2012 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2012 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute took place January 24 – February 2, 2012, in Porto das Dunas, Ceará, Brazil, under the direction of Eliana Amaral and Henry Campos. The 2012 Brazil-FAIMER Fellows are:

Magda Almeida, M.D., M.S., Universidade de Fortaleza (UNIFOR), Fortaleza, Brazil

Adriane Batiston, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS), Campo Grande, Brazil

Shamyr Castro, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro (UFTM), Uberaba, Brazil

Daniela Chiesa, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade de Fortaleza (UNIFOR), Fortaleza, Brazil

Marcelo Cruzeiro, M.D., M.Sc., Sc.D., Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Juiz de Fora, Brazil

Ana Julia de Alencar, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC), Fortaleza, Brazil

Cristina Dias, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV), Viçosa, Brazil

Beatriz Figueiredo, Ed.D., M.S., Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso (UFMT), Cuiabá, Brazil

Ernesto Figueiró Filho, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS), Campo Grande, Brazil

Carlos Fontes, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Estadual de Maringá (UEM), Maringá, Brazil

Anete Francisco, M.Sc., Ph.D., Faculdade de Medicina de Marília (FAMEMA), Marília, Brazil

Silmar Gannam, M.D., M.Sc., Universidade de São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil

Carlos Lima, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana (UEFS), Feira de Santana, Brazil

Cristina Lopes, M.Sc., Universidade Federal de Alfenas (UNIFAL), Alfenas, Brazil

Edson Miguel, M.D., M.S., Universidade Estadual de Maringá (UEM), Maringá, Brazil

Luiz Noro, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, Brazil

Bruno Perotta, M.D., M.Sc., Faculdade Evangélica do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil

Olivan Queiroz, M.S., Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC) – Campus Sobral, Sobral, Brazil

Lísia Rabelo, M.D., M.Med., Ph.D., Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), Salvador, Brazil

Maria Roberti, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Goiânia, Brazil

Rosana Rossit, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP), São Paulo, Brazil

Marcello Sampaio, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ariel Scafuri, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC), Fortaleza, Brazil

Maristela Sestelo, M.Sc., Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública (EBMSP), Salvador, Brazil

Ana Maria Sette Câmara, M.Sc., Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Otacílio Sousa Nétto, D.D.S., M.Sc., Universidade Federal do Piauí (UFPI), Teresina, Brazil

Maria de Fátima Tazima, M.Med., Ph.D., Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo (FMRP-USP), Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

Luciana Teixeira, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro (UFTM), Uberaba, Brazil

FAIMER Mourns the Loss of Regina Lugarinho

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Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Co-Director Henry Campos and Regina Maria Lugarinho da Fonseca

The FAIMER family was shocked and saddened recently by the death of Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute faculty member and 2008 Fellow Regina Maria Lugarinho da Fonseca, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., after her struggle with a serious illness. Regina was Associate Professor of Genetics and Molecular Biology at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, where she had served as Pro-Rector and as Vice-Rector. A prominent figure in health professions education in Brazil, Regina Lugarinho was in recent years Executive Director of both the Brazilian Association for Medical Education (ABEM) and the National Forum of Health Professions Education (FNEPAS). FAIMER extends its heartfelt condolences to Regina’s two sons, her family, and her friends.

2011 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute

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The first residential session of the 2011 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute took place February 7-18, 2011, in Porto das Dunas, Ceará, Brazil, under the direction of Eliana Amaral and Henry Campos. The 2011 Brazil-FAIMER Fellows are:

Jefferson Souza Bernardes, M.S., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Alagoas (UFAL), Maceió, Brazil

Maria do Horto Fontoura Cartana, M.Sc., Ph.D., R.N., Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianópolis, Brazil

Mario Luis Ribeiro Cesaretti, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo – Campus Sorocaba (PUC-SP-SOROCABA), São Paulo, Brazil

Nelson Filice de Barros, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, Brazil

José Miguel de Deus, M.D., M.S., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Goiânia, Brazil

Sebastiao Junior Henrique Duarte, M.D., R.N., Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso (UFMT), Cuiabá, Brazil

Franklin Delano Soares Forte, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB), João Pessoa, Brazil

Gustavo Pereira Fraga, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, Brazil

