Study Medicine without the expulsion of new students

Study Medicine without the expulsion of new students
Study Medicine without the expulsion of new students

The Council of Medical Students of Catalonia (Cemcat) is directly opposed to limiting places for people from outside Catalonia in access to the degree. The president of Cemcat and fifth year student of Medicine at the Faculty of the University of Girona, Jesús Marí Gorretohe assured in an interview with Medical Writing that “putting limits would not solve any problem”which is why he is more in favor of taking a single university entrance test in all of Spain.

Cemcat thus distances itself from the proposal of the Consell de Col·legis de Metges de Catalunya (CCMC) of revolutionize the single university district by putting a 30 percent cap of Medicine students in the faculties of Catalonia from other regions. This initiative aimed to prevent medical exodus.

Does the Administration take little into account the opinion of young doctors to improve their conditions?

With the executive committee that came in last October, in which almost everyone is new, we have achieved a historic milestone: meeting with all the dean teams of the faculties. It is a first step for our voice to reach this level. At the level of administrations it is complicated, it is difficult to access these spaces, but we have managed to meet with the General Directorate of Universities, with the General Directorate of Public Health and that of health promotion and mental health. Relations are not as fluid as we would like, but we are positive because we have made a lot of progress and now we are looking forward to the new political situation.

You propose to improve financial compensation and reduce mandatory guards. What figures do you use?

At the level of economic compensation, no specific figures are stipulated. In the end it will depend on the economic situation of the country and the budget, but these improvements must be there. Regarding mandatory guards, we must go to less than 17 hours, which is the proposal handled by the Ministry of Health, and then set the maximum of twelve hours. The ideal would be to go further and do eight hours like Nursing, but we understand that healthcare needs make it progressive. The change must happen and this is what the medical students have expressed.

Why do you support implementing personal aptitude tests in access to the Medicine degree?

Students have shown the need to support a test that evaluates these competencies. We are in favor of it being done before or after the selectivity, that it does not coincide; and its theorization is revised so that it is recoverable. There are sectors that say that these attitudes should be innate in people and it would make no sense for them to be recoverable. The students think that this first stone should be laid and work on it together. It is an important enough step that can affect many students and should be taken into account.

And why are you against limiting places for people from outside Catalonia?

The information we have is that this proposal has not come to fruition. From the deaneries they have distanced themselves quite a bit and even other medical colleges. The students think that this measure would not be adequate to improve what is supposed to be a problem. We defend that all students can access the degree in Medicine equally, without being limited by place of origin. The most realistic solution to this supposed problem is to take a single university entrance test.

The students have determined that the solution is not to put limits on access, but to standardize the evaluation used to enter the university. If we eliminate the difference and do a test of the same level, it would be much more realistic when evaluating whether these people who enter from other communities are really ‘taking away’ places from Catalan students. Putting limits would not solve any problem.

Should we increase the number of medical university places?

No, we are totally against increasing places and opening new faculties. The General Directorate of Universities made a report on the offer of MIR places in Catalonia. The number of university places was slightly less than the MIR places by twenty or thirty. The report did not justify increasing the number of places in Medicine. It would have a negative impact on our training because the student-teacher ratios would be higher, the health systems would be more collapsed and we would not be able to provide training as would be necessary, and as advocated by people who are in favor of increasing places.

Should the competence for homologation of degrees be transferred to Catalonia to make it more agile?

The students have not taken a position on who should have this competence. We cannot afford to have doctors working in the health system without a duly approved degree. The reality is that these people take between four or five years to have the title approved by the Ministry of Health. We are aware that the system has needs and there is a lack of doctors, but the important thing is that it is proven that they have adequate training. To practice in this country it is required to have the MIR or approved specialty. We expect nothing less than that if this training is required of us, it is required of the rest. It is clear that solutions must be sought.

In case of transfer, should these doctors meet certain requirements, such as residing for a certain time in Catalonia or having a certain level of Catalan?

We are aligned with ensuring that any physician who wants to practice in Catalonia knows the language of this country. It is for the good of the users, who require the highest quality care and this also means being able to communicate as best as possible with them.

Should the Generalitat have undergraduate competencies and Specialized Health Training?

It is something that we have not addressed, about who should have the powers. Be that as it may, solutions must be found to the problems that depend on the Ministry or Generalitat, are agreed upon and take into account the opinion of the student body. We are an involved party in these processes.

What is the health of Catalan in the medical faculties of Catalonia?

A while ago a study was published that analyzed the health of Catalan in universities and it was shown that in faculties in Barcelona there was a lack of classes in Catalan and it is something that worries us. We do not have a position like Consell, but we are in favor of the fact that Catalan is the vehicular language in Catalonia and we, as future doctors, want to offer the best care to people. Knowing the language of where you are going to work is the minimum to be able to achieve this objective. Within the faculties, good communication with students must be encouraged and language is a criterion of the people who interact. We defend that Catalan be spoken in the universities of Catalonia, encouraged and continued to do so.

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