Provincial Resident events: towards excellence in postgraduate teaching


Provincial Resident events: towards excellence in postgraduate teaching


Jornadas provinciales de residentes: hacia la excelencia en la docencia de posgrado



Yusimí González Álvarez1, Lutgarda Pérez de Alejo Rodríguez2, Carmen Xiomara Moré Chang3

1 "Arnaldo Milián Castro". University Hospital Villa Clara. University of Medical Sciences. Cuba. E-mail:
2 "Arnaldo Milián Castro". University Hospital Villa Clara. University of Medical Sciences. Cuba. E-mail:
3 Santa Clara municipality Health Headquarters. Villa Clara. E-mail:



To the editor:

Through this letter we express satisfaction for the teaching developed through the Clinical Laboratory professorship of Villa Clara University of Medical Sciences in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, implementing curricular strategies for a teaching excellence.

The training of the Resident of Clinical Laboratory is conceived in his teaching capacity. This specialty is only developed in Cuba. They have taken advantage of all the spaces of the resident's training to guarantee the development of critical thinking and contribute to the formation of ethical values in these professionals. In the notes of an international organization,1 it is stated: "... the Faculty of Medicine should describe the content, extent and sequence of courses and other curricular activities, including the balance between core and optional contents ..." when speaking of optional refers to everything that allows the integrated training of the student, and is considered key to achieve better training.

Fernández Sacasas's2 proposals have been an impulse for the improvement of the quality of teaching processes in teaching programs, he has pointed out that "... medical education can be conceived as the set of processes inherent to undergraduate and postgraduate training, which promote the development of professional competences in students in the areas of health care, teaching, research and administration, framed in the health, educational and social reality of each institution and country" and guideline 160 of the Party's Economic and Social Policy and the Cuban Revolution, which states: "To ensure that the training of medical specialists responds to the needs of the country and to those generated by international commitments".3

The authors consider that the teaching learning process is dynamic, systematic and renovating, so it is necessary to continually seek educational alternatives that motivate students and teachers to creativity and permanent development. Thus, in their scientific events, residents present their research works in different modalities of presentations, lectures and pre-event courses that are also knowledge enriching activities which lead to scientific exchange.

For Residents of Clinical Laboratory, a scientific event was held recently in Santa Clara in June 2017, which served to strengthen the resident's development. Among the topics addressed were the application of the clinical method, so relevant in the current context; lectures were held, among them, "Polymerase chain reaction", containing a new technology; on updating the diagnosis of drugs and substances with similar effects; and deepened in quality topics, metrology and normalization. In the works presented in different modalities, a view to the researching activity in Villa Clara was promoted, in a fast and updated way.

One of the essential objectives of the event was to promote generational exchange, in order to consolidate knowledge that would benefit the community. Different theses projects from residents were evaluated, among them: those related to thyroid, prostate and lung cancer (on the latter type, the research carried out by the province on the efficacy of two unique vaccines in the world against this disease), cardiovascular risk studies, immunological profile in elderly people, and laboratory analysis of cystic fibrosis (the latter service is offered in an excellent and comprehensive way by "José Luis Miranda" Pediatric Hospital, in Villa Clara, with territorial scope since 1970).

The contribution of eminent professors was also recognized, for their infinite and outstanding work in the formation of multiple generations for several decades. They were:

  • Dr. Rafael Machado García Siñeriz.
  • Dr. Amada Ramos Collado.
  • Dr. Delina Romero and Loynaz de Castillo.
  • Dr. José Antonio Rodríguez Rodríguez.

Thus, the authors have emphasized the significance of the scientific events of residents because they are not only a way of sharing knowledge and experiences, but also offer a contribution to the development of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.


Declaration of interests

The authors declare no conflict of interest.



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2. Fernández Sacasas JÁ. Aspectos distintivos de la educación médica cubana. EDUMECENTRO [Internet]. 2012 [citado 23 Mar 2017];4(3):[aprox. 2 p.]. Disponible en:

3. Partido Comunista de Cuba. VI Congreso. Lineamientos de la Política Económica y Social del Partido y la Revolución. Lineamiento No. 158. La Habana: PCC; 2011.



Submitted: November 1 2017.
Accepted: November 20 2017.



Yusimí González Álvarez. "Arnaldo Milián Castro". University Hospital Villa Clara. University of Medical Sciences. Cuba. E-mail:

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