FMUL welcomes Professor Jorge Alberto Costa e Silva, Full Member of the National Academy of Medicine of Brazil
On 28 November, FMUL received Professor Jorge Alberto Costa e Silva, Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Rio de Janeiro and Member of the National Academy of Medicine of Brazil, who gave a talk on the theme:
"The paradigm shift in medicine in the 21st century: its repercussion on diagnosis, clinical practice, research, and the physician-patient relationship."
The Director of the Faculty, Professor Fausto Pinto, introduced the Professor, emphasizing his academic career at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Rio de Janeiro, where he became a Full Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology. He was Head of the Department of Medical Specialties, Director of the Biomedical Centre, Director of the Faculty of Medicine, and Vice-Rector for Teaching and Research. He also mentioned that he is the only scientist to be a member of four academies: the National Academy of Medicine, the Brazilian Academy of Philosophy, the Brazilian Academy of Physician Writers, and the Academy of Sciences.
Professor Jorge Alberto Costa e Silva began by thanking the invitation and said that he is in Portugal to conduct a project for which he was invited. He spoke of his family experiences and how he chose medicine and psychiatry as a professional area, becoming an "astronomer of the human mind." Based on his experience as a teacher and clinician, he reflected on the future and clinical practice. Nowadays, the role of the physician is to ensure that his patients can live longer and with a better quality of life, because "we are facing a new reality of the world, a virtual reality." The advancement of medicine happens on a daily basis, making it necessary for professionals to be attentive and aware of this evolution. The talk ended with some questions from the audience.
At the end of the talk, the Director of the Faculty awarded Professor Jorge Alberto Costa e Silva the Medal of the Faculty.