Ljubljana – Meeting of Medical Students of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ljubljana with the Health Minister, October 10th, 2019
The event that took place on October 10th, 2019 was organized by the Student Council of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ljubljana.
Notable guests included: Health Minister Mr Aleš Šabeder, State Secretary of the Ministry of Health Simona Bornšek Repar MD, the President of the Medical Chamber of Slovenia Zdenka Čebašek-Travnik MD and the Dean of the UL MF Prof Igor Švab MD PhD.
Guests and attendees were greeted by the president of the Student Council of the UL MF Klemen Petek, who pointed out the students’ wish for further cooperation with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders in the Slovenian healthcare field. In the introductory part, the President of the Medical Chamber of Slovenia and the Dean of the UL MF outlined changes of the Slovenian healthcare system they deemed necessary.
The Health Minister then took the stage to talk about the legislative changes the ministry has and will continue to implement in the Slovenian healthcare system. The introductory speeches were followed by a discussion, moderated by Student Council President Klemen Petek and Vice President Anka Uršič. Students had the chance to voice their opinions, point out their concerns and present possible solutions to the minister and other important stakeholders.
This was the minister's third meeting with medical students in about half a year.
During the discussion, the Dean of the UL MF pointed out that increasing the number of enrolled students at the UL MF would mean lowering academic standards. He stressed that such changes were impossible until substantial infrastructural investments are made and systemic changes are implemented.
Senior year medical student of the UL MF Kevin Pelicon presented key findings of a large survey of medical students concerning family medicine and the healthcare system in Slovenia. The survey was prepared in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Student Council. More than ¼ of all medical students in Slovenia participated in the study. This includes students from both medical schools in the country (at the University of Ljubljana and at the University of Maribor). The full text of the report (in Slovenian) is attachment below.
Some of the key findings of the survey:
Other notable guests included:
The Student Council is convinced and hopes that the successful cooperation with the Ministry of Health, the Medical Chamber of Slovenia and other medical organizations will continue in the future. We believe our input is crucial to the Ministry and other stakeholders when drafting new legislation and will continue to be of vital importance.
Authors of the Report: Kevin Pelicon, Tina Pavlin, Evita Pšeničny, Klemen Petek
Anja Stopar, (PR)
Novica Ministrstva za zdravje
Photos are available here. To be used only with permission of the Student Council.