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Free Content Tuberculosis teaching in Brazilian medical schools [Short Communication]

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To achieve tuberculosis (TB) control, National Tuberculosis Programme guidelines should be implemented effectively. In a survey conducted in 2005–2006, 33 Brazilian medical school coordinators answered a questionnaire about TB education. The median time dedicated to TB was 27 h (4–119 h), spread over several disciplines, mainly biological and clinical. This included 12 h (0–88 h) of practical activities, mainly in university hospitals (53%). The recommendation to offer human immunodeficiency virus testing for TB patients was taught in only 54% of the schools. TB education in Brazil is fragmented and restricted to a biological approach, while field activities are insufficient and carried out in inadequate settings. Important changes to the TB curriculum are necessary.
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Keywords: curriculum; education; government programmes; schools, medical; tuberculosis; undergraduate

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: Gama Filho University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro Tuberculosis Scientific League, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Brazilian Network on Tuberculosis Research–REDE-TB, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2: Gama Filho University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro Tuberculosis Scientific League, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3: Brazilian Network on Tuberculosis Research–REDE-TB, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 4: Brazilian Network on Tuberculosis Research–REDE-TB, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto, Sao Paolo, Brazil 5: Rio de Janeiro State University, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Publication date: June 1, 2007

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