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LOPEZ-RIOS, Jennifer Marcela et al. Identity, experiences and challenges of a research seedbed for public health in Colombia. Iatreia [online]. 2016, vol.29, n.1, pp.27-38. ISSN 0121-0793.

Objective: The experience, history, culture, difficulties and challenges of a seedbed for public health research and epidemiology in Colombia are presented. Methods: An ethnographic study was carried out with the participation of students and teachers linked to the social structure and evolution of the seedbed. Participant observation and documental analysis were used as technical instruments for the description of the experience, and triangulation of the information was made by the researchers. Three categories emerged, namely: identity, significant learning and challenges. Results: The Seedbed of Research for Public Health and Epidemiology is an open space for students with open mind. It is interested in preparing research leaders with academic excellence, social responsibility and human quality. It enables comprehensive learning and training; reflection and respectful criticism; the ability to share and stimulus to creativity and being. It articulates processes of research training, formative research, journal clubs, film forums, seminars and cultural activities. Conclusions: The seedbed allows an early contact of the student with research processes. It uses an alternative and creative model that stimulates interest in science and intellectual cultivation. The leading role of students in their training processes is to be emphasized.

Keywords : Experiences; Formative Research; Research Training; Seedbed Research.

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