Ecuador still struggling with a lack of health specialists

After three years of training, in 2009, doctor Byron Mendoza earned completed his specialty training at a Uruguayan university. He went to Uruguay for his training in endocrinology because he could not gain a postgraduate program for his specialty here in in Ecuador. He has now been an attending physician at Enrique Garcés Hospital in Quito for six years. The deficit in this type of specialist training worries both doctors and healthcare organizations. Rheumatology, immunology, cardiothoracic, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, rehabilitation and endocrinology are the least found specialties here in public health services. Since 2009, most of them were covered by…

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