Dr. Chanlina Vong
IP Medicine Trainer, Hepato-gastro-enterologist, Calmette Hospital
After completing my postgraduate degree, I worked in France for two years to deepen my knowledge of hepato-gastroenterology. On my return in Cambodia in 2013, I started working at Calmette Hospital and became a trainer in the newly set up International Program of the Faculty of Medicine at UHS. The proposed pedagogical approach is different from the one I engaged with during my teaching experience a few years ago. I believe it will change our medical practice in a positive way.
The IP is designed to encourage students to become proactive. We teach courses and case studies, in which our students learn how to solve a range problems. They surely make errors we are helping to correct. Learning from mistakes is a central ingredient of our approach and this is precisely how we expect them to understand and develop their analytical skills. We consider repetition to be critical in teaching our students to respond correctly, develop critical thinking and eventually come up with the best diagnostic techniques for the benefit of their patients.
Working in a hospital asks for flexibility. The IP medical simulations teach students to adapt from literary knowledge to real conditions. As clinical trainers, we pass on our knowledge and provide students with our expertise of the real world environment. We give them tools to strike the right balance between a purely theoretical knowledge and the concrete means available on-site.
Another IP innovation is to train the teachers. During a training of trainers, also called T.O.T, we prepare simulation sessions and design assessment tools. Watching our students’ behaviors is a key learning point. These trainings prompt us to reflect on our educational approach and on the way we practice medicine. Foreign professionals regularly conduct workshops and sessions. Their interventions are an excellent way for us to understand various medical approaches and teaching methods. This diversity of visions is critical to get a broader view of medicine and improve our medical and pedagogical practice.
With the IP’s growing success, we need to continue developing our material equipment and training sessions. Besides, we want to mobilize more “clinical trainers” such as myself to improve supervising the IP training sessions. I hope the program will inspire our international partners and show them a modern and unique pedagogical approach that could turn Cambodia into a model for other countries. How motivating!