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Specialization in Pediatrics




3 years

General Description

Specialists in Pediatrics are medical professionals with a strong theoretical, practical and ethical background, who help to resolve medical pathologies prevalent in Pediatrics in both ambulatory care settings and hospital environments, providing prompt and thorough care. Specialists will apply their skills in critical reasoning and reflective practice, as well as their strong ethical training. They will have a strong capacity for self-directed, ongoing learning, and will be able to integrate into and lead multidisciplinary healthcare teams.

Pediatricians are capable of providing preventative care, diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation, supervising the growth and development of their patients from birth to adolescence. They work towards the common good, with a vision centered on the person and their environment, and are guided by ethical and Christian Humanist principals that call for the care of the physical and mental integrity of the patient.

Pediatricians are trained to address health problems in ambulatory and hospital care settings of different degrees of complexity. In order to do this, they use the clinical and/or scientific method and methodological tools from biomedical and social science and research, keeping their knowledge up-to-date by means of constant self-directed study.

These professionals are trained to carry out basic clinical research and to apply essential concepts for undergraduate-level teaching. Specialists in Pediatrics are able to lead healthcare teams, using health management tools and interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in order to overcome challenges and achieve objectives. They will take into consideration the rational use of existing resources for prompt and high-quality care.

Pediatricians will relate to patients and their families with empathy and assertiveness, prioritizing their physical and emotional wellbeing and taking into account their sociocultural environment.


To train medical professionals in the area of Pediatrics, developing human capital with an optimal academic and humanistic training in response to the need for professionals capable of resolving problems in pediatrics at the regional and national level.

Specific Objectives

  • Demonstrate theoretical knowledge of health problems in children and adolescents (natural history of diseases, physiopathology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic and therapeutic processes).
  • Diagnose common pathologies in pediatrics, taking into consideration the patient, their family and wider social environment, using the clinical method.
  • Formulate monitoring plans including laboratory examinations, medical imaging and other procedures that are cost-effective for the patient and the health service.
  • Provide prompt treatment for pathologies prevalent in ambulatory and hospital care settings, managing acute pathologies and emergencies using all the available evidence.
  • Educate patients in strategies to prevent disease and promote health.
  • Demonstrate skill in the execution of procedures necessary in the field of pediatrics (lumbar punctures, pleurocentesis, endo-tracheal intubation, installation of vascular access)
  • Demonstrate communication skills allowing for solid doctor-patient relationships and proper channels of communication with healthcare teams and peers.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills, as well as self-directed learning and ongoing study for the resolution of clinical problems.
  • Demonstrate ethical attitudes and professionalism in relationships with patients and healthcare teams.
  • Participate in a multidisciplinary healthcare team, facilitating the development of complementary skills in members of the team and assuming leadership positions.
  • Use basic teaching skills for undergraduate-level teaching.
  • Acquire basic elements for clinical research, carrying out a research project in any area of pediatrics.

Plan of Studies

The first year of the program will focus on the resolution of general issues in Pediatrics.

The second year will incorporate an emphasis on sub-specializations.

The third year will consolidate a thorough and integrated approach to childhood and adolescent medical complaints.

This is a full-time program requiring complete dedication from residents, whose activities will be supervised throughout their course of study.



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

This degree may be one 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.

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, which should include the following:
  • 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. Sergio Puebla
Head of the Program
Email: spuebla@ucn.cl

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


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