Closed number tests now have water on all sides. Today, in fact, after two years, even students who are expelled from the 2017 selection will be able to attend the course. The State Council decided: the administrative judge accepted the appeal from those who could not find a place two years ago, as had happened (with a previous ruling) to the 250 candidates left from last year's exam.
The motivation lies in the fact that, for the academic year 2019-2020, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health have increased the availability of places: 1,600 more. According to the judges, that meant the university had the opportunity to welcome them even a year ago. Two years ago
Not only that, the judges in deciding to accept applicants made explicit references to the needs of doctors in Italian health facilities. The bottom line: if there are no doctors in the ward or emergency services, so you have to think about finding them without specialization or retirement age, why exclude white coat candidates from the Faculty of Medicine? "There is news – the judges write in regulations – about an increase of about 1,600 total places: this increase, even if reserved for the 2019/2020 academic year, is not only an indication of the lack of places available so far in training offers, but also seems to be more in line with future health needs ".
Therefore, according to the principles demonstrated by the State Council, there may be a total of 1,600 more seats available for 2018 candidates, and the same number for 2017. But that can go backwards for years, as long as there are still students available to enter medicine.
This year, for example, 68,694 students enrolled in medical and dentistry tests, running for one of the 1,2701 places available. A difficult task even if, compared to the past, the number of places put forward for tenders is higher: exactly 1600 now shook up the number closed in previous years.
"We have for years condemned the calculation of incorrect requirements – stated Francesco Leone, Simona Fell and Floriana Barbata, partners of the law firm Leone-Fell – calculations which then led to the number of banned posts. Today the State Council once again replaced the ministry by establishing the number of additional posts for 2017. It is clear that the faculty's ability to accept students is underestimated: in 2014, for example, the competition had serious irregularities, related to bonus maturity, and with our appeal we managed to get at least 4 thousand more people in. A thousand only in Palermo and it seems to me the number of additional members does not cause problems ».
The question of a limited number of tests is more open than ever, even in Parliament where reforms are likely to be evaluated to allow access to a large number of candidates. "If the country really wants to welcome more students in the faculty of medicine – explained Rector of Sapienza, Eugenio Gaudio, former dean of Medicine – he must invest in structure and teachers. Right now that's not the case: lack of specialization scholarships, so increasing the number of medical graduates means tighten the funnel of education even more clearly.Our course we will welcome applicants but for them there will definitely be inconvenience for attending courses that have already begun, however, in the university structure that is already filled with members ».
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