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Specialization in Gynecology and Obstetrics




3 years

General Description

A Specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics is a doctor with a solid theoretical, practical and ethical training, who is able to contribute to resolving problems in gynecology and obstetrics whether in an ambulatory care or hospital environment, at different levels of complexity, including both elective and emergency procedures. Specialists work towards the common good, with a focus on the person and their environment, and are guided in their professional practice by ethical principles, solidarity and humanism, caring for their patients’ physical and mental integrity.

In the field of obstetrics, specialists carry out prenatal checks on women with normal pregnancies, detecting the most common obstetric pathologies and providing initial treatment, referring patients to tertiary level consultants in the case of more complex pathologies. They use the clinical and/or scientific method and methodological tools from biomedical and social sciences and research to aid in their decision-making, undertaking ongoing self-directed study.

In the field of gynecology, specialists will be trained to carry out regular checks on women who are not pregnant, carry out low-to-medium-complexity procedures and refer patients requiring more complex surgical intervention to sub-specialists.

Specialists trained at the Universidad Católica del Norte will be capable of leading maternal, perinatal and gynecological health teams, using health management tools, and working across disciplines to overcome challenges and achieve objectives. They will 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. Specialists will be trained to carry out basic clinical research and to apply essential concepts in undergraduate-level teaching.


To train and certify health professionals in the area of gynecology and obstetrics who are able to generate knowledge in their field, make optimal use of cutting-edge technology for minimally invasive procedures and thorough prenatal diagnostics, and contribute to clinical research. To develop human capital with an optimum academic and humanist training, particularly in the north of Chile and the university itself. To train professionals that are committed to the social values that bring prestige to their area of specialization.

Specific Objectives

  • Monitor pregnancy, birth and infancy, facilitating the physiological development of this process.
  • Make efficient use of clinical guidelines for prenatal monitoring and birth, for optimal results.
  • Efficiently resolve acute obstetric pathologies.
  • Carry out low-complexity gynecological and obstetric echo tomography, and make referrals for suspected cases of complex pathologies.
  • Educate patients in aspects of fertility and sexuality, adolescence and sexually transmitted pathologies, allowing women to avoid risks and related diseases.
  • Diagnose the principal gynecological and endocrine pathologies and tumors of the female genital tract.
  • Provide adequate treatment for benign pathologies of the female genital tract.
  • Surgically resolve the principal pathologies of the lower genital tract via open surgery, laparoscopy and endoscopy.
  • Have an ethical attitude, particularly towards sensitive cases in the field of gynecology and obstetrics.
  • Apply epidemiological data and evidence-based medicine in decision-making in the field of gynecology and obstetrics.
  • Participate as a principal or assistant researcher in scientific research projects relating to the specialization.
  • Demonstrate communication skills allowing for solid doctor-patient relationships and proper channels of communication with healthcare teams and peers.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills, clinical reasoning, self-directed learning and ongoing study applied to clinical issues.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary healthcare teams, facilitating the development of complementary skills in their members and taking positions of leadership.
  • Manage existing resources effectively and efficiently, promoting high-quality care.
  • Use basic teaching skills for undergraduate-level teaching.

Candidate profile:

Medical professionals licensed to practice in Chile.

Plan of Studies

The first year of the program is focused on resulving low-complexity acute obstetric complaints and simple elective procedures, detecting and treating frequent, benign gynecological pathologies and assisting in the most frequent benign gynecological surgeries.

The second year focuses on the acquisition of surgical skills for treating frequent and benign pathologies and participating in the treatment of high-risk pregnancies.

The third year is focused on surgical skills for complex gynecological pathologies, frequent endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures. Students will also participate in the treatment of patients with infertility.

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



Applicants must have a degree in Medicine and Surgery allowing them to practice medicine 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: Sylvia Alcayaga Zambra, email salcayaga@ucn.cl
Telephone: (051) 2 205923


Dr. Nicolás Velasco Morandé
Telephone: (56-51) 2206810
Email: nvelasco@ucn.cl
Website: http://medicina.sede.ucn.cl/

Dr. Julio Elzo Thomas
Head of Specialization in Gynecology and Obstetrics program
jelzot@gmail.com / jelzo@ucn.cl


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