Profile of Complementary Activities of Last-Year Medical Students at the State University of Feira de Santana, 2009-2017

ABSTRACT Complementary Activities aim at enriching the teaching-learning process, favoring the complementation of social and professional formation, being carried out through academic-scientific-cultural activities, of which objective is to improve the academic training. This article aims to characterize the profile of the complementary activities carried out by last-year medical students from Feira de Santana State University (UEFS), from 2009 to 2017. This was a cross-sectional, retrospective and descriptive study. Data collection was carried out by reviewing the data contained in the opinions of the course collegiate and certificates delivered by the students. Subsequently, the data were processed using the software Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), version 20.0 for Windows, and presented as charts and tables, with subsequent descriptive analysis of the variables of interest. The sample consisted of 171 students, with a predominance of females (56,1%); most of the activities performed by the students took place as participation in scientific events (51,6%); it was observed that cultural and sports activities are not used by the collegiate. The most sought after extracurricular trainings were in the urgency and emergency area (38.5 %); there was an average of 0.93 articles published per student, with Pediatrics being the area with the highest number of publications (24,8%). Moreover, there was a great disparity between the students’ course load and the hours utilized by the course collegiate, with losses of 74% in the extracurricular training activities and 63% in monitoring + scientific initiation + extension activities. The results of this study point to the need to discuss and revise the Complementary Activities Regulations of the UEFS medical course, and may contribute to medical education, for discussing a topic disregarded by most undergraduate medical courses.