The UC Faculty of Medicine trains people to become agents of change who are able to contribute to finding solutions to the health problems of the Chilean population.
The UC Faculty of Medicine aims to be a relevant actor in Chile’s development, training people to become agents of change who are able to contribute to finding solutions to the health problems of the Chilean population. Its greatest contribution in this field is providing training to high level professionals and specialists. However, there are many initiatives that further strengthen the relationship between Chilean society and the members of this Faculty.
• Ancora Family Health Network: The network fulfills an important role providing comprehensive health care services in the Chilean public health system for thousands of people of the Puente Alto and La Pintana communes. The network also provides broad teaching activities, contributing innovations to the primary health care service of the Public Health System.
• National Health Survey (ENS): The two versions of the National Health Survey (2009-2010 and 2003), which were awarded by tender to the UC Faculty of Medicine by the Ministry of Health, were developed by teachers of the Public Health Department. This significant assessment measures the widespread health problems faced by the Chilean population (age 15+), and provides significant input for the production of health policies in Chile. The third National Health Survey, to be conducted in 2016, will also be headed by the Faculty of Medicine.
• Surgical Program for Congenital Heart Disease: The UC CHRISTUS Health Network is one of three entities that treat operable congenital heart disease through the Explicit Health Guarantees (GES) system, thus providing a valuable contribution to the public health system. It is worth noting that this network is the only health care provider for some of the more complex congenital pathologies.
• Clinica Familia: The Faculty of Medicine established an associated teaching agreement for undergraduates and postgraduates and with the Clínica Familia -for palliative care- and the Fundación por la Dignidad del Hombre (Foundation for the Dignity of Man), where terminally ill low-income patients seek treatment. The Faculty contributes with technical and professional resources, including students of the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and the new health sciences careers (Physical Therapy, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Audiology and Speech Therapy). This is a clinical facility for Family Medicine scholarship holders and volunteers from other specialties. The doctors and part of the Nursing staff at this center, which treats terminally ill patients and their families, are contributed by the Faculty.
• Josefina Martínez Hospital Foundation: The Josefina Martínez Hospital is the clinical facility for the UC Faculty of Medicine; the only health center in Chile and Latin America to be exclusively dedicated to the treatment of children’s respiratory diseases. The agreement that establishes this center as a Faculty clinical facility dates back to 2005. The Josefina Martínez Foundation, the hospital’s financer, is controlled by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile through its Faculty of Medicine, since 2009. In 2014, a pediatric dentistry unit was inaugurated for hospitalized patients and outpatient treatment. This unit is equipped with everything that scholarship holders of the Dentistry program and graduate and undergraduate students need to provide dental services for these patients. This hospital has become a reference center for the southeast Santiago area in child respiratory pathologies and oxygen dependent patients who arrive as emergency cases at other hospitals and are then transferred here.
• UC Center for Down Syndrome: This center was established in 2011, when different disciplines joined to create a model for the inclusion of people with Down Syndrome. This syndrome includes a group of physical and developmental characteristics, produced by genetic material contained in chromosome 21, which translates into health problems and cognitive disability. In Chile, the birth of children with Down Syndrome has increased, as well as their life expectancy, reaching 60 years. People with this condition require tools to become self-reliant during their adulthood. The new UC Center for Down Syndrome building, located in Campus Oriente, promotes social inclusion through the exchange of knowledge among different professionals, who accompany children, teenagers and adults with this condition.
• Support for América Solidaria Foundation: Since 2010, the UC Faculty of Medicine provides vaccination and health recommendations for volunteers of the América Solidaria Foundation who conduct social work in the region’s most vulnerable countries. This alliance strengthens the commitment of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile to train professionals with a vocation for social work, supporting volunteering initiatives that include students, teachers and staff members. In addition, America Solidaria contributes with a setting for practice, teaching and research, and participates in training sessions with the Faculty of Medicine. This agreement aims to strengthen cooperation actions that fulfill the objectives of the “Volunteering Professionals in Service to America” program.
