The Brazilian initiatives that propose to contribute to redirecting training and the care model led us to describe the experience of deploying of the Education for Work Program (PET) - Health/Health Surveillance (HS) in Sobral, northeastern Brazil. This is a descriptive, experience-reporting study, experienced by nursing students at the Vale do Acaraú State University (UVA) and medicine and dentistry students at the Federal University of Ceará (UFC), tutors, and PET-Health/HS preceptors. The information was recorded by the tutors and preceptors during the activities undertaken ever since the program was deployed (July 2010). The work process performed under PET-Health/HS comprises three intercommunicating structural axes, consisting of theoretical and conceptual experiences, experiences in service, and research experiences. To ensure the interface between teaching and service and integration between health surveillance and primary care, we built an educational 'technology' we call a permanent education in health surveillance technology. The experience afforded the students a broader view about the population's health conditions and on the importance of understanding local issues for health surveillance in order to provide qualified care targeted at the reality at each territory.
health surveillance; interdisciplinary team; health professional education; primary health care