The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Colombian Association of Faculties of Medicine (ASCOFAME) and the Pfizer Colombia Scientific Institute (ICPC) invite young people from the country up to 28 years of age to participate in the call for the program ‘Young Researchers and Innovators in Medicine’, which will award scholarships-internships in research for the development of the Obligatory Social Service (SSO).
“This is an alliance between the State, the academy and the productive sector, with which we are promoting the development of specific technical skills for the insertion of young researchers and innovators in learning communities, an important step to contribute to the purpose of a knowledge-based society”Assured the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Mabel Gisela Torres Torres.
The call is aimed at higher education institutions or research centers with places for the Obligatory Social Service (SSO) and that have research, technological development and innovation groups interested in accompanying the development of research capacities in young graduates in medicine or who have completed their internship, through the completion of a scholarship-internship.
In its 2020 version, this The program will have a budget of $ 800 million pesos to grant 24 internship scholarships. Those interested can find information about the call on the Minciencias website until September 21, 2020.
“In the 7 years of operation of the ICPC we have benefited 21,072 health professionals, contributing to the strengthening of the national health system and the retention of great talents for the country and Colombians,” said Ana Dolores Román, general manager of Pfizer for Colombia and Venezuela.
Likewise, ASCOFAME has also been working for several years in promoting research among medical students in the country and providing places so that more and more students can access these benefits, considering this work as a strategic task for progress from Colombia.
The ‘Young Researchers in Medicine’ program
The program focuses on recognizing and supporting the academic excellence of health science professionals up to 28 years of age, in order to promote a culture that values and manages scientific and technological research in the country.
For the second consecutive year and through this program, the alliance formed by Colciencias (now the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation), ASCOFAME and the Pfizer Colombia Scientific Institute – ICPC, will grant scholarships to medical students to develop their rural year in recognized centers research at the national level.
Since 2012, the Pfizer Colombia Scientific Institute has been supporting the development and training of professionals in health areas through various medical-scientific activities. In 2019, this program supported the professional training of six young people and the development of initiatives to contribute to the well-being of vulnerable communities.
One of these boys is Jesús Barrera, who developed an innovative project on immunology and infections, with the help of the Fundación Salud para el Tópico, to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of pregnant indigenous women of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, bringing the benefits and scientific knowledge to vulnerable populations in the country.