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Specialization in Head and Neck Surgery

Why study a Specialization in Head and Neck Surgery?

The country as well as the world in general is experiencing an increase in rates of patients with head and neck cancer. This situation requires more and more doctors who are specialists in the focus and handling of this discipline, despite life expectancies of the general population having increased, we should provide better survival rates and quality of life to these patients.

Degree

Especialista en Cirugía de Cabeza y Cuello

Length of program

2 years

Tuition cost (semester)

$ 13.530.000 COP

Director

Dr. Darío Hernando Cobo Medina

Coordinator

Dr. Luis Fernando Tintinago Londoño

Candidate Profile

The aspiring medical professional to the Specialization in Head and Neck Surgery at Universidad Icesi should have a degree for specialist in General Surgery or Otolaryngology. Candidate should have a comprehensive training and possess technical and academic abilities for the commitment he or she will acquire. Similarly, he or she should show social, scientific, and ethical sensitivity to further progress of the specialization and contribute to social development.

Graduate profile

The Specialist in Head and Neck Surgery will acquire the technical-scientific skill to focus on all tumor-related pathologies  in the head and neck area. The graduate will have the skill to offer a surgical alternative to patients having only this or a combined option. The graduate will also have the ability to conduct research in the basic and surgical field of  head and neck tumor pathologies , and will obtain important fundamentals for handling head and neck programs needed in the country and the world.

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.

Duration and Methodology

Duration

This is a 2-year duration  program, exclusive focus, and full time. Rotations will be completed as multidisciplinary and in a dynamic way though adjusted to a curricular schedule.

Degree granted

University Icesi confers the degree of Specialist in Head and Neck Surgery to whoever meets satisfactorily all the program requirements.

Methodology

The methodology used to develop skills in doctors of this specialization is founded according to the educational project proposed by Universidad Icesi and the Fundación Valle del Lili foundation, based on active learning with several strategies:

  • PBL (problem-based learning)
  • Review club (critical reading of publications and medicine based on evidence)
  • Hospital education medical review
  • Inpatient and outpatient assistance
  • Discussion of difficult cases
  • Multidisciplinary medical boards

Everything under the education-service Universidad Icesi - Fundación Valle del Lili foundation university hospital agreement, which states that doctors at the foundation include the learning of students in the specialty by directly interacting with patients and hospital cases.

Objective

To train highly qualified specialists in head and neck surgery with the highest human, ethical, and scientific qualities. Pursuant to the pedagogical model at Universidad Icesi, and with the Fundación Valle del Lili foundation, the Specialization in Head and Neck Surgery 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.