Specialization in Rheumatology

Why study a Specialization in Rheumatology?

Rheumatology is a subspecialization of Internal Medicine for which the training in Colombia is a relatively young process, with a significant cumulative deficit of doctors specializing in the subject, especially when the prevalence of diseases falling under the treatment for this specialization is increasing due to the growth of life expectancy among others.

Different institutions which offer health services currently require highly skilled rheumatologists to face the needs of the patients.


Especialista en Reumatología

Length of program

2 years

Tuition cost (semester)

$ 13.530.000 COP


Dr. Darío Hernando Cobo Medina


Dr. Alex Echeverri Garcia, Dr. Carlos Alberto Cañas Davila

Candidate profile

An Internist with demonstrable projection and potential for training as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the areas of immunology and rheumatology.


The graduate of the specialization in Rheumatology will have the skills to: Comprehensively handle patients with rheumatic 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.

Duration and Methodology


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

Degree granted 

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


The methodology used to develop skills in doctors of this specialization is founded according to the educational project proposed by University 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 journals
  • Inpatient and outpatient assistance
  • Discussion of difficult cases
  • Multidisciplinary medical meetings

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


To train specialists of a high human quality, with a deep clinical understanding, a motivation for continuous academic updating and training, a passion for the development and execution of projects and research, and a positive attitude for communicating knowledge in the community in general to undergraduate and graduate medical students related to the specialization.