College of Health Sciences, VinUniveristy
IFOM Clinical Sciences Exam content is very similar to the USMLE Step 2 CK. If you use a published USMLE Step 2 CK study guide book (such as First Aid, Kaplan, Step-Up, etc), it will help guide your preparation and review.
For practice exams, please see the NBME page for Self-Assessments at: https://www.nbme.org/taking-assessment/nbme-self-assessments-nsas
Note: there are multiple practice exam products. Be sure to see specific information for the International Foundation of Medicine Clinical Science Self Assessment. The cost is USD $35 for this practice test. Please note that this is completely optional and will not be considered as part of your application to our residency programs.
ONE letter of recommendation is required only for each application.
Choose 1 faculty member from your medical school. We highly recommend you choose the faculty member who knows you well and is an expert in your chosen specialty. Please make sure he/she knows the deadline and submits the form on time.
Candidates will first be invited to take the IFOM® Entrance Exam based on academic performance and application data. After official IFOM® results are received from the NBME, we will determine a score cut-point and the top candidates for each individual residency program will be invited for Interviews.
We tentatively plan to host Interview Days in August; a specific date will be informed to applicants who progress to the interview round.
Nothing – just be yourself, arrive on time, dress professionally, and have an open mind!
We do not offer the clinical rotation at UPenn but there is opportunity to do short observership at UPenn for residents who are in their final year of training.
At this time, we do not anticipate using the USMLE as a benchmark for advancement in our program. The IFOM® Clinical Sciences Exam scores are highly correlated to USMLE Step 2 CK performance.
No. For Vietnamese medical graduates who wish to practice as a physician in the USA, there are many regulatory steps and advanced clinical training which are required. These include but are not limited to: 3 steps of USMLE exams, TOEFL, ECFMG, and then matching into a US residency program as an International Medical Graduate. The residency programs at VinUni will not be a “fast-track” to licensure as a physician in the USA.
No. At this time, graduates of residency training programs in Vietnam are not eligible to sit for these certification exams internationally without completing additional international clinical training.
No. Due to the unique longitudinal curriculum, all trainees can only enter our program in the PGY1 position.
No. According to the regulation in residency training of Ministry of Health of Vietnam, you cannot change your specialty after PGY1.
Foreign medical graduates who wish to apply to VinUni GME programs must fulfill all requirements:
– MD degree certified by Vietnam National Academic Recognition Information Centre (Vietnam NARIC)
– Medical School graduation year is the same year of the admission cycle
– Good Vietnamese proficiency for clinical training mostly with Vietnamese patients
*Note that: the above requirements are for the application submission eligibility, to be accepted into the program, there still need an individual – specific approval of Ministry of Health.
Yes. Our residency programs will involve some core clinical rotations and electives at 108 Military Central Hospital (for Internal Medicine, General Surgery, and Orthopaedic Residency Programs ) and National Children’s Hospital (for Pediatrics and General Surgery Residency Programs).
One of the biggest advantages of our residency programs is a guaranteed pathway to employment at Vinmec International Hospitals throughout Vietnam. Details of a required employment period within the Vinmec Healthcare System after residency graduation will be discussed in detail with competitive applicants during the Interview Days.
There is no separate application for a scholarship in our residency program! A generous financial support for Tuition Fees will be provided by VinUniversity and Vinmec International Hospitals for the most talented, Final-Rank candidates for our training programs. In addition, all Final-Rank candidates accepted into our programs will receive a monthly stipend throughout their training to help cover costs associated with housing and living expenses.
Official Medical School Transcript is compulsory when you apply via Online Application Portal.
We will give preference to applicants who have an official IELTS score >6.5, however please apply to our program even if you have not taken a standardized English proficiency test. We will assess your English proficiency through your written short essays and on the interview day.
A generous financial support for Tuition Fees will be provided by VinUniversity and Vinmec International Hospitals for the most talented, Final-Rank candidates for our training programs in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery and Orthopaedics. In addition, all Final-Rank candidates accepted into our programs will receive a monthly stipend throughout their training to help cover costs associated with housing and living expenses. Furthermore, when you graduate, a working contract with Vinmec will be offered.
We expect to recruit 30 residents in each cohort which are 10 Internal Medicine Residents, 8 Pediatrics Residents, 4 General Surgery Residents and 8 Orthopaedic Residents.
Currently we offer residency training programs in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery, and Orthopaedic Residency. We have initial plans to expand to other specialties in the near future.
When you are attending GME Programs, VinUni/Vinmec will support to provide the working experience confirmation letter which is one of required document to register licensure in Viet Nam. Other required documents are personal, and residents will be responsible to prepare by their own.
Yes. Our programs at VinUni and Vinmec aim to train the future leaders of medical education in Vietnam. We hope many of our graduates will continue in teaching roles after graduation.
Yes. Residents will have various opportunities for scholarly activities including research, advocacy projects, or projects focused on patient safety and quality improvement.
According to guidance from MOH No.622/BYT-K2ĐT dated on 12th February 2020, there is no limit in age, but the candidate have to graduate in the same year of VinUni residency entrance exam.