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FEM: Revista de la Fundación Educación Médica

On-line version ISSN 2014-9840Print version ISSN 2014-9832


SANCHO-UGALDE, Hilda M  and  VANEGAS-PISSA, Juan C. Review of medical education in Costa Rica: achievements and challenges. FEM (Ed. impresa) [online]. 2019, vol.22, n.4, pp.159-164.  Epub Oct 14, 2019. ISSN 2014-9840.

Medical education in Costa Rica began in 1959 with the creation of the School of Medicine of the University of Costa Rica. The subsequent interaction between the Social Protection Board and the alliances with the Costa Rican Social Security Fund has strengthened its development. Black in the seventies, the foundation of the private schools of medicine, and the creation of the National System of Accreditation of Higher Education as guarantor of the minimum academic quality and the role of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, entity that regulates the professional practice and the suitability of the resource edict, has contributed in an important way with this development. All these joint institutional efforts allow undergraduate and graduate students, access to quality study plans, to provide better health services to the Costa Rican population and allowing advancement in the health indices presented by the country and the development of a health system that covers 95% of the population. The challenges are focused on the achievement of a better planning, that regulates the formation of this course, the attention for the population over 65 years, both in the preventive, as in the pathologies of that time, the development of strategies through the computer technology that enhances the formation of networks for research in medical education and the training of general and specialty professionals of higher quality.

Keywords : Costa Rica; Medical education; Postgraduate; Undergraduate.

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