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Vulnerabiity in access conditions, teaching and wellbeing: Training of health professionals in Latin

Symposium 21 - Vulnerabiity in access conditions, teaching and wellbeing: Training of health professionals in Latin America amid COVID-19

Date:  Monday 30th August
Time:  2000 - 2130 (UK time)
Stream: Room 2


  • Mildred Vanessa Lopez Cabrera, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Escuela de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud, Mexico
  • Cristhian Perez-Villalobos, Universidad de ConcepciĆ³n, Chile
  • Daniel Enrique Suarez Acevedo, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
  • Isabel Cristina Rojas Gallego, Universidad CES, Columbia
  • Mary Jane Schilling Norman, Universidad de ConcepciĆ³n, Chile
  • Nancy de los Angeles Segura-Azuara, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Escuela de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud, Mexico

Summary: This work is derived from an international inter-university educational study that involves five Latin American countries: Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, and Peru. Considering the forced migration that universities had towards online teaching due to the COVID-19 health crisis, and which mobilized more than 220 million tertiary students, this group undertook the task of analyzing how this migration impacted the educational experience for both students and educators.

Who should participate: We want to invite in this session our colleagues around the world: educators, researchers, and students, that were part of this challenge. We want to share experiences, lessons learned, and dreams about the future of health professional education.

What will they gain from participating: Latin American countries experience sharp social inequalities, which translates to a few opportunities in access to knowledge and skill development. Health education students in our countries, most from indigenous heritage, experience similar challenges than students from underdeveloped countries and disadvantaged backgrounds. Even before the pandemic hit, the social situation in the region was deteriorating, due to the rising rates of poverty, the persistence of inequalities, and growing social discontent. 

Students in health professions have limited educational opportunities, and often lack the technological and social conditions to support their training. The symposium will build on some of the results of a study performed amid the pandemic, which involved 10 universities from these five countries, correlating academic satisfaction with teaching and the technological and social conditions of access that students and educators had to continue their training during 2020. One of the most important discussion is to analyze how these conditions affected their well-being. 

This symposium will show Latin American experience, but the challenges addressed are shared with other countries, even developed ones. The participants are invited to reflect on the vulnerability of students and educators in this historic challenge.  An objective of this session is to provide a safe space as well for learning in which we can discuss our journeys in this migration which were accompanied by curricular models that were not prepared for change.

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