The Integrated Master in Medicine (MIM) of the University of Algarve (UAlg) started this month for its 12th edition with an increase in the number of places compared to the previous year, from 48 to 64 students, and pointing to the goal of 100 in the future.
The minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, participated yesterday, Monday, in the welcoming session for new students, in the “white robe ceremony”, where he highlighted “the work done in the last year by the University and the Algarve Biomedical Center, the partnerships established to reinforce scientific activity, the hiring that UAlg made of new doctors and the growing relationship with the Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Algarve ”.
For this reason, defends Manuel Heitor, “the university has taken the right steps to increase the number of students, always ensuring the best quality teaching, together with clinical practices”.
Considering that “today the example of the Algarve is also an example for other universities”, the minister guaranteed that “if we are working, either from a scientific point of view, or together with the local authorities to prepare a program contract and sign what was the initial desire of this course, which is to reach 100 new students per year ”.
In this ceremony, organized by the Nucleus of Medical Students of the Academic Association of UAlg, in addition to the rector, Paulo Águas, the event included interventions by professors and students of the master's degree, who addressed the importance of medical ethics.
According to UAlg, the course "has contributed very positively to the establishment of doctors in the Algarve and to the improvement of the quality of health care and associated research", namely through the training of around 300 new doctors, of whom about 37% currently work in the Algarve region, and the increase in the number of doctors with a doctorate in the Algarve, which went from 2 in 2009 to more than 25 in 2020.
The Order of Doctors has also publicly recognized the UAlg Medicine course, namely by incorporating the «Manuel Machado Macedo» prizes to its best students, within the scope of the «Hippocratic Oath» ceremonies in Lisbon.
This recognition is also expressed by winning 1st place in the European Medical Simulation Championship (2018) and by the marks obtained in the exams to access the medical specialty, with a graduate from UAlg obtaining the best classification in the first edition of the National Test of Access (PNA), where the other finalists also obtained a higher national average.
Also noteworthy for the exams of the European Board of Medical Assessors, whose results of MIM students were above the population average of the participating universities: University of Helsinki (Finland), University of Maastricht (Netherlands) and David Tvildiani Medical University (Georgia).