VMMU to build its “brand name” from basic steps

6/28/2015 2:05:55 PM

Online People’s Army Newspaper: The new "Victory" of Hospital 103 (Vietnam Military Medical University) when it has successfully performed the first pancreas-kidney transplant from dead brain donor again confirmed the " pioneer brand" of VMMU in the field of organ transplantation in Vietnam.

Col. Associate Prof. Phd. Tran Van Khoa always attach basic scientific knowledge with basic medicine and clinical practice in each lesson.

That success does not only marks the maturity of the staff, doctors and health workers in VMMU during nearly 65 years of growth but also confirms that its methodical training has affirmed a firm position and brought about positive effects to the society.

From basic steps

In order to have good successive doctors, VMMU has always focused on building the good foundation for students from the basic sciences associated with the medical profession, serving as a basis for basic medical subjects basis and later clinical medicine.

As one of the first teachers to be engaged with the military medical students when they first entered the university, Colonel, Prof. Dr. Tran Van Khoa, Head of the Department of Biology and Genetics (VMMU) understands the difficulties that most students face is the method and thinking in approaching a subject to adapt to the huge volume of knowledge in the new environment which is full of "harshness".

With 23 years of experience in teaching the basic medical subjects including biology, Col. Tran Van Khoa always attach the basic scientific knowledge with basic medicine and clinical practice later to help students understand that to make a good physician, the core subjects such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology - genetics are the first platform. This is a "springboard" for the future "doctors" to grasp the basic principles of biology and genetics, from which they can acquire the basic medical knowledge, medical specialization, symptomatology, etiology in order to work well in diagnosis and prevention of diseases later.

With different characteristics of different input objects (military, civilian, Laos, Cambodia, selection ..), how to ensure the quality of teaching is the question that Col. Tran Van Khoa always concern and exchange with his colleagues in the department. Then he can find the weaknesses of his students so as to apply different teaching methods.

Col. Tran Van Khoa says: Right from the very first lesson, apart from helping his students understand the objectives of the subject, the department always assign a head teacher for each class to help students, especially for Group A students who normally an “empty head” for biology. This is to make sure they can take in a great amount of knowledge in quite a short time.

 Introducing students to the subject is also very important from the beginning. For each lesson, the ways to make a start, introduce the objectives, create the curiosity and enthusiasm for the subject are very important, especially the lecturer can link the basic sciences to clinical knowledge. During a lesson, it is necessary to make an open atmosphere to exchange ideas and knowledge between students and teachers. This will push students’ initiative and make the lesson more interesting.

Col. Tran Van Khoa shares: “In order to stop students form thinking that Group B students have more advantages than Group B students in studying Biology and Genetics, we have done a small study comparing students’ results from both groups when they are tested the knowledge after studying our subject. It has been revealed that their results show not much difference. This shows that the learning process plays a vital role. The study also helps students have a better understand towards the learning process, and then they can choose a suitable learning method to get the best results.”

Theoretical lessons only account for two-thirds of the curriculum, the department has apply positive learning for the rest of time, which is to guide groups of students preparing topics for discussion, working in the lab, and going on field trips to sharpen their knowledge.

Many subjects at VMMU are intuitive, including the Department of Biology and Genetics which is a morphological subject (observatory). Currently, the Department of Biology and Genetics in particular and many other departments at VMMU have been equipped with visual aids like projectors, models, school supplies, biomimetic model system ... used in teaching, preclinical practice ... which have contributed significantly to the improvement of training quality.

In many training courses, field trips have helped students "understand" many interesting things. Practice is always helping students "mold", support the theory. And teachers will know the flaws of their students to find out ways to overcome them.

 …To the first success

With the flexible approach to knowledge, from theory to model visual learning, laboratory and field trips that VMMU have equipped for its students, many scientific projects have been born right when they are at school.

From the very first steps such as participating in some stages of the research process, students have accumulated practical experience and deeper knowledge from which equip students with scientific research methods.

With experience as chairman of numerous research projects from grassroot level to the ministerial level and the state level, Colonel Tran Van Khoa has guided dozens of student groups involved in research on the genetic topic. A group has gained excellent award from the Ministry of Education and the Organization of the International Intellectual Property in the field of scientific research with the topic "The discovery of genetic polymorphisms of mitochondrial DNA applied in individual identity ". This is a topic which is highly applicable in practice, it is through analysis of genetic polymorphisms of mitochondrial DNA to help identify individuals. Especially the low DNA samples like the hair shaft without legs still detectable by analysis (usually a blood or tissue sample has high levels of DNA, human DNA can easily be obtained for identification). With the application of this scientific project, now we can recognize the identity of the remains, bones, teeth, body burnt or decomposed for long time unrecognizable through morphology ... Colonel Tran Van Khoa shares.

With the transmission of basic and systematic knowledge, together with the enthusiasm from the students, students at VMMU are actively involved in the student movement of scientific research, a lot of scientific research projects have high practical value, received awards at the levels of Defence Ministry and the Ministry of Education such as: Preliminary studies of sperm morphology obtained from the epididymis of azoospermia patients and evaluated in the culture medium ; Study the clinical characteristics of measured neurotransmission and mid-nerve ultrasonography in carpal tunnel syndrome disease; Research and application of multi-primer PCR technique in detecting bacteria causing cholera; Apply the QF-PCR technique in prenatal diagnosis of 5 syndromes of common chromosome abnormality; Research and apply the separation processes of relative mitochondrial DNA from the hair with magnetic particles, applied in individual identity and parentage determination; Research and apply processes to isolate and culture mesenchymal stem cells from umbilical cord membrane; Modulation of distilled water for injections in conditions of field trips.

Through scientific research movements of the youth at VMMU held every 2 years, the university has discovered and fostered, built many scientific staff to make significant contributions to raising its prestige in training, scientific research and treatment in medical field in Vietnam in general and military medicine in particular.

With the ongoing implementation of training in VMMU, many people believe that it not only produces a good generation of doctors deserving the tradition of the previous generations, but also “takes the seal” to make a Vietnamese brand of international level in the near future.

Thu Ha

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