In light of the universities’ decision to withdraw their undergraduate students from hospitals serving patients with Covid-19, student organizations are asking that there be no retaliation or blackmail for internal doctors to choose to stay at the clinical sites.
So far, 36 public and private universities have withdrawn their internal medical students from hospitals serving patients with Covid-19. According to the Mexican Assembly of Undergraduate Internal Doctors (AMMIP) – which groups students from different medical schools – there are, however, some institutions that have intimidated students so that they do not withdraw from hospitals.
According to AMMIP estimates, some 3,000 undergraduate students have been exposed to the new coronavirus in hospitals where they do their internships. The assembly has exposed that there have been cases of medical officials blackmailing undergraduate internal students so that they do not withdraw from hospitals. “The agreement of the students is with the hospitals, with the health institutions, not with any university. Only those students with a true vocation and moral commitment will stay, ”some doctors have told the students.
The schools that have withdrawn their students are the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), the Autonomous University of Yucatan, the Autonomous University of Nuevo León, the University of Guadalajara, the Autonomous University of Sinaloa , Universidad Anáhuac, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Universidad Veracruzana, Universidad La Salle, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Universidad Autónoma del Hidalgo State, the Cuauhtémoc University, the Autonomous University of Coahuila, the Juárez University of the State of Durango.
In addition, the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí, the University of the Valley of Mexico, the Autonomous University of Durango-Hermosillo campus-, the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez, the Autonomous University of Chihuahua, the University of Durango -campus Ciudad Juárez-, the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas, the University of Sonora, the Institute of Sciences and Higher Studies of Tamaulipas, the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, the Juárez Autonomous University of Tabasco, the Autonomous University of Nayarit, the Autonomous University of Querétaro.
The University of Colima, the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, the Autonomous University of Guerrero, the Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla and the Popular University of the State of Tlaxcala.
The authorities of the health sector and the universities agreed that from April 8 and until the end of the month, undergraduate internal doctors can withdraw from hospitals. Some institutions such as UNAM and IPN had decided earlier this week to withdraw their students because their hospitals were not guaranteed protection against the pandemic, according to university sources.
The AMMIP indicated that no hospital has the power to retain students if their university has already authorized them to withdraw, and that they cannot be penalized with qualification at the hospital.
According to Fernanda Mendoza Gómez, student representative of the Superior School of Medicine of the IPN, an important point for undergraduate internal doctors is that there is no retaliation against them when they return to their activities in the different clinical headquarters and sub-offices.
He explained that the inmates are practically at the mercy of each institution because they do not have union support, so they have no employment contract or social security. “This is all a matter of dignity, humanism and human rights,” said Mendoza Gómez.