Rurality is a unique and necessary experience, medical students highlight

(By María Soledad González) The first male and female doctors who are about to graduate from the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the National University of Santiago del Estero (Unse) have their last instances of professional practices in the field, “a unique and necessary experience”, they pointed to Télam on the eve of the National Rural Doctor’s Day.

Tamara Bruno and Damián Gómez are two of the five students who will take their final exam this August 5 to obtain the title of doctor and physician, and thus become the first people from Santiago to graduate from Unse.

Damián is in the last two weeks of the rotation of the Mandatory Final Practice (PFO), and then between August 3 and 5 he will take the final exam of the degree.

The PFO is a practical instance of the career where the 4 major branches of Medicine (Clinical, Pediatrics, Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology) also have an optional rotation and the Rural rotation.

This young student from the city of Frías, together with 4 other colleagues, is finishing the rural internship, which is the last rotation, so “the idea is to take the last exam of the degree and receive me on August 5”, and when he has his degree in hand, “it will mean all the effort that I made together with my family,” he said.

The rural practice “is a very positive experience, I usually go with my tutor to places that are outside the city and it is where health should be more present as a method of empowering rural populations,” he said.

“For me it is not foreign to me because I have relatives in rural areas and I know that context a lot,” he explained.

Damián goes to places and towns in the Robles department, such as those called Mili, Villa Robles, Morcillo, among others, to which they leave at seven in the morning with their tutors.

In some of these places, the school is the space they use to organize health operations, where check-ups are carried out, controls of all specialties, and “in my case I mainly see what is clinical and pediatrics,” he explained.

“The people of the interior are extremely respectful patients and one must in many cases make the effort to look for alternatives to be able to solve their problems because the resources are a little more limited than in places like Capital and Banda, to give an example” , commented.

“Working in rural areas is adapting to resources, giving a fundamental role to the anamnesis (information collected in the clinical history) and the physical examination, since perhaps accessing a complex complementary study is very difficult for the patient, therefore, These resources must be taken care of very well and the corresponding exams must be carried out consciously so as not to affect the economy of people who live far from the reference places,” he emphasized.

Tamara is a bandeña who is carrying out her rural practice in the northern part of the province of Santiago and does not hesitate to point out that “medicine is what I wanted to follow since I was very young, I never imagined doing anything else, because I like being able to help others through knowledge.”

She will also take her final exam on August 5.

Rurality is Tamara’s latest practice and she is happy that it is like this because “I close my training with a global panorama of medicine in my province.”

“It is a unique and necessary experience, knowing other realities and contexts, not only those related to medicine,” he explained.

“It’s better than I expected,” he explained, adding that “in rural areas it’s different because you don’t have all the material or human resources, you have to consider, based on a good clinical analysis and basic resources, if the patient needs a transfer or we can handle it in that place, and take into account everything that implies a transfer for the patient and his family from home”.

Every day in the north of Santiago, it starts very early in the morning, where they go out to carry out health rounds with health agents house by house.

“Working in rural areas is a constant challenge, and always looking for the best for the patient, in which one becomes fond of them, because they get to know not only their health situation but also their social and humanitarian ones,” he emphasizes.

Tamara and Damián are part of a group of 6th year Unse Medicine students who are advancing in their rural practice, she based in the Nueva Esperanza “school” Hospital and he in the Forres District Hospital. (Telam)

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