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.”

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.