“It is a unique opportunity for learning, growth and professional development”. The statement is by psychologist Jéssica Soares da Silva, one of the 18 graduates of the Specialization in Collective Health, in the form of Residency, in the area of concentration in Health Planning and Management. The closing activity of the third class of residents took place last Friday (6), in the auditorium of the UFBA Institute of Collective Health.
Started in 2016 by the ISC Postgraduate Program in Collective Health, the course aims to train specialists in Planning and Management to work at all levels of the Unified Health System (SUS).
“The residency is a very significant stage for the professionals who make this journey. It is an immersion in health services, producing analyzes, supporting the formulation and implementation of policies, stimulating participatory planning and innovations at different levels ”, highlights Professor Isabela Cardoso, director of ISC / UFBA.
The program is aimed at professionals in the areas of Nursing, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Speech Therapy, Psychology and Public Health (bachelors). During two years of training, they participate in planning practices in health services and systems in the capital and in the interior of the state.
“They are health services in the municipal and state networks, at all levels of complexity of the SUS, such as health units, health districts, hospitals, coordinators in general and also in regulation”, explains professor Catharina Matos, coordinator of the program of residence of the Institute.
Students also receive a fixed scholarship during the entire training period.
Theory and practice
The search for professional maturation was what motivated Andréa Laura Andrade Moreira, a graduate in Public Health from ISC, to enter the Health Planning and Management residency. The certainty came after working in the interior of Bahia, in the management area. “I did not imagine that it would be so complex and involve so many local political issues. In certain situations, I realized that I didn’t have enough professional maturity ”, he recalls.
In the first year of residency, Andréa worked in the Sanitary District of Boca do Rio, in Salvador. Since then, he has accumulated more experience in working for the Health Surveillance Directorate and the Management Planning Advisory Office of the State of Bahia Health Department (Sesab). “Finally, I chose to work at the Municipal Health Secretariat of Quijingue-BA, in the area of Primary Health Care, to fulfill the elective internship”.
The trajectory of the residence, according to the sanitarist, allowed to develop relevant works for the community through partnerships with professionals from different areas and through direct dialogue with the university. “I leave different, more mature and capable”, he evaluates.
For Professor Catharina Matos, the highlight is, precisely, in this cooperation established between teaching and health services. “This contact allows an opening of the labor market for our residents. Many, in fact, have already been absorbed by the service they went through, ”he adds.
Psychologist Jéssica Soares da Silva’s interest in residency began early, since 2014, when she completed her undergraduate degree. “In addition to being a gap in my training, having worked in the assistance area previously helped to better understand the importance of management and planning processes”, he observes. But the entry only happened in 2018, when the unified selection process, carried out in Bahia through the State School of Public Health, started offering vacancies for psychologists in the public notice.
The wait was long and so was the dedication. During the residency, the psychologist came to act in the Coordination of Basic Actions of the Sanitary District of the Historic Center, in the Strategic Planning and Management Directorate, in addition to the Regulation, Control and Evaluation Directorate of the Municipal Health Department of Salvador.
“From classes with great professors and researchers at ISC, I had the opportunity to combine theoretical knowledge with the experience in management spaces of a secretariat the size of the municipality of Salvador, with decision-making, conflicts and tension that permeate the process of work in those places ”, he highlights.
Approved in 1st place in the last master’s selection at ISC / UFBA, the objective now is to deepen knowledge in the field of public health. “The residence was fundamental for this achievement”, he celebrates.
Currently, two other classes of residents, with a total of 36 students, are still in progress at the Instituto de Saúde Coletiva. For director Isabela Cardoso, the success of the program is a result of the effort among all those involved. “I congratulate the graduates and the team of professors at ISC, who conduct this training very competently”.