The School of Medicine of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile opened its classrooms on May 1, 1930, offering its inaugural class to the first generation of future doctors. since then, it has attained the highest standards in the training of physicians and specialists in Chile and Latin America.
The objective of the School of Medicine is to train professionals of excellence to serve society, who base their work on respect for life, the dignity of people and the virtues of benevolence, compassion, prudence and justice. Professionals trained at our School of Medicine possess a scientific-technical training of the highest quality, in addition to sound morals, based on Christian principles. By the end of their years in school, our physicians will have acquired the competencies needed to collaborate in the promotion of health care and will be able to solve the fundamental problems of any disease during the different stages of the life cycle.
During their studies, students will develop scientific creativity, abilities to conduct critical analysis and team work and an attitude that fosters self-improvement and independent study, which will enable their ongoing training. These traits will allow physicians trained at UC to perform in different social realities and acquire the foundation to become leaders of the processes of change in their fields of action.
The UC School of Medicine attracts the best students in the country, and annually admits 120 candidates. The school offers a 12 semester degree program that leads to a degree in Medicine and the Medical doctor (M.d.) license.
The School of Medicine completely renewed its curriculum in 2015, optimizing and improving training for its undergraduate students with a new curriculum based on competencies, and a sound foundation in science, humanist abilities and medical professionalism, in accordance to the health needs of Chile.
The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and its School of Medicine, consider the training of medical specialists to be essential. The school ́s postgraduate office offers 29 programs of medical specialties and 35 subspecialty programs. With a total number of 600 students, 200 new specialists graduate each year.
Our mission is to train specialists of excellence, with high ethical and professional standards, who provide treatment focusing on the requirements of patients of the 21st century.
The Director of International Affairs the School of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, is the Director of Extension and Continuing Education, since 2014. Before that it was a separate position. The position is held in collaboration with staff of the Undergraduate Office (Maria Jose Sierralta and Katherine González) and since 2015, Marcela Grez is appointed as Responsible for Internationalization and International Accreditation.
The Office of International Affairs is dedicated to encourage, develop and facilitate international exchange of students (undergraduate, graduate and doctoral) and academics.
1. GEMx / ECFMG
GEMx is a global partnership for educational exchange in medicine and the health professions. GEMx's Partners are medical schools and other institutions around the world that share a commitment to making international exchange a part of their education programs and to providing students in medicine and the health professions with increased access to exchange opportunities.
2. Universitas 21 (U21) Health Sciences Group
Universitas 21 is the leading global network of research-intensive universities, working together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research-inspired teaching and learning, student mobility, connecting our students and staff, and wider advocacy for internationalization.
The Universitas 21 Health Sciences Group was established to provide Faculty within U21 member universities with a framework for exploring opportunities for collaborative research, information exchange, and sharing of resources.
Following a successful inaugural meeting of the U21 Deans and Heads of Medicine and Nursing in 2000, membership expanded to include Dentistry, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Pharmacy and Public Health.
Since 2000, subsequent annual meetings have been hosted by partner Universities. The last meeting of the U21 HSG was hosted by the Faculty of Medicine at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in September 2015.
3. Bilateral Agreements
Bilateral agreements have been established working with the International Academic Relations Office at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC).
The International Academic Relations Office at the Pontificia Universidad Católica is one of the divisions dependent on the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs. Its mission is to promote, manage and support international academic development of the university. http://internationalrelations.uc.cl/p
More than a hundred of bilateral agreements have been stablished worldwide ( see list), and special addendums has been signed for medicine, being the most active Harvard and Yale student exchange program.
Jorge Carvajal Cabrera
Director of Extension and Continuing Education
Director of International Affairs
Marcela Grez Buchling
Responsible for Internationalization and International Accreditation
María José Sierralta Orezzoli
Katherine González Gálvez