ENT is the medical specialty that opened doors and really established our reputation for top-level professional expertise shared in the context of enduring partnerships. Some of our ENT leaders have been returning each year for 15 years. They have had a great influence on the development of ENT medicine in Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City. In 2007 the Ministry of Health awarded REI-Vietnam and five of our doctors Ho Chi Minh medals in recognition of their valuable contribution to health care in Vietnam. Many Vietnamese ENT doctors have been sponsored for REI Fellowships and some of those have now assumed top leadership roles in their hospitals. We supported them as they hosted the ASEAN regional ENT conference for the first time.
REI-Vietnam sends a spring ENT team led by Brent & Dana Senior of Chapel Hill, NC, and a fall ENT team led by David & Begee Parsons of Charlotte, NC, and Craig & Rebecca Hedges of Sioux Falls, SD. The fall team is happy for doctors of other specialties also to join in. Both teams spend time in Hanoi and HCMC, but part of the fall team also works in Hue.