The strategic alliance between the Camilo José Cela University (UCJC) and HM Hospitales materialized in 2021 has just taken a new and decisive step with the birth of the UCJC HM Hospitales Faculty of Health Sciences. In this way, a new model of university education is constituted with its own entity that has the hospital as its fundamental axis, this being its main differentiating characteristic.
With the creation of the Faculty, all the hospital centers of the HM Hospitales Group are attached to the Camilo José Cela University, thus constituting the largest network of university hospitals in Spain.
The presentation of the new faculty and the details of the consolidation of the university education project took place at a press conference with the participation of Dr. Juan Abarca Cidón, president of HM Hospitales; Nieves Segovia, president of the SEK Education Group, Emilio Lora-Tamayo, rector of the UCJC, and Dr. José Barberán, dean of the UCJC HM Hospitals Faculty of Health Sciences.
“This project is going to respond to the new professional and care needs of the health sector that are determined by the continuous scientific and technological advances, which is why direct contact of future professionals with the reality of the hospital from the first moment is essential. . Therefore, the main differentiating factor is that the entire training process pivots on one axis, the hospital. We are pioneers in implementing it”, highlighted Dr. Juan Abarca.
“The new Faculty will revolve around three fundamental axes: cutting-edge health training, promotion of health and well-being in society, and the incorporation of new technologies and research into the entire academic offer”, said Nieves Segovia.
Beyond the fact that the hospital is the fundamental axis of training, this project was born in response to the high demand in Spain for new health professionals, who require a specialized and differential training model adapted to the development of new technologies.
To achieve this, the healthcare excellence and healthcare teaching of HM Hospitales, as a benchmark in professional training, university degrees and postgraduate (MIR), and the knowledge and methodology embodied by the Camilo José Cela University, which has a innovative academic that are key to the success of the initiative.
The launch of the Faculty is accompanied by the presentation of the first degrees that will define the academic offer for the 2022/23 academic year, which is born with seven degrees: Nursing, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Physical Activity Sciences and Sports, Dentistry, Human Nutrition and Dietetics and Biomedical Computer Engineering. In addition, it will have 11 official postgraduate master’s degrees and another 12 own postgraduate master’s degrees.
The following academic year, 2023-2024, will see the start-up of another four degrees and will have a special aspect, since it will be the first promotion of Medicine, together with Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Clinical Genetics and four other official postgraduate masters. Other characteristics that will define the academic offer is that it will be cutting-edge, comprehensive (undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate), and with the purpose of overcoming the dual model.
According to Emilio Lora-Tamayo, rector of the Camilo José Cela University, “we continue working to generate a new ecosystem, to offer students and society new training opportunities, reinforcing areas of knowledge in new technologies and betting on digital talent in the healthcare environment. With this agreement we once again demonstrate the commitment of the Camilo José Cela University to innovation, research and digital transformation in the area of health, which in recent years has become an environment of knowledge and growing and necessary specialization”.
In a similar vein, Dr. José Barberán, Dean of the Faculty, expressed himself, who highlighted other characteristics of the Faculty since “it incorporates in its degrees the new reality that appears as a result of the irruption of health data and artificial intelligence and that will mark the future of the new biomedical professions. We are going to be pioneers in incorporating all this knowledge so that our students incorporate the latest in biosanitary research, technological and academic innovation”.
In fact, the new Faculty is committed to allocating more than 2.5 million euros per year to R&D&i, which will position the center as a first-rate Health Hub.
The development of the degrees will have two modern university campuses. UCJC Campus Villafranca, in Villanueva de la Cañada, made up of a 140,000m2 transversal and multifunctional space with state-of-the-art facilities, in which a new 3,000m2 laboratory building is being built with. And the new Montepríncipe Campus where Medicine and Nursing degrees will be taught and which will have a new 6,000m2 teaching pavilion designed to house a teaching and translational research laboratory, which will be built at the HM Montepríncipe University Hospital with an investment of 40 million euros in new facilities. It is estimated that approximately 5,000 students will be able to carry out their higher studies on both campuses.
Another of the valuable contributions that the new Faculty will generate is that 2.5 million euros per year have been planned in scholarships. The project will generate more than 500 jobs and will have a marked international character with students and teachers from countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia, permanent training for health professionals.