In medicine, the sum of bochazu: 100% rejected

Another bochazo and a new request to meet in medicine with the authorities / IG

At UNU School of Medicine, things started in the second semester near where they left off before winter break. Or just below: No one reached the minimum score to pass an exam in infectious diseases, which is taken in the fourth year, they denounced from the student center.

The hype for 100% bochados is related to another exam two months ago in the same subject, with 90% of deferments among 180 students, an amount estimated to be similar to this new case. Also in those days, anatomy class C scored 80% of naysayers out of a thousand first-year students.

The situation once again puts the focus on the college’s academic failure which provokes a vigorous debate about the quality of training combined with the sudden enormity following the abolition of qualifying entrance examination and extended employment, beyond what is happening with other colleges, from the virtual classroom system. That is, without personal contact in the classroom with teachers, peers of students and patients, important data for training.

In those days of June, when the first blow in infectious diseases caused a stir, similar results were also reported in obstetrics.

“Again, there were problems with micro-infection and we demand that we are a student center,” said Martina Novoa of the Remediar Group. In those days, from the monastery, the difficulties of accessing the virtual platform were raised where students take courses and give up. Also the lack of practice, for example, in anatomy, where allowances are obtained with preparations “an hour and a half every 15 days”, were calculated from the center. After that, the weekly classes returned as announced.

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The student leader pointed out that “we were able to resolve it and take action on it in the first two months, and now we continue to demand a meeting to raise this and not repeat it on the next appointments in recovery.”

Joaquín Garcia, of the Ventos de Abajo group, doubted that they were “dealing with very high levels of arbitrariness when it comes to correction”.

According to what they said in the student body, the subject has a bimonthly course and this exam corresponds to the course of the second semester. It is necessary to pass in order to continue progressing towards the subjects of the fourth grade and the following years, already in the final stage of the degree.

“Something similar happened in the first two months,” Garcia noted. Thus, he considered that “the situation responds to the difficulties in the chair to ensure a course method that contributes to students’ learning.”

It’s not the virtual at stake here: “The subject was taught in person, with practical classes in hospitals, similar to how it was before the pandemic, but depending on which teacher you teach, you learn or not. From our point of view, we should review how the course dictates.”

At the same time, the students noted that “the evaluation criteria are not clear, with very broad questions deserving multiple answers. Then, those considered correct are very specific.” In short, he asked for “improvement” and held that “it is not just about agreeing. It is the ability to learn.”

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In the midst of the first-semester controversy, another piece of information became known about the controversy: The chair’s then-chairman, famed infectious scientist Silvia Gonzalez Ayala, retired. The doctor clarified that she did not request the start of the retirement procedures, as indicated by the college leadership.

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