The University of Algarve (UAlg) rector, Paulo Águas, defended that the construction of the Central Hospital of the Algarve will be essential to attract and fix doctors in the region.
He was speaking at a ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Integrated Master's Degree in Medicine (MIM) at the University of Algarve, held last Saturday in Loulé, with the presence of Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor. the Secretary of State for Health, Raquel Duarte.
Paulo Águas listed some of the key moments of the course, since in 2009, the first 32 students enrolled, graduating four years later.
The creation of the Academic Center for Research and Biomedical Training of the Algarve (ABC), consortium between the Hospital Center of Algarve and the University of Algarve, was also highlighted by the rector, who left a message.
"It just seems like everything has to happen. Will be? No, it did not happen. The future Central Hospital announced in 2004 is still absent in the present, "he said.
Paulo Águas stressed that the absence of a hospital with true university values "has made it difficult to develop medical education in the region."
The Rector argued that a new hospital unit is "essential for attracting and retaining physicians in the region, for increasing research, for developing medical courses, for improving health care, for territorial cohesion, for regional competitiveness ".
At the ceremony, Paulo Águas recalled the various events promoted to mark the 10th anniversary of the integrated Master's degree in Medicine, including in March, in Portimão, the graduation ceremony of the 6th edition of MIM, and, in February, on the campus of Gambelas, in Faro, the Conference of Medical Education.
The Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, praised the "innovative teaching, referred and referenced internationally" and the "ambition to do more and better for the Algarve," while the Secretary of State for Health, Raquel Duarte, emphasized "the solid foundation of knowledge that MIM students acquire in this training, the improvement of specialized medical quality and the increase in the number of professional doctors in the Algarve."
Isabel Palmeirim, director of the MIM, spoke about the past, the present, but also about the future, highlighting the unique characteristics of the course, exclusively for graduates, with a selection method based on psychotechnical evaluation and human characteristics and reasoning.
"An innovative course in Portugal with teaching based on clinical problems and patient-based problems (PBL), a method already tested and used successfully in other countries, such as Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and England," he said.
The director of MIM also highlighted the strong element of humanism, with a teaching that privileges communication between doctor and patient.
"The results achieved are: the quality of trained physicians and the low dropout rate; the establishment in the Algarve of more than 40% of trained doctors; the contribution to the improvement of health care in the Algarve, both in primary health care and in hospital health care, "he said.
The Loulé Active Life Health and Research project, an initiative of the Academic Center for Research and Biomedical Training of the Algarve, was also presented at the ceremony.