With over a hundred graduates to its credit over the past 10 years, the Rodez massage-physiotherapy school is contributing to strengthening staff numbers in Aveyron.

With over a hundred graduates to its credit over the past 10 years, the Rodez massage-physiotherapy school is contributing to strengthening staff numbers in Aveyron.
With over a hundred graduates to its credit over the past 10 years, the Rodez massage-physiotherapy school is contributing to strengthening staff numbers in Aveyron.

For its 10th year, the Rodez branch of the Toulouse physiotherapy training institute has graduated a further fifteen physiotherapists. This training enables the department to partially fill the gaps in the area.

On this Monday, July 1st, emotion was felt in the CCI amphitheater. The traditional graduation ceremony of the Rodez school of massage and physiotherapy completed a year of Paces and four years of training, for a class united forever. It also paid tribute to the educational manager, Serge Garbal, who will end his missions on October 1st.

For two years, he has supported the development of the 17 students of the tenth class of the Rodez branch. The latter experienced the beginning of their shared adventure under tension, due to the terms of the entry selection lists, then to Covid-19, which disrupted this generation. “This diploma is an accomplishment, says Camille Gomar, delegate of this class with Emma Peres. During these four years, our main strength has been our diversity: we all complement each other and we all have something to offer to each other. We are the same people, but today we are convinced of our abilities”. “We can only be very proud of them”, summarizes Serge Garbal, before continuing. “Physiotherapist is one of the most beautiful diplomas in the world but a difficult profession. Firstly, the studies are harder than you think. And secondly, it is a profession under pressure, especially in rural areas.”

A training course that unearths new talent

It was with this in mind that a branch of the Toulouse school of physiotherapy was launched in Aveyron in 2014. Significantly impacted by the medical desertification, the department was able to benefit from this training to attract and retain new talent. In 2022, it had a density of 21.1 physiotherapists per 100,000 inhabitants. “But there is still a shortage, particularly in employment or at home,” according to Serge Garbal. “Today, if a physiotherapist retires, they are not sure of being replaced because they must already want to come here.” The training has also increased its number of places, going from 20 to 25 students. Most of the latter come from outside the department.

Of the 13 graduates, four to five have left to stay in the region for two years. An encouraging figure that reinforces the 444 medical masseurs listed in Aveyron and recognized by the order of physiotherapists in 2022.

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