Seventy-five Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute (Brazil-FRI) and FAIMER Institute Fellows plus 13 faculty members took part in the 47th Brazilian Congress on Medical Education (COBEM), held October 17-20, 2009, in Curitiba, Brazil. The conference, whose theme was “The Brazilian Health System (SUS) as a School,” drew more than 2,700 participants.
Involved in nearly every aspect of the conference, FAIMER Fellows assisted in the initial planning phases, sat on the scientific and financial committees, and reviewed 1,640 abstracts. Eliana Amaral (PHIL 2003), Co-Director of Brazil-FRI, reported that Fellows and faculty gave 35 oral presentations, presented 88 posters, conducted 24 scientific sessions, including courses, workshops, and forums, and staffed a FAIMER information booth during the four-day conference.
Patricia Tempski, a 2008 Brazil-FRI Fellow, served as the president of COBEM, which is organized by the Brazilian Association of Medical Education (ABEM). In fact, five of the eight regional boards organized under ABEM have a Fellow currently serving as president or vice-president.
COBEM 2010 will be held October 31-November 3, 2010, in Goiânia, and the Brazil-FRI community is already heavily involved in the planning and organization. With the addition of the 2010 class, Brazil-FRI Fellows are 101 strong, assuring that they will continue to play an important role in COBEM and in the future of health professions education in Brazil.