Medical Education & Humanism

International Fellowship Program (IFP)

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What is the International Fellowship Program

The International Family Medicine Fellowship is one of SOBRAMFA - Brazilian Society of Family Medicine Continuous Medical Education programs.

The International Fellowship Program aims to provide opportunities to share the Brazilian experience in constructing Family Medicine, understand the importance of Primary Care in other cultures, and a challenge for participants to improve their own knowledge and skills in Family Medicine. SOBRAMFA will host the candidates and develop a personal program adapted for each one.

Where is the Fellowship held?

In São Paulo, Brazil. The activities are carried at the SOBRAMFA's headquarter and private hospitals nearby.


The International Fellowship Program aims to provide development in:

  • Educational Issues in Family Medicine as Academic Discipline.
  • Research according with daily activities of the family physician: transforming practice into research and publishing it.
  • Information Mastering, scientific update, taking decisions in practice.
  • Promoting Leadership for supporting Family Medicine development in the own country.

Audience - Candidates

Family Medicine Residents, Medical Students, Physicians and Health Professionals involved in Primary Care abroad.


  • Home Visits – Seeing patients at their homes, along with a family doctor and nurse.
  • “Scientific Pacemaker” – Weekly Scientific Meeting at Sobramfa headquarters, including clinical discussion, family medicine topics discussions, lectures, journal club with recent papers, and clinical doubts arising from daily practice.
  • Family Medicine Clinics and Ambulatory: where family doctors take care of chronic patients and patients with comorbidities.
  • Family Medicine Didactic Clinic (Free Clinics): were medical students see patients, supervised by family medicine residents and family doctors. This is a teaching-learning scenario in were residents learn how to teach.
  • Palliative Care Ambulatory
  • Geriatric Care: for institutionalized age people
  • Mastering Information: learning how to search for medical information and how to take  it into practice
  • Developing Research: Fostering research and scientific papers focused on primary care, medical education and family medicine topics.


The values are expressed in US Dollars (US$). You can pay by credit card using PayPal®.

Duration Investment
Physicians, Residents, Health Professionals Medical Students
1 month US$ 1.500,00 US$ 950,00
2 months US$ 2.750,00 US$ 1.700,00


What is included

  • Certificate of participation
  • Lunch
  • Life insurance

How it works

Here is a brief overview of how SOBRAMFA's International Fellowship Program works:

  • After you submit the application form (clicking the "Application form" tab above), our staff and the IFP coordinators will evaluate if you are eligible for the fellowship program.
    • If you have a recommendation letter from one of the members of the International Consultant Commitee, you'll have preference in this proccess.
  • If you are eligible to attend the International Fellowship Program, our staff will contact you and provide you the better way to make the payment.
    • You'll be able to pay by credit card through PayPal®.
  • The IFP coordinators will elaborate a personalized agenda to you, in order to guarantee the best experience for you while you stay with us, and maximize the range of knowledge you'll be able acquire.
  • When you arrive on Brazil, we'll care to bring you from the airport to your hotel.
    • Note that hosting isn't included in your fellowship. See below a list of the hotels near to SOBRAMFA's headquarter.
  • During your fellowship, our staff will manage your transportation to/from hotel, hospitals, and SOBRAMFA's headquarter.

Closest hotels

São Paulo is, financially, the Brazil's largest city. This is why the traffic is sometimes complicated, so it may be a good idea for you to stay in a hotel near to SOBRAMFA. See in the list bellow some hotels near us.

Important note: these hotels aren't our partners, so we cannot guarantee their quality or provide discounts on hosting fees.

Name Address Website Stars Average price
Hotel Brigadeiro Avenida Brigadeiro Luís Antônio, 2564 - 01402-000 ** US$ 40
Mercure São Paulo Paulista Rua Sao Carlos Do Pinhal, 87 - Bela Vista - 01333-001 *** US$ 150
Grand Plaza Hotel R. Leôncio de Carvalho, 201 - Vila Mariana *** US$ 160
Augusta Park Suite Hotel Rua Oscar Freire, 533 - São Paulo - SP, 01426-001 *** US$ 150
Parthenon Hotel London Alameda Jaú, 135 - São Paulo - SP, 01420-000 Phone: +55 11 3284 3077 (no website) **** US$ 100
Golden Tulip Paulista Plaza Alameda Santos, 85 - São Paulo - SP, 01419-000 **** US$ 160
Maksoud Plaza Alameda Campinas, 150 - São Paulo - SP, 01404-900 ***** US$ 200

