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Specialization in Radiology




3 years

General Description

A specialist in Radiology is a medical professional capable of meeting requirements for diagnostic support from healthcare professionals, supporting teams in diagnostic and healthcare processes.

Radiologists support medical teams in the diagnostic process by producing and interpreting images. In specific cases, they will carry out courses of treatment based on these images. They relate directly to the patient and their care team, with a respectful and ethical manner, integrating effectively into working teams. They put the interests of the patient first, respecting their wishes and beliefs and taking their sociocultural background into consideration.

Radiologists have professional integrity, a capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship, a solid scientific training, and a positive attitude towards their own ongoing training in the face of changes in knowledge, technology and the environment. These professionals view their profession from a perspective of solidarity, with an emphasis on public service. They will make effective use of the resources at their disposal, seeking to provide rapid and high-quality care. Radiologists are trained to carry out basic clinical research and to apply essential concepts to undergraduate-level teaching.


General Objective

The purpose of this program is to train specialists in Radiology. With a strong scientific foundation and an emphasis on practical learning, this program aims to meet the healthcare needs of the north of Chile, with a particular focus on the Fourth Region (Region of Coquimbo). Graduates of this program will provide real support to medical teams in processes of diagnosis and treatment, and will be committed to the social values that bring prestige to the medical profession.

Specific Objectives

  • Apply theoretical knowledge of imaging techniques and elements of anatomy, physiology, physiopathology and medical pathology to everyday practice, in order to properly interpret normal and pathological images.
  • Correctly apply diverse diagnostic and therapeutic imaging techniques for high-quality medical examinations.
  • Correctly interpret medical images, producing clear and rapid reports on results.
  • Clearly communicate findings, impressions and conclusions through verbal and written reports.
  • Demonstrate an ethical and professional attitude in relationships with patients and healthcare teams.
  • Participate actively in healthcare teams, using the specialization in radiology to contribute to patient diagnoses and treatments.
  • Use basic skills for undergraduate-level teaching.
  • Acquire basic elements for clinical research.
  • Demonstrate skills for ongoing, self-directed learning, allowing specialists to adapt to constant changes in knowledge, technology and the environment.

Candidate Profile:

Medical professionals licensed to practice in Chile.

Plan of Studies

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. Rodrigo Araya Rojas
Head of the program


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