Ho Chi Minh City Medicine and Pharmacy University
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|Đại học Y Dược Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh|
|Rector||A. Prof. Trần Diệp Tuấn MD, Ph.D|
|Location||Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam|
University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most highly ranked universities of medicine and pharmacy in Vietnam. It offers graduate and postgraduate education in medicine, pharmacy. The university has seven faculties and one hospital:
- Faculty of Fundamental Sciences
- Faculty of Medicine
- Faculty of Pharmacy
- Faculty of Traditional Medicine
- Faculty of Public Health
- Faculty of Nursing and Medical Technology
- Faculty of Odonto-Stomatology
- University Hospital
Originally, Ho Chi Minh City Medicine and Pharmacy University was a medical school that belonged to the University of Saigon, which was founded in 1947 by French colonists in the period of French Indochina. Professor C. Massias was the principal. It was at 28 Testard/Tran Quy Cap Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City (Vo Van Tan Street today). On 31 August 1961, under the authority of the government of the Republic of Vietnam the school was split into two: Saigon College of Medicine and Saigon College of Pharmacy. In 1964 Saigon College of Dentistry was founded from a division of the medical school.
In 1976 after the Vietnam War, the three schools were merged with a new name — Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy — by an authority from the Communist Party of Vietnam. The first head office had two floors for offices, library, meeting room for lectures, and three side-by-side houses for studying.
The practice areas for fundamental sciences and basic medicine were around Ho Chi Minh City such as Pasteur Institute (used to learn about parasitic, micro-organism), Human Body Institute (for anatomy), Saigon Hospital (for chemistry). The Installation of Human Body Institute was used to learn about histology, physiology, illness, anatomy. Students of Medicine and Pharmacy studied at the main installation until 1961. The Faculty of Pharmacy was moved to Nam Ki Khoi Nghia Street.
November 16, 1966 the school was moved to Medicine Learning Center (Hong Bang Street, District 5) with well-equipped system, facility and students of Medicine and Dentistry have studied here up to date. It has the Main auditorium for 500 seats, three auditoriums with 300 seats each, library and labs.
On 27 October 1976, the government re-organised schools in Saigon University Institute. There were eight schools left including Collective University, Institute of Technology, University of Technical Education of Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City Medicine and Pharmacy University, University of Economics, University of Architecture, University of Agriculture, University of Pedagogy. Although the new name does not reflect a fact that the dental school is a branch of the university system, it has been officially used until today.
In 1990, there was a decision from the school and Ministry of Health to build four more faculties and one hospital:
- 1994: Faculty of Fundamental Sciences
- 1998: Faculty of Traditional Medicine and Medicine Technique and Convalescent Faculty
- 1999: Faculty of Public Health
- 2000: The university hospital
In popular culture
In 30 Rock, Dr. Leo Spaceman is an alumnus of the Ho Chi Minh City Medicine and Pharmacy University (known in the show as the Ho Chi Minh City School of Medicine) who practices questionable medicine.
- Rector: Associate Professor Trần Diệp Tuấn MD, Ph.D
- Vice Rector: Associate Professor Nguyễn Hoàng Bắc MD, Ph.D
- Vice Rector: Associate Professor Trần Hùng Ph.D
- Vice Rector: Associate Professor Đỗ Văn Dũng MD, Ph.D
- Vice Rector: Associate Professor Nguyễn Văn Khôi MD, Ph.D
- Vice Rector: Ngô Đồng Khanh MD, Ph.D
- "Trường đại học Y dược TP.HCM có hiệu trưởng mới" [HCM City Medical University has new principal] (in Vietnamese). Tuổi Trẻ Online. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
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