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These are the opinions of who participated in the International Fellowship Program

"My clinical experience in Family Medicine at SOBRAMFA was extremely rewarding and was of great value to my future career as a physician. I was able to see Family Medicine in Brazil in so many different contexts from ambulatory care, to in-hospital patients, long-term care facilities, Palliative Care and also home visits. The team was so passionate of the humanistic philosophy which Family Medicine is based on and that was extremely refreshing. All physicians were highly committed to excellence in the care of their patients while also being very attentive to the learning role of the medical students and provided valuable teaching with every patient encounter. It was an exciting rotation as well taking place in one of the most bustling metropolis of South America, São Paulo. I would highly recommend this program to fellow medical student looking for an invaluable experience in Family Medicine in Brazil.
Wilson Chan - McGuill University - Canada


"I've learned that doesn't matter the name given to the doctor by the patient - his speciality - the important is to take care of the patient and make the difference for it

The SOBRAMFA's members have some attention/concern with the residents and trainees that isn't common to find
The humanistic care given to the patient is evident
Dra. Shirley Cifuentes - - Equador


This fellowship made me to find again the Family Medicine
Was possible to rescue the humanistic focus of the speciality
During the fellowship I had a big apprenticeship in the respect of domiciliary visit and elderly care
Dra Tânia Duran - - Bolívia


Daisuke Yamashita“I really recommend this program to a resident who interested in health system and principle/core value of Family Medicine.  This was a great opportunity for me to reflect my understanding of family medicine and primary health care. Observing non verbal communication is one other benefit of this program if you do not speak Portuguese. You will start to pay more attention to non verbal cues in the communication and you will amaze how much you can understand even without knowing the language. This is also a good rotation if you have interest in communication between a doctor to a patient, and a doctor to a staff”
Daisuke Yamashita - - Resident from Oregon  Health & Science University - USA


"The doctors at SOBRAMFA were so organized that they had me experiencing different aspects of medicine everyday. I feel that I will now be able to better relate to Brazilian patients, through language, culture, and experience. I also learned a lot about public health, Brazilian healthcare options, family medicine, infectious disease, and the importance of forming good relationships with patients. Many individual patients left lasting impressions on me that I will carry with me as a physician in the future. This experience has surely shaped me in a positive way, and I believe that it will contribute to making me a better physician. My medical education has truly been enhanced by this experience and I am grateful for that."
Laura Israelian Petras - - USA

The strange thing for me as well was to know that the Family Medicine here take care after palliative care as well.
Home Visits – very important point of the course, a big new experience, different way of dealing with patients, showing the other face of the family medicine, definitely one of the best experiences during the whole course.
Karolina Jaczewska - Matyjaszczyk - Poland


It was very important to me to see how things work in a different cultural surroundings.
I think you make a very important job by showing specialists and student that they should deal with the patient not look and just deal with disease.
Michal Matyjaszczyk - Poland


The surprise was to find out how much more I have to learn and that I have learned probably more in one month than in one year of medicine studies
The program reassurance of my passion of managing patient´s health.
Ricardo Cypreste - Poland


I faced hard and impressive human situations, where I needed to react in a calm, serious and mature way.
I learned to treat patients humanely.
This experience allowed me not only to see but to live and being part of daily work in Family Medicine.
Augusta Milberg - Peru


This was an excellente reminder of why I went into Family Medicine.
Mary Puttmann - EUA

International Consultant Committee

Attempting to the best outcomes of the selection process and to gather candidates according with the Program objectives, SOBRAMFA has created an International Consultant Committee (ICC) with leaders of Family Medicine from many different countries around the world.

The ICC members will indicate, through specific recommendation letters the candidates (doctors, residents and medical students) to participate in the "International Fellowship Program".

The people interested in participating the International Fellowship Program can contact one of the members of the Committee to ask for a recommendation letter.

