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Vietnamese Faculty to Tour LSUA Clinical Lab Science Program

Released: 10/28/2010

The Department of Allied Health at LSU Alexandria will host three faculty members from Hanoi Medical University and a representative from Centers for Disease Control-Vietnam during a week-long fact-finding tour of the university’s clinical laboratory science program.

“The Vietnamese are coming here to observe our facilities and discuss ideas with our faculty,” said Cathy Robinson, assistant professor of clinical laboratory science. “They will use what they learn here to establish a clinical laboratory science program at their home university.” The visitors will be here Nov. 1-5.

Robinson has visited Vietnam and Africa more than 20 times as a consultant for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). She is president-elect of the Louisiana Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Robinson has worked with the Vietnamese faculty in their own country, and she says they are eager to investigate the LSUA clinical laboratory science program. “One of the things we will be discussing is the potential for establishing an exchange program for faculty and students at both universities. The benefits of such a program would be immense to both schools,” she said.

The professors from Hanoi Medical University are Vu Trung Nyugen, Thanh Van Ta and Dang Thi Dzung. Hien Bui is the representative from CDC-Vietnam. Program manager Marie Lehner and consultant Kay Harris of ASCP also will be with the group.

The tour will include visits to CHRISTUS Cabrini Hospital, Rapides Regional Medical Center and Huey P. Long Medical Center, and three North Louisiana universities.