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Mrs. Pham Thi Thu Men



I still can recall the Ao Dai, which has left me with several marvelous and unforgettable memories. It resembles all of my arduous effort, conscientious training, and incredible achievements. Every time I think back on it, the meaning grows and becomes my daily inspiration to keep believing in and doing fantastic work.


After graduating from Hai Phong University Medicine and Pharmacy and becoming a doctor, I was given the opportunity to study for a master's degree in Brest, France. Yet after deciding to stay in France instead of moving back to Vietnam, I had to face an abundance of difficulties. I used to believe that if I have a doctorate, at the very least, I can work as a nurse or paramedic, but even for such positions, I was not hired. I shed a lot of tears, had to rely on my husband, and even started my studies again from scratch. However, after 12 years of nonstop effort and endeavor, I have earned two medicine degrees.



My memory of the interview for submitting a request for a re-examination is still vivid. I was questioned by the interviewer, "Are you certain about this? How are you going to pass the exam if you're a Vietnamese resident who wasn't even born here and is unable to speak French fluently ?” I even hid the fact that I was four months pregnant at the time.


But on March 24, 2017, I was officially licensed as a doctor. I was pleased to wear the traditional Ao Dai with my son and swear the Hypocrite. Ao Dai represents a significant turning point in my life as it witnessed me achieving my dream !



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