Representatives of the technical team of the Dhá Aégéan health research center i
Health presented in the panel “Research in Medical Education. Experience and Best
Practices in the Dominican Republic” the best practices in various implementations
types of research and how to apply them to strengthen the training of professionals
Dr. served Marija Miric, Executive Director of Two Oceans in Health, mar
moderator and emphasized the interest of the academies in creating a generation of him
vital health professionals, who can create their own knowledge,
He also said that we are experiencing a great moment in the use of research
science for health decision making. He cited the example
the realization of the First International Conference on Medical Education, representing a
shows that we are living before and after in the transformation of the
services and the health professional in the Dominican Republic.
In this sense, Dr Miric emphasized the importance of the paradigm shift
where medicine is no longer just clinical, but we are
including aspects such as ethics and research training in the programmes
He emphasized the importance of the integration of research and student input
with the public in the process of humanizing future health professionals and
of the patients, who are in the middle.
Dr Miric was grateful that the students showed interest in the research, which is this
tangible in the demand for courses and projects of this type developed by Two
Oceans: “Students want to investigate, but maybe the curriculum doesn’t
it still has the flexibility to respond to the type of research they want to do”.
Quantitative research as a means of humanizing services
In the case of good practice in relation to the humanization and improvement of services i
local health centers, Dr. Massiel Méndez, Information Manager Two
Oceans, emphasis on the work of the organization, through the implementation of projects
which uses different research methodologies, including quantitative, to find
data and use it to significantly improve the quality of health services
get the population.
Dr. Méndez emphasized that we will always find a way to integrate research
for all subjects and for all things done by students, urban rural communities and
“We have personally seen this process in one of our projects where
We incorporate training strategies into data management in hospitals. It is one of
our successful formative experience, since in this case, the actors themselves
he analyzed what the real problem is, the root cause and known solutions
in terms of process improvement that translated into improvement and impact on
reporting indicators”, he said.
It is to give research to students from their entry into medical schools
extremely important, but not enough: the spark must be ignited in order for it to be
encourage. In this sense, he appreciated the importance of the Annual Meeting of Communities
Epistemic (EPISTHEME) as a space created by Two Oceans in Health place
Students have the opportunity to present their work, as well as learn about the
the experience of national and international researchers with extensive experience, through
conferences and keynote speeches.
EPISTHEME is also the framework for awarding the Antonio De Moya Scholarship, created by the
entity to give financial support to students with research and
require the funds to implement them, so that you can practice what you have learned.
Promoting participatory action research to empower communities.
Ketty Wanda Quezada, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager and
Program coordinator Developing academic ability and knowledge with
populations in vulnerable conditions (Reserve), together with Rafael
Valdez, a medical student at the Santo Domingo Institute of Technology (INTEC) and
program participant, made the call to submit an educational program with the
a community-based participatory research approach to the curriculum
medical schools and colleges.
This allows the research to leave the laboratory to gain a deep understanding of the
the problems of the communities and bring the solutions that really require and that the
positive transformation of your reality.
In this type of research, where in the Reserve case the students were the
researchers, efforts to unite with community leaders, who get the role of
co-stars in study design and implementation, as well as interventions
health, it allows all initiatives to be adapted to the context and reality in which they live.
In addition, it sensitizes the participants, since it allows them the shortcomings
low income communities.
Backup allowed students to develop the practical part of the investigation i
collaboration with community leaders, with the development of study protocols a
it will benefit the Batey Cinco Casas, and one of these will be implemented for a
learn better from the participants, thus successfully laying the groundwork for collaboration
between the academy and the community and to promote community leadership:
“by being active in their health.”
Rafael Valdez, who was the main investigator of the proposal that was implemented in Congress
communities, an emphasis on the learning involved in being involved in Bateyan communities,
since it sensitized and gave a different perspective to future doctors involved in
“Besides promoting scientific activity, also working with community leaders
to find solutions to local problems that can have an impact, nationally and
extremely important, since they (leaders) are no longer objective
study and be part of the investigation,” Valdez said.
Involve students in research:
Dr. Jean Castillo, who is a researcher on the Two Oceans team and participated in
operational research projects, emphasize that the researcher is someone who has the desire
improve the quality of life of the people around us, so it is necessary that from the
academies promote spaces for new researchers.
In this regard, he said that the encounter with Two Oceans showed him that “it can be done
research in this country. We have the potential and a huge gap that needs to be closed.”
Through the program Participation through Evidence (USAID.ExE), Dr. Castillo
associated with the organization and he began to value research of all kinds, which
it can be done at every possible level and transforms and empowers communities.
He also agreed with the importance of involving members of the community
that the problems we want to solve, through research, are really the
which directly affect its inhabitants and not those that the person or entity accepts
from outside the environment.
He added: “We have to be culturally appropriate in the context where we want to be
Clinical research is critical to managing the pandemic.
Dr. Eddy Pérez-Ansin, President of Two Oceans in Health and Consultant, member of the Association of
Cabinet of Health and Special Adviser of the Ministry of Public Health against COVID-19 and
director of the O&M University School of Medicine, emphasized the importance of
clinical research and how it was a critical part of the successful management of the pandemic for
make sound decisions regarding the actions implemented by the Government
Dominican Republic to mitigate COVID-19.
In particular, he pointed out that, with the aim of educating the population and what
scientific information to endorse the third dose of the vaccine, as part of the Cabinet
of health it was recommended that a study be started, and that was the one that gave way to a
A third dose was included in many countries as a way to influence the exchange
“Our country was a pioneer in that. In fact, the third dose comes out of this country.
Precisely with this study, published in Nature, we were able to demonstrate
with two vaccines of a mechanism of action, and another of a mechanism of action
different. In this case, two “Chinese” vaccines, as we were saying, and a Pfizer vaccine, yes.
a combined effect may be sufficient to reduce mortality. This study
Doctor Pérez-Ansin also presented the study conducted to verify the effectiveness of the
The Chinese vaccine (Coronavac, from the SINOVAC company), can be used for countries
who do not yet have access to other vaccines and need to make decisions based on
on scientific evidence.
He confirmed that strategic alliances with international academies are important, but
that we have the necessary tools here in the Dominican Republic
promote the publication of scientific studies. For example, he showed the data obtained with
thesis done by a group of students from the Dominican O&M University on
comorbidities associated with COVID-19.
“It is an international collaboration, it is a local collaboration, it is a form of solidarity
academy and the way forward is to say that the
researching paradigm”, said the doctor Pérez-Ansin.
on a panel
The panel “Research in Medical Education. Experience and Best Practice in the Republic
The Dominican Republic” held within the framework of the First International Conference on Medical Education
dedicated to Dr. Raymundo Jiménez, organized by the Dominican Association of
Faculties (Schools) of Medicine (ADOFEM), whose central theme is: Towards training
high quality comprehensive medicine based on globalization and interprofessionalism.
About Two Oceans in Health
Two Oceans In Health (2OIH) is a health research center dedicated to building
information that empowers the communities living in the Dominican Republic,
through health research, data management and academic initiatives, chaired
the Dominican researcher, Dr. Eddy Pérez-Then and the executive management in charge of the
Dr. Marija Miric.