He started his degree in Medicine in 2016, following a Selectivead in which he did his best as there was no room for error to reach the race with the most demanding cut-off grades. Years of intense work to overcome a difficult study plan and, in between, an imprisonment and an epidemic that revolutionized society in general and medicine in particular.
As the icing on the cake for the fifty graduates of the Ciudad Real School of Medicine, one last exam to achieve the dream that inspired them to pursue this degree and that will mark the future of their professional careers: the MIR exam (Intern Doctor Resident) ) in which this 2023 11,577 graduates applied for 8,550 places offered by the Ministry of Health.
“On January 21”. Cristina Copado never forgets the date of the exam for which she has been preparing since she finished sixth in her career. “I was calmer than expected. I had studied a lot and I could not do more”, he recalls who in a few days will be the R1 of Pediatrics at the General University Hospital of Ciudad Real.
Cristina is feeling blessed. You got the place you wanted. Since he started his degree, he wanted to become a pediatrician and his priority was to train in Ciudad Real, near his home in Puertollano.
Christina remembers that the last semester of 2022 was very intense. He began studying MIR shortly after completing his degree. Like many of his peers, he enrolled in the CTO Academy, with whom he taught classes on Saturdays and set up a study calendar for them. They rested only on Sundays.
“I left the exam happily and the only worry left for you is whether you will be able to get the place you wanted.” In the meantime, until April, when the selection process begins, Cristina, like her colleagues, is dedicated to relaxing and traveling with friends and families to prepare for a new challenge: final training in her specialty.
“It will be difficult and we will have to continue the study, but I am sure it will be very gratifying to treat the patient”, concluded the new R1 of Pediatrics of Ciudad Real.
While there is still no official balance regarding the results by the universities, the dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Ciudad Real, Inmaculada Ballesteros, explains that he has been able to speak with alumni, the impression is that the overall result is the Faculty’s seventh promotion. has been positive and practically 100 per cent of the examinees have been in the first half.
Dean explains that there are two aspects when choosing places that force the student to choose one or the other. Some prioritize proximity and prefer to live in Ciudad Real, specialty is relatively secondary, and on the other hand, there are people whose priority is specialty and location doesn’t matter.
The new MIRs, distributed over a large part of the national geography, have gone along these lines, although a significant number of them have chosen to continue in the province, covering the 80 MIR positions proposed by Sescam.
Intersections in the province
The management of Ciudad Real offered 38 positions in specialties and 14 positions in family medicine. Management of Alcazar de San Juan 14th place in specialties and 8th place in family. Finally, Puertollano had one position for internal medicine and 7 positions for primary care. In this sense, Health Minister Jesús Fernández recently pointed out that family doctors will also soon be trained in Valdepeñas management.
Among the students of the Faculty of Ciudad Real who have chosen to develop their residencies in other parts of the country is Ángel Paras, a Cordovan who heads to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to train in plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. Are. This attribute was his priority and he suffered while waiting for judgment to the extent that space in this attribute is exhausted.
In this sense, he points out that there are usually three constraints to the prize. Number up to 600 when positions in specialties such as dermatology or cosmetic surgery have already been exhausted, to 3,800 when surgical specialties are exhausted, and to 6,700 when only family medicine usually has vacancies.
Angel is in suspense until the last day, because a simulator that students use to see if they can get the position they want, sometimes given to them and sometimes not. “All in one day”. Luckily he found it and is already fully immersed in his trip to the islands.
Angel explains that he started preparing for MIR even before completing his degree. “I had been doing some studies and I arrived with a base already” for a preparation he had done at a renowned residence-academy in Oviedo. “It was very difficult,” he explains, “studying fourteen hours a day.”
In this sense, he highlights that the faculty of Ciudad Real prepare the students very well and inculcate good study habits in them. However, he admits that he was not too demanding of himself in his degree and even opted to do a year of Erasmus. This made it a bit difficult for him to adapt to the discipline required to study MIR, but once immersed, he focused on the target and did not look back.
Ready to begin his training, Ángel recognized that something had to change when Spain needed doctors and that the number of applicants in the MIR outnumbered places. Along the same lines, he recognized that he would have to improve the salary conditions of the residents. “I was working abroad and they offered me a good salary to stay. However, I have chosen to stay in Spain because of the good training available here.”
Faced with this panorama, Angel demands to take care of the professionals in whom they have invested more than ten years in their training.