UNIVERSITY DELIVERS FIRST GENERATION OF MEDICAL DOCTORS TO THE COUNTRY
THE FIRST 37 GRADUATES FROM THE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE HAVE IN COMMON AN EFFORT OF SEVEN YEAR TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THEIR STUDIES AND GETTING RECOGNIZED ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE.
July 22, 2016
The end of a story and the beginning of a new stage of enormous professional prospects marked the graduation ceremony of the first doctors trained in our University. The event also meant a lot for our Academic Institution, showing again its evolution and development.
The Main Hall, at the Bicentennial Space, was the chosen place to present their degree to the 37 new medical doctors, who, accompanied by their relatives and authorities of the Corporation, and after seven years of effort, lived one of the most expected moments of their lives.
Beaming with satisfaction, President Alvaro Rojas underlined that "the graduation of the first students of Medicine marks the end of a stage that started with the creation of the School of Medicine, in 2009". He added that for these young people it was a time "effort to overcome the barriers inherent to studying medicine, because of the complexity of the program".
Likewise, he stressed "the care they put in each of their courses and in their professional practices" and highlighted the responsibility they have acquired at the beginning of their professional careers. Similarly, he observed that in these seven years, the University also grew while carrying out its medical training project.
The president said that it is a pride for the University to graduate its first doctors and, together with remarking this milestone, he highlighted that it responds to one of the purposes of the Corporation: "to have a powerful Department of Health Sciences, like the Department of Education Sciences we had in the past".
"We decided to rebuild these Departments, because one of the things in which the University can contribute substantially to the Region is in the development of these two areas, which are in great demand in all counties and in all Regions," he said.
Similarly, Claudio Cruzat, Director of the School Of Medicine, said that for both, the School and the Corporation, the event is "absolutely significant" because it summarizes the effort that has been deployed to develop the program. At the same time, he emphasized the academic excellence of the graduates.
Cruzat recalled that, from the very beginning, the Institution offered through the Medicine Program a high quality training alternative for the region and thus contributing to reduce the lack of medical doctors working in the public health network. "And we are very satisfied that our graduates have demonstrate their great potential and high quality", referring to measurements like the General National Examination of Knowledge in Medicine (Eunacom), which approved 100% of the graduates. "About one-third of them, an important percentage, obtained primary scholarships and it is therefore a pride for us, for all of us who participated in their training", said the director of the School Of Medicine.
The new doctors were happy and proud to be part of the first generation of graduates. One of them, Guillermo Vera underlined the commitment and perseverance of all his classmates, who could bring ahead their studies. "The desire to finish the degree and learn to use the tools provided by the University prevailed. We are now working in different health centers nationally and many have gone to follow their scholarship, sharing elbow to elbow with students of the best universities in the country," he said.
María Ignacia Fuentes, who was accepted as a doctor in the Air Force, said that "in general, all of us wanted to be doctors since high school, we pass the PSU test, entered the Universidad de Talca, and spent seven years in order to make our dream true, so the happiness that we feel at the moment is immense".
One of her former classmates and now colleague, Cristian Reyes, showed how big the emotion was "for me and for my family, who made a huge effort. They worked all their lives so I could be a professional", he emphasized.
Among those attending the ceremony was the Mayor of Talca, Juan Castro, who congratulated our Academic Institution for its medical program and for the contribution it means for the community.