3423 : ACCOMPANYING PHYSICIANS IN THEIR FAMILY PRACTICE: A PRIMARY CARE MODEL FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS LEARNING IN BRAZIL

Author(s): 
Moreta, Graziela; Levites, Marcelo; Roncoletta, Adriana Fernanda; Janaudis, Marco Aurelio
Text: 
Poster
OBJECTIVE: Programs that teach students about the physician's daily routine are absent from the curricula of most Brazilian medical schools. This paper describes an extra-curricular project for "tag-alongs" implemented by the Brazilian Society of Family Medicine (SOBRAMFA) METHODS: Nine-students group in their 3rd through 6th years of training from several medical schools in Sao Paulo, Brazil accompanied a family doctor to various professional settings (office, home visits, and inpatient hospital care) over a two year period. Qualitative analysis was used to appraise their experiences in this period.
RESULTS: Several broad themes emerged. Analysis of student reflections identified students' doubts and uncertainties, along with fears and expectations; they became aware of the real day-by-day needs of patients; and they had intriguing insights about such practical issues as professional attitudes, dressing and greeting, professional remuneration, and work setting
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION: medical education in Brazil would be improved by incorporating this such a methodology of exposing students to the practising physician's daily routine to teach attitudes within medical professional practice. Family physicians, in particular, provide a good educational role model.
Topic: Education/Teaching