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COLOMBIA / EDUCATION

Medical Education in Dermatology for Colombian non dermatologist Physicians

“Thanks to Galderma I could clarify how to identify and treat some pathologies that I saw at my every day consultation” – Maria Helena Giraldo Pediatrician

The University del Valle also called ‘Univalle’ is the largest higher education institution in the southwest of Colombia, with more than 30 000 students. It is also famous for being one of the most selective and competitive universities in the country. The Health Division has the largest number of postgraduate students in the university with 22 medical specialities, and is very well respected in the Colombian medical community. Primary care physicians have a relatively low training of skin diseases.

Galderma helped promote a skin healthcare training program, free of charge for non-dermatologist physicians. It was organized in conjunction with the Health Faculty of the Universidad del Valle who developed all the specific educational material. The program consisted mainly in self-assessments and having special tasks solved by physicians. The course took place in six Colombian cities.

The aim was to educate non-dermatologists on the most common pathologies: skin care, acne, fungal infections and dermatitis.

The active implication of physicians throughout the 6 University meetings was overwhelming. 787 doctors received the material and attended the course. 381 of them accomplished the dermatology certification of The University del Valle, after their assignments.

This program not only taught physicians how to diagnose and treat dermatological patients but also reached the CME hours required by the medical authorities.

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