Vietnam Medical Associations (VMA)

Posted at: THUrsday - 30/06/2016 11:03 - post name: Cộng tác viên



On March 3, 1955, Vietnam Medical Association (VMA), was established in Hanoi. After 15 terms of Congress and 06 decades of dedication to the development of Vietnam’s healthcare sector, VMA has become a robust institution with significant achievements and contributions in advancing Vietnamese people’s general health status and awareness of healthy lifestyle. The strong foothold of VMA was reinforced not only by a clear and consistent vision of improving human well-being shared by all members, but also by the talent and devotion of great minds in the field, to name but a few, Prof. Dang Van Ngu, Prof. Ton That Tung, Prof. Hoang Dinh Cau, Prof. Ho Dac Di and Prof. Tran Huu Tuoc. Those were prestigious and respectable scholars in Vietnam’s history of medicine whose career and cause have laid a strong foundation for the progression and breakthrough of the country’s healthcare system.

VMA currently governs the activities of 48 member specialized associations and 57 local associations across the country.

Main functions and obligations

Functions and Rights: 

1. Represent member organizations and individual members in activities satisfying VMA’s credo, goals and obligations.

2. Organize conferences, meetings, training modules and workshops in order to advance members’ specialized knowledge, skills and ethical morale. 

3. Participate in or lead scientific research topics, programs or projects in medical field. Provide healthcare services upon institutional or individual demand and in compliance with laws and regulations.

4. Cooperate with regional medical institutions on the basis of equity, mutual benefits and law obedience   

5. Obtain fund from membership fees and self-sufficient business activities or services in compliance with laws and regulations


6. Obtain fund from legal sponsorships of organizations and individuals both domestically and internationally in compliance with laws and regulations

7. Receive means of laudatory or punishment and reserve the right to demand for proper laudatory or punishment for member organizations or individuals from competent State bodies and in compliance with laws and regulations  


VMA gathers experts from member associations and related organizations in order to:

1. Regulate and coordinate the activities of member associations to encourage and promote medical ethics as well as expertise. Participate in training the human resource for healthcare sector, research and communicate advanced scientific-medical knowledge among people, hence support the goal to alleviate diseases and fatalities, increase life expectancy and improve the quality of our race, meeting the demand of national industrialization, modernization and security.

2. Perform social-consultancy and counter-argument activities upon requirements, especially those related to fields of interest of the Union, its members and the medical sector in general. Contribute to the development of legal documents related to the Union’s expertise and activities in compliance with laws and regulations.  

3. Represent member associations and individual members in internal and external affairs within its specified functions and obligations. Protect the legitimate rights and benefits of the Union, its member associations and individual members.

4. Encourage learning and understanding of laws and codes, especially those related to medical field, among member associations and individual members, hence promote close adherence to the terms and conditions specified in laws, decrees as well as other legal documents assigned by Ministry of Health,related ministries and departments.  

Social-consultancy activities

Functioning as a leader, coordinator as well as representative institution of Vietnam’s healthcare system, VMA addresses its concerns with all issues and factors affecting Vietnamese people’s physical and mental health. Among them, medical ethics and behaviors of medical practitioners towards patients receive much attention and arguments from scholars and experts. 

The downgrade of medical morale due to conflict between “sacrifice” and “subsistence” 

According to Dr. Sc/ Prof. Pham Manh Hung - President of VMA, former Deputy Minister of MOH and former Vice Chairman of Central Commission for Propaganda, the key issue afflicting medical ethics is the conflict between “sacrifice” and “subsistence”, or the clash between the demand for self-benefits and the perception of responsibility. Mr. Hung delivers sharp points on this sensitive issue, yet he remains confidence in the high morale and good cause shared by the majority of medical staff, thus encourage the community to place trust in the healthcare system and support the work of devoted doctors and nurses. 

Medical treatments require genuine compassion and empathy

Doctor Duong Minh Tuan shares his deep thoughts on medical cause, with challenge in delivering treatments for tough patients who are not willing to cooperate. From his own experience in difficult cases, Doctor Tuan recognized the crucial role of ethics and continual efforts to understand the feelings of our patients. Apart from the treatments themselves, medical cause require the doctors to be empathetic, compassionate and also self-controlling ones, in order to be able to share the pains and sorrows with our patients and give support out of mere concern of self-interest. 

Scientific Work

Apart from profound argumentations regarding medical ethics, VMA strongly promote scientific researches and studies via means of leading topics or communicating scientific work of its member organizations or individuals. At the moment, VMA actively supports the publication of Medicine Magazine twice a month, where a series of scientific work from various scientists and scholars in the field are clearly presented. Below are some examples of studies published on the 2nd edition of Medicine Magazine, May 2016: 

- The role of MRI in evaluation of hepatocellular carcinoma after toce treatment (Authors: Huynh Quang Huy, Pham Minh Thong)


- Characteristic of criminal behaviours of alcoholic users in forensic psychiatry (Authors: Tran Van Truong, Cao Tien Duc, Nguyen Van Ngan)

- Endoscopic plastic stent placement for mechanical biliary obstruction: Preliminary results (Authors: Nguyen Canh Binh, DoDuc Cuong)

- Study on use of drugs against tuberculosis in hospitalized tuberculosis patients in the Hospital of tuberculosis and lung disease, Can Tho City (Authors: Phạm Thanh Suoi, Cao Thi Kim Hoang)

- Analysis of state health budget allocation for the period 2005-2015 (Author: Pham Hong Hai)


On the other hand, VMA’s website is a rich source of information and scientific knowledge updated frequently in the field of medical treatments and findings. Besides the bi-monthly magazine, VMA also publishes the treatment regimens for certain types of diseases and health problems, such as Hepatorenal Syndrome (HRS), Gastrointestinal bleeding due to vein pressure, Liver fibrosis as well as Prevention & Treatment for anaphylaxis cases.

International collaboration and activity

Together with domestic functions and activities, VMA takes an active role in collaborating and sharing knowledge & experience with international counterparts. Recently, VMA has sent its delegation to attend the 17th Meeting of Medical Associations of ASEAN (MASEAN), which was held from May 11-12, 2016 in Pattaya, Thailand. The meeting brought together leaders of medical associations from 11 member ASEAN countries. The Vietnam delegation was led by Doctor/ Professor Le Gia Vinh – Vice President cum General Secretary of VMA and Doctor Truong Hong Son – VMA Chief of Office cum Director of Vietnam Institution of Applied Medicine. In the meeting, Doctor Truong Hong Son delivered an insightful report highlighting achievements of Vietnam’s healthcare system during 2015, mainly in updating and advancing specialized knowledge for local doctors and medical practitioners.

Author: DIC
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