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.

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.