About the Program
The Women’s HealthPostgraduate Program, Master’s and Doctoral degrees, is characterized as an area of human resource education for teaching and research, aimed at the Brazilian teaching and research institutions.Its key feature is the fact of being multidisciplinary, that is, it is open to different graduates of higher education, provided that the research involves Women in their health and in the various aspects of the disease (prevention and curative measures).This program includes two major areas of concentration:
b- Human Reproduction and Gynecological Pathology.
The principle that has guided the range of vacancies for professionals from the most diverse areas of education is that the research object, the question to be answered in the preparation and development of the research is the unifying factor of professionals, rather than simply the undergraduate area.As examples, we illustrate research in which Psychologists study women at specific moments of life and under stress conditions (Puberty, Pregnancy and Menopause) together with gynecologists and endocrinologists involved in research in these same groups.Similarly, there are examples of biologists and biomedical scientists involved in research of malformation and stem cells within the same team, in which obstetricians and sonographers are found in related studies.In addition to these examples, many others can be mentioned, and the research(dissertations and theses) completed make evident this integration of the multidisciplinary of the Women’s Health Program.
The UFMG Women’s Health Postgraduate Program was created in 1970 by Professor Clovis Salgado.Initially, only with the Master’s degree, it became a reference in the education of professors of Medical Schools in Minas Gerais.It was through the UFMG Master’s degree that the first steps of the modern research were introduced in our State.Subsequently, the Doctoral degree (1996), which consolidated the Women’s Health Graduation in our University, was included.
The evolution of the program in quality and volume of its publications coincides with that observed across the national academic production.The postgraduate program that initially focused exclusively on professor education for college education was progressively assuming the responsibility of educating researchers and leading the process of formation of research groups in our Educational Institutions.
In our program, this fact was clearly visible.Currently, we present a series of indicators favoring the current view of Programs inserted in the production of international quality research and final papers that denote connection with lines of interest in the national academic community.
We hope that the coming years of operation of our program can produce advances in the quality and relevance of our courses.
The infrastructure of the Women’s Health Program, both care activities and research activity itself, is implemented within the UFMG Health Campus and classes for GD and auditorium with complete structure for lectures (including simultaneous translation).
1- Outpatient Care Activities (clinical trials)
Jenny Faria Outpatient Clinic, with consultations rooms in the antenatal department (3rd floor), Gynecology (4th floor), Mastology (2nd floor).Department of Propedeutics with Ultrasound, Urodynamics, mammography and clinical laboratory.Meeting rooms of the public health system of Minas Gerais.
2- Hospital Care Activities (clinical and laboratory research)
The Maternity and Neonatal Unit (4th floor of the HC-UFMG), quaternary reference has 56 beds for pregnant/postpartum women, 20 beds forneonates (including ICU).In this unit, all the propedeutics of obstetrics, genetics, imaging, pathology is available for assistance and use in research.The Oncology, Mastology and Gynecology departments are located on the 9th floor of the HC-UFMG, and use the obstetric block and other structures of propaedeutic and therapeutic support of the Institution.
3- Laboratory Research Activities (investigational use)
The program has experimental surgery department in animalswith surgery rooms and vivarium.Already-developed experimental endometriosis models and simulated teratogen exposure are lines of research in this department.The Professor Aroldo Camargos Human Reproduction Laboratory, with areas of assistance and laboratory research, is located on the ninth floor of the HC-UFMG.Besides all the assisted reproduction techniques, in this area, there is structure for studies on embryology and embryonic stem cells.The Fetal Medical Laboratory is located on the fourth floor of the HC-UFMG, which, in addition to the assistance area,provides equipment forresearch on congenital infection, fetal genetics and fetal hematological studies.
4- Administrative Structure
The Women’s Health Graduation Program is administratively linked to the Postgraduate Medical Center located on the seventh floor of this educational facility.All management structure and administrative support of the program are located in this place.We highlight that, currently, all flow of subjects, enrolment, tests, etc. are computerized, thus enabling students to browse their course virtually.
5- Research Support Structure (Library and search engines)
The Women’s Health program provides students, at the time of enrollment, with the possibility of accessing the Capes Journal Web Portal.There is a small training to use search possibilities provided by the Website itself.In addition to this tool, students can enroll in the UFMG libraries, Baeta Viana (Health Campus – BIREME member) and central library (Pampulha Campus).There is functional support in both libraries (Librarians) if you need research in development.UFMG also has a research ethics committee, regular member of CONEP (Brasília).In the Postgraduate Medical Center, where the Women’s Health Program is located, there is a computer lab with about 50 terminals and basic statistical programs to support the research of our students (Minitab, IBM SSPS and others).There is statistical advice for our students’ final papers.