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The Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Faculty of Medicine in Bogotá, Colombia is one of the leading medical schools in Colombia and Latin America. Its structure lies within the campus of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and most practise takes place at its university hospital, the San Ignacio. Through the last 65 years the faculty has been home to many remarkable Colombian physicians and scientists known locally and internationally.
Deans and administrative structure The administrative structure of the faculty is structured into many dependencies, responding to the university's Academic and University Medium directives.The faculty of medicine- as every other faculty in the university- runs a dual deanship structure, allowing for an academic dean to handle issues regarding the academic structure (curriculum, medical staff, hospital liaisons), and a University medium dean to handle issues of clinical and social ethics, student and staff welfare, among others.Current deans are:
Departments, institutes and centres The clinical sciences departments at the faculty are:
Curriculum The faculty's programme is focused on the students' interaction with its medium on each different semester. the objective is to allow a theoretical learning based on 'magistral' lessons that can thereon be followed up by more intimate tutoring by doctors, residents and interns, as well as a practise, which can be at the laboratory, at the amphitheatre or at the hospital.Grosso modo, the curriculum is divided into twelve semesters, the first ten of which is the basic preparation, and the last two are the internship practise.The programme is divided in a 'basic sciences' bloc and a 'clinical sciences', bloc, which in turn also has a subdivision of 'surgical sciences'. The basic sciences run through the first 5 semesters. This covers all subjects related to anatomy and neuroanatomy; histology; embriology; basic genetics; biochemistry and molecular biology; physiology and neurophysiology; human conduct and psychopathology; gross and histologic pathology; microbiology and parasitology; biostatistics; basic clinical (theoretical) psychiatry; pharmacology; pathophysiology; semiology and family medicine. this bloc also covers several ethics subjects including medicine and human values, as well as health anthropology.
Throughout, students must practise on the corpses available at the amphitheatre; microscopic and lab analyses, as well as physiology lab analyses. During the 5th semester students have their first hospital practise covering the semiology course throughout the various areas of the university hospital.Clinical sciences runs semesters 6 through 10. This covers basic internal medicine; specialised internal medicine; neurology and neurosurgery; radiology; clinical psychiatry; investigation and evidence-based medicine (EBM); dermatology; surgery; ob/gyn; paediatrics; clinical genetics; ORL; preventive medicine; anaesthesia; orthopaedics; urology; public health; ocupational health; health service gesture and legal and penal responsibility, as well as medical administration. Throughout, students apply their knowledge by carrying out practises and shifts in the university hospital and in other hospitals in the city (depending on the subject) and in the country (compulsory for the psychiatry rotation).The internship requires a first semester of regional internship, moving into 2nd and 1st level hospitals mostly in the Cundinamarca and Boyacá regions where students must reside and permanently practise, accompany during ambulance transfer to higher-level hospitals, as well as take full part in 'on-call' shifts. The second semester is basically focused on the students' review of his/her chosen subjects from any basic or clinical science, which can be distributed in any fashion.
University Hospital The Hospital Universitario San Ignacio is the faculty's "home", itself residing in the 8th and 9th floors of such institution. Students, residents, interns and medical staff work alongside within the hospital; the many departments located within the hospital's 9 floors allow for students to carry out rounds with doctors on most common specialties, usually in small groups (almost always less than 10 students per doctor). Students also carry out night shifts. The student area is located in the 6th floor, with about 60 beds, a TV room and studying rooms.The hospital also has a fully equipped emergency room where practise is also carried out by students and residents on incoming and observation patients. Such is also the case in the fully equipped intensive care unit (ICU), divided into Cardiologic, Pulmonary and General instances.
Affiliated hospitals & medical centres The faculty of medicine runs its different extramural rotations in more than 30 hospitals and clinical institutions within Bogotá and Colombia, where further focus on the topics studied can be acquired by the students, by carrying out hospital practise. These vary from general hospitals to medical centres dedicated only to one specialty; they also vary widely in demographic and socioeconomic distribution, allowing for experience to be obtained in private and public hospitals with multicultural patients and varying amounts/quality of resources.
Notable Faculty & Alumni
Residencies and fellowships The facutly offers the following residency programmes:The following are the fellowship programmes offered by the faculty:
Publications & media The faculty of medicine has a quarterly scientific and clinical publication representing the investigations and studies of professors, students and residents, called Universitas Medica. The submitted articles are subject to rigorous review by an editorial committee headed currently by Luis F. Jaramillo. the magazine is currently indexed and/or listed in several national and worldwide databases including Publindex (Colciencias), LILACS-BIREME, EBSCO, Latindex, the National Library of Medicine and Harvard's Countway Library, among others.Students and teachers also participate in the recently re-launched (see: 65 year celebration below) In Situ bi-annual newspaper, with contents of a "lighter" focus, mostly for students.
Angie Baquiro Group The Grupo Angie Baquiro constitutes a non-profit group of medical students working in the promotion of health within lower socioeconomic areas of the country. The main emphasis is based on preventive and interventive medicine, but the programme also includes pedagogic and cultural interventionto achieve long-term social benefits. affiliation is voluntary and open to students in all semesters, each participating within an area coherent with their current knowledge and practise (eg., 5th and 6th semester students participate usually in basic triage). Achievements by the Angie Baquiro Group include:
65 year celebration
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