The Graduate Program in Gynecology and Obstetrics of the Ribeirão Preto Medical School of the University of São Paulo (FMRP-USP) is located in the Southeast region of the country. Our program belongs to the area of Medicine III according to CAPES evaluation. It was the second program in this area created in the country. The Program got grade six in the last quadrennial evaluation by CAPES.

Created in 1970, the program completed 50 years in 2020. It had its first graduates in 1973 (four Masters), and in 1974 graduated its first doctor. By the end of 2020, we had 404 master’s graduates, 205 doctoral graduates, and 19 direct doctoral graduates. The direct doctorate has been stimulated more recently to consider graduate students without the master’s degree with previous research experience from scientific initiation, graduate programs (mainly medical residency), or master’s students with academic performance higher than expected. Most of our graduates develop teaching and research activities in various educational and research institutions throughout the country. In 2003, the program that was only offered medical doctors specialized in gynecology and obstetrics began to offer vacancies also for medical doctors of other specialties and non-doctors with the option of training in Reproductive Biology.

In 2004, this new option corresponded to 8.3% of the applications; from 2016 to 2019, this student profile made up 62% of the enrolled students. This training for other professionals strengthened the lines of research in the multidisciplinary field, with scientific production in other areas, integration with professors/researchers who began to compose the examining committees, and research partnerships in related areas, such as physical education, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, nursing and departments of basic disciplines (biology and biomedicine), among others. This group of students is composed of medical doctors of other specialties, biologists, biomedical technicians, physiotherapists, nutritionists, physical educators, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, occupational therapists, and, eventually, philosophers, dentists, and lawyers.


The general goals of the program are the production of qualified and internationally acknowledged scientific research in the area of women’s health combined with the training of highly qualified researchers/professors. We aim to offer a graduate program of national and international excellence for graduate students, faculty, graduates, and the community.

In the training of researchers/professors, specific goals are qualifying our graduates to present critical scientific knowledge and ability to form Research Centers; competence to work in Higher Education institutions; ability to work as professors in the various aspects of academic knowledge; and ability to apply knowledge in the sectors of the unified health system.

In the production of scientific knowledge, the specific goals are related to projects. We expect that they produce knowledge for practical application in the medical area, in the promotion and prevention of health to benefit society; have quality so that their results can be validated nationally and internationally; be original, stimulating the interest of partners nationally and internationally; stimulate the development of multicenter studies.


The program got a grade 5 in the last three triennial evaluations by Capes, demonstrating stability, maturity, and national excellence.

Updated in 01/09/2022