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Academic leagues: a Brazilian way to teach about cancer in medical universities.

Ferreira DA, Aranha RN, de Souza MH - BMC Med Educ (2015)

Bottom Line: AL are able to develop skills and competencies that are rarely stimulated whilst studying in traditional curriculum.This has positive effects on professional training, community approach through prevention strategies, and development on a personal level permitting a dynamic, versatile and attentive outlook to their social role.Besides stimulating fundamental roles to medical practice, students that participate in AL acquire knowledge and develop important skills such as management and leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, health education, construction of citizenship.

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Affiliation: School of Medical Sciences, University of State of Rio de Janeiro, Rua Almirante Baltazar n 189 apt 513, São Cristovão, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, CEP: 20941-150, Brazil. dii.valente@gmail.com.

ABSTRACT

Background: Performance of qualified professionals committed to cancer care on a global scale is critical. Nevertheless there is a deficit in Cancer Education in Brazilian medical schools (MS). Projects called Academic Leagues (AL) have been gaining attention. However, there are few studies on this subject. AL arise from student initiative, arranged into different areas, on focus in general knowledge, universal to any medical field. They are not obligatory and students are responsible for the organizing and planning processes of AL, so participation highlights the motivation to active pursuit of knowledge. The objective of this study was to explore the relevance of AL, especially on the development of important skills and attitudes for medical students.

Methods: A survey was undertaken in order to assess the number of AL Brazilian MS. After nominal list, a grey literature review was conducted to identify those with AL and those with Oncology AL.

Results: One hundred eighty of the 234 MS were included. Only 4 MS selected held no information about AL and 74.4 % of them had AL in Oncology. The majority had records in digital media. The number of AL was proportional to the distribution of MS across the country, which was related to the number of inhabitants.

Conclusions: The real impact and the potential of these projects can be truly understand by a qualitative analysis. AL are able to develop skills and competencies that are rarely stimulated whilst studying in traditional curriculum. This has positive effects on professional training, community approach through prevention strategies, and development on a personal level permitting a dynamic, versatile and attentive outlook to their social role. Besides stimulating fundamental roles to medical practice, students that participate in AL acquire knowledge and develop important skills such as management and leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, health education, construction of citizenship. Oncology AL encourage more skilled care to patients and more effective policies for cancer control.

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Distribution of medical schools (MS), academic leagues (AL) and oncology academic leagues (Oncology), for regions, in Brazil
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Fig2: Distribution of medical schools (MS), academic leagues (AL) and oncology academic leagues (Oncology), for regions, in Brazil

Mentions: Figure 2 illustrates AL distribution. Most of them are located in the Southeast, which is the main region of development and population in Brazil, constituting to 43.8 % of the total MS. The number of AL is proportional to the distribution of MS across the country, which is related to the number of inhabitants. All MS in the South and Midwest regions have AL. With regards to Oncology AL, it can be seen that the distribution is similar in the majority of the Brazilian regions (84.2 % in the North, 75.0 % in the Midwest, 81.0 % in the Southeast and 78.1 % in the South). In spite of being the second most populous region, the Northeast it is also the poorest and reached 52.6 %. Seventy five MS (43 %) were administered by Brazilian's government organizations and 105 (57 %) were managed by private organizations. AL were present in all of MS run by the government and in 96.2 % of MS managed by private organizations. There was no significant differences between the two MS with Oncology Leagues which amounted to 75 % and 77.3 %, respectively.Fig. 2


Academic leagues: a Brazilian way to teach about cancer in medical universities.

Ferreira DA, Aranha RN, de Souza MH - BMC Med Educ (2015)

Distribution of medical schools (MS), academic leagues (AL) and oncology academic leagues (Oncology), for regions, in Brazil
© Copyright Policy - OpenAccess
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License 1 - License 2
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4696220&req=5

Fig2: Distribution of medical schools (MS), academic leagues (AL) and oncology academic leagues (Oncology), for regions, in Brazil
Mentions: Figure 2 illustrates AL distribution. Most of them are located in the Southeast, which is the main region of development and population in Brazil, constituting to 43.8 % of the total MS. The number of AL is proportional to the distribution of MS across the country, which is related to the number of inhabitants. All MS in the South and Midwest regions have AL. With regards to Oncology AL, it can be seen that the distribution is similar in the majority of the Brazilian regions (84.2 % in the North, 75.0 % in the Midwest, 81.0 % in the Southeast and 78.1 % in the South). In spite of being the second most populous region, the Northeast it is also the poorest and reached 52.6 %. Seventy five MS (43 %) were administered by Brazilian's government organizations and 105 (57 %) were managed by private organizations. AL were present in all of MS run by the government and in 96.2 % of MS managed by private organizations. There was no significant differences between the two MS with Oncology Leagues which amounted to 75 % and 77.3 %, respectively.Fig. 2

Bottom Line: AL are able to develop skills and competencies that are rarely stimulated whilst studying in traditional curriculum.This has positive effects on professional training, community approach through prevention strategies, and development on a personal level permitting a dynamic, versatile and attentive outlook to their social role.Besides stimulating fundamental roles to medical practice, students that participate in AL acquire knowledge and develop important skills such as management and leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, health education, construction of citizenship.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: School of Medical Sciences, University of State of Rio de Janeiro, Rua Almirante Baltazar n 189 apt 513, São Cristovão, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, CEP: 20941-150, Brazil. dii.valente@gmail.com.

ABSTRACT

Background: Performance of qualified professionals committed to cancer care on a global scale is critical. Nevertheless there is a deficit in Cancer Education in Brazilian medical schools (MS). Projects called Academic Leagues (AL) have been gaining attention. However, there are few studies on this subject. AL arise from student initiative, arranged into different areas, on focus in general knowledge, universal to any medical field. They are not obligatory and students are responsible for the organizing and planning processes of AL, so participation highlights the motivation to active pursuit of knowledge. The objective of this study was to explore the relevance of AL, especially on the development of important skills and attitudes for medical students.

Methods: A survey was undertaken in order to assess the number of AL Brazilian MS. After nominal list, a grey literature review was conducted to identify those with AL and those with Oncology AL.

Results: One hundred eighty of the 234 MS were included. Only 4 MS selected held no information about AL and 74.4 % of them had AL in Oncology. The majority had records in digital media. The number of AL was proportional to the distribution of MS across the country, which was related to the number of inhabitants.

Conclusions: The real impact and the potential of these projects can be truly understand by a qualitative analysis. AL are able to develop skills and competencies that are rarely stimulated whilst studying in traditional curriculum. This has positive effects on professional training, community approach through prevention strategies, and development on a personal level permitting a dynamic, versatile and attentive outlook to their social role. Besides stimulating fundamental roles to medical practice, students that participate in AL acquire knowledge and develop important skills such as management and leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, health education, construction of citizenship. Oncology AL encourage more skilled care to patients and more effective policies for cancer control.

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Related in: MedlinePlus