There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic, which in a substantially smaller proportion was preceded in 2009 by the flu H1N1, they showed at a global level, but also in our country, the deep and persistent weaknesses of a fragmented, abandoned and inequitable health system; the multiple shortcomings of a stagnant hospital infrastructure; the repeated insufficiency of drugs of proven quality; the shortage of nosocomial equipment and personal protection for doctors, nurses and other personnel related to health, as well as the need to have a greater number of specialists in pulmonology and critical medicine.
The Specialization in Pulmonology and Critical Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine of the UNAM, It will train professionals capable of dealing with solvency and timeliness to patients suffering from any respiratory system ailment, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Pneumonia and Cancer, ailments that represent the fourth cause of death in Mexico, surpassed only by respiratory diseases. heart, diabetes and malignant tumors, including lung cancer.
Seeking to respond with reliable facts to the last point of the preceding paragraph, the University Council (CU) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), approved the creation of the Plan and Program of Studies of the Specialization in Pulmonology and Critical Medicine, modifying the Plan Unique Medical Specializations (PUEM), with which the highest house of studies in our country, will seek the comprehensive training of doctors who not only have ample capacity to implement a professional practice of high scientific quality, merging it with a deep and honest humanistic sense and with a social vocation for service, while simultaneously developing initiatives that promote research and education.
“The integrated training of the specialization will initially be given at the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases, and includes training in General Critical Medicine at the other National Institutes of Health (in Cancerology, Cardiology, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, Neurology, Perinatology and Rehabilitation), and Regional Specialty Hospitals, which will strengthen, facilitate and enrich the integration of these institutions and that of their professionals”. UNAM Gazette.
In this context, and according to data provided by the Division of Postgraduate Studies of the Faculty of Medicine (FM) of UNAM, In 2017, Mexico had 1,711 specialists in Pulmonology and 1,929 in Critical Medicine, of which the former covered only 40% of the minimum recommended number, placing us as the fifth nation with the lowest coverage among 19 nations in Latin America and the Caribbean, which in addition to evidencing an enormous health weakness, showed the deep inequity between the states and the main cities, since about half of the specialists were located in the Metropolitan Area of Mexico City.
Congratulations to UNAM for this decision.