“We were able to meet and work hand in hand with professionals as different from us as lawyers and learn about medicine from another point of view”

"We were able to meet and work hand in hand with professionals as different from us as lawyers and learn about medicine from another point of view"

Interview at Begona Bueno Garcia, intensive care physician with more than 15 years of experience and who also has a master’s degree in infectious diseases. He attended the 6th edition of the Master in Medical Expertise and Bodily Injury Assessment, being the best record of this edition.

Interrogate. How did you discover the master? What was your initial goal when you signed up?

Answer. I discovered the master through a publication on the internet, then the educational coordinator called me and explained and clarified all my questions. The information was true to what I received later. The initial objective of the Master was to have additional training with the aim of financially supplementing my assistance activity so that in the future I could stop doing babysitting.

Q. In what ways do you think mastery has benefited you?

A. In many respects, namely: it allowed me to work as an expert, with a wide range that I can manage myself depending on the free time that my care activity leaves me. As soon as I was done they called me offering to do personal injury reports and assessments. He trained me in aspects of my day-to-day hospital activity which I have not been trained anywhere else, which may have legal implications and which are essential for our practice: the correct elaboration of informed consent, knowing writing a story, being able to defend myself against patient complaints and many aspects for which we are not prepared either in the diploma or during the residency. This allowed me to meet colleagues from other specialties and to share experiences during the master and after, related to expertise. In the same way, we were able to meet and work hand in hand with professionals as different from us as lawyers and discover medicine from another point of view.

Q. What evaluation can you make of the courses given? And what about the teachers?

A. Going to class every Friday is a big effort, but I recommend it to everyone. The courses are very interesting and serve to ask questions and clarify notions that are sometimes far removed from our medical vocabulary. In addition, it allows you to meet professors and classmates. In any case, you have the option of streaming and all the content online, which is also very useful when at some point you cannot go to class. The study material they give you is divided into weeks so you can organize it. And the practices of the second part of the Master give you the impression of being in a courtroom where you are ready to face the difficulties that the opposing party and the judge may pose. From experience, I say that I was able to put into practice what I was taught in my master’s degree. They even give you a course on how to report your activity when exercising which will be very helpful. In short, they cover all the aspects necessary for your training in this area.

The teachers are very professional, close and accessible. You have an assigned tutor who is fully available to help you with anything you need, the same goes for the master’s thesis. In the end, more than teachers, they become colleagues. The teachers provide you with all their experience in the defense of health professionals and who better than them to train you. In addition, you have the support of the University of Alcalá.

Q Do you think the master is well suited to the real needs of daily life?

A. Totally. Today, all health professionals are exposed to a possible complaint from the patient/client and we must know how to deal with it and above all how to prevent it. Every day we give informed consents, we access medical records, we write reports, and many times we don’t do it as well as we should. This is what taught me to improve the master in my daily practice.

Q. Possible improvements? Do you recommend it? Because?

As for improvements in my personal experience, I do not miss anything. I recommend it, of course, because I believe that it not only allows me to work in an aspect other than care with the possibilities that this implies, but that it has been essential to improve many aspects of my hospital practice, adding value to My Resume. The University of Alcalá and the Uniteco Foundation promote the master’s degree in medical expertise and assessment of bodily injuries, which this year promotes its 8th edition. If you are interested, do not hesitate to follow this link.

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