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Panama, 31 July 2017 (PAHO/WHO) - The Virtual Campus for Public Health of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) launched the first edition of the course "Teacher Training Course for Residency Systems, Strategies and Pedagogical Tools", which seeks to improve training processes of health residency systems in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. 

More than 100 participants from seven countries in the Region started the course, which has a duration of 16 weeks, and will address topics related to residences as a training environment, pedagogical strategies for health team residences, programming and management of educational projects in residences, among others. During the development of the course, participants will receive permanent assistance and support from tutors, which will serve as a framework for their further work as tutors of residents.

The course was developed by PAHO/WHO Coordination Office for Countries and Subregions for Central America and the Dominican Republic (CADOR), through the VCPH CADOR Subregional Node. This initiative is the adaptation of a course originally designed through cooperation between the Ministry of Health of Argentina and the VCPH Argentina Node, which was adjusted and contextualized for Central America and the Dominican Republic. "Our purpose is that this program supports the development of professional practices and promote the strengthening of continuing education practices within the framework of health services," said Isabel Duré, General Coordinator of the virtual course.

The course is part of the goals set in the Work Plan of the Technical Commission for Human Resources Development to strengthen the capacities of health teams towards universal health.

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