Each year the ASISA Chair – Universidad Europea de Madrid awards prizes to students in recognition of the best academic records of the 2011-12 academic year and to faculty for research projects they have developed.
Raquel Espinal, an undergraduate student in Optometry received the award for best academic record in Health Sciences at UEM. This award, which will allow the student to access a graduate program, was delivered by Enrique de Porres, CEO of ASISA, who has said that it is a recognition of merit and effort as well as the ability of people within the medical vocation. Two runners up were also recognized, Jesus Fernandez, a student in UEM’s undergraduate program in nursing, who received his award from Julian Garcia Vargas (Minister of Health from 1986 to 1991), and Jorge Lopez, an undergraduate student in physiotherapy, who received his award from the former secretary general of the CC.OO, José María Fidalgo.
The awards for research projects in the categories of investment in health technologies and the use of social networks in the care of chronic patients were granted to José Ignacio González and Ascensión Blanco, UEM professors, for their social media strategy projects to contribute to the management of diabetes and the E-Patient E-Nutrition, respectively.
Adelaida Portela, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, used this time to show pride in these students and teachers who seek to better themselves every day, develop interests in new areas of research, improve their skills and training and aim to carve a career in the health world.
At the same time as these awards were delivered, UEM organized a panel discussion on the impact of Royal Decree Law 16/2012 on the sustainability of the National Health System from the perspective of public-private groups. The panel participants included Agustín Rivero, Director of Basic Services for the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality; Enrique de Porres, CEO of ASISA; José María Fidalgo, former secretary general of the CC.OO and Julián García Vargas, Minister of Health between 1986 and 1991.
The Award of the ASISA Chair of Health Sciences at the Universidad Europea de Madrid was founded in 2010 to recognize the merit of the best academic records and thus support those students who wish to continue their studies through postgraduate qualifications to obtain additional professional development.
This article was originally written in Spanish and has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.