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Medical teaching and community outreach in Amazonian Riverside areas

The model of medical education has been undergoing a transition between classical theory and problem-oriented teaching based in the past years. Relying on an outpatient practice, we created an outreach project for the simultaneous teaching of students from different years of the medical course integrated with the consultation of a riverside population, where each used their academic skills already acquired in the course to create an outpatient service (pre-consultation, medical consultation, vaccination and drug dispensing) in order to promote a health service. This action occurred in the most remote areas of the Brazilian Amazon, showing that it is possible to combine community outreach projects and teaching while making future medical doctors more aware of the different Brazilian socioeconomic and cultural realities.

Medical Education; Teaching; Community-Institutional Relations; Tropical Medicine


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