Seeking to improve access to health, the School of Medicine carries out actions in neighborhoods

As of September 2021, the Superior School of Medicine of the National University of Mar del Plata seeks community contact with students. It’s about the program “School goes to the neighborhood: Promote Health Tent”where they go to different neighborhoods to attend to the neighbours’ needs.

Portal Universidad spoke with Guadalupe Cabrera, medical coordinator of the programwho explained how the Carpa is carried out and commented that the goal “is both for students and for the community”.

In this way, he detailed to the middle of the house of high studies that “students have a space where they can create contact with patients and start developing and creating, what is essential, the doctor-patient relationship creating communication tools.

Besides, the students carry out different practicesas controls of vital signs and have the participation of the Nutrition Observatory of the Higher School of Medicine, “where they control anthropometric measurements, which allows different educational talks on healthy eating,” he mentioned.

In the case of the community, he highlighted that “We seek to improve access to health. Controls are carried out so that the doctor in the room has a parameter, or the patient himself knows if he has to go in for a control. It is an educational activity that provides a service and does not replace medical consultation.”

The program takes place in different neighborhoods of the city, “We rotate, there are a lot of University Extension Centers. It is articulated with canteens, neighborhood referents, institutions and we are with the “Health in your Neighborhood” program of the municipality, where they go with calendar vaccines,” explained Cabrera. To which he added that “we have that link that is needed for primary education with the municipality. They help us to give protected shifts, to access special situations that sometimes unintentionally exclude them, and the idea is to capture these people so that they have access to health as they need”.

During the consultation, the students complete a form based on the patient, “from there we have relevant and important data for statistics, and the rest is to improve our program and understand the needs of the community,” he said.

Finally, the coordinator mentioned that “whether they are from the neighborhood or not, we will always be waiting for them to give a little more to the community, and the boys are very happy to have this opportunity.”

Those who are interested can access the program calendar through Facebook or Instagram of the Higher School of Medicine.

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