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“HELLO, BUDDY!”: EXPERIENCE REPORT OF A SOCIAL PROJECT IN THE MEDICAL STUDENTS RECEPTION

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Background and objectives: Activity realized by the extension project FotoEstima during de students’ reception using photography to generate a better relationship between the new class and a comfortable environment, making it possible to change the traditional prank vision. Discuss with the scientific community the importance of valuing the freshman self-esteem and the introduction of ludic activities in the traditional college pranks. Methods: Experience report of “Hello, Buddy!” accomplished by FotoEstima project during the medical students reception at UNIGRANRIO. Results and conclusion: “Hello, buddy!” started on the freshman reception on the first semester of 2015. The FotoEstima team formed by veterans divided the class in pairs and trios, which were called separately to discuss about the value of self-esteem and its benefits. After the talk the students had to choose a card, which had written pleasantries, and posed for a small photo shoot. The photos were posted among a welcome message on a social network, so the students could have access to it. Programs like this one are extremely important to the new students that, besides being through a transition phase in life, most of the times have to face a hostile environment caused by the veterans that transform the play that the prank was meant to be into a way to humiliate the other.