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MACIAS LLANES, María Elena; FIGAREDO CURIEL, Francisco; NUNEZ JOVER, Jorge  and  DEL HUERTO MARIMON, María Elena. The social studies of science and technology in the Cuban Ophtalmological School. Rev. cub. salud pública [online]. 2008, vol.34, n.3, pp.1-10. ISSN 1561-3127.

This paper presented the experience gained in the introduction of social studies of science and technology in the field of healthcare during the specialization phase of the medical education. The so-called Miracle Mission has generated great demands for the formation of specialists and, together with its social impact, it has also revolutionized the ophthalmology teaching in Cuba. The emergence of the Cuban Faculty of Ophthalmology is part of these efforts. The objective of this paper was to substantiate the relevance of science-technology-society education for the graduate formation of health professionals, and in assessing its impact on the Faculty of Ophthalmology, taking into account the need of promoting new behaviors in the formative process. The experience gained under the auspices of the Science, Technology and Society plus Research professorship at Havana University in the science-technology-society education in the graduate level has contributed to the development of the scientific, technological and humanistic culture. This is a contribution to the Cuban perspective of social studies of science and technology in the healthcare field and the corresponding reflect on the new ways of thinking and behaviors promoted by the Cuban School of Medical Education in the processes of internationalization and Latin American integration.

Keywords : Social studies; science-technology-society; medical education; health; visual health.

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