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Participants from the 2022 LAC Regional Meeting in São Paulo, Brazil

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The AAHCI Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Regional Office is hosted by TecSalud, Tecnológico de Monterrey, located in Monterrey, Mexico.

The AAHCI Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Regional Office is responsible for organizing regional events and conferences, fostering the discussion on key issues for LAC academic health centers and systems, contributing to the development of AAHCI programs, and strengthening collaborations between current and perspective AAHC and AAHCI members, especially but not only in LAC.

Regional Ambassador

Jorge E. Valdez, MD, PhD
Dean, School of Medicine and Health Science, TecSalud

Past Meetings

Health Leadership Forum

November 3-4, 2022
Mexico City, Mexico

TecSalud held the eighth edition of the International Health Leadership Forum (FILS) 2022, on November 3-4 in Mexico City, Mexico. In collaboration with AAHCI, this forum contributed to the strengthening of the health ecosystem in Mexico and the world, proposing actions that raise the quality of services and medical infrastructure in favor of patients.

According to Dr. Jorge Valdez, dean of TecSalud and AAHCI LAC Regional Ambassador, holding this type of space for exchanging ideas becomes more relevant in the post-pandemic scenario. “In FILS, diverse points of view converge between leaders of public and private sector institutions, who present the greatest advances in the field of research, public policies, education, and health care,” said Valdez. "Only with a comprehensive vision that allows us to listen to different opinions, we will be able to find the best way to face challenges and propose concrete solutions."

View the online summary article here.

AAHCI Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC) Regional Meeting

Toward a Post-Pandemic World: Harnessing Lessons from COVID-19

June 22-23, 2022
São Paulo, Brazil

AAHCI Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC) Regional Office host, Faculty of Medicine – University of São Paulo (FMUSP), co-hosted this in-person meeting to provide members in the region and beyond an opportunity to engage in reflective and forward-thinking sessions addressing the broad impact of the pandemic on academic health centers, health, and society. The meeting brought together academic health center leaders at a critical time to share their perspectives and experiences.

View the presentations here

AAHCI-LAC Webinar | Impact of Research during COVID-19

Tuesday, September 8 at 2:00 pm São Paulo time.

AAHCI LAC regional office host University of São Paulo Medical School (FMUSP ) organized a Webinar on the “Impact of Research during COVID-19”. Research and development is a core function of academic health centers, and as the world is tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, many institutions have had to reprogram – or event shut down many – “non-essential” research projects in favor of work on the novel coronavirus. In some nations, there is concern about the impact of shifting attention away from research for other diseases, such as production of malaria, HIV, and tuberculosis tests. With lockdowns and resource shifting, there are limitations, challenges, and lessons learned for researchers which will be addressed in this Webinar of the LAC region, including a US perspective.

View the recording here.


  • Rejane Grotto, PhD
    Sao Paulo State University (UNESP) Medical School, Brazil
  • Ester Sabino, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Department of Infectious Diseases Department
    University of Sao Paulo Medical School (FMUSP), Brazil
  • Kurt Amsler, PhD
    Associate Dean for Research and Professor
    Department of Biomedical Sciences
    NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, USA
  • Mauricio Chaparro, MD, MSc
    Head, Medical Education Department, Faculty Member
    Geneticist and Epidemiologist
    Universidad del Rosario - Mederi University Hospital
  • Arturo Santos, MD, PhD
    Associate Dean for Postgraduate and Research
    Tecnologico de Monterrey School of Medicine and Health Sciences


  • Valeria Aoki, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor and Director of the Immunodermatology Laboratory
    Department of Dermatology
    Vice-President-International Relations Office
    University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine, Brazi

AAHCI LAC Regional Roundtable – COVID-19 Pandemic

June 23, 2020

The AAHCI LAC Regional Office host, University of São Paulo Medical School (FMUSP ), co-hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on the COVID-19 pandemic that focused on sharing responses to the current situation in several member countries in the region. Leaders from The University of São Paulo Medical School (FMUSP) (Brazil); Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Antioquia (UdeA) (Colombia); Faculdade de Medicina Universidad Estadual Paulista (UNESP – Botucatu ) (Brazil); Escuela de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud – Universidad del Rosario (UdR) (Colombia); Hospital Universitario San Ignacio (HUSI ) (Colombia); and Escuela de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud – (TecSalud Monterrey ) (Mexico) shared their experiences, challenges, and interest to collaborate in the future.

