As the hands return to their alma mater, the graduates of the School of Medicine consider the work they do in the newly created Department of Comprehensive Health Promotion – former Health Center, dependent on the Vice-Rector for Quality of Life, Gender, Equity and Diversity of our University.
Daniel Sánchez director of the Department; Dr. Javiera Ortiz is a general practitioner and is in charge of complementary therapies; and doctors Daniel Toledo and Simón Sabatin, provide their clinical services in the field of mental health.
In the words of Ivonne Narváez, rector of the Usach School of Medicine, this mission is very relevant because these graduates make a real contribution to the university community.
“The former student of the course is in charge of the direction of the Health Center or this new Department, it shows that our students have knowledge of how we are as a University and the impression that they reflect in the whole vision of it. sick’, he said.
Also, the authority indicated that it is very positive that the doctors from the School of Medicine are working at the Health Center and developing medical methods that benefit our community.
“For the course, we are celebrating 30 years at the University, with four generations of teachers working in the country, and all with a unique, personal and sincere sense of concern in public service, especially in direct and human care for all. who needs it,” explained Narváez, who is the first doctor graduated from our University to direct the School of Medicine.
Daniel Sánchez, director of the Department of Promotion of Comprehensive Health, indicated that, under that guidance, he has made numerous attempts to incorporate graduates, considering that one of the values introduced in the training of our university is the vocation of public service. .
“Here we are in a public institution where we serve a population that presents a very vulnerable profile, so the doctors trained by Usach have technical and vocational skills that make them quite well suited to the work we do in the Health Center. As has always been the spirit of our University”, he asserted.
Thus, Daniel Toledo, a qualified general practitioner in the Campus, shows that the experience at the Health Center is very enriching.
“I have worked in other healthcare spaces before and the approach that Usach has is much better. In our Center we manage 40 minutes per patient of mental health, in primary care it is only 30. Those 15 minutes make a difference with the patient interview and a better attitude, in addition to providing quality care to the students”, they stated. doctor
He added that he had attended the Health Center several times during his student days and that after graduating he would be open to contributing to the university community.
“I take my mother’s love as a reward. It is a team, a family of senior students, which creates a great work environment, which provides peace of mind to the worker, because you know that you will have the support of your colleagues”, said Toledo, adding that he was moved to work. mental health, after the pandemic of COVID-19 problems of mental disorders in the population exacerbates
New Department and policies
Daniel Sánchez, historically the former Director of the Health Center for the Department of Comprehensive Health Promotion always aims to support, that is, the care of pathology is already established.
“In the change to the Department, our main focus is on disease prevention through Health Promotion and Education. Although it is a plan that does not generate results in the short term, in the medium and long term it will reduce the number of diseases,” he said.
Sánchez also indicated that he had expanded the portfolio by changing the order of the institution, focusing on Prevention and Health Promotion. “On this topic we are thinking about a project that is in the pilot -, where the idea is to add more graduates and join the School of Medicine so that they can work together for the good of our community.” it will be drunk
He pointed out that “today Usach has 25,000 students between the ages of 18 and 25, which allows us to prevent a large number of non-communicable chronic pathologies, obesity, hypertension and others, and thus make their lives worthwhile; only in staying at the University, but once they graduate and shape their lives “, concluded director Sánchez.