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Educación Médica Superior

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SERRA VALDES, Miguel A.  and  COMAS VALDESPINO, Rafael. Current vertical internship in the Medical Major. Educ Med Super [online]. 2019, vol.33, n.1, e1611.  Epub Sep 30, 2019. ISSN 0864-2141.


The Medical Major National Board has been preparing new proposals for improved programs. The creation of vertical internships in the last two academic years has built positive and negative expectations among the most experience faculty in the field of medical education nationwide.


To invite the analysis and reflection on the new vertical internships and which one is to be considered as the most appropriate at present for clinical specialties or for the training of the basic general physician.


A brief journey was made from its creation to our times. The Vertical Internship in Medicine was highlighted considering its program as a basis for the other clinical specialties, together with the challenges of the new internship programs for other specialties. Emphasis was placed on the importance of the Rotary Internship for the training of the basic general physician.


Our position is expressed and we invite the analysis and reflections of these new programs based on the current curricular design of the medical major to train a physician capable of providing the society with the expected quality healthcare. We value the need to return to the academic year of Semiology and Propaedeutics and the academic year of Clinical Medicine for better preparation and development of skills of the future graduate competence system and the correct application of the clinical method and diagnostic reasoning.

Keywords : medical education; study programs and syllabuses; vertical internship.

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