I’ve just had a fascinating look at the structure of medical school in Argentina, from a medical student who emailed me last week (the email follows). I think often we assume that teenagers in the US could never decide by 18 to pursue medicine for the rest of their lives, but starting medical school after high school is, I think, the norm in most other parts of the world. Although I definitely was leaning toward a career in medicine by the end of high school, by no means was it definitive. I definitely grew a lot during college and learned many things about myself that were important in strengthening my decision to apply to medical school. Clearly countries that structure their medical training more like Argentina have a longer medical school program, and it sounds like their curriculum is probably more extensive than ours; I imediately noticed several areas of traning that my friend has that I feel like I’m severely lacking, and some very different emphases.
Some of the highlights:
- Starting early with training physicians about mental health
- Multiple specific courses on Public Health and Bioethics
- Splitting up semiology (signs and symptoms, if I’m not mistaken) from diagnosis and treatment
- Required toxicology, trauma, legal medicine, and dermatology
- Separate full years of Internal Medicine (2y) and Surgery (1y)
- A seemingly different residency/fellowship program
Here, we finish High School when we are 18 years old., after that it depends in which University you will study the career, at UBA( wich is the very best here) we have to do the CBC,(common basic cycle) a whole year, then, if we can make it that, we start with:
First year :Anatomy , Histology, Embriology( i´ve been teaching it for 6 years) , Molecular biology and Genetics and Mental Health.
Second year: Phisiology and Biophisycs, and Human Biochemestry
Third year: Pharmacology I, Pathology I, and Microbiology
Plus Bioethics I , and Family Medicine( 1st or 2nd or 3rd year)
Fourth year: Internal Medicine I( Semiology) and Pathology II, Public Health I, Bioethics II
Fifth year:Internal Medicine II( diagnosis and treatmente, Nutrition, Radiology(Image diagnostic), Neurology,,Nuemonology, Pharmacology II( I ve been teaching it a year so far), Infectology,Public Health II, Toxicology. Psiquiatry, Dermatology
Sixth year:General Surgery, Ginecology, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Traumathology,Oftalmology,ORL, Nuerosurgery, Legal Medicine, Urology
Our career is devided in to cycles, the first one: “Biomedico” I°, II°, III° year
The second, “Clinico” IV°, V°, VI°.
But there are exceptions, there are some Hospitals where you can finish before or even after.
And to finish, we have to do a whole year Internship( for free), in a Hospital from 8 AM to 17 PM.
We have a whole month from the ” Internado” to rotate where ever we want and in the subject we choose.