Final stretch for the 2022 MIR exam. There are only nine days left for Medicine students to face the test by which they will later access the training of the specialty of their choice. In total, 13,059 aspiring doctors will apply, which means a decrease of 1,366 (9.4%) compared to last year’s exam.
“This is the second year that the number of applicants has decreased,” acknowledges Vicente Matas, author of the report ‘Aspiring residents in 2022 and MIR since 2017’. “There is no specific reason explain this decline. Perhaps because of the pandemic or because of the increase in places.”
In fact, for this year’s call, the Ministry of Health increased the places for the Medicine degree by 2.5%, up to 8,188. A number that is “insufficient“, warns Matas. And it is that there are not enough places for the 13,059 doctors who appear for the test.
The report explains that, of the total admitted, once the exam has been carried out, just over 3,400 will not be able to apply for a place, either because they do not exceed the cut-off mark (about 2,300) or because they do not appear for the exam.
Another reason exposed by the study is the pandemic. In fact, the Ministry has not provided an alternative date to examine applicants who at that time have been infected with Covid-19. A situation that already occurred in last year’s test.
Where do the applicants come from?
Of the total number of applicants who will take the MIR exam, 9,667 (67%) come from Spain. Then, the country with the most applicants and admissions is Colombia with 676 applications admitted (4.69% of the total); followed by Ecuador, with 413 applications admitted (2.86% of the total); Y Venezuela with 324 (2.25% of the total).
For its part, from Bolivia there are 279 applicants; from Peru, 277; from Italy, 266; from Cuba, 148 (1.03% of the total); and from the Dominican Republic, 145. Figures that show that the MIR system in Spain is highly valued in the world, since doctors from 88 different countries.
But not only doctors will meet on January 29. So will the nurses, biologists, pharmacists, chemists, physicists and psychologists. Together with those of Medicine, the Ministry of Health has announced a total of 10,634 places for Specialized Health Training (FSE).
Of the degrees other than Medicine, 15,956 applications have been submitted. After doctors, nurses are located, with 7,915 applicants; of the Psychology degree there are 4,435; of Pharmacy, 1,711; of Biology, 1,107; of Physics, 245; and Chemistry, 241 applicants.
What will the exam be like?
Last September, the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, communicated to the Forum of Professions (body in which the different health professional groups are framed) the date of the MIR exam and the increase in the number of questions compared to previous years.
In this way, the number of questions will go from 175 to 200 (plus ten in reserve). An increase that also brings with it an increase in exam time, which will go from 4 hours to 4 and a half hours.