The educational system in Mexico is a little bit different – there’s junior high, high school, undergraduate school, then graduate school when you decide what you want to be when you grow up; doctor, lawyer, etc. Here in Mexico, there’s junior high and high school. Once you finish high school, you immediately choose your career, so there’s not that 4 years undergraduate education. You immediately go to your graduate school and decide to be an accountant, an attorney, a doctor, etc. That’s why in Mexico you can be in a hospital bed and see a heart surgeons, brain surgeons, etc., who is 26 years old. However, this doctor would have at least a 5-year leg up on students of the US.
That being said, physicians finish their career here in Mexico and most go to specialize and do residencies in the US, Canada or Europe. So a lot of them, especially the younger ones, speak English to some degree, if they are not completely fluent.
Not only are they fluent in English, but most certainly they’re trained well. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of treatments being done here in Mexico that are not being done yet in America, for example, in the areas of diabetes, cancer, and several others. Many North Americans come to Mexico for that treatment because it’s supposedly not yet available or approved from the FDA from the US, but yet it’s available in Latin America, Europe, or Cuba. Is the healthcare here in Mexico more advanced? I would say “yes,” we’re advanced in many, many aspects.
(Hospital Regional de Alta Especialidad de Mérida, Mexico, pictured.)