Marise Reis Freitas, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, Brazil

Isabela de Carlos Back Giuliano, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianópolis, Brazil

Maria de Lourdes Freitas Gomes, M.S., Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública (EBMSP), Salvador, Brazil

Sueli Leiko Takamatsu Goyatá, M.S., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Alfenas (UNIFAL), Alfenas, Brazil

Roberta Cavalcante Lira, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC) – Campus Sobral, Sobral, Brazil

Maria Angelina Silva Medeiros, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade de Fortaleza (UNIFOR), Fortaleza, Brazil

Janne Cavalcante Monteiro, M.Sc., Fundação Universidade Federal de Rondônia (UNIR), Porto Velho, Brazil

Maria Vaudelice Mota, M.D., M.S., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC), Fortaleza, Brazil

Alexandre de Araújo Pereira, M.D., M.Sc., Universidade José do Rosário Vellano (UNIFENAS) – Alfenas, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Suzana Maria Pires do Rio, M.D., M.Sc., Sc.D., Faculdade de Medicina de Barbacena, Fundação José Bonifácio Lafayette de Andrada (FAME-FUNJOB), Barbacena, Brazil

Silvana Maria Quintana, Ph.D., Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo (FMRP-USP), Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

Leila Bitar Moukachar Ramos, M.Med., Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (UFU), Uberlândia, Brazil

Eduardo Sérgio Silva, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei (UFSJ), São João del-Rei, Brazil

João Luiz Gurgel Calvet Silveira, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Regional de Blumenau (FURB), Blumenau, Brazil

Taciana Figueiredo Soares, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Sandra Helena Cerrato Tibiriçá, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Juiz de Fora, Brazil

Francis Solange Vieira Tourinho, M.Sc., Ph.D., R.N., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, Brazil

Sergio Zaidhaft, M.D., M.S., Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian Ministry of Education Launches Pro-Ensino Project

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More than one-quarter of the projects awarded in the new Brazilian Ministry of Education Pro-Ensino (Pro-Teaching) project include Brazilian FAIMER community members as authors. This new program is intended to provide scholarships for health professionals to obtain master’s, Ph.D., and post-Ph.D. degrees in education, and to establish a new research agenda in education in Brazil under the auspices of CAPES (Coordination for Improvement of Superior Education Professionals, Ministry of Education).

Of the 23 projects that were awarded, seven have FAIMER faculty or Fellows as heads or collaborators. These projects include Dr. Eliana Amaral’s (PHIL 2003) project on setting up a new graduate program focusing on the evaluation of educational programs and assessment of students as tools for improvement in health professions education; Eliana Goldfarb Cyrino’s (BRAZ 2007) project on integration of academics, health services, and community to create a new model for development of research; Izabel Coelho’s (BRAZ 2008) project on creating a medical education consortium for research among schools from Brazil’s South region; and Rosângela Cotta’s (BRAZ 2010) project on transformation of the teaching and learning processes in health professions education. Drs. Cotta and Cyrino conceptualized their Pro-Ensino proposals from their FAIMER education innovation projects.

Also included among the projects are Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute faculty member Luis Troncon’s project on higher education for health professions; Elizabeth Daher’s project on development of competencies in various scenarios of medical, dental, and nursing education: current status, and insertion and evaluation of active teaching methodologies; and Nilce Costa’s project on implementing a research area in the graduate education program in the health sciences at the Federal University of Goiás. Elizabeth Daher’s and Nilce Costa’s projects include FAIMER Fellows and/or faculty members as collaborators.

Dr. Amaral, Co-Director of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute, explains that the Pro-Ensino initiative complements a previously established program to which FAIMER Fellows and faculty made important contributions—the Professional Master’s on Education for Health Professionals, which aims to stimulate research among health workers from the National Health System. Both this program and Pro-Ensino are clear demonstration of the advancement of evidence-based health professions education in Brazil through the support of the government. The proportion of FAIMER Fellow awards in the Pro-Ensino program in particular is an indication of the impact that the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute is having on health professions education in that country.

