IP Medicine Coordinator, Faculty of Medicine, UHS
Before I began my research and development studies, I learned biology and French. At that time, I started working for Doctors Without Borders (Médecins sans frontières) and the Pasteur Institute. This is when I first knew about medical practice and hospital environment world. Additionally, I have a working experience in the NGO education sector. Joining the IP was therefore a natural step to me. It combines education and health sciences, two of my specialization areas.
As the IP coordinator, I work closely with the educational team to manage the logistics and fine-tune the four primary courses. Based on the teachers’ provisional curricula, I regulate all necessary administrative procedures to ensure the success of the program. For instance, I arrange and ease IP seminars of foreign trainers at the UHS and their visits of the hospitals and the local medical facilities. I also coordinate with our Cambodian trainers to teach seminars and Skill Lab sessions. They are all practicing doctors. Interactive case studies occur one time a wee, while seminars are organized 4 to 5 times a year for each class.
Besides logistics, I develop sociocultural events for the IP students, for them to explore Cambodian culture through exhibitions, concerts and other social happenings. We believe artistic entertainment complete the IP students’ education by opening their minds. That way, they refine their worldviews and better understand future challenges. I actively follow-up with the students every day. I pay particular attention to scholarship opportunities abroad. To achieve this, I have constant contact with the teachers and the UHS Department of International Relations. I am well aware of the students’ progress and, therefore, have a relationship of trust with them. This leads me to sometimes assist them in preparing their application and help them with administrative complexities.
Although the program is still in trials, the second year is already a success and the academic IP promotion will count 180 students in 3 different classes from next year on. Witnessing this program gaining momentum is encouraging and motivating. The International Program is the future of medical professions in Cambodia. It is exciting to know other faculties of the UHS will make use of it next year. The strong involvement of all IP participants is an inspiring reason for younger students to improve their grades and enter it. IP students are driven by their career development and I hope they will have the opportunity to study abroad and strengthen their skills.