Vietnam Reproductive Health Education Project [2]

Investigator: Uta E. Landy, MD
Sponsor: Pathfinder International

Location(s): Viet Nam


Between 2004 and 2009, the Bixby Center collaborated with Pathfinder International to hold annual courses for policy makers and clinical teachers from all eight Vietnamese medical schools on reproductive health curriculum reform, evidence-based medicine, problem-based learning, and policy. The courses brought together UCSF faculty and leadership with high-level members from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and Training as well as medical school deans, department heads, and faculty in Vietnam.

Three dozen Vietnamese clinicians, medical school professors and deans gathered at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City. They were coached to introduce evidence-based medicine to their classrooms, and  introduce teaching using evidence-based medicine . Barriers were also discussed, for example- asking an unmarried woman whether she was having sex would challenge traditional expectations of a woman's behavior before marriage -The idea of asking unmarried women a potentially awkward question led to further discussion.