medical deans want to eliminate new branches that are deemed ineffective

Back to school on Tuesday, September 19, with the support of the Medical Deans’ Conference, a new reform in entry health education is approaching, which received a very controversial assessment in 2020 for the introduction of licenses with access to health. (L.AS) and special health access routes (PASS).

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These renewed courses marked the end of the first joint preparatory year for health studies (Paces). They were designed to diversify student profiles and demonstrate contributions, in addition to health studies, parallel to training in the family of humanities and social sciences, facing chronic diseases and population aging or the revolution of artificial intelligence. .

After three years, the Dean of the Faculty of Rouen, Benoît Weber, who chairs the conference, considers it necessary to limit the number of licenses with access to health, which some universities offer in the dozens: “It is not natural to start studying law to study medicine or pharmacy. Licenses in biology, chemistry, physics or science and physical and sports activity techniques make more sense. We need to restore the coherence of the reform. »

“Highly dubious inter-classification system”

For a “simplify” system, which remains misunderstood, the dean recommends that each university evaluate and remove ineffective L.AS. “We have thirteen L.AS in Rouen and some have only allowed one student to successfully enter the second year. Is it worth it? »he asks bluntly.

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Uncertain about the reform, the deans’ conference proposes to create a common health test at the end of the first year, which would serve as a benchmark. “fair and readable” for juries. This would add point a “highly dubious interclassification system” which separates students from different L.AS and PASS who have confirmed their license year and whose grades are still poorly comparable. “The result of this ranking is a ranking we call the ‘Z score’. It’s a black box that has multiple appeals.notes Mr. Weber.

Finally, the oral test should be taken by all candidates, regardless of suspension. “No more than 30% of the final grade must be counted orally”estimates the dean of Rouen, dissociating himself from some colleagues who have overestimated the service by up to 70%, where the candidate is questioned on topics not related to the medical field.

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