Dr. Angel Nardozzi has a hard time remembering the years he spent heading the Department of Anatomy C, one of the core subjects in his first year of medicine at the National University of La Plata (UNLP). To give a better idea, he admitted they were “life”, that he was already about to retire and that he had never attended an event similar to last week, when about 800 students out of a total of 1,000 failed partial attended their first face-to-face since the pandemic. That’s barely 20 percent of approval versus about 80 percent of the deferred, who, however, would be able to access three more refunds.
In an interview with EL DIA, Nardozzi confirms: “I’ve never seen anything like this, and while he admits there were delays in the pre-pandemic era, he’s bothered by the strength of the percentages:” Before we agreed on about 60 percent and now we’re not talking more than 20 per cent. The result decreased significantly.
But what surprised the professor most was the students’ poor performance in part, he asserts, “It wasn’t complicated at all, not because we made the questions more difficult and that’s why they failed. Not at all, they were questions so simple, that there are no complaints from the students. “.
What is something that most medical entrants do not know how to answer? “Instead of developing an answer, what they had to do was observe a piece of anatomical preparation and describe what it was, and see if it was a nerve, an artery, a vein, a muscle, etc. It was very blunt stuff and they didn’t know how to explain it,” said the head of the anatomy department. C was concerned that the students had enough time to complete some exercises which, in general, ‘done within seconds’ because ‘how long can it take to identify a body part?’
Perhaps that is why there was no reproach among the students. “The partial was far from bad intentions,” they accept from the group of “Unite” students and criticize the college for delaying the return to full attendance.
“The boys could not recognize what a nerve, a vein, an artery, or a muscle was.”
In this sense, they question that a subject like anatomy, which is essentially practical and requires contact with anatomical preparations, is taught in person for 90 minutes every 15 days. “We cannot continue to study virtually or, at best, go to class for an hour and a half every two weeks. Attendance is the best way to learn,” insisted Unite, who called for today’s focus on college gates (see separate).
“We view these results with concern, given that they anticipate something we have warned our group about since the end of last year that without full attendance, students are exposed to a poorly trained project and constraints, leading us to find ourselves hits perhaps also in other subjects where it is virtually hypothetically studied. Exclusive,” they warn in the group of students, at the same time asking the Dean of Medicine to take action on the matter even more than two years after the pandemic began, “the conditions for a full return to the classroom, require more budget and resources to return.”
Controversy over admission
Another crucial point was added by Assistant President C for Anatomy, Ariel Estelita, who linked the massive postponement last week to the unrestricted income that has been in place since the end of 2015 which he admitted, even as he benefited. “But the number of people entering the country is doubling every year (it went from an average of 300 people in 2015 to about 8000 people today); however, the infrastructure remains the same and so is the faculty,” the young man wrote on social networks However, from the chair “we are doing our best to provide the best quality”.
Anatomy Assistant C also confirmed that “the exam was done correctly” and asked the students “not to lower their arms,” he recalls, “They have three chances of passing.”
effects of the epidemic
Emmanol Ortiz, a Unite student, warns that those studying anatomy in their first year of medicine are young people who have just finished school, and that due to pandemic restrictions, many of them have finished high school remotely: “They came from two years of hypothetical And college, instead of solving the best course of action to contain them, makes them go an hour and a half every 15 days. Therefore, if this boy does not learn the basics in school, there will come a point when full attendance becomes irreplaceable,” he asserts.
The chief of Department of Anatomy C also links the postponements to the health crisis. He says that 1,000 students who gave up last week and 1,000 of today “are boys who came from the fourth and fifth grades of high school. It’s the first group after the pandemic, and moving the school – with two years of virtual – to the university level has been very shocking without a doubt.”
Students have three more remedial cases to pass
The professor notes there the gap separating the school from the university: “It was a very sudden leap”, he reinforces and compares the school activity “fairly light, with not too many demands” for “quarantine times” with entering into a field where it is necessary to intensify the study further A little more.”
Less frustrated than he would have hoped for those who will continue to perform from today, Narduzzi opted for “better results” and noted the difficult equilibrium that medical teachers are exposed to: “One thinks that if you ask for much more, no one will agree to it and so we have to adapt: “Not being oversimplified, but not too harsh either. It’s about balancing so you don’t fall back. We’re training future doctors. Nothing more, nothing less.”