Annual Practical International Ophthalmology course highlights collaboration and excellence in the provision of ophthalmic care in Vietnam

Several Save Sight Institute academic staff have this week been teaching in Hanoi, Vietnam. As part of their Masters programme, students must undertake intensive practical training across Medical Retina, Glaucoma, Cornea and Paediatrics.

A/Prof John Grigg teaching during Vietnam prac course


“The most valuable lesson that I’ve grasped from my great teachers…is how to think like a real consultant. [To] put yourself in the context of the emergency setting or daily clinic and ask yourself what you should do when your patients come in. Their lectures were not just given to provide me with the ophthalmic knowledge but also to guide me through each clinical scenario. I want to express my thankfulness to Professor McCluskey, Professor John Grigg and Dr Con Petsoglou for your enthusiasm, dedication and kindness,” said student Hoàng Thanh Tùng.

Vietnam Prac Course Class of 2017


The trip also provided an opportunity for our staff to meet with and tour the facilities at Hanoi Medical University, where many of our students work. Professor Peter McCluskey, Professor John Grigg and Dr Con Petsoglou also met with the Director of the Vietnam National Institution of Ophthalmology (VNIO), Professor Nguyrn Xuan Hiep. The VNIO and Hanoi Medical University are this year celebrating 100 years of providing high quality ophthalmic care to the Vietnamese community and our partnership with these three institutions was celebrated over a cup of Vietnamese green tea.


SSI staff tour VNIO 2017


“Today we had the honour of meeting Professor Hiep from the NVIO, which treats 500,000 patients per year and performs over 50,000 eye operations in Hanoi. They also provide a mobile operating unit that visits rural areas to provide outreach services. Professor Hiep was very supportive of our teaching programme and welcomes future visits and educational opportunities between our institutions,” said Dr Con Petsoglou of the meeting.


The group also welcomed the new cohort of Vietnamese scholars due to commence their Masters in International Ophthalmology later this year over some of the finest Vietnamese cuisine Hanoi has to offer.