Chile: Stimulate reforms in university medical training that respond to health priorities


The Undersecretary of Care Networks of Chile’s Ministry of Health, Dr. Luis Castillo Fuendaliza, advocated for introducing reforms in medical training at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, keeping in mind the public health priorities and policies of each of the Member States of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
He also emphasized the importance of establishing incentives for more and better physicians working at the primary care level. Castillo Fuendaliza’s remarks were made during consideration of a draft resolution on human resources in health at PAHO’s 52nd Directing Council.

He noted that following a 2008–2009 study of the status of human resources, the Chilean Government instituted a plan that will help the country gain 3,500 specialized physicians and more than 1,000 primary care physicians during this year.

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