THE GRADUATE MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM SCIENCES PROGRAM belongs to the University of São Paulo Medical School (FMUSP). The Program, with Academic Doctorate and Master’s courses, started its activities in 1973, now called Orthopedics and Traumatology, has already conferred degrees on more than 300 masters and doctors during its existence.

In 2016, the Program went through a profound restructuring, brought to bear by the merger between highly productive researchers in the area of Rheumatology and Physical Education, who were part of the Medical Sciences Programs at FMUSP, and of the Physical Education Program of the School of Physical Education and Sports at USP (EEFEUSP), with CAPES grade 6 and 7, respectively, with the prestigious researchers of the USP Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology (IOT). The central goal of the merger was to create a highly specialized multi- and transdisciplinary program for the investigation of the musculoskeletal system with a view towards broad and impactful scientific production and academic training in the areas in which it operates. The current configuration of the Program covers the following areas of activity: Orthopedics and Traumatology, Physiatry, Rheumatology, Veterinary Orthopedic Medicine, Sports Medicine, Nursing, Physical Education, Nutrition and Biology.

THE FUSION OF THE THREE AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE (Orthopedics, Rheumatology and Physical Education) is already proving to be fruitful on several levels. One example is the productive partnership between the Rheumatology and Physical Education groups, concretized by the creation of the Rheumatology Conditioning and Rehabilitation Laboratory (LACRE), where researchers and students from different knowledge areas work transdisciplinarily, contributing to expressive scientific production and solid academic development. The interaction also is expressed in the institutional collaboration between the Orthopedic and Rheumatology services and orthopedists working in the outpatient rheumatology clinic and vice versa. The recent pioneering action that illustrates the full alignment between the specialties was the creation of a rheumatology clinic within the Institute of Orthopedics. This initiative fostered several scientific collaboration opportunities, particularly in the lines of osteoimmunology, inflammation, autoimmunity and exercise science, in line with the current proposal of the Program.

The Program plays an IMPORTANT ROLE IN UNDERGRADUATE AND LATO AND STRICTO SENSU GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION, training new teachers and professionals who work disseminating knowledge acquired in the most important academic centers in Brazil and in South America. The lines of activity of the Program converge with assistance, which is totally focused on the development of protocols and guidelines that enable the application of new procedures. For this reason, it is a national reference in the care of patients with musculoskeletal diseases with proven pioneering in the areas of spinal cord injuries, reconstructive microsurgery, limb replantations, micro-invasive fracture surgery, arthroscopic techniques, reconstructions with endoprostheses or tissue bank, metabolic diseases, autoimmune diseases, inflammatory diseases, patient rehabilitation, ultrasound training, capillaroscopy, sports medicine and the use of biological therapy. It should be noted that we are the coordinating center for a state network of university hospitals that was created in partnership with the São Paulo State Secretariat and FAPESP support for the dispensation of biological medication and research and teaching activities.


The main objective of the Program is to train researchers and teachers to develop broad academic-scientific skills that will allow them to teach and conduct independent, critical and innovative research in their field of knowledge, namely, musculoskeletal system sciences and subareas.

The specific objectives are:

1) To train masters and doctors with excellence in the area of musculoskeletal system sciences

2) To train researchers and teachers with broad and deep scientific knowledge in musculoskeletal system sciences and subareas

3) To train researchers and teachers to be capable of autonomously and critically evaluating the knowledge produced, in order to implement it in all the spheres of healthcare for the benefit of the patient and the population

4) To produce cutting-edge scientific knowledge in national and international scenarios

5) To consolidate itself as an academic training and scientific production program at an international standard of excellence in the sciences of the musculoskeletal system.

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Check your students’ forms frequently at:

Musculoskeletal System Sciences Graduate Office
Rua Dr. Ovídio Pires de Campos, 333 – 3º andar – sala B313
CEP: 05403-010 – Cerqueira César – São Paulo
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 4 pm
Telephone: (55 11) 2661-6908
Secretaries: Rosana Costa and Tania Borges
E-mail: [email protected]


PROGRAM COORDINATION COMMISSION – 10/01/2019 to 09/30/2021

  • Marco Kawamura Demange – Coordinator
  • Bruno Gualano – Vice-Coordinator
  • Samuel Katsuyuki Shinjo – Member
  • Rames Mattar Junior – Member
  • Raphael Martus Marcon – Member


  • Alexandre Leme Godoy dos Santos
  • Hamilton Augusto Roschel da Silva
  • Marcelo Rosa de Rezende
  • Riccardo Gomes Gobbi
  • Sandra Gofinet Pasoto

Student representatives: 10/01/2019 to 09/30/2021

  • Ricardo Teixeira e Silva – Member
  • Diego Ubrig Munhoz – Substitute