and will prepare our graduates to be successful in meeting the highest international requirements. Getting a degree from a medical school does not, however, automatically give graduates the ability to practice medicine. Most countries require medical school graduates to pass a licensing exam designed to assess competency in the contest of that country’s requirements. These requirements vary by country, and they are beyond our control. Each graduate will be responsible for ensuring that s/he complies with the requirements of the country in which s/he wishes to practice medicine.

Passion to serve humanity, intelligence and procedural and communication skills. In short, head, hand and heart i.e. three Hs.

Throughout the MD program, you will be supported and coached by VInUni faculty and staff in your learning journey. A critical part of learning and development is the quality of the feedback that students receive, and whether that feedback helps their growth as competent and confident medical doctors. We will provide feedback in a variety of settings, some of which are mentioned below:

  1. Through self-assessment exercises, in courses. These are not graded, rather designed for each student to assess their own progress and seek help as needed, or adjust their learning strategies.
  2. Through your peers/facilitators: you will be working in teams and groups, which will be facilitated by experienced faculty and academic staff. You and your team-mates will work together to give each other constructive feedback for mutual learning and growth.
  3. Patients (real and standardized): right from the beginning of your medical training, we will expose you to real patients and real-life like simulations where you will have the opportunity to respond to real situations that might confront a clinician. Your interaction with these patients will be a rich source of learning and feedback for you.
  4. Program Director and academic advisors: of course, your faculty, academic advisors and program directors will monitor your progress and give you feedback as you need, to ensure that you continue to progress in your program.

This is not an unusual fear, but rest assured, your clinical training and interaction with real patients will be closely supervised and your decisions will be made in close consultation with experienced clinicians and medical staff. We will take all steps necessary to ensure the safety of patients as well as our students, as this is our paramount priority. To provide students with training in conducting medical procedures or handling real-life patient situations, VinUniversity has a state-of-the-art simulation center where students will get experience in simulated scenarios. Gradually, as you develop and demonstrate competency in clinical and patient interaction skills, the supervision level may decrease, allowing you to develop the confidence needed to practice as a doctor.

Yes. Once in a while you will get stressed. The VinUni program is rigorous and designed to train you to be an excellent doctor: this means that you will have homework and deadlines, and successes and some failures.; it can feel intense at times This is true of any academic program.

The best way to deal with stress is to have a life outside MD program, avoid unhealthy habits, get involved with student clubs, enjoy sports, take time for yourself to rest and relax, take advantage of the academic and other student support services that will be offered to you, and if nothing else, a walk through VinUni campus is definitely going to lift your mood.

It is very unlikely that students will have a clear idea about the speciality they wish to pursue after graduation. Even if they do, there is a high likelihood that they will change their minds as they progress in their education, get exposed to other areas and possibilities and develop new interests. Your clinical placements will also serve as an orientation to the different specialties; this will give you some idea about your interests in various disciplines. We will also host career talks and provide opportunities for interactions with postgraduate trainees enrolled in residency programs.

You will be attending clinical placements at Vinmec hospitals and other top hospitals in Vietnam, such as the Military Hospital 1O8 and the Children’s Hospital in Hanoi. Graduates of the VinUniversity MD program will have the opportunity to work at Vinmec hospitals and enroll in the residency program. However, there is no requirement that they must work at VINMEC chain of hospitals. Graduates are free to seek jobs and opportunities at other hospitals, both in Vietnam and abroad.

VinUniversity strongly advocates for entrepreneurship and multi-disciplinary education. This will allow students to explore different areas and come up with ideas that can potentially be great start ups. Entrepreneurial mindset is one of the required courses at VinUniversity. This will be further facilitated through collaborations with various VinGroup entities, especially VINMEC, and provide students with a nurturing environment for developing their ideas into real start-up opportunities.