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Posted by plosmedicine on 31 Mar 2009 at 00:10 GMT

Author: Oscar López
Position: Medical Student
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Submitted Date: July 20, 2007
Published Date: July 23, 2007
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Congratulations for the article. Actually I am a medical student in the 4th. year of Medicine in El Salvador and I am in a clinic area right now. The excessive work for our residents, and especially for our interns, represents an important risk for Salvadorean patients.

So, the question is... Why in our countries must physicians work in such conditions? Why does this not occur in developed countries? Maybe the answer is not only for economic reasons; because we really need laws, to optimize resources and to change some cultural patterns. In that way we'll solve this problem in which our health system sacrifices the quality of the medical services by excessive number of working hours.

For now, we only can do this kind of expressions and keep trying to become aware of this problem. Maybe in that way, little by little in the near future this situation will be different.

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