This study describes the experience among the teams of the Educational Program for Health Work (PET-Saúde) after its implementation at the university from 2009 to 2010. This is a descriptive, retrospective report of an innovative experience that allows students and faculty to enjoy a significant learning process in the world of work, from the perspective of interdisciplinary collaboration and continuing education. The practice was developed with tutorial follow-up in Primary Care with the Family Health Strategy, with a view towards contributing to multidisciplinary training of students. Based on the population's health problems, and under the supervision of preceptors, students work with the local families, developing comprehensive care and introductory science projects involving field research with a community interface. The study analyzes the program's main potentialities and challenges, highlighting the need for integration between courses in order to allow consistency and flexibility between curricula, with greater integration between theory and practice. The study concludes that despite numerous difficulties with building the Unified National Health System (SUS) and governance of public universities, the program has enormous potential for transforming the reality in the teaching, health services, and community interface.
human resources formation; professional practice; primary health care; medical education; teaching care integration services; family health