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Specialization in Adult Psychiatry




3 years

General Description

This program focuses on the acquisition of the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors necessary to practice psychiatry, through problem-based learning, bibliographical reviews, evidence-based decision making, refresher seminars, clinical and personal psychiatry practice, participation in clinical meetings, presentations at conferences and scientific publications.

Psychiatrists are medical professionals with a solid foundation in clinical psychiatry, who are capable of practicing this specialization in ambulatory, hospital and community care contexts.

In the community, psychiatrists will contribute to multidisciplinary community care teams, with a humane, anthropological and ethical vision. In hospital settings, they will be capable of describing, distinguishing and comparing the fundamental clinical characteristics of nosological psychiatric profiles, as well as describing and determining the neurobiological, psychological and social basis of psychiatric illnesses, integrating factors such as gender and age group, with a particular focus on adults. They will also be able to carry out nosological and differential diagnoses, design plans to monitor clinical profiles and carry out interdisciplinary therapeutic planning and patient rehabilitation. They will understand patients to be individuals, but also take into consideration family and social dimensions.

In an ambulatory care setting, psychiatrists practice their specialization, managing and monitoring mental health problems of adults and their families, in public health clinics and institutions.


To provide human capital with an optimal academic and humanistic training to meet the demand for specialists in neuroscience, at universities in the north of Chile and UCN in particular. Graduates of this program will be deeply committed to the social values that bring prestige to their profession.

Specific Objectives

  • Develop mental health programs at a national level, addressing existing mental health problems.
  • Take into consideration the rational use of existing resources, promoting rapid and high-quality care. They will relate to their patients with empathy and assertiveness, taking their social and cultural surroundings into consideration and providing care that puts the physical and emotional wellbeing of the person first.
  • Have an ethical approach to mental health issues, considering the person as a whole and respecting their personhood.
  • Have the ability to acquire and manage scientific knowledge independently. Specialists should constantly refresh their knowledge of the field of adult psychiatry.
  • Apply the clinical and/or scientific method and methodological tools from biomedical and social sciences and research to aid in their decision-making.
  • Be trained to carry out basic clinical research and to apply essential concepts for undergraduate teaching.

Have a solid foundation in psychological normality and psychiatric pathologies in adults and young adults, taking into account biological, psychological and social factors in the national and Latin American context.

Candidate Profile

Medical professionals licensed to practice in Chile.

Plan de Estudios

The first year of the program focuses on the care of hospitalized patients, as well as post-release monitoring and residential care.

The second year is focused on ambulatory care in the polyclinic run by this specialization program, as well as urgent care, patient liaison activities and residential care.

The third year focuses on specializations within the discipline, including child psychiatry, ambulatory care, community care, patient liaison psychiatry and psychotherapy, as well as an optional rotation in adult neurology.

This is a full-time program requiring exclusive dedication from residents, who will be supervised throughout the course of study.



Candidates should be medical professionals licensed to practice in Chile.

This qualification may be any of the following:

  • A degree in Medicine and Surgery from a Chilean university. Students who have graduated earlier in the year but who have not yet received their definitive degree certificate may present a certificate from their university.
  • A degree in medicine and surgery from outside Chile that has been properly authorized by the Chilean authorities and allows the holder to practice medicine in Chile.

Applicants should submit:

  1. National medical qualification
  2. National medical exam for candidates who received their degree outside Chile or graduated from a Chilean university after 2010.
  3. A letter of recommendation from a university professor (not necessarily from the field of specialization)
  4. A personal letter of no more than two pages, explaining the candidate’s reasons for choosing the specialization.
  5. A curriculum vitae including the following aspects:
  • Identification
  • Graduating year
  • University
  • Transcript of course and internship grades
  • Scientific publications
  • Presentations at scientific conferences and seminars
  • Teaching and research assistantships
  • Other activities: professional and social

Shortlisted candidates should take a psychological test. In cases where the Health Service participates in the selection process, candidates must also comply with the prerequisites indicated by this body.

Applications for Medical Specializations
Faculty of Medicine
Contact: Telephone: (051) 2 205923


Dr. Alberto Salas Nicolau
Head of Adult Psychiatry Program
Telephone: (56-51) 2205923
Email: asalas@ucn.cl

Dr. Nicolás Velasco Morandé
Telephone: (56-51) 2206810
Email: nvelasco@ucn.cl

Website: http://medicina.sede.ucn.cl/


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