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Specialization in Pediatric Nephrology

Why study a Specialization in Nephrology?

Renal system diseases are an important cause of morbidity and mortality in older persons and are becoming an important cause of morbidity and mortality in young adults, which demands a higher number of professionals that possess an excellent level of skills for this kind of care.

Training medical specialists in Nephrology seeks to improve the quality of care in patients with kidney disease, dialysis, and kidney transplants, through prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment. Advancements in diagnostic methods and therapeutic interventions in this specialty have allowed for the improvement of conditions and an increase in the life expectancy of these patients.

Degree

Especialista en Nefrología Pediátrica

Length of program

2 years

Tuition cost (semester)

$ 13.530.000 COP

Director

Dr. Darío Hernando Cobo Medina

Coordinator

Dr. Jaime Manuel Restrepo Restrepo

Candidate Profile

The aspiring medical professional in the Nephrology specialization at University Icesi should have a comprehensive attitude: able to reflect, critically assume scientific and technological knowledge; sensitive to social media; with solid intellectual and ethics, able to generate, create, innovate and participate critically and actively in social changes in the country and especially of health institutions.

Graduate profile

The aspiring medical professional in the Nephrology specialization at University Icesi should have a comprehensive attitude: able to reflect, critically assume scientific and technological knowledge; sensitive to social media; with solid intellectual and ethics, able to generate, create, innovate and participate actively  in social changes of the country and especially of health institutions.

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 Valle del Lili Foundation

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

Objective

Training highly qualified Nephrologists, with the highest human, ethical, and scientific qualities. Following the pedagogical model at University Icesi, and with the Fundación Valle del Lili Foundation, the nephrology program seeks to train autonomous specialists, able to learn for themselves, analyze, and synthesize, with critical thought and that are otherwise able to formulate and develop research projects.

Methodology

The methodology is attendance-based in a specialization program for Nephrology, which incorporates solid forms of academic activity and internship organization, such as: readings, outpatient consultation (outpatient patient care), hospitalization (inpatient patient care), clinic case discussions, inter-clinical consultation on nephrology with planning and execution of activities in service review (professor-assistance), mortality and complication meetings, clinic cases, journals clubs, supervised internships, review and follow-up of research projects, conferences, seminars, and optional credits for in-depth material. All of these activities shall  link actively and engagingly students and guarantee the quality of their training.

Comprises a theoretical component as well as a practical one, the theoretical component is developed with an active learning, self-directed methodology based on issues, in which residents prepare topics planned ahead of time and discuss the cases assessed in different areas of practical training; likewise, questions are reviewed during seminars, and readings conducted as well as cases presented are discussed.

The practical component comprises the completion of activities for patient care in outpatient clinic services, hospitalization, intensive care unit, and urgent intervention of preventive and promotion nature.

Duration

The program has a duration of 2 years with exclusive full time commitment.

Degree granted

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