The HCPA/HPSPOA Residency Program is a partnership between two public hospitals of Porto Alegre, the capital city of the Rio Grande do Sul state, south Brazil: the Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre (HCPA) and the Hospital de Pronto Socorro de Porto Alegre (HPSPOA). The 3-year program accepts 10 residents each year and shares rotations and teaching activities between both institutions.
Emergency medicine was recognized as a medical specialty by the Brazilian Federal Council of Medicine in 2015, with board exams beginning in 2018. There is a considerable need for improvement in medical education activities and emergency public services in Brazil, as it is challenged by economic restraints.
HCPA is linked to the Rio Grande do Sul Federal University. It is one of the largest public hospitals in the country, working with low- to high-complexity clinical cases. HPSPOA is an important trauma center in the state. It is the home of the first emergency residency program in Brazil, playing a historically crucial role in recognition of the specialty.
Rosh Review will be an essential teaching tool and feedback mechanism for this program. It will help the residents and program directors continuously improve, as well as aid in managing curricular challenges for this new specialty.