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Introduction

Dean's Welcome

Dean of Faculty of Medicine. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Dean Juan Antonio Vargas Núñez

First and foremost, we wish to extend a warm welcome from all of us at the Medicine Campus at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. We feel privileged to work at the Medicine Campus and we hope that the information on this website will give you an idea of the many activities that are carried out at our Faculty.

The Medicine Campus includes the Faculty of Medicine, the Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas Alberto Sols (Alberto Sols Biomedical Research Institute), the centro mixto UAM-CSIC (combined UAM-Spanish Council for Scientific Research centre), and the Instituto Teófilo Hernando de I+D del Medicamento (Teófilo Hernando Institute for Drug Development). The campus is located in the north of Madrid, just 100 metres from the La Paz University Hospital, one of the six hospitals it has links with. It is less than 1 km away from two first-class research centres, both included in the proposal for a UAM-CSIC International Campus of Excellence and affiliated to the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (Carlos III Health Institute), the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas (National Oncology Research Centre [CNIO]) and the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (National Centre for Cardiovascular Research [CNIC]). The Faculty has 300 members of teaching staff, 75 administration and services employees and around 1800 students.

The UAM Faculty of Medicine opened its doors for the first time in 1969 with a study programme that was extremely advanced for its time, in an attempt to change the way medicine was taught in Spain. This study programme introduced innovative ideas, including a revised definition of teaching objectives, integration and coordination between the different areas and subjects, and more attention to the practical training of students, based both in the laboratory and on constant contact with patients. The initial teaching goal of the Faculty of Medicine was to comprehensively train doctors so that once they completed their studies, they would be fully competent to move onto different specialities or embark upon a scientific career in biomedicine. These premises have been strengthened over the years and have been continually adapted to the changing needs of the society that we care for.

The Faculty has increased the number of academic degree programmes that it currently has on offer. We offer 4 different degree programmes: Medicine, Nursing, Biochemistry, Human Nutrition and Dietetics. The latter two are taught in conjunction with the UAM Faculty of Sciences. The Degree in Nursing has been taught at the Faculty since the 2010/11 academic year, with the three university nursing schools previously affiliated to the university now fully incorporated. As part of the different degree programmes, students complete work experience at the six hospitals linked to the university (divided into 4 teaching units [UDs]): the La Paz University Hospital teaching unit; the Puerta de Hierro Majadahonda University Hospital teaching unit; the Fundación Jiménez Díaz teaching unit; the La Princesa University Hospital teaching unit, Santa Cristina University Hospital & Niño Jesús University Children’s Hospital. We also have a functional clinical teaching unit for family medicine and primary care which includes the university healthcare centres linked to the UAM. The Faculty houses doctorate programmes and the has several Master’s degrees of its own, as well as four official Master’s courses (Molecular Biomedicine, Pharmacological Research, Quantitative Research Methods in Epidemiology and Neuroscience), some of which are international.

Our Faculty stands out for its teaching methodology, its organization (including the Course Committees with representatives from all areas involved), the quality of teaching offered, our teaching staff’s dedication towards students, the quality and amount of work experience offered on basic courses (in clinics, for example), its infrastructure, research standards and its internationalization. With around 100 doctoral theses defended each year, the Faculty is renowned both nationally and internationally for its scientific research, which is conducted in conjunction with the associated university hospitals and its recently incorporated institutes of health research. The International Relations Office also organizes a significant number of exchanges every year. To this end, the Faculty has a large number of collaboration agreements in place with universities across the world for student exchanges.

Our Faculty is proud of its history and those who work here are aware of their responsibility to ensure that it continues to be a national and international benchmark in the future. For this reason, all our staff, both teaching and administrative, makes an effort each day to maintain and improve the high quality of teaching, assistance and research levels it has already achieved.

Juan Antonio Vargas Núñez
Dean

Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Calle del Arzobispo Morcillo 4. 28029 Madrid. Tel. +34 91 497 54 86  Fax. 91 497 53 53. Email. informacion.medicina@uam.es