From a historical point of view, medical teachings, alongside theology and law, have formed an essential part of the origins and foundation of universities in Europe and, in this regard, our country is no exception. The knowledge and teaching of medicine has undergone its development in the occidental countries, where medical training has pursued two clearly defined objectives, namely, to secure and restore health. Given that the causes and mechanisms that make us ill are common to all mankind, and that the advances in systems for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease are available to the international community, the content of the curricula of European medical schools are essentially the same. Medical studies in Spanish universities have held a predominant position regarding teachings directly related to scientific advances in the treatment of diseases and as training centres for future doctors.
There is an increasing demand for the provision of healthcare on the part of the population, who expect more in terms of quality, efficiency and proximity, thereby aggravating the existing deficit of doctors. We should also add that the population now require more, and improved quality time with their doctor as well as affinity, trust, understanding and humanity, in short, values that have characterised the Spanish medical profession for centuries.
The educational objective for the training of doctors in the Catholic University does not solely consist of the transferral of theoretical and practical knowledge inherent in the study plan, its objective is to educate and fashion upstanding individuals who integrate themselves into society both creatively and as agents of change. Our Catholic identity and our firm commitment to quality and excellence go hand in hand.
The Catholic University of San Antonio contributes to real development and progress on a societal level by cultivating individuals who are capable of critical, rational judgement and who are conscious of the transcendental dignity of the human being; people who place themselves at the service of the population and of society itself and who, from the moment they first establish contact with the university, will experience the feeling of being treated as unique individuals in full possession of their dignity.
Conferral of a degree in medicine entitles the students to the following professional privileges: