Interprofessional Education present at the Brazilian Congress of Medical Education

From September 29 to October 2, 2019, the Brazilian Association of Medical Education held the 57th Brazilian Congress of Medical Education (COBEM).

The event held in the city of Belém, State of Pará, had as its central theme: “Transformative Medical Education: Commitment and Social Responsibility.” The 57th edition of COBEM sought to contribute to the training of professionals who become transforming agents of society through of exercising the profession. More than 80 medical education institutions from all over Brazil attended the event.

The Interprofessional Education covered Axis 1 of the event: Curriculum and teaching-learning methodologies through the Symposium - Do we have evidence of advances in interprofessional education? was conducted by Eliane Gontijo (Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais), Edson Arpini Miguel (Professor at the State University of Maringá) and José Rodrigues Freire Filho (International Consultant at the Pan American Health Organization PAH/ WHO).

The speakers discussed academic experiences of IPE implementation, the national IPE landscape and the regional and global movement for advancing the approach to health professions education.

Issues such as assessing the impact of interprofessional education, pilot projects with the creation of IPE courses and their increasing adherence to human resources policies in the region of the Americas were intensely discussed during the session.

It was a consensus among the participants that Brazil has the capacity to implement interprofessional education. However, several challenges need to be overcome, such as IPE faculty development, investments in IPE research, institutional support and the establishment of measures that can guarantee its sustainability in the reality of educational institutions.