Specialization in Allergy Treatment

Why study a Specialization in Allergy Treatment?

Allergy diseases today form a global epidemic. It is estimated that by the year 2020, 50% of the world’s population will have some sort of allergy, which explains why prevalence in respiratory allergies (rhinitis and asthma), atopic and contact dermatitis, food allergy and to medication  increases year after year and to date there is no glimpse of a clear prevention strategy.

For this reason, the specialization in allergy treatment has taken a crucial role in the process of acknowledgement, diagnosis, and treatment for those diseases in which there is an underlying hypersensitivity aspect and that is why the need arises to train doctors in this area.

Currently, despite the high prevalence, only two academic programs in the Specialization exist in Colombia, the one at University Icesi being the first to address specialist doctors in Internal Medicine or Pediatrics. For the immediate future, it is necessary to count on the highest quality of human resources, with optimum training, great ability for work and high academic level. Nowadays there is a very high demand for the specialty.

Our program offers a solid agreement between a renowned and modern University and one of the most technologically developed health institutions, greatest academic reach, and endless scientific ambition.


Especialista en Alergología

Length of program

2 years

Tuition cost (semester)

$ 13.530.000 COP


Dr. Darío Hernando Cobo Medina


Dra. Diana Lucia Silva Espinosa

Candidate Profile

As the aspiring candidate must be a specialist in Allergy Treatment, he or she must be a doctor, specialist in Clinics (internal medicine or pediatrics), well prepared, with a genuine interest for the specialization, and the skills to adapt to treating patients in a variety of services (outpatient, inpatient, urgent care, ICU, etc.). The candidate should know how to work in teams, be disciplined, dedicated, proactive, inquisitive, have impeccable ethics, and show an innate desire for research.

Graduate profile

The graduate of the Allergy Treatment program at University Icesi should be a comprehensive doctor, both personally and academically. His or her clinical training based in Pediatrics or Internal Medicine is vitally important to comply with these tasks. He or she will be able to diagnose and adequately manage allergy diseases both in children and in adults, and will need to perform the specialization based on the fundamental principles of medical ethics.

Icesi and the Fundación Valle del Lili

The Fundación Valle del Lili and Universidad Icesi have become allies through an agreement that has been called: a deep alliance for life. With this agreement the region is strengthened by the union of two well reputed institutions, which will now work together for the well-being and the health of people and for maintaining a leadership position thanks to their constant advances in the academic, social, humanistic and scientific fields. The Fundación Valle del Lili is the university hospital with the best conditions, both in terms of infrastructure, human resources and technology, and it will provide clinical training and medical practice to future students. This alliance allows both institutions to establish a synergy in all their activities, through coordination for work, preservation of excellence in performance, already widely recognized in both institutions, and consolidates the social projection of both institutions in one of the most important sectors for the community - health. For both institutions this agreement is a strategic step. Scholarship support to resident doctors is an internal process of the Fundación Valle del Lili, whose process will be informed in a timely manner to those who are admitted.

Institutional Accreditation

In the Resolution, the Ministry states: "It has been shown that Universidad Icesi has achieved sufficient quality levels so that, in accordance with the norms that govern the matter, this fact is publicly recognized through a formal act of institutional accreditation". We are the first private university in southwestern Colombia to obtain the highest recognition of quality provided by the Colombian Government. This is a recognition of the quality of the academic programs, their operation and the fulfillment of the social function of the university. Universidad Icesi was accredited in May 2010 by the Ministry of Education through the National Accreditation Committee (CNA), making it the first accredited private university in Cali and the region. In the Resolution, the Ministry states: "It has been demonstrated that Universidad Icesi has achieved sufficient quality levels so that, in accordance with the rules that govern the matter, this fact is publicly recognized through a formal act of institutional accreditation".



The program has a duration of 2 years with exclusive focus and full time, with an average of 8-10 daily hour activities, with rotations of approximately 2 to 3 months in length. All activities are related to the practical component associated with each of the rotation locations.


The Allergy Treatment Specialization is exclusive focus and full time, and requires the development of a schedule with theoretical-practical activities, with permanent supervision by professors.

The theoretical study is based on seminars, topic reviews, clinical case reviews, service reviews (professor-assisted), journals club, medical board meetings, among others.

The practical part is completed basically alongside professors, in the area of Allergy Treatment and in hospital rooms, urgent care, and in the Intensive Care Unit. At the same time, skills are acquired in practice for procedures akin to the specialization.

Degree granted

University Icesi confers the degree of Specialist in Allergy Treatment to whoever satisfactorily complete all the program requirements.


To train highly qualified allergy treatment doctors with the highest human, ethical, and scientific qualities. Pursuant to the pedagogical model at University Icesi, and with the Fundación Valle del Lili Foundation, the allergy treatment program aims to train independent specialists, capable of learning on their own, of analyzing and synthesizing, with critical thinking and that are also able to formulate and develop research projects.