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Brazil: Mandatory Final Assessment Test for Medical Program Graduates

(Apr. 14, 2016) Starting in August 2016, students of medicine in Brazil will have to pass an evaluation exam to graduate from the six-year course of medical studies at the college level.  The requirement was created in 2013 by Law No. 12,871, which determines that a specific assessment of med students must be made every two years, with instruments and methods that evaluate the students’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes. (Lei No. 12.871, de 22 de Outubro de 2013, art. 9, PLANALTO.)  Law No. 12,871 also stated that the test had to be implemented within two years of the Law’s enactment by an act issued by the Ministry of Education. (Id.)

In fulfillment of the mandate established by Law No. 12,871, on April 1, 2106, the Minister of Education announced guidelines for the National Serial Assessment of Medical Students (Avaliação Nacional Seriada dos Estudantes de Medicina, or Anasem), which will be applied to students in the second, fourth, and sixth year of the medical program.  (Nova Avaliação Fará Monitoramento Progressivo dos Cursos de Medicina a Cada Dois Anos, Ministério da Educação [Ministry of Education] website (Apr. 1, 2016).) The purpose of the tests is to progressively monitor the quality of medical education in Brazil.  The Anasem evaluation is mandatory and will become part of the med school curriculum.  To graduate, med students must pass the exam applied in the sixth year. Evaluations done in the second and fourth years will be for pedagogical purposes. (Id.)