With a view to reforming the national system, the Ministry of Higher Education has called on the presidents of public universities to review the period of medical training, deeming it appropriate to reduce it to 6 years instead of the current 7 and to increase the number of educational seats, in order to meet the challenge of the project to generalize social security coverage. Feeling concerned in the first place by this reform, the national commission of medical students in Morocco (CNEM) reacted through a long press release MoroccoLatestNews UK holds copy.
Immediately informed of the correspondence from the department of Abdellatif Miraoui to the presidents of the universities calling on them to revise the period of training in medicine and others, the national commission for medical students in Morocco (CNEM) indicated in a press release that it had contacted the various actors, in particular the Ministry of Higher Education, the deans of the faculties as well as the presidents of universities in order to have more details on the content of the correspondence.
While waiting for the first data to be discussed by the stakeholders, the CNEM provided several clarifications on the reduction of the years of training from 7 to 6 years, noting that there will be no change in the training program of the 1st year to the 5th year of study in medicine, according to the medical studies system currently in force.
Regarding the 6th and 7th year of study, the same source specifies that they will be reduced to a single year, during which the student will complete the hospital internships. It will be concluded with the discussion of his doctoral thesis which will allow him to do his work.
According to the first information provided to the national commission, the internship and residency competitions (specialty) and everything that comes after the 6th year of medical training have not been modified to date.
Pending the drafting of the organizational laws of this reform in a “joint” way, the commission specifies that the students currently in the 4th year of medicine will be the first promotion concerned by this reform.
With regard to the increase in educational seats within public faculties of medicine, the CNEM has been informed that this gradual increase will be directly conditioned by financial (management budgets, investments, etc.), human (pedagogical, administrative, technical) capacities. and logistics necessary to support the theoretical and practical training of students in general medicine, pharmacy and dentistry.
An urgent meeting is therefore planned between the National Commission and the supervising ministry as well as the network of deans, to discuss this last point in detail.
The commission has thus expressed its wish to contribute to this reform in order to improve the training system and the university course of students, and calls on the supervising ministry to adopt the “full transparency» in its interaction with the national commission and to set up an adequate training program for the 6th year of medicine while accelerating the realization of the program of the third cycle in a participative approach with the commission and all the actors concerned.