Life narratives of continuity and change: action and context in Brazilian medical schools

  • Maria Cristina Briani

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The research in this thesis investigated an innovative experience in medical education history and its practice in two medical schools in Brazil. As a former member of a curriculum reform committee I examined the limits of recent curriculum reforms in Brazilian medical schools, namely in regard to the integration of subjects. The thesis describes how in the 1960s, Prof Sílvio Carvalhal (1917-2008) developed an innovative teaching method and promoted an effective integration of teaching into the main medical subject course, namely, Internal Medicine. As a graduate and then a teacher his medical career spanned 37 years, during which time he set out to implement his ‘method’ in two medical schools in the São Paulo state, at UNICAMP (state run) and PUCC (private).
Date of AwardOct 2011
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Brighton

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