A total of 35,473 applicants have been admitted to take the exam this year.

It is a record offer. In total, the number of places has been increased by 13.5% compared to last year (1,137 places more) and 18.6% compared to two years ago.

All the autonomous communities will see increased the number of Specialized Health Training places. The Balearic Islands (39.5% increase), Navarra (31.5%), Extremadura (27.7%), Castilla y León (26.9% and Aragón (22.1%) stand out.

Specifically in the specialties of Medicine, the Ministry and the autonomous communities agreed to increase the resident internal physician (MIR) positions by 10.5%. 7,512 MIR places are thus convened and the specialty with the greatest offer is Family and Community Medicine with 15% more. It is followed by Pediatrics, Anesthesiology and Resuscitation, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, General and Digestive System Surgery and Cardiology.

Nursing also has a significant increase. Specifically, 34% and 1,463 places are summoned. Behind her Pharmacy is the profession that offers more places (271), followed by Psychology (189), Biology (51), Physics (38) and Chemistry (15).

In this call 665 places may be covered by people with disabilities and 337 by people who are not holders of authorization to reside in Spain.

In recent months, the Ministry of Health has carried out intensive work with the autonomous communities to identify all the training capacities of specialists of the National Health System. In addition, all requests for pending teaching units have been resolved years ago. The objective is to adjust the number of planned retirements to new incorporations.

The exam will start at 3.30pm. (14.30 in the Canary Islands) and will be held simultaneously in 21 locations.

Main novelties

This call has advanced in the electronic submission of applications increasing the number of professionals who have resorted to this option. Likewise, the files have been managed through a digital platform that has allowed the paper to be dispensed with in most cases.

The selective test has also undergone a change in the number of questions and their duration. In this edition, the exam will last four hours and will consist of a questionnaire of 175 questions plus 10 reservation, each of which will consist of four answer options with only one correct one. In previous calls the questionnaire had 225 questions and the exam lasted five hours.

In addition, this year the provisions of the Royal Decree 1125/2003, of September 5, which establishes the European credit system and the system of qualifications in university degrees of official character and validity throughout the national territory, and personal academic certification has been requested in accordance with the aforementioned standard. In this way, in addition to proceeding with the regulatory adaptation, a response has been given to the request that deans and medical students had been transferring to the Ministry for years.

The assessment of the academic record will go from 0-4 to 0-10, as required by the deans of Medicine. With this new format, the calculation of the average grade of the academic record will be based on the numerical scale from 0 to 10, with the expression of a decimal, to which its corresponding qualitative qualification can be added: 0-4,9: Suspension / 5.0-6.9: Approved / 7.0-8.9: Notable / 9.0-10: Outstanding.

The tiebreaker criteria have also been updated, seeking greater objectivity and transparency.

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