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Table 1 Seven essential roles for the medical professional

From: Academic leagues: a Brazilian way to teach about cancer in medical universities

  Description AL contribution
Medical Expert Apply knowledge, clinical skills and professional attitudes in the provision of patient-centered medical care. Discussion of relevant health problems in general, humanistic and critical stance, based on the best scientific evidence.
Health Advocate Use of expertise to advance health and welfare of patients, populations and communities, contributing to the reduction of inequalities in health. Approach of subjects in context with people's health problems demands. Discussion of health promotion and disease prevention.
Manager Participation in the organization of health care and contributes to the effectiveness of the health system. Practical training in managing people (students members), projects and problems, bringing security to professional practice.
Communicator Effective communication skills, facilitating the establishment of sound relationships with patients, families and colleagues. Development of leadership and communication skills. Training for problem solving.
Collaborator Optimal medical care through effective work in a health care team. Multidisciplinary. Practice teamwork among members, sharing ideas from a common motivation.
Scholar Lifelong commitment to learning, as well as the creation, dissemination, application and translation of medical knowledge through popular education in health, Contact with research and methodologies that stimulate learning for life and constant updating.
Professional Exercise ethical and sustainable practice and is consistent with their personal values and contributing to professional regulation. All work process starts on students motivation: planning, scheduling, production and application of AL activities.