Graduate Program in Child and Adolescent Health (PPGSCA)

The Graduate Program in Child and Adolescent Health (PPGSCA) of the Faculty of Medicine (FAMED) of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) started in 1989. In the 30 years of its existence, the coordination of the PPGSCA was in charge of eight teachers: Elsa Regina Justo Giugliani (1989-1991 and 2019 to date);Themis Reverbel da Silveira (1991-1995); Renato Soibelmann Procianoy (1996-2000 e 2009-2011); Newra Tellechea Rotta (2001-2004); Marcelo Zubaran Goldani (2005-2009); Paulo Antonacci Carvalho (2011-2015) e Paulo José Cauduro Maróstica (2015-2019).

The opening of the PPGSCA filled an important gap in this area of knowledge, as it was the first postgraduate program in Pediatrics in Rio Grande do Sul. It started with only a master's degree and, in 1996, opened a doctorate. More recently, in 2015, it also started offering postdoctoral positions. In the first 12 years of operation, the PPGSCA only admitted medical students. Since 2002, it has become a multidisciplinary program, allowing the entry of professionals from other areas, when it came to be called the Postgraduate Program in Medical Sciences: Pediatrics. Subsequently, in 2009, it acquired the current name: Graduate Program in Child and Adolescent Health.

The PPGSCA's mission is aligned with the mission of the institution in which the Program is inserted, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) - “Develop higher education with excellence and social commitment, empowering individuals, generating philosophies, scientific and artistic. . "The PPGSCA's mission reinforces the institutional mission, by generating knowledge in the strict sense, training highly qualified teachers, researchers and professionals for the national and international labor market.

The PPGSCA started its activities with 14 teachers: 12 doctors (nine pediatricians, a hematologist, a geneticist and an epidemiologist), a statistician and an educator. The group of teachers has changed over time as the Program has grown and its characteristics have changed. The Program currently has 27 teachers - 21 permanent and 6 employees. Of these, only three teachers in the initial group continue to work on the Program and 11 of the current ones were trained by the PPGSCA itself. Due to its multidisciplinary approach, the Program has a group of teachers with diverse knowledge in the area of child and adolescent health, covering collective health, nutrition, gastroenterology, pneumology, neurology, neonatology, intensive care, dermatology, otolaryngology, genetics, hematology, oncology, in addition to epidemiology and statistics. Despite this multidisciplinarity, most teachers have medical training. Of the 24 doctors, 17 are pediatricians from various subspecialties and 7 are from other specialties that also address the health of children and adolescents. In addition to medical professors, the Program has one professor in the field of nutrition and two professors in the field of biology. In addition to teachers, the Program has the collaboration of several co-supervisors, expanding its coverage area, including beyond the health area.

Regarding the students of the Program, the number of students entering the master's degree per year increased gradually, varying from 8 (1991, 1996, 1999 and 2000) to 33 (2019). Admission to the doctorate increased until 2009 (3 to 12), remaining between 12 and 14 until 2014 and varying from then on (between 6 and 12). A quarter of the master's students and 37% of the doctoral students have been (or are being) awarded with CAPES or CNPq scholarships. In accordance with the objective of the Program described in its General Regulation, which consists of training qualified personnel for the exercise of teaching, research and development activities and for the production and dissemination of scientific and technological knowledge in the field of child health. and adolescents, it is expected that graduates, regardless of their future performance, have skills for the elaboration and execution of quality research projects, write scientific papers in a clear, objective and rigorous manner and communicate properly with different audiences, in addition to having a critical critique needs spirit in relation to scientific knowledge and, above all, ethics.

 

 

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