Within the coronary heart of the medical desert, a highschool within the Lot gives a well being choice to create vocations

For two years, the Jean Lurçat high school in Saint-Céré has been offering its first and last year students the opportunity to prepare them for health studies. Expected goal: to stop the medical desertification that the department is facing.

Born from an initiative of the municipality of Cauvaldor (Causses and Dordogne valley), The health option is full at the Jean-Lurçat high school in Saint-Céré (46).. “This year we have 19 first and 13 high school high school students pursuing it,” said David Auffray, SVT teacher and education coordinator. For a small high school like ours, that’s unexpected.”

launched in 2021, The health option aims to combat medical desertification suffered from the Lot department. As in many rural areas, “we lack doctors, specialists, but also paramedics,” emphasizes David Auffray.

Disciplinary reinforcement and methodology

At a rate of 2.5 hours per week in their first and final year, sixth form students attend “Courses in Reinforcement in biology and chemistry“, says the teacher. Strengthening, but also deepening, says Chiara, a final year high school student who is happy to “be able to go beyond special courses”.

The school also offers visits to hospital services, health profession fairs and interventions by professionals. The rest of the time is dedicated methodology workshops. “I preferred that,” says Chiara. We learned memorization techniques, stress management techniques that can be used anytime, anywhere!”

During their training, the students could visit the Toulouse SAMU.
During their training, the students could visit the Toulouse SAMU. // © Community of communes Causses and Dordogne Valley

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Preparation for the first year of health studies

Learn learn. Enough to Prepare yourself for the rhythm of the PASS (specific health access route). Because the aim of the option is clear: to prepare high school students who are destined for this course for the first year, which is considered to be strenuous.

“I used to be apprehensive about that first year, but since i have attended the health elective courses, i feel well prepared” confides Antonin, a senior high school student.

Chiara, who has been planning to study medicine since college, also finds that the option will help her with her plans. “The program is between that of the terminale and that of the PASS. It fascinates me so much that it comforts me in my decisions.”

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Scientific profiles only

The two high school students initially followed the health option and continue in the terminal. For this, You had to meet certain requirements: The three scientific specializations Mathematics, Physics-Chemistry and SVT follow first, then the specializations SVT, Physics-Chemistry and the option of complementary mathematics in the final.

“These criteria may change, but We have based ourselves on the expectations of Parcoursup so that our students have the best chance of being successful in terms of health‘ says David Auffray.

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Encourage young doctors to establish themselves in rural areas

The option is part of a range of larger devices from Cauvaldor for encourage young doctors to establish themselves in the department.

The “ParcoursM’aides” offers one of these programmes Scholarships for medical students. Specifically, PASS students can benefit from a grant of 800 euros. Between the second and sixth years, a scholarship of 200 to 300 euros is offered to students who complete their internship with a local doctor. Finally, from the seventh to the ninth year, a grant (from €2,500 to €5,000 per year) is offered to those who undertake to carry out representations on the territory or settle there for at least six years.

The impact of creating this health option on the settlement of future doctors is difficult to assess at this time, but for David Auffray the goal is to “create desire and ensure that students continue their health studies”. A successful bet for Chiara and Antonin, who already want to make PASS wishes next year.

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