Medical training in Morocco is in a phase of reform and change. This involves, among other things, reducing the duration of training in general medicine from 7 years to 6 years, or even the integration of students from Ukraine into public medical faculties. To this end, a meeting is scheduled for March 30 between the deans of public medical faculties, representatives of the Ministry of Higher Education and the National Commission for Medical Students in Morocco (CNEM).
Attached for this purpose by MoroccoLatestNews UKMohamed Kassimi Alaoui, coordinator of the CNEM, told us that this meeting will be an opportunity to discuss the ministry’s proposal for the possible integration of students from Ukraine into the faculties of medicine, the fate of the 3rd cycle ( boarding school, residency, specialty, family medicine, etc.), the reduction of the years of study or even the points relating to the evaluation of current studies and others.
Regarding the reduction of the duration of training in general medicine from 7 to 6 years, the CNEM coordinator explained to us that this proposal was discussed during a first meeting held a month ago with the Minister of ‘Higher Education and Deans. A point, which is also widely discussed at the level of faculties and boards of directors.
” For us, reducing the duration of training from 7 to 6 years, if it comes within the framework of the New Development Model (NMD) and is inspired by the strategic orientations of our country, that suits us. But the 7th year for us is a year where the student is not formed, but deformed. We feel that the ministry is using us to fill in the gaps and remedy the shortage. To validate the 7th year internship, the decision is in the hands of the delegate. In some cases, students are blackmailed to validate. It is a direct exploitation of the student who is sent to a village without means to work and without compensation. In addition, he is faced with a large demanding population without any means, so he is overwhelmed and begins to do what he should not do.“, explains our interlocutor.
With the abolition of this 7th year, the medical student will be entitled to a single internship instead of 5 internships within public health centres. A point that can be regulated to avoid a year of ” disruption“, explains Mohamed Kassimi.
To remedy this, the National Commission for Medical Students has put certain requirements on the table, namely setting up specifications to regulate internships within public health. A point that is under discussion with the deans of the faculties, the coordinator tells us.
” On the one hand, there is the network of deans, and on the other hand the supervising ministry. We believe that the Deans’ Network is on the same wavelength as us. For what is the ministry, it is estimated there are political requirements and the current situation, etc. which moves the balance“, explains our interlocutor.
In this sense, the CNEM insisted on the need to finalize the details of the 3rd cycle reform before looking into the reduction of the years of training.
” We cannot afford to reduce the duration of medical training without answering several questions, in particular the fate of the diploma (will it be accredited abroad or not), the right to practice, the salary index – we are talking about the 509 index, does it take into account students with bac+6..). So there are a lot of questions that need answers. And without answers, without visibility, we can’t move forward“, estimated the coordinator of the CNEM.
The second point, which will also be the subject of discussions between student representatives and officials, concerns the specialty and the fate of the residency competition or the establishment of a book of educational standards for the specialty.
” Today, we do not have this set of standards which concerns the specialty. And because of this, there is no frame of reference. For example, if endoscopy is taught in Fez, the gastroenterology service in Casablanca can afford not to teach endoscopy. Hence the importance of setting up a set of standards, uniform, harmonized between all the CHUs in Morocco”specifies this student in 6th year of general medicine.
And to conclude: It is necessary that this 3rd cycle has a book of standards, to also decide the fate of family medicine which is mentioned in the NMD and which Morocco strongly needs. And the implementation of all these parameters must be well regulated and tied up before considering this reform. The student has every right to have visibility on his future and to be an actor in the development of these reforms“.