The future of medical education in the Region of the Americas

The future of medical education in the Region of the Americas
Health care workers

Within the framework of the World Health Day 2021 "Building a fairer and healthier world" and dedicated to the Health and Care Workers, is an ideal date for stimulating a regional debate that fosters the recognition of ideas, achievements, and difficulties, and that promotes the shared construction of new visions for the design, planning, and organization of medical training.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 has given new impetus to the discussion of medical education, questioning the status quo. The responses of medical schools have varied: some quickly opted to suspend clinical practice, while others invited upper-level medical students to collaborate on various tasks. As was also the case in other educational settings, distance learning was encouraged for medical and health sciences students. The pandemic has also contributed to the dizzying development of telemedicine, which promises to become a new healthcare practice with new educational content.


7 April, 2021,   2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (EDT) Washington, DC. Time

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English, Portuguese, and Spanish


Introduction: The context of World Health Day and the Year of Health and Care Workers.

Presentations and dialogue: • Medical education in the current and post-pandemic contexts. • Opportunities for new technologies and the challenges of an unfinished agenda.• Better education for greater inclusion.

Guests speakers:

Gilliat Falbo

Pediatric surgeon Former president of the Professor Fernando Figueira Institute of Integral Medicine (IMIP) Former Secretary of Health of the State of Pernambuco, Brazil Academic Coordinator, Pernambuco Health School, Brazil Head of the teacher training development committee.

Arthur Kaufman

Internist and family physician Worked in the Indian Health Service among the Sioux, Navajo, and Pueblo Indians before becoming Chair of Family and Community Medicine, former Vice Chancellor for Community Health, University of New Mexico, USA. His expertise is in professional health education for service to rural and underserved populations, a background he brings to the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for the Education of Health Professionals.

Mario Rovere

Current director of the Floreal Ferrar Government School of Health, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Full Professor and Director of the master’s in public health at the University of Rosario, Argentina. Pediatrician and expert on international public health. Former PAHO/WHO advisor on human resources for health; former Vice-Minister of Health of Argentina, and former dean of the medical education program at the National University of La Matanza, Argentina.


Summary of the event and closing remarks

  • Gabriel Listovsky, Coordinator of the Virtual Campus for Public Health, PAHO/WHO
  • Fernando Menezes, Unit Chief, Human Resources for Health, PAHO/WHO
  • James Fitzgerald, Director, Department of Health Systems and Services, PAHO/WHO



Virtual Campus for Public Health