Medical Professors in South Korea Protest Enrollment Quota Increase

SEOUL - A group of medical school professors in South Korea escalated their protests against the government's decision to raise the medical school enrollment quota, marking a new phase in the ongoing healthcare education dispute. On Tuesday, several professors resorted to shaving their heads or submitting resignations in a dramatic demonstration of their dissent. This protest aligns with the third week of a strike by approximately 9,000 trainee doctors, while the health ministry warned of disciplinary actions against those ignoring a return-to-work order. According to reports, 40 medical schools across the nation applied for a total of 3,401 additional admission seats, in response to the government's plan to increase the enrollment quota by 2,000 starting next year. At Kangwon National University's medical school in Chuncheon, about 10 professors participated in a hair-shaving ceremony to voice their opposition to the increased enrollment quota. Ryu Se-min, head of the university's medical school, expressed d isappointment over the university's decision, which contradicted many professors' stance against the enrollment expansion. In addition to these actions, medical school professors from other regions announced their resignations on social media or submitted actual resignation letters, highlighting the widespread opposition to the government's policy.

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