"The reform of health studies is a disaster, hundreds of students flee to European faculties"

“The reform of health studies is a disaster, hundreds of students flee to European faculties”

TRIBUNE – The Pass-Las collective recalls the terrible consequences of the reform of health studies and demands its immediate repeal.

Health studies were reformed in 2020, establishing the creation of two tracks of health studies, the Pass and the Las. But the remedy turned out to be more painful than the disease, as the Pass-Lass collective maintains. This group made up of students and parents calls for the repeal of the reform from the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne. Without a response by October 22, the collective will take its request to the Council of State.


Only two years after the reform of health studies, the first figures are disastrous. We see thousands of young dropouts crushed by widespread disorganization in medical schools. Hundreds more flee to neighboring European colleges in an attempt to achieve their dreams as police officers. Finally, not all open positions find buyers in certain sectors. Injustices, inequalities, inequities, mistreatment… These are the adjectives most used to describe these new health studies.

“The diversification of courses (PASS-LAS) actually leads to the elimination of brilliant students in favor of others, certainly excellent, but less educated”Pass-Lass Collective

Why is this reform a disaster?

• First, the reform contributes to the drop in knowledge of medical students. The diversification of courses (Pass-Las) leads to the elimination of brilliant students in favor of others, certainly excellent, but less educated. In fact, many students who have passed through Las find themselves in difficulties in their studies. Which is quite logical, given that they saw the program ¼ duy studied by the Pass students. Result, an exceptionally high repetition rate for Las. According to the Conference of Deans of the Faculty of Medicine, only 40% of these students managed to pass their exams. Pass students have an 80% success rate, which is double that.

Students are overwhelmed by an immeasurable workload, as they must excel in two courses, in EU health, but also in humanities, law, etc. A bad grade in ancient Greek art can send you missing out on medicine, when a new, fringe course in the Hindi language can get you there.

The numerus clausus has been replaced by a “numerus apertus” whose principle, a limited number of places, is scrupulously the same and has not led to the announced increase, far from it.. Another shameless lie, the announcement that “there would be no more contests”. Today there are great admissions, additional lists, limited number of places, reclassification-declassification… In short, a competition.

“This 10-minute interview where everything but medicine is discussed can ruin a year of effort”Pass-Lass Collective

• To say that the double course is an opportunity for students because it offers them a reorientation in case of failure, is to forget to specify that these other courses (law, chemistry, mathematics, humanities, living language) are usually a default option.

• The spoiled icing on the spoiled cake of this reform, the oral classification (de) for the passage to the second year to decide between the students in the complementary list. Sometimes counting up to 70% of the grade (it’s still the case in Brest), this 10-minute interview where everything but medicine is discussed can ruin a year’s worth of effort. The student must therefore give his opinion on the protection of the Barrier Reef or on the Sputnik mission. The famous Luis saw his vocation destroyed after the analysis of an 18th-century English engraving about the plague. And then, this oral passed before a jury that calls itself sovereign and therefore does not have to justify anything, not everyone passes it. It is a great inequality of treatment: admitted adults are exempt. If the idea was to test the empathy of the future doctor, most will not.

The group filed a complaint.

“How many times can a man turn his head pretending he can’t see”, proclaimed in his general policy speech Édouard Philippe, then prime minister who defended the text of this reform. Alerted to its shortcomings and excesses by the Collectif National Pass Las, by the administrative courts and the Council of State, which have handed down several convictions against it – including one for “lack of respect for equality among students”! – Governors and deans have decided to look the other way. Therefore, they are fully responsible for this disastrous and stubborn app.

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