Moratorium on opening medical schools

The Brazilian Medical Association (AMB) expresses its full support for the moratorium decreed by the Ministry of Education, which prohibits the creation of new medical schools in the country for a period of five years. The measure was one of the claims taken by the AMB to the ministry at meetings held in October. The goal is to solve a serious problem: the maltreatment of doctors from open medical schools without the minimum conditions necessary for the training of qualified professionals to serve the population properly.

“Training doctors is expensive. Training bad doctors costs a lot more expensive. And for a long time. Malformed doctors are more insecure, request unnecessary tests, do not use appropriate treatments, do not follow the correct protocols, increasing the length of hospital stay and medical intervention without real need. They overburden the health system, especially the public, which lacks management mechanisms, preclude disease prevention and, worse, endanger the lives of Brazilians, ”says Lincoln Ferreira, president of AMB. "Now it is essential that the decree is signed by the President of the Republic, with the agility that the subject deserves," warns Lincoln. The moratorium on the opening of new medical schools is an important step towards solving the quality problems in the formation of this area. It is not a demand of the medical class. It is a demand of all who look into the matter and assess the risks of setting up schools without ensuring the proper training of their professionals.

Further steps need to be taken in order to ensure the preparation of good doctors. “We need to cancel the edicts issued during the previous government that are still in progress. They were designed with the same vices that caused the problems we have seen in several recently opened schools, ”says the president of AMB.

It is also crucial to resolve the situation of colleges already opened in recent years and which are operating without the necessary conditions for the training of competent professionals. These establishments need to be constantly evaluated, as well as their students, in a serial manner. For Lincoln Ferreira, "schools that are not operating within a certain quality standard need to suffer sanctions and readjustments." And he adds: “We cannot allow first and second class doctors to exist. The population needs to be sure that if a doctor is a graduate and has a degree, he or she is in a position to meet it regardless of where they have studied. ” This quality control oversight is a long-standing AMB flag, even for physicians trained prior to the indiscriminate opening of new schools.

Medical Education Market

There have been good medical courses opened in recent years, but in most cases the new medical schools have been created by political or economic interests of some groups and without a strategic view on serving the population.

Cities chosen for this purpose, sometimes very far from a capital city, where there are no qualified doctors qualified to serve the population, much less to teach and train other doctors. Lessons with inexperienced teachers and without the necessary skills will obviously generate unprepared professionals. There are even records of medical school that had classes transferred to the night because there is no teacher to teach during the day.

The physical structure also leaves much to be desired. In several of these schools there is no university hospital, being accepted agreements with the public health network (hospitals and other units), entities that do not have the vocation for teaching, leaving discovered important aspect of medical education: living together, oriented early, for real cases.

Source: AMB

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