The Master Course in Pathology, UFC, was created in 1991 and has the following lines of research: Infectious-parasitic diseases and Oncology. Its objectives are: 1 - to train teachers and researchers in the health area; 2 - develop skills for the formation of research groups. 3 - to develop research focusing on morphological alterations, pathogenic mechanisms, immune response, diagnosis, therapeutics and transmission of infectious and neoplastic diseases. It is proposed to meet the demand of the North, Northeast and Central West.
In the three-year period 2004-2006, the course fell on its performance, receiving concept 3 (three), in the CAPES evaluation. In 2007, joining the efforts of UFC's faculty of the Course and Higher Administration, it was possible to start the recovery project of the Postgraduate in Pathology. This project had, during the entire period of its implementation, the follow-up of CAPES area coordinators.
As a result of this collective effort, both from the collegiate of the course and the UFC Superior Administration, there were structural and organizational changes, with broad repercussions on the dynamics of the course; Among them, we can mention:
A) the extensive renovation of the physical structure of the building and the acquisition of equipment, with a great improvement in the facilities of the classrooms, the research laboratories, the extension, the teachers' offices, the small animal room and the Necropsy, which currently has a structure for filming necropsies;
B) the re-accreditation of the Medical Residency in Pathology, in February 2010;
C) the adoption of periodic evaluation of teachers, with systematic accreditation / re-accreditation.
All this has given a new vitality to the faculty, which, coupled with the new profile of the postgraduate, more charged and more dedicated, has given new impetus to the Pathology Course. This has represented an important perspective for the strengthening of the Course, qualifying professionals to meet a significant shortage of the region, both for teaching practice and for diagnosing; As a result, we can cite the improvement in student flow. Also worth mentioning is the improvement in the quality of the dissertations, the increase in the scientific production linked to the student and in the quality of the publications.
Completing the goals of the recovery project, in 2013 the FIOCRUZ-IOC / UFC Interdisciplinary Doctor in Tropical Medicine (DINTER) was started, which will culminate in the creation of the PhD in Pathology of the UFC in the coming years.
In 2008, 69 graduates were interviewed, and 40 (58%) were linked to public and private universities, postgraduate professors, heads of research laboratories in the State of Ceará or in other states, one in the Pan American Health Organization. Throughout these years, the objectives of the course have been achieved.
In the quadrennium 2013-2016 we have had significant growth both qualitative and quantitative in our scientific production.