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

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.

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.

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.

2010 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute

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The first residential session of the 2010 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute took place January 18-28, 2010, in Porto das Dunas, Ceará, Brazil, under the direction of Eliana Amaral and Henry Campos. The 2010 Brazil-FAIMER Fellows are:

Denise Herdy Alfonso, M.D., M.Med., Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Maria Teresa Seabra Soares de Britto Alves, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Maranhão, São Luis, Brazil

João Henrique Lara Amaral, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Maria Cristina Andrade, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Denise Ballester, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Palmira de Fátima Bonolo, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Ouro Preto, Brazil

Luisa Patricia Fogarolli Carvalho, M.D., M.Sc., Universidade José do Rosário Vellano, Alfenas, Brazil

Maria Selma Neves Costa, M.S., Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, Brazil

Rosângela Minardi Mitre Cotta, M.S., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Gisele Regina de Azevedo, M.S., Ph.D., R.N., M.S.N., Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Sorocaba, Brazil

João Carlos de Miranda, M.Sc., Faculdade de Medicina de Petrópolis, Petrópolis, Brazil

Roberto Zonato Esteves, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Maringá, Brazil

Oscarina da Silva Ezequiel, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora, Brazil

Maria Lucia da S. G. Jorge, M.Sc., Ph.D., Faculdade Evangélica do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil

Adroaldo Baseggio Mallmann, M.D., M.Sc., Universidade de Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Brazil

Victor Hugo Melo, M.D., M.Sc., Sc.D., Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Sônia Regina Middleton, M.Sc., Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Wagner José Martins Paiva, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Londrina, Brazil

Ana Débora Santana, M.D., M.Sc., Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Aracaju, Brazil

Ana Teresa Rodrigues de Abreu Santos, M.D., M.P.H., Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil

Neuci Cunha Santos, M.S., Ph.D., R.N., Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, Cuiabá, Brazil

Maria Helena Seabra Soares de Britto, B.S., B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Maranhão, São Luis, Brazil

Ricardo Sukiennik, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Ciências da Saúde de Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Gerlinde Agate Platais Brasil Teixeira, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, Brazil

Neiva Francenely C. Vieira, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D., R.N., Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil

(posted February 19, 2010; updated March 5, 2010)

Top Hospitals Recognized in São Paulo, Brazil

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On March 3, 2009, the State of São Paulo Health Secretariat, Brazil, recognized, for the first time, the top ten public general hospitals and top five maternity hospitals, according to the opinion of Unified Health System (SUS) users. A total of 60,200 patients, who had been cared for at 500 public or affiliated philanthropic hospitals, were asked to complete questionnaires, sent November–December 2007 and April–June 2008. The chosen hospitals received top scores from more than 100 respondents. The initiative, called “SUS-evaluation,” was established to monitor quality of care and satisfaction, recognize services providing a high level of attention to clients, and increase efficient health management in the public system. Patients were asked about their level of satisfaction with health professionals, accommodations, waiting time, and overall care. For maternity hospitals, there were questions on humanization of care during delivery.

The maternity hospital voted best was Hospital da Mulher–CAISM (Centro de Atenção Integral à Saúde da Mulher), State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, São Paulo. The Obstetrics Division Director is 2003 FAIMER Institute Fellow and Co-Director of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute (Brazil-FRI), Eliana Amaral.

Among the ten best general hospitals, the second highest rated was Hospital das Clínicas de Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, where Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Associate Director and 2006 FAIMER Institute Fellow Valdes Bollela is an Outpatient Clinic Manager. Also affiliated with the hospital are FAIMER faculty member Luis Ernesto Troncon and 2007 Brazil-FRI Fellow Juan Stuardo Yazlle Rocha, both Professors at the Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto.

The third most highly rated hospital in this category was the Hospital das Clínicas – Unidade Materno Infantil, which is affiliated with the Faculdade de Medicina de Marília, São Paulo. Brazil-FRI Associate Director and 2006 FAIMER Institute Fellow Paulo Marcondes Carvalho and 2008 Brazil-FRI Fellow Carlos Alberto Lazarini are Assistant Professors at the Faculdade de Medicina.

According to the São Paulo State Secretary of Health, Dr. Luiz Roberto Barradas Barata, “The SUS in São Paulo is very proud of these hospitals, and the ones who recognized the institutions as the best are the users themselves. This evaluation strategy was fundamental to know what has been done for hospital care and what needs to be improved. It has become an extremely important management tool.”

47th Brazilian Congress on Medical Education

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The 47th Brazilian Congress on Medical Education (COBEM) will be held October 17–20, 2009, in Curitiba, Paraná. Participation by FAIMER Fellows is expected to be significant. Serving as President of the Congress is 2008 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellow Patricia Tempski, and the eight-member Scientific Committee includes four Fellows: George Dantas Azevedo (BRAZ 2007), Regina Maria Lugarinho Da Fonseca (BRAZ 2008), Paulo Marcondes Carvalho (PHIL 2006), and Edna Regina Pereira (BRAZ 2008). A special section at the event has been reserved for FAIMER, where abstracts from the projects of the more than 75 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows will be available, along with information about the FAIMER experience. FAIMER Fellows will also participate as abstract reviewers, invited guests, and presenters. So far, more than 1,900 registrations and 1,600 abstracts have been received for the Congress. For more information on COBEM 2009, visithttp://www.cobem2009.com.br/index.php. To see the organizing team, visithttp://www.cobem2009.com.br/comissoes/index.php.

International Conference on “Frontiers of Medical Education” Held in São Paulo, Brazil

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Health professions educators from approximately 40 medical schools in Brazil gathered May 24–26, 2009, in São Paulo to share research experiences and explore the cutting edge of health professions education at “Frontiers of Medical Education,” an international conference organized by the Universidade Cidade de São Paulo (UNICID). FAIMER, in particular the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute (Brazil-FRI), was well represented. Attendees included FAIMER’s Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources, John R. Boulet, Ph.D.; FAIMER faculty members Stewart Mennin, Ph.D., and Regina Petroni Mennin, Ph.D.; Co-director of Brazil-FRI and 2003 FAIMER Institute Fellow, Eliana Amaral, M.D., Ph.D.; 2006 FAIMER Institute Fellows Valdes Roberto Bollela, M.D., Ph.D., and Paulo Marcondes Carvalho, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.P.E.; 2007 Brazil-FRI Fellows George Dantas Azevedo, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Dione Tavares Maciel, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., and Maria Helena Senger, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D.; 2008 Brazil-FRI Fellows Suely Grosseman, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Valéria Menezes Peixeiro Machado, M.D., M.Sc., and Patricia Tempski, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D.; and 2009 Brazil-FRI Fellow Evelin Muraguchi, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D. FAIMER Fellows and faculty were responsible for about one-half of all the presentations given at the conference.

Also in attendance at the meeting was Ana Estela Haddad, Ph.D., Director of the Department of Health Education Management of the Brazilian Ministry of Health. Dr. Haddad acknowledged the important role of Brazil-FRI as a key faculty development program helping the Ministry of Health’s efforts to advance health professions education and qualify health professionals throughout Brazil.