Latin American virtual colloquium shows the importance of Interprofessional Education for the training of health technicians

On the 13th and 20th of August was held the 1st Latin American Colloquium on Interprofessional Education and Training of Health Technicians.

The event, which would be held in May in Colombia, took place virtually, in two sessions, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Colloquium, coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service of Colombia (SENA), through the Mesa Setorial de Serviços de Saúde, and by the Executive Secretariat of the International Health Technicians Education Network (RETS), supported by the Colombian Ministry of Health, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the Fundação Universitaria da Área Andina (Areandina).

With almost 1,000 participants from various countries in the region, the event had the following objectives: socializing initiatives from the Latin American and Caribbean region in Interprofessional Education (IPE); share knowledge and experiences of incorporating health technicians in the IPE; promote the implementation of national IPE plans; and making technical education visible and strengthening in the development of the implementation of national IPE plans.

The colloquium is part of the Work Plan of the International Health Technicians Education Network (RETS) 2019-2022, which aims to strengthen the role of technicians and technologists in national IPE in the region of the Americas, including the incorporation of IPE in educational programs and the recognition of their contribution to health.

Results: experts from the region of the Americas highlighted the relevance of IPE and its potential for incorporation into health technicians training programs, in addition to the experiences presented demonstrated the great challenges and also possibilities to invest in IPE as an educational strategy in the training of technicians in health.

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