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Table 1 General information about the medical schools involved in the project

From: Perceptions of graduating students from eight medical schools in Vietnam on acquisition of key skills identified by teachers

Name of school (coded)(1) Year was setup No. of staff (2003) No. of 6thyear general medical students (2003)(2) Catchment areas Availability of school skill-lab(3) No. of field teaching sites(4)
School A 1902 917 359 Whole country Yes (2004) 5
School B 1947 982 286 Whole country Yes (1999) 3
School C 1957 523 219 Central & Coast (15 provinces) Yes (2004) 3
School D 1968 327 240 Northern mountains (12 provinces) Yes (2005) 5
School E 1968 374 93 Red River Delta (8 provinces) Yes (1999) 4
School F 1977 100 95 Central Highland (4 provinces) No 2
School G 1979 325 106 Mekong River Delta (17 provinces) Yes (1996) 3
School H 1979 203 130 North East & Coast (8 provinces) No 3
Total    1,528    
  1. * Note: (1) These schools have produced about 1,500 – 2,000 new general medical doctors each year, who will serve in catchment areas covering from 80 – 90% population in Vietnam. Three medical schools were not involved are military or provincial schools.
  2. (2) Numbers of the 6th year general medical students did not correspond with numbers of staff, since each school were assigned to focus on different kind of students.
  3. (3) Two schools have no skill-lab at school level but there are several small skill-labs at department level and only schools had skill lab before 2003 could contribute for training this study cohort.
  4. (4) All of FT sites are districts in rural or suburban areas, in which there are 15–30 communes with one commune health center in each commune to serve from 3,000 – 10,000 inhabitants.