Panama, November 22, 2017 (PAHO/WHO) - More than 70 participants from seven countries in the Region finished the 1st edition of the "Tutorial training course for residency systems - Strategies and Pedagogical Tools" in the Virtual Campus of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/VCPH). The initiative was developed by the PAHO/WHO office for the Coordination of Countries and Sub-regions for Central America and the Dominican Republic through the VCPH's Sub-regional Node. This first edition of the course, with duration of 16 weeks, brings together the concerns and needs of residency systems from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic. Considering its inter-sectoral nature, with the participation of the Ministries of Health, the local Universities and the Social Security organizations, the institutional frameworks and the problems related to in-service teaching were incorporated.
In the framework of the work with the Open Educational Resources of the CVSP, this edition is an adaptation of the course previously developed by the Argentine node of the VCPH. In its first editions participated colleagues from Central America who visualized the strategic relevance of the course for their sub-region.
The participants shared their experiences in the group forums, emphasizing their satisfaction with the virtual modality, the materials and bibliography shared, the exchange with colleagues from different countries and the assistance and support given by the course tutors.
"This course opens a new panorama, with multiple knowledge and new tools that I will definitely apply in my practice and that I will share with my fellow teachers in the hospital and in my country" [sic] (Panama).
"I think the course has an excellent structure and makes us reflect on the graduate programs' weak points and on the changes we can make to improve them" [sic] (Costa Rica).
"This is my first experience and participation in these courses and I must say that it has been very rewarding and profitable" [sic] (Dominican Republic).
"The bibliography was of quality, as well as the videos and the commentaries of the classmates were very important, we could appreciate many similarities, concerns and-above all-the desire to learn and acquire competences for the improvement of the residencies" [sic] ( Guatemala).
"Thanks to all my classmates for their comments, interventions ideas, improvements for the quality of teaching our knowledge, which are of the utmost importance to give the most of us in favor of the learning of our residents" [sic] (Nicaragua).
"Very grateful and honored to have had an excellent tutor. Being able to learn in each of the modules and interacting with colleagues from other residencies throughout Latin America was one of the best educational experiences for me" [sic] (Honduras).
The course is part of the goals set in the Work Plan of the Technical Commission for the Development of Human Resources to strengthen health teams' capacities towards universal health.