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← What's bothering the Brazilian Medical Council? The opinion of a brazilian studying in a medicine school in Cuba.

Cíntia Santos Cunha, a student at Universidad de Ciencias Médicas de la Habana (Cuba), talks about her former wish of studying medicine, the humanitarian conception of cuban medicine and the importance the preparatory school had on her life.

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  1. I wanted to do medicine school at an early age,
  2. I think I had that wish when I was 16 years old,
  3. but to do medicine is an unthinkable career for those who came from the same place I do,
  4. for people like me: Black, woman, poor.
  5. At Capão Redondo, nobody dreams about being a physician.
  6. Well, I hanged on that dream,
  7. met a friend who had taken medicine classes in Cuba,
  8. she explained me about the process of doing medicine there,
  9. and I fell in love with it, I wanted to do it very much,
  10. I haven't tried to do medicine here, I went directly to Cuba
  11. because of the humanitarian aspect of their medicine.
  12. That was the graduation I wanted.
  13. There I learned I should be able to work
  14. not only with the greatest technologies and diagnostic tools,
  15. but also in a warfare condition,
  16. as our teachers said,
  17. in a mountain where none of this tools are available,
  18. and they insist we have to listen and examin the patient,
  19. which is part of the clinical sector,
  20. and so I must have a hypothetical diagnosis.
  21. The exams, which we call complementary exams in Cuba,
  22. are only used to fulfill my hypothesis, my medical diagnostic,
  23. and not to set a diagnose by itself.
  24. What's your opinion concerning the Federal Council of Medicine critics against the foreign physicians who are coming to Brasil? What's bothering them?
  25. I think they are afraid of the arrival of a new kind of medicine.
  26. In first place because we may occupy the vacant posts
  27. which gives them power to control the wages,
  28. and as opposed to what is being told,
  29. the wages for those posts are being raised by the prefecture
  30. and still no one shows up.
  31. Also, they are afraid people might change their
  32. idea about their expectations from a physician,
  33. as well as the medical treatment,
  34. because I noticed the service me and my family
  35. were given here in Brazil,
  36. is one where the patient arrives at the medical surgery
  37. and the physician barely looks at him. The patient tells how he feels like
  38. and the physician doesn't look straight at him nor touch him
  39. and gives some medicine receipt or ask for a diagnostic analysis,
  40. some complement, which should not be sent to the patient,
  41. or it could be in some instances,
  42. but the fact is the physician barely knows why he is doing it.
  43. From the moment I give health assistance to the population
  44. and teach them how to take care of its own health,
  45. which is the main purpose we learn in Cuba,
  46. that we must not only examine and touch the patient, but also teach
  47. the diabetic and hypertense, for instance, to take care of himself.
  48. Therefore I teach the patient to take care of its own health,
  49. to keep its diabetes and hypertension balanced,
  50. so he doesn't need to see me again.
  51. And this is not interesting for those who intend to have a profitable career.
  52. For those whom the pacient and a diseased and sick person are just clients.
  53. And not diseased or sick.
  54. I don't think that's interesting to them:
  55. to let the patient to take care of its own health.
  56. No longer needing medical assistance to take care of his health.
  57. I think that's what they are really afraid of.
  58. Fear from having the vacant post occupied
  59. and also from a change in the population's idea of health assistance.
  60. You belong to Uneafro Brasil. What's the importance of the popular preparatory classes for the youth from the poor neighborhoods?
  61. When you are poor, you grow up hearing you won't
  62. be able to move up in life.
  63. That you will be a mother
  64. working in low-profile jobs to survive in a miserable condition.
  65. This kind of thought is very common in the community where I was born.
  66. And also the preparatory school,
  67. as well as my mother,
  68. made me realize there was another
  69. possibilities where I could think "yes, it is possible",
  70. "yes, I can see people who have made it ",
  71. other black women,
  72. Also, there's the fact of seeing yourself as a beautiful person.
  73. There's something else that happens to us:
  74. We hear people saying that only what's white is beautiful.
  75. This is underwhelming to a human being and a women
  76. to hear, we black women are beautiful,
  77. we are made for more, even though society says we are not,
  78. we were made for a lot more, we are strong.
  79. Our history teaches we are a strong people
  80. who resisted to a lot of things,
  81. and the historical moment we are living now
  82. is one of underwhelming conditions to us
  83. women, black, but yes, we are beautiful, as capable as anyone.
  84. Yes girls, look up to your dreams. Dream on, in the first place.
  85. Let's dream and fight for a better Brazil.