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November 5, 2010

ULM Medical Laboratory Sciences host Hanoi visitors

Three Hanoi Medical University faculty members and a Centers for Disease Control in Vietnam representative were greeted in their native language by ULM College of Health Sciences Dean Denny Ryman on Thursday morning, Nov. 4.

"Hello friends and welcome to the university," said Ryman, speaking in dialect, as faculty members Vu Trung Nyugen, Thanh Van Ta and Dang Thi Dzung, and CDC-Vietnam representative Hien Bui, smiled in return. "Thank you for coming."

Ryman was joined by Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Eric Pani, who also thanked the Vietnamese delegates for coming to ULM to learn about ULM's outstanding and accredited Medical Laboratory Science program.

The visitors practiced phlebotomy in a teaching laboratory on the third floor of the Nursing Building and visited a MLS classroom where they heard about ULM's curriculum and discussed ideas with ULM faculty, led by Medical Laboratory Science Department Head Debbie Wisenor.

"Using what they learn from their visit, the Vietnamese faculty may establish a medical laboratory science program of their own," Wisenor said. "One of the things we discussed is the potential for establishing exchange programs, the benefits of which would be immense."

Louisiana was the only state to host the Vietnamese visitors and ULM was one of their last stops toward the end of a week-long tour that included visits to hospitals, as well as other university programs.

Cathy Robinson, a consultant for the American Society of Clinical Pathology Institute of Global Outreach, the host group for the tour, accompanied them. Program Manager Marie Lehner of Chicago and ASCP Consultant Kay Harris also joined the group for the brief visit.

"Our MLS department is becoming known nationally for their exceptional program and I was pleased to be part of the sincere welcome of the Hanoi delegation to our campus," said Ryman.

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