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Caving, via ferrata, canoeing, canyoning, stand-up paddle, bungee jumping, mountain biking, climbing, orienteering… “Discover Aveyron through a unique experience! The department privatizes its largest open-air playground exclusively for you, for a weekend, to make you experience emotions and sensations. » No need to be wealthy to take advantage of this offer: just pay 50 euros. On the other hand, for the reservation to be effective, you must send your school certificate or your registration number to the order doctors.

Organized by the Accueil Médecins Aveyron platform, the “adrenaline weekend” is reserved for young doctors and interns, for whom the department is rolling out the red carpet. ” The internship is a pivotal moment. This is where we forge ties and create our network,” explains Chrystel Teyssedre, head of the platform, supporting figures.

Thanks to this program which combines help with accommodation, sports coaching offered and a team devoted to young doctors, Aveyron manages to retain 9% of its interns, against 1% on average in rural areas, underlines Chrystel Teyssedre: “Since its launch in 2011, 105 young doctors have settled in Aveyron, which is huge when you know that the department has 250 liberal general practitioners. »

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The fight against medical deserts goes through the recruitment of the new generation, the observation is implacable. In France, 30% of the population lives in a medical desert, and 11% of young people aged 17 and over have no attending physician.

How then to encourage young practitioners to invest in these neglected territories? Unions of young and future doctors – the National Association of Medical Students in France (Anemf), the Autonomous Grouping of Young General Practitioners Installed and Substitutes (ReAGJIR) and theInter Autonomous national union representative of general medicine interns (Isnar-IMG) – all oppose the proposal for a fourth year of internship. The government plans to extend the practical apprenticeship by one year to send general medicine students to the medical deserts. “An additional year of internship means thousands of doctors who do not leave the faculties each year. Moreover, offering the population a doctor who changes every six months, without any monitoring of chronic pathologies, does not guarantee access to care.underlines Yaël Thomas, president of the Anemf.

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