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

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    I wanted to do medicine school at an early age,
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    I think I had that wish when I was 16 years old,
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    but to do medicine is an unthinkable career for those who came from the same place I do,
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    for people like me: Black, woman, poor.
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    At Capão Redondo, nobody dreams about being a physician.
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    Well, I hanged on that dream,
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    met a friend who had taken medicine classes in Cuba,
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    she explained me about the process of doing medicine there,
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    and I fell in love with it, I wanted it very much,
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    I haven´t tried to do medicine here, I went directly to Cuba
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    because of the humanitarian aspect of their medicine.
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    That was the graduation I wanted.
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    There I learned I had to be able to work
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    not only with the greatest technologies and diagnostic tools,
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    but also in a warfare condition,
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    as our teachers said,
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    in a mountain where none of this tools are available,
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    and they insist we have to listen and examin the patient,
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    which is part of the clinical sector,
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    and so I must have a hipothetic diagnosis.
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    The exams, which we call complementary exams in Cuba,
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    are only used to fulfill my hipothesis, my medical diagnostic,
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    and not to diagnose by themselves.
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    What´s your opinion concerning the Federal Counsil of Medicine critics against the foreign physicians who are coming to Brasil? What´s bothering them?
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    I think they are afraid of the arrival of a new kind of medicine.
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    In first place because we may ocupy the vacant posts
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    which gives them power to control the wages, and opposed to what is said,
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    on those cities where there are no doctors
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    the prefectures raise the wages for those posts
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    but no one shows up.
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    Also, they are afraid people might change their
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    idea about their expectations from a physician,
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    as well as the medical treatment,
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    because I noticed the service me and my family
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    were given here in Brazil,
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    is one where the pacient arrives at the medical surgery
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    and the physician barely looks at him. The pacient tells how he feels like
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    and the physician doesn´t look straight at him nor touch him.
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    He gives some medicine receipt or ask for a diagnostic analysis,
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    some complement, which should not be sent to the pacient,
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    or it could be in some instances,
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    but the fact is the physician barely knows why he is doing it.
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    From the moment I give health assistance to the population
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    and teach them how to take care of it´s own health,
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    which is the main purpose we learn in Cuba,
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    that we must not only examine and touch the pacient, but also teach
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    the diabetical and hypertense, for an instance, to take care of himself.
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    Therefore I teach the pacient to take care of it´s own health,
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    to keep it´s diabetes and hypertension balanced,
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    he doesn´t need to see me again.
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    And this is not interesting for those who intends to have profits in the career.
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    For those whom the pacient and a diseased and sick person are just clients.
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    And not diseased or sick.
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    I don´t think that´s interesting to them. To let the pacient
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    to take care of it´s own health.
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    No longer needing medical assistance to take care of his health.
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    I think that´s what they are really afraid of.
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    Fear from having the vacant post occupied
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    and also from a change in the population´s
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    ideia of health assistance.
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    You belong to UNEAFRO BRASIL. What´s the importance of the popular preparatory classes for the youth from the poor neighborhoods?
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    When you are poor, you grow up hearing you won´t
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    be able to move up in life.
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    That you will be a mother
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    working in low-profile jobs to survive in a miserable condition.
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    This kind of thought is very common in the comunity where I was born.
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    And also the preparatory school,
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    as well as my mother,
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    made me realize there was another
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    possibilities where I could think "yes, it is possible",
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    "yes, I can see people who have made it ",
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    other black women,
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    Also, there´s the fact of seeing yourself as a beatifull person.
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    There´s something else that happens to us:
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    We hear people saying that only what´s white is beatifull.
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    This is underwhelming to a human being and a women
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    to hear, we black women are beatifull,
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    we are made for more, even though society says we are not,
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    we were made for a lot more, we are strong.
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    Our history teaches we are a strong people
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    who resisted to a lot of things,
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    and the historical moment we are living now
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    is one of underwhelming conditions to us
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    women, black, but yes, we are beatifull, as capable
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    as anyone.
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    Yes girls, look up to your dreams. Dream on at first place.
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    Let´s dream and fight for a better Brazil.
Title:
What's bothering the Brazilian Medical Council? The opinion of a brazilian studying in a medicine school in Cuba.
Description:

Cintia Santos Cunha, é estudante da Universidad de Ciencias Médicas de la Habana (Cuba), fala de seu sonho de estudar medicina, da concepção humanitária da medicina cubana, e da importância que os cursinhos populares tiveram na sua vida.

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Video Language:
Portuguese, Brazilian
Team:
Global Voices
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Duration:
06:08

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