International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam          


To assist our Vietnamese healthcare colleagues in enhancing the pediatric surgical capacity and increasing access to surgical care for all children of Vietnam.      
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All children of Vietnam will have equal access to quality surgical care.



Charity, Fairness, Accountability.


PASS Training Program Collaboration


IPSAC-Vietnam is part of a multi institutional team of faculty collaborators from the University of Illinois, Children’s Hospital of Illinois/OSF St. Francis Medical Center, and Pham Ngoc Thach (PNT) University of Medicine, Childrens Hospital #1 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to deliver the PASS: Pediatric Acute Surgical Support course. This project is made possible by the US Government: Vietnam Education Foundation Faculty Scholar Grant and is led by Dr. Ai-Xuan L. Holterman of IPSAC.

The course teaches fundamentals in trauma and surgical emergency assessment, stabilization, management and transport of acutely ill infants and children. Between September 2016 and February 2017, the PASS course will be presented with 3 sessions on-site at PNT University. The curriculum is delivered using blended-learning approaches with didactic lectures, case studies, skill sessions, simulation techniques, and student debriefings. The goal is to increase the competency of health care providers from District Hospitals in Vietnam where advanced pediatric surgical specialty care is lacking, and to promote the development of an infrastructure of training and patient care for pediatric surgical emergencies.


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