• Center of Bioethics: The Center of Bioethics was created in 1993 to develop, expand and refine teaching, research, service and outreach efforts in the field of bioethics. Its mission is to promote a well-founded bioethical know “Natural Law” and the teachings of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, being open to other forms of philosophical and scientific thought that are consistent with these conceptual foundations. This center plays a key role in the humanistic education of health professionals, in compliance with the mission of the Faculty of Medicine of training professionals capable of attending people in their individual integrity. The Center for Bioethics helps the Faculty to teach the anthropological dimension of health sciences, offering their students, within the curriculum, more favorable conditions for self-reflection on the proper values of medical ethics.
• Rural Health Work: The Rural Health Works (TSR) voluntary work group began within the UC Faculty of Medicine. For over a decade, the group performed activities for the treatment, promotion and prevention of health issues in socially and economically vulnerable rural communities of Chile. Since its foundation in 2002, thousands of students have participated in the group, benefiting residents in a number of regions, mainly from the IV to the VII Regions of Chile. The Rural Health Works (TSR) voluntary group conducts participatory workshops, preventive check-ups, home visits and health education activities. Even though the program is led by UC Nursing and Medicine students, it is open to faculty members and students in health programs in other universities.
• Rural Internship in Nursing: Students of the School of Nursing participate in rural internships as part of their final training. There are rural clinical settings in the communes of Villarrica, Curarrehue, Vichuquén and Pelluhue. This clinical experience takes place at urban and rural family health centers, rural emergency medical facilities and rural medical stations. This in-field program, which has been very well evaluated by communal authorities, began in 1995 in Chile’s IX Region. The VII Region was included in 2010.
Other Associated Teaching programs of the Faculty of Medicine
• ECMO, ventilator support for premature infants in Neonatology
• High Risk Pregnancy Program
• Acompañares: pioneer program dedicated to support families having a pregnancy compromised for a life threatening fetal condition.
• Committees of infectious disease experts for respiratory viruses, immunization clinics and winter campaigns.
• Sleep Center
• Sports Medicine
• Transplant Program
• Cancer Program
• Advanced Center for Chronic Disease (ACCDiS)
• Obesity Treatment Center (CTO)
• Mental Health and Neurosciences
• Thyroid Center
• Endocrinology Laboratory and high blood pressure management in children
• Interventional Cardiology
• Multiple Sclerosis Unit
• Food Allergy Program
• Free from Tobacco Program and smoke-free campus
Associated Clinical Facilities
• Complejo Asistencial Dr. Sótero del Río, Servicio de Salud Met. Sur Oriente
• Hospital Clínico Metropolitano La Florida Dra. Eloísa Díaz Inzunza, Servicio de Salud Met. Sur Oriente
• Fundación Josefina Martínez de Ferrari
• Centros de Salud Familiar, Servicio de Salud Met. Sur Oriente
• Clínica Familia, Fundación por la Dignidad del Hombre
• Hogar de Cristo
• Hospital de Urgencia Asistencia Pública (HUAP)
• Armada de Chile
• Clínica Meds S.A
• Hospital Regional de Talca
• Servicio de Salud Bío Bío , Hospital de Los Ángeles
• Hospital del Niño Roberto del Río
• Hospital Luis Calvo Mackenna (Fundación Profesor Anibal Ariztía)
• Corporación Municipal de Educación, Salud y Atención de Menores de Puente Alto (COSAM CEIF)
• Municipalidad de Puente Alto
• Corporación Municipal de la Florida, Municipalidad de la Florida
• Municipalidad de la Pintana (6 CESFAM + SUC)
• Municipalidad de Macul
• Municipalidad de Vichuquen
• Asociación Chilena de Seguridad
• Instituto Nacional del Tórax
• Instituto de Neurocirugía Dr. Alfonso Asenjo
• Instituto Chileno de Terapia Familiar
• Liga Chilena contra la Epilepsia
• Clínica Psiquiátrica del Carmen (San Juan de Dios)
• Servicio Nacional de Menores
• Pequeño Cotolengo
• Fundación Las Rosas
• Instituto Nacional del Cáncer