Santa Casa de Sao Paulo School of Medical Sciences


Promote excellence in teaching, research, extension and health care, offer to the community professionals with scientific, ethical, humanistic and social responsibility.


Santa Casa de Sao Paulo School of Medical Sciences (FCMSCSP, its Portuguese acronym for Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Santa Casa de São Paulo) remains on the path of excellence seeking to improve its training activities, therefore not only being recognized for this very reason but also for effectively giving its contribution to improving health care and life conditions of the Brazilian population.

Having the mission to promote teaching, research, continuing education and health care with excellence and offer the community professionals who have received scientific, ethical, humanistic and socially responsible training, FCMSCSP first started in 1884 with the opening of the Central Hospital of Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo, which would later become the practical teaching arm of the Medical Schools of both Universidade de São PauloUSP  and Hospital São Paulo of Universidade Federal de São PauloUNIFESP.

In 1912, a project formalizing the teaching of medical science was presented to the Chairperson’s Office at Irmandade da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo and, one year later, the institution also started to offer a secondary education course in the region.

Considered as the first institution to train physicians and surgeons in the State of São Paulo, Hospital de Santa Casa officially started housing FCMSCSP in 1962, whose inaugural lecture was held on May 24th, 1963. The Arnaldo Vieira de Carvalho Foundation (FAVC, Fundação Arnaldo Vieira de Carvalho) was also created; it later became and continues to be to date the maintainer of FCMSCSP under the supervision of the Board of Trustees of the Foundations of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the State of São Paulo (Curadoria das Fundações do Ministério Público de São Paulo). Since then, the institution has trained over 5,000 physicians and awarded more than 500 master’s degrees, 250 doctorates and 30 full professorships. Today, five courses are offered by the medical School, which operates on a private basis.

Nursing, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Medicine, Radiology, and Biomedical Systems.

There are offered 8 Stricto Sensu undergraduate programs and 45 Lato Sensu graduate courses.


Infrastructure/Figures/Forms of Admission/External Evaluations

FCMSCSP is maintained by the Arnaldo Vieira de Carvalho Foundation (Fundação Arnaldo Vieira de Carvalho) and has part of its campus located in the Hospital Complex of Irmandade de Misericórdia da Santa Casa de São Paulo, a teaching hospital maintained by Brazil’s publicly funded Unified Health Care System (SUS, Sistema Único de Saúde), consisting of three units : Hospital Central, Hospital São Luís Gonzaga e Hospital Geriátrico e de Convalescentes D. Pedro II, as well as Basic Health Units (Unidades Básicas de Saúde) located in São Paulo downtown.

397 graduated Professors

95% of whom hold master’s and doctoral degrees.

302 – 76.2% – doctoral degrees

75 – 18.8% – master’s degrees

20 – 5.0% – specialists


1,233 Undergraduate students

246 Graduate students (Stricto Sensu)

1,552 Graduate students (Lato Sensu)


Candidates are selected for the various courses by means of a specific admission test conducted by VUNESP.

In August 2017, FCMSCSP achieved grade 5 granted by CAPES-MEC (CAPES, a Brazilian federal government agency under the Ministry of Education, MEC, responsible for quality assurance in undergraduate and graduate institutions in Brazil), which is the highest grade and certifies the institution’s degree of excellence.

In October 2018, the Medical School was visited by the representatives of the Ministry of Education to evaluate the re-accreditation application of the Undergraduate Nursing Course. As per the criteria established by the Ministry, our course achieved the maximum grade (5) thanks to its EXCELLENCE quality profile.

In September 2018, the São Paulo-based newspaper Folha de São Paulo published the results of a survey it had conducted, the so-called Folha University Ranking 2018 (RUF, Ranking Universitário Folha 2018). The Undergraduate courses in Medicine and Nursing both stood out. The undergraduate Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology was granted 4 stars in the “Student Guide – Best Universities 2017” (“Guia do Estudante – Melhores Universidades 2017”), whereas the Technological Undergraduate courses (Radiology and Biomedical Systems) were not feature in the 2018 issue of RUF, since the survey only considered the 40 most sought-after undergraduate programs in Brazil. The data used as indicators for conducting this evaluation are collected by a team from Folha who survey Brazilian databases of patents, scientific journals, MEC-maintained databases; and also use national opinion polls conducted by Datafolha.

On 10/31/2018, the Ministry of Health announced the final results of the selected projects for the Education by Work towards Health Program – Interprofessionality 2018/2019 (Programa Educação pelo Trabalho para a Saúde – Interprofissionalidade 2018/2019). Santa Casa de Sao Paulo School of Medical Sciences was among the chosen institutions.