This discussion addressed several issues, including:

  • In regards to COVID19, what is your most critical issue?
  • What is your most valuable lesson learned? Accomplishment?
  • How can AAHCI LAC Regional Office and AAHC/I further support you during this time?

If you are interested in joining this discussion, please contact us.

AAHCI-LAC Webinar | University of São Paulo Medical School: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Medical Education

June 16, 2020

Brazil has become a global hot spot of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases are soaring, and studying pathology and the widespread health consequences associated with the virus is needed now more than ever. Hosted by the LAC Regional Office Host, University of São Paulo Medical School (FMUSP), this webinar brought together experts on the frontline who shared how their faculty and medical students are grappling with responding to COVID-19 at the undergraduate, graduate, clinical, and international mobility levels. They also shared solutions that they developed to overcome the current and foreseeable challenges faced for Medical Education at FMUSP. View the webinar here.

Valeria Aoki, MD, PhD
Vice-President (CRINT FMUSP)

Eduardo Krieger, MD, PhD
Executive Director (CRINT FMUSP)

Aluisio Segurado, PhD
President (CRINT FMUSP)

Milton de Arruda Martins, MD, PhD
President, Graduation in Medicine FMUSP

Luiz Felipe Moreira Pinto, MD, PhD
Vice-President, Graduate Committee FMUSP

AAHCI’s 2018 Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Meeting

August 8-9, 2018
University of Sao Paulo , Brazil

This meeting focused on Research in the Academic Health Center,The Role of Latin America: Perspectives and Participation in Health Policies.

For more details please visit the meeting website.

Alliance of Academic Health Centers International Announces Transition of Latin American & the Caribbean Regional Office

July 6, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 6, 2022 – The Alliance of Academic Health Centers International (AAHCI) is pleased to announce the transition of the Latin American & the Caribbean (LAC) Regional Office from the University of São Paulo Faculty of Medicine in Brazil to TecSalud,Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico.

Read the full Press Release here

AAHCI LAC Regional Office Newsletter on Mental Health

January 20, 2022

This edition of the AAHCI LAC Regional Office newsletter shares how academic health centers in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico are managing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health.

Read their contributions to the AAHCI cross-regional theme of Mental Health during times of COVID-19 here.

AAHCI LAC Regional Office Successfully Launches ASLI

May 6, 2021

The AAHCI Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) Regional Office announced the first call for proposals on Virtual Medical Education in the LAC region in November 2020. In early 2021, the ASLI-LAC Review Committee evaluated submissions from participating institutions.

The finalists for the AAHCI Student Leadership Initiative (ASLI) gave thoughtful and well-received presentations at the AAHC 2021 Global Innovation Forum (GIF) on their approaches to Innovations in Virtual Medical Education. Students from TecSalud Monterrey, Universidad de la Sabana, and the University of São Paulo received top reviews and were selected to present their ideas at the AAHC 2021 GIF.

A Compendium of all abstracts submitted from participating institutions is available on the ASLI webpage.

AAHCI LAC Regional Office’s inaugural Newsletter on COVID-19

June 22, 2020

In this inaugural Issue, AAHCI-LAC shares how members in the region have responded to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. From 5 of our members, unique perspectives have been shared, such as clinical and laboratory experience in Brazil, Colombia’s adopted policy of preventive isolation and prioritized human resources over economic resources, TecSalud’s approach of empowering communities struggling with the propagation and treatment of COVID-19 in Mexico, and University of São Paulo’s photography contest for medical students. Read more here.

The Role of Academic Health Centers in Transformative Medical Education

August, 2019

Read this informative piece by Jose Otavio Costa Auler Jr., MD. Read more here.


If you have questions or comments, please contact:

Regional Office Manager
Verónica Fernández Castro
Director de Internacionalización
Escuela de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud
Tel. +52 (81) 88 88 204

For more information on AAHCI membership, please contact us or visit the AAHCI membership page.

LAC Regional Members

  • University of São Paulo
  • Clinica Universidad de La Sabana
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana – Hospital Universitario San Ignacio
  • Universidad del Rosario
  • TecSalud, Tecnológico de Monterrey