The Algarve has welcomed 196 trainee doctors who have chosen the region’s public health services to complete their medical internships, the regional health authority ARS Algarve announced on Tuesday.
The statement explains that 174 doctors will be working at the region’s public hospitals, while 22 will be placed at the region’s health centres (14 at the Central Algarve health centres group, three at the Eastern Algarve health centres group and four at the Western Algarve health centres group).
As ARS Algarve explains, a medical internship is carried out after the completion of a degree in Medicine and is a theoretical and practical training process that aims to “qualify doctors to exercise in their respective field of specialisation.”
In their first year, described as “general training,” doctors spend nine months working at hospital services in internal medicine, paediatrics and general surgery, while the remaining three are dedicated to the specialties of general practice and public health.
The group of interns includes several trainee specialists who will be completing their internships at the Portimão and Faro hospitals in the following units: anaesthesiology (2), cardiology (1), general surgery (2), infectious diseases (1), gastroenterology (2), gynaecology/obstetrics (3), immunology (1), physical medicine and rehabilitation (4), intensive care medicine (3), internal medicine (7), nephrology (1), neurosurgery (1), medical oncology (2), otolaryngology (1), clinical pathology (1), medical paediatrics (2), pulmonology (2), psychiatrics (2), radiology (two) and rheumatology (1).
Aside from the medical interns, hospitals will also welcome four pharmacists who will carry out their training at CHUA (Algarve University Hospital Board) for the next four years.
The interns were welcomed on Tuesday, January 3 in Faro by ARS Algarve boss Paulo Morgado, who stressed the importance of “investing in knowledge and research” to meet the needs of society.
But knowledge is not everything in this line of work, he stressed, adding that doctors should also be known for “humility, honesty, humanity and honour,” which he said are “fundamental and essential pillars to become good doctors.”
He also guaranteed that the medical interns who chose the Algarve will have “all the support they need from CHUA and ARS Algarve” and encouraged them to continue working in the Algarve once they have completed their internships.
Retaining the doctors who come to the Algarve to complete their training has been one of the region’s biggest issues, often blamed on a lack of housing and working conditions.