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Education in Dermatology for Primary-Care Physicians

“Thanks to Galderma, I could clarify how to identify and treat some pathologies that I saw routinely at my consultation.” Maria Helena Giraldo, Pediatrician Colombia

The Universidad 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. With 22 medical specialities, the Health Faculty has the largest number of postgraduate students in the university, and is very well respected in the Colombian medical community. However, primary care physicians have a relatively low level of training in 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, which 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 at all six university sessions was overwhelming. 787 doctors received materials and attended the course. 381 of them achieved the dermatology certification of the Universidad Del Valle, after their assignments. This program not only taught physicians how to diagnose and treat dermatological patients but also counted toward the CME (continuing medical education) hours required by the medical authorities.

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