If there isn't a representative in your country, you can indicate one Family Medicine professional to integrate the International Consultant Committee, asking him/her to contact our staff through the e-mail staff (at)

These are the actual members of the International Consultant Committee (in alphabetical order):

Adelaide Maria Gurwell
Instituição: University of Iowa
Endereço: Southeast Iowa City FCC, 1130 Scott Blvd., Iowa City, Iowa 52240 - EUA
Telefone Comercial: 319-339-7472

Dr Brian Mathews MBBS, MMEd, ILTM
Instituição: St George’s University of London
Endereço: Brunei Project, Community Health Sciences, Hunter Wing, SGUL, Cranmer Terrace, LONDON, SW17 0RE - United Kingdom
Telefone Comercial: +44 (0) 208 8725 3587

Crystal Cash, M.D.
Instituição: Stritch School of Medicine Loyola University Chicago
Endereço: c/o Provident Hospital - 500 East 51st Street - Chicago, Illinois 60615 - EUA
Telefone Comercial: (312) 572-2673

Edward Shahady MD
Instituição: University of Miami and University of Florida
Endereço: 3085 Obrien Drive, Tallahassee Fl 32309 - EUA
Telefone Comercial: 850-668-2528

Francisco Borrell Carrió
Instituição: Universidad de Barelona / Institut Català de la Salut
Endereço: CAP Cornellà C/ Bellaterra 39-41  08940 Cornella de Llobregat - Barcelona - Espanha
Telefone Comercial: + 93 3768250

Francisco Lamus Lemus
Instituição: Facultad de Medicina – Universidad de La Sabana
Endereço: Facultad de Medicina - Campus Universitario - Puente del Común Vía a Chía - Chía – Cundinamarca - Bogotá - Colômbia
Telefone Comercial: 571- 8615555 Ext 2610

Gotthard G. Tribl, MD
Instituição: Medical University of Vienna
Endereço: Waehringer Guertel 18-20 - ZIP-Code: 1090 - Vienna - Áustria
Telefone Comercial: +43 1 40400 6532
Nome: Ismael Ramírez Villaseñor
Instituição: Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social  (Asistencial) y Colegio Jalisciense de Medicina Familiar (Académica)
Endereço: UMF # 1, Avenida del Campesino S/N y Avenida 16 de Septiembre. Guadalajara Jalisco - México
Telefone Comercial: (0133) 3619-4121

Javier F. Sevilla Mártir
Instituição: Indiana University School of Medicine
Endereço: Long Hospital,1110 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis IN 46202-5209 - EUA
Telefone Comercial: (317) 278-0310

James (Jim) Tysinger, PhD
Instituição: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Endereço: Department of Family and Community Medicine, MC 7794 7703 Floyd Curl Drive - San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900 EUA Telefone Comercial: 210-567-3043

Nome: Johanna Shapiro, Ph.D.
Instituição: University of California Irvine, School of Medicine
Endereço:Dept. of Family Medicine, 101 City Dr. South, Rte 81, Bldg. 200, Ste 512, Orange, CA 92868 - EUA
Telefone Comercial: 949-824-3748

Prof. Dr. Manfred Maier
Instituição: Medical University Vienna
Endereço:Währinger Straße 13a/3.Stock, 1090 Vienna - Áustria
Telefone Comercial: +43 1 4277 65951

Mark K. Huntington, MD PhD FAAFP
Instituição: Center for Family Medicine
Endereço: 1115 East 20th Street - Sioux Falls, SD 57105 - EUA
Telefones: 605-339-1783 / 605-335-1006 (fax)

Martina Torppa
Instituição: University Of Helsinki
Endereço: Departement of Public Health, P.O.Box 41, 00014 - Helsinki - Finlândia
Telefone Comercial: +358 40 5123146

Patrick Dowling , MD , MPH
Instituição: University of California, Los Angeles  (UCLA)
Endereço: UCLA Dept. of Family Medicine - 50-078  CHS - Los Angeles, Ca 90095-1683 - EUA
Telefone Comercial: 310 825 8234

Patricia Kelly, PHD, MPH, RN
Instituição: Associate Professor, Schools of Nursing and Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Endereço: 2220 Holmes Kansas City, MO, 64108 - EUA
Telefone Comercial: 816-235-2617

Raul O Urquiza
Instituição: Comite de Certificacion de la FAMFyG (Federacion Argentina de Medicina Familiar y General)
Coordinador del Grupo de Calidad para CIMF WONCA
Coordinador de la lista de medfam
Endereço:España 561, Santa Rosa del Conlara, San Luis - Argentina
Telefone Comercial: 00 54 2656 492202

Rogelio Altisent Trota
Instituição: Instituto de Bioética y Ciencias de la Salud
Endereço: Coso, 46, 3 B - Zaragoza - Espanha
Telefone Comercial: 661544960

Stephen P. Bogdewic, Ph.D.
Instituição: Indiana University School of Medicine
Endereço: Office of the Dean - Fesler Hall 302 - 1120 South Drive - Indianapolis, IN 46202-5114 - EUA
Telefone Comercial: 317-278-5461

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