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Specialization in Internal Medicine

Campus

Coquimbo

Duration

3 years

General Description

The medical specialization in Internal Medicine aims to train and certify health professionals of an excellent level, able to generate knowledge, optimize the use of technologies and support clinical research.

Internal Medicine Specialists will be capable of carrying out actions to promote health, prevent disease, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate patients, from adolescence to old age. They will work towards the common good, with a focus on people and their surroundings, and will be guided by ethical and Christian humanist principals that call for care of the mental and physical integrity of their patients.

Internal Medicine Specialists will be trained to address medical issues in ambulatory and hospital care settings, with varying degrees of complexity. They will 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.

Additionally, Internal Medicine Specialists are trained to carry out basic clinical research and to apply essential concepts for undergraduate teaching. They will be capable of leading healthcare teams, using management tools and working across multiple 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.

Objectives

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

  • Demonstrate theoretical knowledge of adult health problems (natural history of disease, physiopathology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic, therapeutic and prognostic processes).
  • Diagnose pathologies prevalent in Internal Medicine, taking into consideration the patient, their family and surroundings, using the clinical method.
  • Formulate patient monitoring plans using laboratory testing, medical imaging and other procedures that are cost-effective for the patient and the health service.
  • Correctly interpret laboratory examinations and medical imaging.
  • Treat common pathologies in Internal Medicine in ambulatory and hospital care settings, responding promptly to emergencies and acute pathologies within the specialization, using the best evidence possible
  • Educate patients in strategies to prevent disease and promote health.
  • Demonstrate skill in the execution of procedures associated with the specialization (incisions in cavities, endo-tracheal intubation, accesses to central arteries and veins).
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate an ethical and professional attitude in relationships with patients and healthcare teams.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary healthcare teams, facilitating the development of complementary skills in their members and taking positions of leadership.
  • Use basic teaching skills for undergraduate-level teaching.
  • Acquire basic elements for clinical research.

Candidate Profile:

Medical professionals licensed to practice in Chile.

Plan of Studies

The first year of the program is focused on the resolution of general problems in Internal Medicine. The second year incorporates sub-specializations. Finally, the third year of the program focuses on consolidating an integrated approach to adult health problems.

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

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Prerequisites

Applicants should hold a degree in Medicine and Surgery allowing them to practice medicine in Chile.

This degree may be one of the following:

  • 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. Candidates 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

Applications for Medical Specializations
Faculty of Medicine
Contact: Sylvia Alcayaga Zambra, email salcayaga@ucn.cl
Telephone: (051) 2 205923

Contact

Dr. Fernando Bonacic Castro
Head of Program Internal Medicine
Telephone: (56-51) 2205923
Email: fbonacic@ucn.cl

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

Secretary: Sylvia Alcayaga
Telephone: (56-51) 2205923
Email: salcayaga@ucn.cl

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

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