Do Hai Dang , 5th year medical student of HMU to Karolinska Institute, Sweden (21-11-2016)
I am Dang Do Hai, fifth-year medical student at Hanoi Medical University (HMU) and my specialty is general practitioner. I had a chance to go to Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Sweden for 10 weeks (from 21/8/2016 – 31/10/2016) on the exchange program between 2 universities. Coming to Sweden, I chose to learn a subject which is different from what I was taught at school. The system of physical activity prescription (FaR) is my choice as I have known that there are many professors working in this area and Sweden is one of the leading countries in the world in this field.

Before the departure, I felt worried that I can not meet the expectations of people who takes responsible for my study and also who wants me to deepen into this subject. But this thought was blown away when I landed in Stockholm. My supervisor was so nice, despite her busy work, she still tried to arrange the schedule for me so I would not miss any day for learning and discovering

During my study time, I had a chance to meet many people with different professions, from professor to physiotherapist, trainer, educator… which bring me different views from many aspects. Through each meeting and conversation, my knowledge about physical activity and FaR was deepened and deepened. I knew how they implement the system of FaR, how the doctor gives a motivational interview and persuades the patients to change their lifestyle or the way the patients can train - individually or in group….

Last but not least, studying in Sweden was a dream come true for me and I really appreciate my time in here. After finishing this course, I know clearly about the whole procedures of FaR for the needed patients and more importantly, I felt that I have enough knowledge, inspiration and motivation to implement FaR in Vietnam.

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