Wait up to 3 years

Paola Oblitas.

Paola Oblitas’ odyssey began in October 2019, when she came to live in Spain from her native Bolivia with the intention of applying to the MIR. “When I arrived I expected that in the best case I would take the exam in 2021Although it would probably take two years. However, I never thought of three or now four years,” says the young woman, who has since been waiting for her title to be homologated.

At the time, it sent the homologation request through an academy because it was an entity that had more experience with this type of procedure. At the first moment, He was not surprised that the six-month deadline to respond to the request was extended due to Covid-19. However, this period tripled what was expected and after 18 months, in June 2021, he finally got an answer.

“They told me I was missing the payment percentage, although I don’t understand what happened because I had done it. The academy sent it to them right away and three weeks later the problem seemed solved,” Oblitas says. Despite everything, he realized that it seemed recorded as if the earnings had been earned in 2021, ie: the request started again.

Few answers about the homologation by the Ministry

From that moment started an exchange of complaints by Paola and other colleagues in the same situation and standardized answers from the ministry, where they apologized for all the delay caused by the pandemic, but without a specific answer.

For months, the young medical student even went to Madrid several times to try to speak personally with someone who could explain the situation to her, but without success. “If they had explained to me why my process was back to zero, I would have understood.I would have gone home and waited another two years. But yes, work,” Oblitas clarifies.

“We are in Spain with the money our parents send us from Latin America. We can’t work because we only have a study visa and we don’t know how long we can hold it“, says the young woman, who includes the situation of many other acquaintances. Finally, she decided to return to Bolivia and send one last e-mail to the ministry.

Reporting application deficiencies one by one prolongs the process

This post paid off and the bug has been fixed. But his journey didn’t end there, because received another message stating that your statement of truth was missing. Although Paola delivered it shortly after, she’s still waiting for an answer, which she estimates won’t be until December at the earliest.

“¿Why don’t they report everything at once instead of making me lose another year?? Every time they look at the file, more than 6 months pass. It’s not fair that they don’t adapt to the periods, but they demand that we deliver everything on time,” he laments.

Finally, he shares the stories of several acquaintances who had to turn down and others who have obtained homologation, but many of them work in places quite far from the big cities. “These are places where people are running out of people, they get overloaded with work and each of us would be happy to fill these vacancies as long as the homologation process continues,” concludes Oblitas.

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