For every ten medical schools in Brazil, about six are located in the South and Southeast regions of the country (58%). Of the 357 Medicine courses in operation in October 2020, 28% are located in capitals (102) and 60% are linked to private institutions. These are some of the information that can be accessed through the panel of the Directory of Medical Schools (Direm), which will be released on Wednesday (14), at 3 pm, in room Z5 of the 58th Brazilian Congress of Medical Education (Cobem).

The initiative is the result of a partnership between the National Institute of Science, Technology and Equity in Health (INCT / Inteqs) with the Brazilian Medical Education Association (Abem) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

At the launch of the directory, the INCT / Inteqs coordinator, Naomar de Almeida Filho; Abem’s vice-president director, Sandro Schreiber de Oliveira; the Coordinator of the Technical Unit of Human Capabilities for Health at PAHO, Mônica Padilha; the technical coordinator of Direm, Marcelo Dourado, the associate professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Botucatu at Universidade Estadual Paulista (FMB / Unesp), Eliana Cyrino; and the doctor in Collective Health from the Institute of Collective Health of the Federal University of Bahia (ISC / Ufba), Ana Maria Rico. 

The webinar will also be broadcast live through Abem’s YouTube channel ( www.youtube.com/c/ABEMNacional ).

Reliable information

Direm organizes a series of information about medical education in Brazil and provides access using three tools: an interactive panel, in which it is possible to view the panorama of medical schools in the country geographically and with the help of indicators; a course finder, in which users can find detailed information about each institution and medical course; and, finally, an area for sharing information, based on critical analyzes produced by an interdisciplinary network of researchers from different research centers. 

 “The platform has a very comprehensive structure that allows multiple approaches”, explains, Marcelo Dourado, associate professor at the Institute of Humanities, Arts and Sciences at the Federal University of Bahia (IHAC / Ufba) and coordinator of the Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Studies about the University (PPGEISU / IHAC / Ufba).

The directory can be used for several purposes: candidates who want access to information about the different medical schools, such as vacancies, faculty composition and course evaluation; researchers, who will be able to interpret, analyze and produce knowledge about the training of human resources in health; managers involved with educational planning or health systems, who may have sufficient and updated information to improve the monitoring and evaluation of the medical training system and support decision making. 

Thus, it will be possible, for example, to better plan the opening of new vacancies based on the number of doctors who are graduating in a given location, reducing the shortage of human resources in the health system. It will also be possible to monitor the indicators of the evaluation processes conducted by the Ministry of Education.

In addition to information on the identification and individual functioning of schools and medical courses in the country, in this first stage, Direm will provide data, at national, regional and unit level, on the number of institutions, legal nature (public x private) ; occupancy rate, competition and success; composition of student and teaching bodies and concepts obtained in the evaluation of courses. The platform will be launched in an experimental version (beta) and its features will be implemented by the end of 2020.