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The multifactorial aspects of pain have shaped behaviors and attitudes. An example of this phenomenon was the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), who has had her life and work profoundly influenced by the impact of pain, as exemplified by professor Marina Salvetti, in her lecture at the II Inter-professional Symposium of Undergraduate: Approaches to Pain, held on August 1st and 2nd at the Nursing School (EE) of USP.

The opening ceremony counted on the presence of the Undergraduate Provost, Prof. Edmund Baracat, connected to the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of FMUSP and Prof. Regina Szytit, director of the EEUSP. The theme has gained focus in several areas, with the participation of Prof. Marina Peduzzi, of EEUSP; Prof. Hazem Ashmawi, of the Anesthesiology Division of HCFMUSP and supervisor of the Medical Residency in Pain of FMUSP; Prof. Andrea Portnoi, psychologist of the Pain League of FMUSP; Karina Dal Paz, clinical pharmaceutic of the University Hospital of USP and Ana Carolina Basso Schmitt, Prof. of the Physiotherapy course of FMUSP, among other participants.

The lecturers have shown that besides the physical question, the activation of pain stimuli travels a path that goes through emotional, sensitive, affective, cognitive and neuro-vegetative aspects. “The pain is a complex phenomenon and needs an interdisciplinary approach for its understanding. The goal of this symposium is to promote the integration among different health sectors, aiming to create a concept of work among the different ways of thinking and acting in health, with a mind frame focused in the patient”, said one of the coordinators of the gathering, professor Hazem Adel Ashmawi.


According to Ashmawi, pain is a very common clinical situation and its importance within the health assistance is promoting the creation of an optative undergraduate discipline. The idea is to create an inter-unity discipline, connected to the Undergraduate Pro-Rectory of USP, focused on inter-professional and multifactorial approach to pain, he says.

According to professor Baracat, pain is an enigma. “A lot is researched and many times we don’t have a cause. In my area, which is gynecology, pelvic pain is something unbearable, with a very difficult and multifactorial diagnosis. Therefore, I soon hope to see an approach to pain in an optative discipline which is being created and should be connected to the Undergraduate Pro-Rectory”.

For professor Lígia Ferreira Gomes, of the Toxicological and Clinical Analyses Department of the Pharmaceutical Sciences School of USP, one of the organizers of the event, “the initiative strengthens the inter-professional teaching at USP and represents an important contribution to forming multi-professional teams for the health area”.

The closing ceremony took place at the FMUSP Theater. The symposium had a third day of activities, at the University Hospital amphitheater, on August 3rd, with the participation of undergraduate students of the Program of Education for the Health Work (PET-Health/Inter-professionals).