The 11th edition of the AIMS Meeting was held on 30 October 2019 - the AIMS Masterclasses. The auditorium was full and about 400 participants listened attentively to 3 testimonials about the theme “Changing the World and Medicine”, oblivious to the change that was fast approaching and would completely change the format of the AIMS Meeting in the following months. We had just released an edition that would never materialize.
Two years later and after two mostly virtual events, the Organizing Committee of the AIMS Meeting once again opens the doors of the João Lobo Antunes Grand Auditorium to FMUL students.
The 8th edition of the AIMS Masterclasses will take place on 6 November and will feature 3 lectures on the theme "The Next Generation - Rising to the Challenge", in order to foster reflection on the 21st Century Health Professionals - what challenges should we prepare for? What changes lie ahead?
To help answer these questions, there will be the opportunity to explore the concept of Nudging, reflect on Health Communication in Portugal and debate one of the biggest current problems among health professionals - Burnout.
To start with, to talk about the incidence of Burnout in health care providers and the stigma associated with mental health, we will have the testimonial of Dr Henrique Prata Ribeiro. He is a psychiatrist, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Lisbon and Coordinator of the Health Parliament Portugal Mental Health Committee. Through his book “Psychiatric Emergency” and the research projects that he combines with clinical activity, he intends to offer better healthcare to patients, providing them with weapons that help them combat habits and social barriers that hinder access to mental health care.
Next, we will listen to Dr Ricardo Baptista Leite, who will help us reflect on the importance of Health Communication in Portugal. As an infectious disease doctor, MP and scientific coordinator of Public Health at the Institute of Health Sciences of the Catholic University of Portugal, he was one of the voices in communicating to the population the measures implemented to combat COVID-19.
Finally, Professor Diogo Gonçalves will introduce us to a concept that could change the future of healthcare - Nudging. He is a researcher in the area of Behavioural Sciences, visiting professor at Instituto Superior Técnico and has been doing research in areas such as Consumer Behaviour and Behavioural Economics. In addition, he is the founder and CEO of Nudge Portugal, a start-up that aims to shape behaviours and decisions with an impact on the population's health, namely in combating obesity, salt and sugar consumption and even medical prescriptions.
At the end of the 3 lectures, there will be a Round Table led by Dr Francisco Goiana da Silva, holder of a Ph.D. in Health Policy from the Institute of Global Health Innovation of the Imperial College of London and of a postgraduate qualification in Global Health from Harvard University. He is also a consultant to the World Health Organization. Currently, he chairs the Health Parliament Portugal, where he seeks to replicate the parliamentary activity around health issues, in order to discuss and identify strategies to improve the health care offered in Portugal.
The AIMS Masterclasses will also feature several practical and theoretical-practical workshops that aim to complement the learning of their participants.
At the end of the day, the three thematic modules and some of the confirmed speakers of the AIMS Meeting 2022 will be known. It will take place between 10 and 13 March 2022.
We are counting on you on 6 November to launch another edition of the AIMS Meeting!