Faculty of Medicine of Sorocaba

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The College of Medicine of Sorocaba is the original name of the School of Medical Sciences and Health (FCMS) of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, which is the unit of PUC-SP dedicated to teaching and research in health. The FCMS has three courses: Medicine, Nursing and Biological Sciences. It is located in the city of Sorocaba (90 km from the capital) which has a population estimated by the IBGE (2009) of 584.313 inhabitants.


The College of Medicine of Sorocaba was founded on December 8, 1949. However, the idea and the preparations took place well before. More precisely in 1947, when Dr. Gualberto Moreira was elected mayor. At that time, the mayor of Sorocaba had at hand all the tools available to found several colleges, especially a medical school, making Sorocaba become known from "Manchester Paulista" into a "city of schools".

The inauguration of the hospital school occurred on January 6, 1951. At that time there were 13 medical schools in Brazil, two in the state of São Paulo: USP, 1913, and Paulista School of Medicine, 1933. Therefore, Sorocaba was the third operating in the state.

The history of the School has been documented by Dr. Hely Felisberto Carneiro in 248 pages of his book "The Medical School of Sorocaba and 50 years of its history" which is available for loan and consultation in the Library of PUC and for sale at bookstore campus (MedShop).


The campus offers laboratories in the areas of Anatomy, Biology, Histology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Parasitology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Surgical Techniques, Informatics, Imaging, Procedures, and a laboratory for morphological and functional support activities to various modules.

Practical activities are carried out in municipal health, Health Center-School (UBS) in General and Specialty Clinic, and Hospital Complex of Sorocaba (CHS), which consists of three hospitals within campus (PUC-SP's Hospital Santa Lucinda with 150 beds and State of São Paulo's Regional Hospital and 'Leonor Mendes de Barros' Hospital with 495 beds) where there are made highly complex medical procedures such as bariatric surgery, kidney and cornea transplants.

Hospital Santa Lucinda was donated to PUC-SP in 1950 by the then President of Votorantim Group (José de Moraes Ermírio) and years before the building by the State Government of Regional Hospital and Leonor Mendes de Barros Hospital (initially only for tuberculosis) in Sorocaba. Under an agreement of more than four decades with the state PUC students have free access to Regional and 'Leonor Mendes de Barros' Hospitals.

The CHS is responsible for servicing the tertiary level of 48 municipalities in southwest São Paulo with a population of over 3 million inhabitants. Reference state is the treatment of burns[1] and in 2009 was invested over five million Real to new motherhood.[2] The best scientific work in 2009 in the area of burns, according to the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery, was coordinated by medical Hamilton Aleardo Gonella and held at CHS. For a year, Gonella's team researched the application of dressings with nanocrystalline silver. The technique, tested in five patients of CHS, had positive results, expanding the range of dressing change which reduces the patient's suffering and costs in hospital care. The Plastic Surgery Service CHS has 34 awards for scientific work in various areas. About burns, are at least ten.[3]

The Ambulatory Surgery Hernia model is,[4] several training sessions are conducted for surgeons throughout the country. Sorocaba is a technique performed the cut is between 2 and 2.5 cm, smaller than the procedures used elsewhere.[5]

PUC-SP is one of the colleges with the most seats in medical residency, there are 54 vacancies for access (120 scholarships totaling accredited[6]) in 19 specialties and over 39 waves of access to expertise / Internship in 20 specialties. The services were most competitive in 2009 Plastic Surgery (29 candidates per seat), General Surgery (24 w / v) and Medicine (24 w / v).[7]

Curricular Reform[edit]

The system adopted is the Joint (PBL + Traditional). PBL is not as pure as there are classes in the traditional method that are called supports practical and theoretical. Thanks to the new curriculum and its social work on the periphery of Sorocaba, PUC won the Brazil Health,[8] One of the most important medical area in the country created 15 years ago and recognized internationally, Brazil Health Project is based on the premise of communication ethics and social responsibility in education programs in health, environment and citizenship.[9]

The Ministry of Education of Brazil has followed the global trend of adopting the methodology Problem-based learning (PBL) by programs such as ProMED (Program of Incentives to Change Curriculum of Medical Schools) and Pro-Health (National Programme for Re-Training Health) which costs the transition to the new curriculum at the PUC in federal government investment of $1.3 million in new classrooms, laboratories, materials, books. Many colleges have enrolled in these programs but few were selected.[10]

Of the 185 courses that have submitted proposals to the Pro-Health, only 90 (38 medical, 27 nursing and 25 dental) were chosen by the program. The PUC was one of 38 medical schools selected for the Pro-Health.[11]


Fifth year students can choose which hospital will perform the internship mandatory, also known as stage elective. These students can choose from renowned hospitals such as Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Emilio Ribas Hospital, and Unimed Sorocaba. Another alternative is an internship in French hospitals such as Saint-Philibert Saint Vincent and the Faculté Libre de Médecine of the Université Catholique de Lille and the Grupo Hospitalar Pitié-Salpêtrière (Paris).