Launch of Websites for FAIMER Regional Initiatives

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New websites for each of the five FAIMER Regional Institutes as well as a new site for the FAIMER Regional Initiative in Latin America (FRILA) were launched in the second half of 2010. Each website will be managed by local FAIMER faculty. News, announcements, Fellow highlights, and other communications of potential interest to a region can be sent directly to the webmaster of the appropriate site for evaluation and possible posting. We invite you to visit these sites, whose links are below, and hope that they will contribute to strengthening regional communication and to expanding your awareness about FAIMER activities.

Educators from Guinea-Bissau Participate in Four-Week Program in Fortaleza, Brazil

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A four-week program for 30 educators from Guinea-Bissau from different educational backgrounds was held at the Universidad Federal do Ceará (UFC) in Fortaleza, Brazil, in late August-early September. The program was part of a movement by the Brazilian government aimed at creating a public higher education system in Guinea-Bissau, one of several Portuguese-speaking African countries with which UFC is involved.

Professor Helio Barros, an advisor to the Brazilian Minister of Science and Technology, visited the February 2010 session of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute and worked with faculty members to develop a program based on the FAIMER model, but tailored to the specific needs of Guinea-Bissau. Participants completed one-week rotations at different schools at UFC, supervised by invited faculty members from UFC and other Brazilian universities. Over the course of the program, they prepared and presented six projects that they will continue in groups upon their return to Guinea-Bissau.

Henry Campos (PHIL 2002), Co-Director of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute, reports that the transformation of the participants over the four-week program was very impressive. He states that the program is further evidence of the power of the FAIMER strategy and exemplifies its ability to be used in a variety of settings.

International Meeting on Medical Education for Universal Health Care Systems—EXPO SGTES 2010

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A diverse group of experts in Human Resources for Health (HRH) took part in an international meeting on medical education for universal health care systems held in Brasilia, Brazil, on July 19, 2010, as part of the Secretariat of Labor and Education Management for Health’s (SGTES) three-day EXPO SGTES conference. The purpose of the meeting was to foster collaborations between South American countries to strengthen medical education geared towards primary health care. Organized by the Brazilian Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), participants included FAIMER, the Ministry of Education of Brazil, the Ministry of Health of Peru, representatives of PAHO and the World Health Organization, delegations of HRH units in South American countries, South American associations of medical education, and representatives of Brazilian medical schools. Discussions were framed by presentations on several successful initiatives, including the Brasil-FAIMER Regional Institute (BRAZ-FRI). The FAIMER Regional Initiative in Latin America (FRILA) was explored as a possible avenue for expanding collaboration throughout South America. Ralf Graves, M.S., Program Manager of FAIMER Regional Initiatives; Henry Campos, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., and Eliana Amaral, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Directors of BRAZ-FRI; Francisco Campos, M.D., head of SGTES and faculty member of BRAZ-FRI; and more than 40 Latin American FAIMER Fellows and members of FRILA were in attendance.

Second International Seminar “Frontiers of Medical Education,” Recife, Brazil

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The Second International Seminar “Frontiers of Medical Education: Relevant Research Issues in Postgraduate Medical Education” took place May 28-30, 2010, at Instituto de Medicina Integral Prof. Fernando Figueira in Recife, Brazil. The seminar focused on reflection, change, and the systemization of scientific experiments in medical education between national and international research centers, and included multiple workshops, panel discussions, and poster presentations. In attendance at the seminar were FAIMER President and CEO John J. Norcini, Ph.D., FAIMER faculty member Stewart P. Mennin, Ph.D., and several FAIMER Fellows. FAIMER-Brasil was among the seminar’s sponsoring organizations.

Brazil-FAIMER Fellowship Recognized as Specialty Diploma in Health Professions Education

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On May 31, 2010, the Universidade Federal do Ceará in Brazil accredited the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute (Brazil-FRI) fellowship as a diploma course in education for the health professions. Fellows who complete the program and its evaluation requirements will be awarded the diploma by the university, which also supports the administration of the Brazil-FRI in Porto das Dunas. Fellows from previous Brazil-FRI classes who completed the fellowship will also be granted the diploma. The request for accreditation was announced to the 2010 class during the first residential session of the 2010 Brazil-FRI in January. Beginning with the 2010 class, Fellows will be required to write a manuscript for publication as part of the program.

Fellows Contribute to 47th Brazilian Congress on Medical Education (COBEM)

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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.