“More than 400 young people have the possibility to study medicine”

The President of the National University of Salta (UNSa), Victor Hugo Claros, was happy a few days ago to announce that the medical profession will depend on UNSa from next year. Something he wanted badly for a while and now he’s able to achieve.
After going through an accurate health picture for a few months, accountant Clarus is back in the ring with good news. In a phone conversation with Tribune He spoke of the importance of the medical profession in times of a pandemic, the great interest it arouses among Salta’s youth and the potential for it to mean low-income students in the capital and deep interior who cannot go to other provinces to study racing.
There are 26 guys in the final year of medicine “at the end of the year, I think, there are going to be boys who are going to get their degree from the University of Tucuman,” Claros explained. The first batch will be medical graduates who have completed their entire career in Salta.
And regarding the increase in the number of new arrivals, he said that it is an issue that will be determined by the Supreme Council of the University, according to Kono’s indications.
In response to a question about the return to the studies house after the winter break, he said: “We do not know when there will be a presence, no one knows that, we are with 700 injured daily, and the doctors do not know.” And about the virtual classes, he added: “It seems to me that the students and teachers have risen to the occasion.”

Since the medical profession exists as an extension of the semester in Salta, that is, since 2015 until now, how many students have been able to enter the profession?
In these six years, there are just over 400 young people who entered and have the possibility to study medicine at UNSa, in 2021, 137 entered.
What is the dropout rate in medicine as analyzed in these six years?
Almost nothing.

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Why do you think this is happening, this abandonment is almost non-existent?
First, the selection was made in the entrance examination. Of the 600 or 580 who performed in the 60th year, he scored 8.25, i.e. the person who scored 8.19 no longer enters. The other is that the committees consist of a few students, in the first, second and third there are between 12 and 14 students, they can go up to 15, and the teaching is almost personal. Then the fourth and fifth can be up to eight students, even in the boarding hospital, in the final, there are five students, the doctors who see the patients. It seems to me that these are the factors, everyone who enters the students are very good students, this does not mean that I am not with unrestricted, I support unrestricted entry into the university, here we must differentiate medicine from other jobs. University for all, I specifically answer the question.

Will the number of new arrivals increase from next year?
This is the decision that will be analyzed and taken by the Supreme Council, not the Dean, the Steering Council, nor the President of the University. What should be borne in mind is that Kono in this opinion of Law 341, dated March 31, 20 pages, which gives reason to Order 62, which proposes the official recognition of the title of the medical profession in the UNSa says it is intended to admit 100 to 300 students, which is What Coneau (National Commission for University Assessment and Accreditation) considers is based on infrastructure, laboratories, agreements with teaching hospitals and on the basis of 82 teachers who have the profession.

Is the teaching staff today composed of teachers from Tucumán? Will there be changes?
The vast majority of teachers are from Salta, only those responsible for the chair as advisors are from Tucumán, but those who teach daily are from Salta. The vast majority have a graduate degree in medical education, and every year Kono specifically asks us to prioritize teachers and give them more dedication so they can investigate.

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Along with the announcement that the race will be based on UNSa, is there any news from an infrastructure point of view?
We had a fairly large anatomy lab, and now we’re finishing phase two, which is going to be very important for medicine. The core business is also in hospitals, we have agreements with San Bernardo, Materno Infantil, Ragone, Oñativia, El Milagro (which has already come before) and Imac. Much work is being done in the in-house hospital. As for the classes, some of them are devoted to medicine.
Because of the pandemic, they are now continuing to work with virtualization or remotely. Except for laboratory work, in both nursing, nutrition and medicine, teams of 20 people were formed. We present the protocol before the state Department of Education with the approval of the county emergency operations committee (COE) in order to return to existence, but comply with all standards. We rely a lot on what the COE says in each jurisdiction depending on the epidemiological situation at the moment.

So it is likely that after the break you will apply to university with the presence of …
We don’t know when there will be a presence, nobody knows that, we’re with 700 infections a day, and the doctors don’t know. In addition, we need transportation, out of the 32,000 or 34,000 free passes we requested, 28,000 are for our students. We have to deal with young people with fewer resources, and there is a very high reliance on the issue of transportation and licensing from the COE.

In 2020, there were 26 youngsters in Year 6, so this year they were already going to get a title from Tucuman, but after they completed the entire degree in Salta, is that right?
exactly. Last year there was a problem with the boarding hospital, now the fact that there are agreements with teaching hospitals is already being implemented. It gives me great pleasure to say that at the end of the year I believe there will be children who will receive their degree from the University of Tucuman. Then we have to have a good talk with Tucuman Medical School about what will happen with the advanced courses, who will go directly to UNSa and who will stay for the Tucuman title. Once the break ends, we’ll meet to determine.

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There are specialists who talk about a lost generation because they assert that students learn little in virtual reality, so how do you analyze this situation?
It seems to me a very pessimistic term is the term “lost generation”, it is not, here we have graduates, we have degrees, exams are taken in virtual reality and I don’t think it is a lost generation. Of course, attendance is very strong, but there were also many possibilities in the virtual for others who might not be able to attend, and this also affected those without contact.
You said it is nauseating at CIN (National Interuniversity Council), that you have to look at the far north of Argentina, to the north, to the deep inland, where there are many children who have no connection even if someone gives them scholarships, but Here is the last thing we who are responsible for education can do is say ‘lost generation’. It seems to me that the students and teachers have risen to the occasion to try to advance their careers.
Virtualization came about because of the pandemic and there will still be a lot of default that will remain even when you come back face to face. I do not add myself to the “lost generation”, it seems to me that it influences too much and does not recognize the efforts of many teachers and students who have tried to study the same thing. We must ask those who say what the solution is then.

Aileen Morales

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