Tu Ngoc Thanh Nguyen, MD

International Scholar

  •  Intergraded Clinical Faculty, Year 5 chair | Vin University, College of Health Sciences
  •  Vietnam
  •   Graduate Medical Education | Medical Education | Patient Centered Care | Sleep Medicine

Languages: Vietnamese (Native), English (advanced)

Bio statement

Dr. Tu Nguyen, a graduate of University of Medicine and Pharmacy Ho Chi Minh City, has joined VinUni as Chair of the 5th Year MD Program and faculty member for the Internal Medicine residency and Medical Professionalism & Medical Humanity courses. She also oversees the Sleep Medicine elective and contributes to curriculum development and assessment under the VinUni-UPenn alliance, focusing on years 5-6. With a residency at Weiss Memorial Hospital and fellowship at University of Illinois Chicago, Dr. Nguyen is dedicated to enhancing sleep health in Vietnam and promoting patient-centered care through personalized medical education reforms.

Recent global health projects

Individualized medical education: Dr. Tu Nguyen spearheaded a project to overhaul the MD program curriculum at Vin University, focusing on customization to meet individual student needs and career aspirations. The initiative involved transforming mandatory courses into electives, introducing over 20 new elective options, and establishing three major tracks: Medicine, Surgery, and Research. As part of this endeavor, a mentorship and career support program was implemented to assist students in selecting their specialty or career paths. Following consultations with advisors, students were empowered to tailor their electives (up to 12 credits) according to their personal interests and professional goals.


Re-defining Medical Professionalism: the project involved renovating the curriculum of the professionalism course to incorporate a new definition and introduce four core principles. Dr. Tu Nguyen guided students through five group projects aimed at inspiring healthcare professionals to reconsider and enhance their understanding of medical professionalism. These projects encompassed the creation of two TED-talk videos, one short film, one musical parody, and one short story, each designed to provoke thoughtful reflection and promote a renewed commitment to professional standards in healthcare.

Selected publications

Predicting Daytime Alertness Impairment in Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Ali Warda, Victoria Mariah Lennox, Tu Nguyen, Shanta Ghosh, Sanjib Basu, Magdy Younes, David W Carley, Bharati Prasad, Bethany Gerardy, 0551, Sleep, Volume 46, Issue Supplement_1, May 2023, Page A243, https://doi.org/10.1093/sleep/zsad077.0551

Last Updated: 03 July 2024