Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Vitor Barreto

My name is Vitor Hugo Lima Barreto, call me Vito. I have graduated from Pernambuco's Federal University School of Medicine (UFPE), Brazil, in 2005. I joined the first class of the Residency Program in Family and Community Medicine in 2006 until 2008. I completed a post-graduation course of Acupuncture in 2009 and concluded a Master's Degree in Health Education Sciences at the Federal University of São Paulo (2010-2012). Currently, I am an auxiliary professor at the Department of Social Medicine of the Federal University of Pernambuco, family medical doctor at Recife, and psychotherapist associated to the Psychoanalytic Circle of Pernambuco. 

I was a member of the Medical School Student Union at UFPE throughout the undergraduate course, with special focus on the extension programs of Humanization in  the University Hospital and Popular Health Education in excluded communities in Recife. I was also a member of the Association of Resident Doctors of Pernambuco (ARDP), with a focus on the evaluation of the residency programs in the state.
I am currently beginning a PhD at the DPCPH-UCL, under the supervision of Greta Rait and Sophie Park, as part of the education research group. While reading the book "A short history of academic general practice in UK medical schools" edited by John Howie and Michael Whitfield, I came across the history of the DPCPH-UCL. To my surprise, the last paragraph of the chapter dedicated to this department talks about the relationship with the Brazilian Public Health System and the influences on the national family health program. This short history assures myself of being in the right place at the right time.