Thanks to the Convention Foreign Ministry, African students every year (with priority given to Portuguese-speaking nations) come to Brazil to attend Medicine at PUC-SP. In recent years, undergraduates have been received Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Ghana etc. Throughout the university, 62 scholarships are borne fully by the PUC-SP, which add to those from other Brazilian universities.

External reviews[edit]

The Concept Preliminary course consists of 40% over the average of the course and institution in Enade 30% on the knowledge gained by students throughout the course, be measured by tests at the beginning and end of the course, and 30% based on the titles of teachers, as doctoral and masters, and the infrastructure of the institution.[12] According to the Student Guide (3 stars), the Medical School of Sorocaba is among the top 18 medical schools in Brazil from 178 existing ones.

The PUC-SP is the 4th power of Brazil (behind the USP, UNIFESP and Santa Casa) with the largest number of alumni in today's clinical Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein (over UNESP, Campinas, USP-Ribeirão), 27 are graduates of the PUC-Sorocaba (5% of 534 physicians HIAE).[13]

In the article in the Journal of Einstein:[14] "When you analyze the institutions where the professionals have completed your degree, there is little representation of public schools in São Paulo (UNESP, UNICAMP, USP-Ribeirão), all recognized as offering high-quality education. A study by Dr. Maria Helena Machado, 2001, on the profile of Brazilian physician, showed that over 70% of graduates of Colleges Screen exert their activities within, which certainly brings an explanation for our results. Moreover, this same work, it is shown that only 47% of graduates from the College of Medicine, PUC-SP (Sorocaba) remain in interior, which, in addition to the tradition of over five decades from the College, helps us to better interpret the results of this study. "

Renowned Professors (acting)[edit]

  • Bussâmara Neme - Author of Obstetrics Care. Full Professor, USP. Emeritus Professor at USP and Unicamp. Professor of Obstetrics and PUC Campinas.
  • Joseph Ben-Hur Ferraz Neto Escobar - In 2009 was appointed by the ranking of the annual "Health Analysis," as one of the most admired by fellow Brazilians in their specialty. Full Professor, USP. It is responsible for Organ Transplant Program of the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein. Editor of the Journal of Einstein, the Brazilian Journal of Transplantation, Brazilian Archives of Gastroenterology and Digestive Brazilian Archives of Surgery. Professor of Digestive Surgery.
  • Edie Benedito Caetano - In 2009 was nominated for the annual ranking of "Analysis-Health"[15] as one of the most admired by colleagues in Brazil their specialty. Associate Professor PUC. Author of dozens of papers on anatomy and Microsurgery, Upper Limb. Editor of Acta Orthop Brasileira. Professor of Orthopaedics and Traumatology.
  • José Eduardo Martinez - In 2009 was appointed by the ranking of the yearbook "Analysis-Health" as one of the most admired by fellow Brazilians in their specialty. Doctor UNIFESP. He conducts research in the area of Chronic Pain. Reviewer of the Journal of Rheumatology, Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain and Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology. Professor of Rheumatology at PUC.
  • José Carlos Rossini Iglézias - Full Professor of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, USP and PUC-SP.
  • Fernando Antonio de Almeida - Post-doctorate at Cornell University Medical College (New York) USA. Consultor ad-hoc CNPq. Editor São Paulo Medical Journal, Journal of the Brazilian Journal of Hypertension and Nephrology. Professor of Nephrology.
  • Gilberto Santos Novaes - Doctor USP. Reviewer of the Journal of Rheumatology. Professor of Rheumatology.
  • Marcos Vinicius da Silva - PhD at USP. Medical Institute Emilio Ribas. Professor of Infectious Diseases.
  • Maria Carolina Loureiro - Masters in Neuroscience from the Université de Paris-Sud XI and the USP. Professional Master in International Neurovascular Disease obtained at the Université de Paris-Sud XI. Specialization in Interventional Neuroradiology at the Fondation Rothschild, Paris, France (Prof. Service. Jacques Moret) 2005-2009. Professor of Neurology.
  • Reinaldo José Gianini - Postdoctoral Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Researcher at FMUSP. Reviewer of the Journal of the Pan American Health Professor of Preventive Medicine.
  • Julio Cesar Martinez - Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology of UNIFESP and PUC.
  • Maria Beatriz Marcondes Macedo Montaño - UNIFESP PhD, Coordinator of the Geriatric Clinic of UNIFESP and Professor at the PUC.
  • Cibele Isaac Saad Rodrigues - Professor, UNIFESP. Coordinator of the Department of Hypertension of the Brazilian Society of Nephrology. Reviewer of the Brazilian Journal of Nephrology. Professor of Nephrology.
  • Ana Angélica Bulcão Portela Lindoso - Ph.D., USP. Medical Institute of Infectious Diseases Emilio Ribas Infectious Diseases and Professor at the PUC.
  • Vincent Spinola Dias Neto - Vice-President of the Iberoamerican Academy of Geriatrics y Gerontology.


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