Specialization in Dermatology

Why study a Specialization in Dermatology?

The dermatologist is the doctor who studies diseases that affect the skin and its attachments (hair and nails). Due to its continuity with the skin, diseases which affect the oral mucosa fall under the field of action for the dermatologist.

In order to become a dermatologist, one should study the medical career and then complete the Specialization in Dermatology, which has a duration of 3 to 4 years in our country.

The field of knowledge for the dermatologist is extensive. As the skin is a visible organ, thousands of diseases which have presented themselves on it have been described and studied. Said diseases can be congenital or acquired; inflammatory, tumor massed, or infectious; chronic or acute; some are self-limiting, others cannot be cured but can be controlled.

Dermatology is a clinical and surgical specialization, which answers a number of significant consultations in all ages and socioeconomic levels.

Dermatology has been estimated to represent between 5% and 12% of all consultations in primary care centers, and also includes a significant volume of inter-consultations from other specialists.

In Colombia there are 567 registered dermatologists in the Colombian Association of Dermatology and Dermatological Surgery, two live outside the country and were not counted in the analysis. This data represents a rate of 1.25 dermatologists per 100,000 inhabitants (population of Colombia: 45 million inhabitants) 10.11. The cities which have more than three dermatologists per 100,000 inhabitants are: Barranquilla, Bogota Bucaramanga, Cali, Málaga, Medellín, and Sincelejo.


Especialista en Dermatología

Length of program

3 years

Tuition cost (semester)

$ 13.530.000 COP


Dr. Darío Hernando Cobo Medina


Dra. Silvana Marcela Castillo Loaiza

Candidate Profile

The aspiring candidate to the Specialization in Dermatology program should be a doctor with high leadership skills, who has a willingness to work alone and in teams, with the knowledge necessary to read and understand scientific texts in English, and with a high scientific interest toward existing knowledge and  seeking new knowledge in the area of dermatology. The candidate should in addition have a good ability for visual analysis and manual skill.

Graduate profile

The graduate of the specialization in Dermatology will have the skills to: Comprehensively handle patients with skin diseases, both inpatient and outpatient (patient care) Ethically perform, respecting patient independence and dignity (professionalism) Communicate, support, address the patient, patient’s family and the medical and paramedic teams. Perform his or her medical tasks pursuant to the guidelines and regulations of the Colombian health system Conduct clinic-epidemiological research

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".

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.