“Graduated FMUSP doctors – unpublished preliminary results on the profile of the graduate alumni” was the theme of the thematic gathering in the FMUSP Congregation Room on May 31st. Professor Mário Scheffer and Professor Alicia Matijasevish, of the Department of Preventive Medicine, presented data of the first step of the Longitudinal Study of Graduated Doctors from FMUSP (ELMU).

The results are an unfolding of the Medical Demography in Brazil study, a national survey on the numbers and distributions of doctors in the country, coordinated for over 10 years by professor Scheffer. The preliminary data of the ELMU show the doctors graduated at FMUSP remain, mostly, working at the state of São Paulo or at the Capital.

The feminization of the medical career at FMUSP occurs at a slower pace in relation to the rest of Brazil. According to the number in the records of the regional councils of professional medicine, the percentage of women acting in the career has gone from 44,3% to 55% in Brazil, between 2000 and 2016, while among the FMUSP alumni, the percentage of new records of female doctors has gone from 32,2% to 44,1%, showed professor Alicia.

Regarding the specialty (conclusion of Medical Residency or acquisition of a title at a Society of Medical Specialties), among the FMUSP alumni the most frequent specialties are surgical, compared to the total of graduated students of the other medical schools in the country.

According to Scheffer, on the component of the insertion of the FMUSP alumni in the job market and in the health system, the best methodology of study is still being traced. “The career is very dynamic and these data depend on external sources, self-declared information and employer information”, he says.

To know the profile of the alumni is important not only for the necessary curricular changes of the medical courses, but also for the better understanding of the health needs in the country, according to Scheffer. “We all want to know the destination and the trajectory of our former students, and also the profile of this workforce in health. In 2020 Brazil will have 500 thousand graduated doctors and about 340 medical courses. There will be 34 thousand new graduated doctors per year. We need to think at the consequences of this new scenario”, said the professor.

The FMUSP director, professor Tarcisio Eloy Pessoa de Barros Filho, mediated the debate, which counted on the presence of professors and researchers of several courses and departments of the HCFMUSP Complex.