The history of schools of medicine is the history of medical training. The most well-know and mentioned fact is the profession of medical doctor, which achieved public recognition.
At the end of the twentieth century, Universities have considerably invested in the development of their scientific departments, which meant an increase in the area of medical training, namely the number of Master and Doctoral programmes. Graduate training in medicine has long gained its own position, some medical schools being exclusively dedicated to this kind of education. The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto has been at the forefront of this transformation by accepting, since early days, medical doctors who wanted to achieve advanced scientific education aside an academic career. We have developed a policy of scientific motivation by using the degrees as an instrument and making the most out of the demand of the PhD students for better research. The number of papers produced and their impact factor advocate these policies.
We provide a close-knit relationship between investigation and graduate training, being the improvement of the latter responsible for the development of the Faculty of Medicine, even at the very basic medical training. We do believe that this superior dimension has contributed to increase the scientific level of all the remaining activities of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto.
Mª. Amélia Ferreira