Third and fourth year students of the UNAM Faculty of Medicine reported inequity in the evaluation of the subject Basic Clinical Integration 1 and 2, because half of the generation, evaluated during the period of the National Healthy Distance Day, did not present departmental exam and they averaged them only with jobs. They claim that by forcing them, the second half of the generation, to take an exam, it puts them at a disadvantage when it comes to choosing their boarding school.
The fourth year students in a month we are going to make the choice of our boarding school, in the Faculty we are numbered from one to 800, that is, the entire generation is numbered based on our average, it is something that matters a lot to us, because that is how we stay in Mexico City or we have to go to another state, “said one of the students who preferred anonymity for fear of reprisals.
From June 17, fourth year students sent a letter to the Faculty pointing out various concerns about the evaluation, point two was the cancellation of the exam.
Among the reasons were the lack of optimal access to the internet and computers by the entire generation, the limitations in virtual teaching, the emotional effects of the pandemic and the economic difficulties that some face due to the pandemic, reducing their availability to be 100 percent dedicated to studies.
What most outraged the students was the response of Dr. Laura Silvia Hernández, head of the Department of Integration of Medical Sciences, who, after a second letter sent on September 17, had a virtual meeting with the students and when referring to the problem of those who returned to their states due to the pandemic, she replied that it was not her fault.
We do not take you out of the city, that is clear, we do not take you out of the city and it is a pity that the University does not have branches where you live ”, is heard in the audio record that the students shared on the page of the Medical Student Front.
We are not afraid of an exam, what is unfair are the conditions in which they want to take this exam, why? Because the internet connection is not good, the platform is not good and the objective set by the Faculty of the application of these departments is the standardization of teaching and learning, ”said another of the students, who considers that such standardization would not be met when evaluating half with an exam and the other half not.
But it is not only about the access that medical students can have to computers and the internet, also young people have documented failures in the Faculty’s exam platform in previous tests.
For example, in the exam that was applied for the third year there were problems, at the time of the exam they did not load me with several images to reach the diagnosis of the cases that they requested, send a message via Telegram and in fact a bot answered me; I also could not answer some questions, but because the application did not allow it, that is, it blocked the option, I also sent them a message and the only thing they answered was do not answer it ”, said another of the students, who even has captures of Bot response screens.
When considering all these factors, the students insist on their concern for the application of the exam that is worth 50% of the final grade of the subject, failing or not finishing it due to technical problems implies taking a final exam, which is equivalent to 100% of the qualification and failure, due to these same circumstances, implies repeating the school year.
Regarding the emotional effects of the pandemic, Dr. Hernández herself replied that it was not a reason to suspend the test, in the virtual meeting on September 18.
The Faculty has the means to support all this difficulty to face this reality, difficulty of the emotional state; It is not to stay like that, really, we cannot stay in our depression, in our sadness that we have lost relatives, we cannot stay there, because it is precisely having repercussions and taking away an exam will not help that ”.
The students did not get the support of the authorities and half of the fourth-year generation is obliged to take the departmental clinical integration exam at 3 in the afternoon. Half of the generation of third-year students will do so on Saturday, October 24 at 10 a.m. There are between 400 and 500 students for each grade.
We will have to do it with resignation, hoping that we really have a good internet connection, that there are no technical failures, “said one of the students.
Those who deem it necessary can go to present the exam at the Faculty where computers will be available, even though the UNAM issued an agreement suspending academic, dissemination and cultural meetings until next January 4.
It implies that the classmates mobilize, not only the economic expense, but also an exposure to their person, that perhaps they can be asymptomatic carriers, they arrive with their relatives again and then they turn out that they too get sick ”, expressed another of the students .
Excelsior, sought a position from the Faculty of Medicine, however, no response has been obtained so far.
You can also read:
Copyright law strictly prohibits copying all or part of Excelsior materials without first obtaining written permission and without including the link to the original text.