Specialty in Orthopedics and Traumatology

Why study a Specialty in Orthopedics and Traumatology?

The Specialty in Orthopedics and Traumatology, despite being a relatively recent program, is one of the areas of medicine that is acquiring greater importance each day. This is due to the confluence of several factors: the high frequency of musculo-skeletal trauma; the change in the population pyramid that makes degenerative diseases increasingly prevalent; and the increase in sport related trauma. The greater importance of this field is also attributable to the development of new technologies to solve these problems, such as molecular biology, nano technology, implant development and surgical techniques.

All of the above makes orthopedics and traumatology a fascinating specialty, and one whose end goal is to help improve the quality of life of patients and get them to return to the activities they had before the disease. The importance of this specialty is such that the first decade of the 21st century was named as the decade of osteo-articular disease, due to its impact on world health.

Universidad Icesi’s Specialty in Orthopedics and Traumatology has its practice centre at the Fundación Valle del Lili clinic, an institution with a high quality accreditation in health and recognized as a university hospital. The institution has a Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology organized by sub specialties, each of which offers state of the art patient care. In addition, the departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rheumatology and Infectology and the clinical research centre, offer support for joint clinical and academic activities.


Especialista en Ortopedia y Traumatología

Length of program

4 years

Investment (semester)

$ 13.530.000 COP


Dr. Darío Hernando Cobo Medina


Dr. Alfredo Alonso Sánchez Vergel

Applicant Profile

The applicant must be a general practitioner certified by a national or international higher education institution and the Ministry of National Education as required. He/she must have fulfilled the requirement of the mandatory rural work experience. He/she must accept the conditions and internal rules of both the university and the institution where the practice is carried out. He/she must be a professional committed to the development of the specialty within the scientific and social field, with an ethical and humanitarian sense that allows him/her to act for the benefit of the patients and the community in general. The candidate must be a professional who is keen to learn actively and permanently. He /she must have leadership capacity and communication skills to carry out actions that benefit the development of the specialty.

Graduate Profile

A graduate of the Specialty in Orthopedics and Traumatology will have high-level clinical, surgical and research competences for the study, diagnosis and treatment of all musculoskeletal system conditions in adults and children. Moreover, he/she will know the rules that govern the practice of the medical profession in our country, be able to develop educational activities for both health personnel and the community and will execute his/her profession ethically and responsibly.

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.