The Postgraduate Program in Ophthalmology (PPG), Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and Phonoaudiology of the Ribeirao Preto Medical College of the University of São Paulo (FMRP-USP) started in 2003, with the intent of forming professors and researchers and to expand through academic innovation and integration between clinical and experimental research, the production of scientific knowledge in the area,.
The beginnings of our PPG happened in 1970 with the foundation of the Postgraduate Program in Ophthalmology, and in 1990 with the establishment of the Postgraduate Program in Otorhinolaryngology, both of which titled 216 students until 2003, adding up to 495 graduates until now. Several of these students (up to 116) have contributed directly or indirectly for the nucleation all over the country, where they develop teaching and research activities, wherein some of them have become professors in our Department, even participating as permanent professors (DP) on this PPG Otorhinolaryngology.
Following a multidisciplinary tendency, the lines of research of our PPG are distributed in two areas of concentration: 1. Physio pathological Mechanisms of the Visual and Audiovestibular systems and 2. Morphophysiology of the Facial Structures. The multidisciplinary continues being considered by both teachers and students and it can be verified in different thematic, present in several lines of research comprised by the PPG such as: physiopathological mechanisms of the visual and audiovestibular systems, anatomo-molecular study on the neoplasms of head and neck, and the anthropometric and morphofunctional study of the cervico-craniofacial complex.
Since the new PPG proposition, vacancies are offered for doctors of other specialties and non-doctors, fact that contributed for the proliferation of multidisciplinary integration on lines of research. In 2007 the Program achieved grade 5 from CAPES, keeping, however, the concept 4 since 2010. An additional effort has been applied during the last four years, which resulted in the increased development of various fronts of internationalization, raising funds for research and publishing, with a major impact factor and students participation. Since then, the collaboration with other laboratories inside the institution, even yet with National and International Agreements, the interchange program and joint production was increased.
Our program presents a growing number of agreements of international collaboration, including with the University of Cincinnati in the US, the University of Salamanca in Spain and with the Universities of Porto and Minho in Portugal, and most recently the Flinders University in Australia, Columbia University – NY and Duke University – NC in the US.
With the stricto sensu master´s and doctorate´s academic courses, our PPG has received students from all over the country, and some foreign ones. It also provides the classrooms and possess its own physical structure inside the institution, and it has invested on its laboratories of research and on the structuring of its own clinic, which are already equipped today and in full operation through funding projects,
The faculty staff (DP), composed primarily by ophthalmologic, otorhinolaringologists and head and neck surgeons, alongside with gastroenterologists and phono audiologists bestow on the PPG a multidisciplinary character, in which the interdisciplinary itemare set up on the lines and projects of research. With all the work done in exclusive dedication to the institution, our DPs have evident acknowledgement of the area, being that several of them are participants and coordinators of scientific society sectors, belong to editorial boards of scientific magazines, are scientific event organizers and research fund raisers. In 2017, it was implemented the support in biostatics provided by medical physicist Denny Marcos Garcia, graduated in our PPG and participant in several scientific works since the conclusion of his doctorate.
Also in 2017, aiming the participation of international professors, there was the arrival of Professor Justine Smith, as a collaborator and participant in the agreement signed between FMRP-USP and Flinders University – Australia. Currently she acts as a co-advisor of a master´s student and in publishing together with a professor of the board.
Nowadays the faculty is comprised by 15 professors (DP) and 2 collaborative professors ( DC) being that one of them is an international collaborator. Even though there is currently an established independence of the DPs, efforts will be made within the next few years for an even bigger reduction on the number of DCs in our program.
Since November 2016, the current coordinator, Professor Dr. Jayter Silva de Paula, alongside with the PPG new coordination committee, has given continuance to the main activities of our program and held meetings with the faculty to discuss goals and the establishment of further actions, aiming the improvement towards excellency, mainly strengthening some aspects of the internationalization, the equalization of the activities developed by the DPs of the program, the social insertion and students participation in scientific publishing, with major impact alongside international participants.
The general objective of the PPG is the formation of researchers and highly qualified professors, together with the production of qualified and recognized knowledge in the fields of ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, head and neck surgery and phono audiology, through avant-garde subjects and scientific research of international level.
Therefore, the following specific goals are pursued:
- Training students in different levels for the development of scientific researches, dissemination of knowledge and high quality education, from the theoretical and practical point of view, aiming nucleation, and on a globalized perspective;
- Producing new knowledge and increasing the quality of scientific researches in the areas related to the PPG;
- Promoting critical debate of subjects related to the PPG specialties, inside scientific spheres and of public health, under a multidisciplinary approach;
Concluding its formal education at the PPG, the graduate student should be able to play its academic and social role on scientific and technological development. Our graduates should, then, be able to:
- To integrate multidisciplinary teams, joining and collaborating with high level teaching and research facilities, or forming new centers of teaching and research;
- To evaluate, plan, develop and conclude health, teaching and research projects, aligned to the new scientific methodologies and technologies;
- To play a critical role as transformers of processes and systems, innovating and producing technologies appropriated to future needs of science and society.
– CAPES Evaluation
Grade 4 (Medicine III)
– Future Planning
In order to keep its evolution, the program considers the following points as a priority on future planning:
- The enlargement of bidirectional interchange of students and researchers among our PPG and foreign institutions, including the sandwich doctorate and post doctorate focused on publishing and thesis. In 2017, it has been reinforced the existing international agreements, and at the moment there are two international co-orientations in our PPG, although the development of these actions will be pursued along the next years. Personal strategies and specific internal discussions were presented, focusing on the increase of multicentric projects, distance co-orientation and the maintenance of English language subjects.
- The equalization of the number of publishing in magazines of major impact among the professors in our program.
- To expand social insertion through the increase of solidarity actions and the exposition of scientific research in the fundamental and high school education.
- To increase the flow of student’s graduations, being careful with deadlines of joint publishing with students.