Although the government has increased the number of medical faculties in state universities to 91 through a one-university policy, special education cannot be provided in 14 of these faculties. The six faculties are in a “passive” state. The education of the newly introduced faculty is also in “serious misery” due to the “lack of educators to teach”. The University of Health Sciences (SBU), which was established to replace the Military Medical Academy (GATA) in Gulhan, is also “a problem in itself”.
President Erdogan’s response to the doctors was, “If they go, let them go. We hire our doctors who have just graduated from the university here “, but the data shows that specialist medical education in Turkey” faces many problems “. Although there are 16,545 specialization students in the staff of the Ministry of Health, since the abolition of the training regulatory body in 2014 with the approval of the Minister, the Ministry does not currently provide specialized training.
In Turkey, medical education has 88 specialization programs and 128 medical faculties, of which 42 are major and 46 are minor. Of these faculties, 91 belong to state universities and 37 belong to foundation universities. SBU, which was founded in place of GATA, which was criticized for closing down, provides the most specialized program training. Although the number of medical faculties is high, specialized training is not provided in 14 of the state medical faculties. Also, six state medical faculties are inactive. Although 11 medical faculties are affiliated with SBU, only three medical faculties offer specialization training. This situation raises the question of “how good is education”, although the number of open faculties is high.
“Jobs for the people” approach
It has been said that there is no problem of education in the well-established medical faculty. However, there are “serious problems” with the newly established faculty of the Ministry of Health and the establishment of programs in training and research hospitals. The new faculty and training and research hospital has no standards for minors. For example, some medical faculties do not have major in internal diseases, while smaller branches include endocrinology and metabolism. Another medical school provides training in gastroenterology or hematology. In other words, “business approach for people, not people for work” became effective.
Ask “SBU” alone
The University of Health Sciences considers it a “problem in itself.” While it has been noted that university staff announcements are “problematic”, it has been noted that merit and seniority are never taken as the basis for announcements. Despite YÖK’s warning that “personal staff cannot be created”, special expressions and terms that describe a single person can be seen in the staff position. The news that Kumhuriyat announced on December 21, 2020 with the headline “Storage card posting from SBU”, drew attention to the fact that the announcement made for 407 faculty members set special conditions for each cadre. On October 10, 2021, Cumhuriyet stated that the SBU’s 173 academic staff had a personal announcement, “An announcement with just one missing name!” Bring it to the agenda with the headline news.
Speaking about the data compiled from the Special Training Report of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB), TTB Vice President Ali Ihsan Okten said:
“OSYM has opened 17,328 student cadres in state and foundation university medical faculties. According to YÖK, an average of 135 student quotas have been opened for each medical faculty. “Of the medical faculties, only 43 are recognized for undergraduate education. The important thing is not to increase the number of medical faculties and student quotas, but to meet the minimum standards of existing faculty’s pre-graduate education activities and to be able to document it.”