They urge to expand the enrollment of Medicine in UMSNH for primary care

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Juan Bustos / The Voice of Michoacan

Morelia, Michoacan. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic demonstrated the need for a greater number of health personnel, therefore it would be important for the enrollment of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the Michoacan University of San Nicolás de Hidalgo (UMSNH) to increase by years to come, explained Elías Ibarra Torres, head of the Ministry of Health in the entity

Yesterday, the Nicolaita dependency celebrated Doctor’s Day, where it recognized personnel with a long history and presence in the region, such as the case of Silvia Hernández Capi, former head of the Michoacán Health Secretariat (SSM).

During his participation, Elías Ibarra, twice head of the SSM, recalled that the institution had about 2,000 newly enrolled young people enrolled in the degree, where on average the graduates were between 1,000 and 1,500 residents, a significant number of doctors who before the adjustments no longer come to the communities for the first attention.

He stressed that precisely preventing complications occurs at that level of care, so that something does not reach higher levels of care, for which he pointed out the need for an increase in enrollment at the UMSNH to be achieved and even considered that despite that it was not 100 percent fit in the spaces of the Faculty, it was formed with quality.

The state official highlighted the quality of the preparation of medical students and professionals “because in Michoacán they play a super important role, where most of the staff of the unit he directs has a Nicolaita origin.”

He also highlighted the need for medical personnel, which was clearly demonstrated in the health contingency, to which must be added hundreds of specialists who, unfortunately, lost their lives in the health line of battle.

The also graduate of the faculty highlighted the role of Nicolaita teachers in the training process and the social vocation of the UMSNH Faculty by training doctors with a strong social sense that is seen in the origin of its graduates.

He highlighted, for example, the figure of Ignacio Chávez and claimed his Michoacan origin, since Zirándaro is now from Guerrero, but he belonged to Michoacán before the delimitation of the state border from the Balsas River.

For his part, Hernández Capi, Administrative Secretary of the University and one of the winners, indicated that the COVID-19 pandemic many of his colleagues put their lives at risk during the pandemic and lost it, for which he asked for a minute of Applause for the teaching staff.

“I receive the recognition that they have just given me, surely undeserved, what I can say is that I love my profession and I love this school, I love it with great affection because what I know and what I have I owe to it”, she said moved.

The doctor, who is also an IMSS retiree, has been running one of the IMSS clinics in the city for a long time, adding to her years of service as an academic.

The director of the Faculty, Víctor Hugo Mercado, recalled that every October 23 for 83 years in the country doctors are honored, “our profession is beautiful, no matter how wise it became, we will never know everything”.

He pointed out that self-sacrifice, sympathy and understanding for the patient are expected from the doctor, who is not a set of symptoms, but rather a fearful and hopeful human being who seeks relief, “today the Faculty honors four great doctors, who have contributed to medical science with its exercise.


In 1937, during the Convention of Confederate Medical Unions of the Republic, it was established that October 23 would be celebrated as Doctor’s Day in honor of Dr. Valentín Gómez Farías, who in 1833 inaugurated the Establishment of Medical Sciences in Mexico City.

Medicine as a field of knowledge and action is a source of constant interest and has been conceived as a science, art and more for many centuries (XVI) since it is the sum of the mastery of theoretical knowledge and technical skills that are perfected over time.

The Doctor’s Day celebration seeks to recognize the work of all doctors who save lives and offer everyone hope to move forward.

The first diploma of doctor of medicine in Mexico was awarded to Juan Blanco de Alcázar on August 10, 1553.


Of all the doctors in Mexico, 79 percent percent work in urban areas while 2.3 percent percent work in rural locations. The states with the most physicians are: Mexico City, State of Mexico, Jalisco, Nuevo León, Veracruz and Puebla.

In Michoacán, however, there is one of the largest public education faculties, although limited in recent years to adhere to the accreditation processes established by the norm.

It is estimated that 85 percent of the medical staff in the entity has its professional origin in the Universidad Michoacana.


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