Da Nang Oncology Hospital in Da Nang, Vietnam was the first pilot site for the IGCS Global Curriculum and Mentorship Program. The first fellow, Dr. Nhu Quynh Tran Thi began training in July 2017.

International mentors travel to Da Nang quarterly to oversee Dr. Tran’s training. This includes quarterly hands-on surgical tutorials, monthly quizzes, and tumor board sessions facilitated by the Project ECHO platform with participation from radiation oncologists, pathologists, and gynecologic oncologists from around the world.

The international mentors to Vietnam (Dr. Linda Van Le, Dr. Tri Dinh, and Dr. Joseph Ng)  have donated textbooks and other learning resources to support the program in Da Nang. Specifically, Dr. Van Le has donated the following texts:

Te Linde’s Operative Gynecology 12th Ed.
Te Linde’s Atlas of Surgical Gynecology
Textbook of Radiation Oncology

Local Supervisor

Dr. Tu Quy Tran

International Mentors

Dr. Tri Dinh is an Assistant Professor of Medical and Surgical Gynecology at the Mayo Clinic Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Dr. Dinh completed his Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Dinh has been coordinating trips to Vietnam through his organization, Project Team of Volunteer Doctors (TVD), since 1999. Project TVD is dedicated to provide educational outreach and direct patient care to Vietnam. More information about TVD can be found at ProjectTVD.org

Dr. Joseph Ng Soon Yau is a Senior Consultant of Gynecologic Oncology at the National University Cancer Institute in Singapore (NCIS). Dr. Ng has special interests in preinvasive diseases of the female genital tract, zero-impact surgical treatment of endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer therapeutics. He is a founding member and Chairman of the GRACES gynecologic robotic surgery program at National University Hospital (NUH) in Singapore.

Dr. Ng completed his basic medical training at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California, USA and his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, in Pennsylvania, USA.

Dr. Linda Van Le is the Leonard Palumbo Distinguished Professor in the Division of Gyn Oncology at UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine and a member of Lineberger Cancer Center. She served on the Editorial Board for Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Gynecologic Oncology, was a Board examiner for the American Board of Ob/Gyn, SGO liaison to American Society of Clinical Oncology, NRG Principal Investigator for clinical trials, and is the new Co-Editor for TeLinde’s Operative Gynecology, 12th Edition.

Dr. Van Le went to Stanford University, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, then University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship. Dr. Van Le’s family is from Vietnam.

Fellow

Dr. Nhu Quynh Tran Thi is the 2017-2019 fellow at Da Nang Oncology Hospital. She is an OB/GYN and received her M.D. from Ho Chi Minh City Medicine and Pharmacy University in 2015. Dr. Quynh has a special interest in gynecologic oncology and wants to improve the knowledge and skills of gynecologists in Vietnam to help more women with gynecologic cancer.

 

 

Publications

In the April 2019 edition of International Journal of Gynecological Cancer’s Corners of the World, Central Vietnam Needs You! –  Dr. Joseph Ng shares the scores from pre- and post-didactic quizzes to demonstrate the potential impact that basic didactic training can have on provider knowledge and practice.

Photos from Joseph Ng’s Site Visit

Photos from Linda Van Le’s Site Visit May 2018

Photos from Dr. Tri Dinh’s Site Visit July 2017