2014, Number 3
Revista Cubana de Anestesiología y Reanimación 2014; 13 (3)
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ABSTRACTIntroduction: higher medical education is aimed at achieving the curricular flexibility and creativity required to ensure pertinence and equity as two of its basic principles.
Objectives: provide newly graduated specialists with information about the development of the Graduate Course in Anesthesiology and Resuscitation in Cuba.
Results: graduate education is classified as either formal or non-formal. The former is directly related to the canons established by the World Health Organization. It is a broader concept linked to the development of professional competencies required to ensure performance as an expression of theoretical, practical and personal knowledge. It is of a selective nature, regulated nationally and implemented by authorized institutions awarding academic titles. Advanced non-formal education is also known as continuing education. Graduate education in Anesthesiology and Resuscitation was started in Cuba in the 1960s, when its pioneer, Dr. Alberto Fraga Zaldívar, returned to the country after completing his residency in the United States. The First Graduate Course in Anesthesiology and Resuscitation was taught at the institution then known as INCA (National Institute of Surgery and Anesthesia), currently the Freyre de Andrade hospital.
Conclusions: development of graduate studies in the specialization has had solid foundations in Cuba. Much is still to be done in the training of specialists able to respond to the current needs of society, but the progress so far achieved has been based on firm ground and unyielding principles.