The COVID-19 pandemic invited the entire world to reinvent itself. Each one, in their uniqueness or collectivity, was driven to reflect on their weaknesses and potential. Creating and undertaking new ways of doing and existing has become routine. In this whirlwind of new sensations, what was analog, necessarily, has become virtual, especially for those who know that, in order to take care of themselves and others in prevention and care for lives, physical distancing is necessary, so claimed social distancing. In this global context of innovations, the Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública held its XVI Pedagogical Forum in the virtual environment of the internet, with the theme: “Butterflies in digital transformation”. The telepresencial event took place on August 14th and 15th, with a record attendance of 303 subscribers.
Under the theme "Institutional Digital Transformation Process", the opening panel was initiated by the dean of Bahiana, Dr. Maria Luisa Carvalho Soliani who, in her speech, invited the participants to a deep reflection on the current situation and political position of the country regarding the impacts of the new coronavirus. "The day is for a party, but it requires reflection. We no longer have any doubts that the pandemic that affects us. There is not a democratic virus enough to affect, equally, rich, poor, white, Indians and blacks or underprivileged minorities, because he ran into three very Brazilian things: deep, shameful social inequality; indifference to the suffering of those who are not part of our small circle of people - an attitude that I sometimes think borders on psychopathy; and the third, mismanagement that kills us, confuses". In his speech, Soliani shared with those present the reading of the text "The March of the Dead", by journalist Eliane Brum, published on August 7 in the newspaper El País.
Maria Luisa ended her reflective lecture, once again, encouraging professors, collaborators and guest speakers, who listened to her, to continue dedicating themselves, with more determination, to the transformation and confrontations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. "I urge you to give your best, as we have done so far, even if that best is still flawed or perhaps not much, because we are human and have external and internal limits. However, it will always be possible to look at ourselves. and discovering how to do more or better, joining forces and increasing bonds with communities that need us and that we also need. In a collective responsibility for the present and the future. and health, our immense responsibility to train citizens who, more than competent technicians, are empathetic, loving and compassionate human beings. We are fortunate and privileged to constitute and build together the Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública"He says.
After Dr. Maria Luisa's speech, it was the turn of the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Education at Bahiana, Prof. Maria de Lourdes Freitas Gomes. According to her, the institution's digital transformation began in 2001, with the implementation of the Sagres system and, year after year, it has been improved: "We reinforced ourselves based on our own institutional values. We spent that moment learning e ensinando. we spent a lot of time communicant and serving. O be used was the welcome. Over the To undertake, we are undertaking other ways of doing things and this gives us a sense of accomplishment. We are going to move on to the second semester with new challenges, but we are confident and we see the result of our effort in the satisfaction of professors and students.”