Specialization in Neurosurgery

Medical Specialization in Neurosurgery

General information

Specialist in Neurosurgery

5 years
Courses: 62
Total credits: 400
Academic and patient care hours: 20.000 hours


Full time, with patient care shifts.

Registration: $3.636.36
Tuition: $36.363.64

Start of classes:
October 2019

Dates of entrance examination:
May 2019

Extra information:
Rotations in various second and third level hospitals that greatly contribute to healthcare training of resident postgraduate students.
Candidates to both the Neurosurgery or Neonatology programs must present their documents at the medical specialties building, office hdlv-111-b (beside the Hospital de los Valles, Cumbaya), before acquiring the admissions package.


The program aims to form specialists in neurosurgery whose orientation is improving the quality of care for patients at all stages of life suffering medium and high complexity surgical pathologies of the nervous system, and who are dedicated to prevention, diagnosis, evaluation, therapy, intensive care, and rehabilitation as relate to surgical diseases of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems, including its coverings, vascularization, and annexes, such as the hypophysis, as well as operative and non-operative management of pain, whatever the patient’s age.

Candidate profile:

This postgraduate program in neurosurgery is directed at national doctors, or foreign doctors who reside in the country, that have a university degree in medicine and one year of officially certified experience as a resident in Neurosurgical Services at a health center, and who decide to continue their professional formation upon culminating their training in legally accredited national programs.

Candidates must demonstrate ethical principles and values; be able to work independently or in groups under stringent academic standards; and, have the maturity and emotional stability necessary to meet the expectations of the institution, their professors, and their tutors.

Candidates must submit to the candidate selection process as regulated by the Council for Higher Education, and exhibit a positive attitude in dealings with internal and external users so as to foment a culture of humanized conduct. 

Program contacts:

For further information:

Luis Eguiguren
Director of Medical Specialties

Caricia Chávez
Administrative Assistant
​Office: Edificio de Especialidades Médicas - Hospital de los Valles - 111B
Telephone: (+593 2) 297-1700 ext. 4014
E-mail: cchavez@usfq.edu.ec

Occupational field

Upon successfully concluding the specialization program, our specialist doctors will be able to lead different medical services in neurosurgery and consolidate neurosurgical teams in third-level health centers nationwide.


A specialization in neurosurgery allows doctors who hold that degree to diagnose diseases of the central nervous system, especially those susceptible to surgical treatment through the use of cutting-edge surgical techniques and clinical procedures.

We promote medical and scientific research, providing our students with the tools necessary for them to become involved in scientific research projects.

The USFQ has inter-institutional agreements with a diversity of health centers, including the Carlos Andrade Marín Hospital, the Eugenio Espejo Hospital, and the Baca Ortiz Pediatric Hospital, which offer the equipment and caseloads necessary to form professionals of the highest caliber.


Basic requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in medicine, duly registered with SENESCYT and the Ministry of Public Health.
  • Possess one year of certified experience in a health center as a resident in Neurosurgical Services
  • Proficiency in English sufficient for reading, understanding, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating articles in that language.  MCER Level B1 at minimum.

In that regard, students must take an exam in order to obtain an internal validation certificate.  Students who do not possess the required level of English will be trained in that language by the Department of Foreign Languages at USFQ.

  • Copy of national identity card or passport.
  • Degree certificate with final grade.
  • Official grade transcript.
  • Printed SENESCYT registration of degree.
  • Approve the USFQ postgraduate entrance examination.  Please refer to the postgraduate admissions process at USFQ: http://www.usfq.edu.ec/admisiones/admisiones_posgrado

Specific requirements:

  • Graduation Merit Index for undergraduate studies
  • Official certificate of having completed the rural medicine year
  • Updated certificates of mental and physical health, and of vaccinations
  • Updated curriculum vitae with a color photograph

Candidates must additionally fulfill the requirements of the Merits and Opposition Contest.  Originals and certified copies of required documents must be presented.

See link: Resolution.N°RPC-SO-013-N°082-2012


I am Christian Valencia Padilla, graduate of the Specialization in Neurosurgery program at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito.  I chose this university not only because of its prestige and focus on liberal arts, but also because it is focused on training doctors and specialists that are good people who care about their patients and the community.  I chose the best, and now I am reaping the rewards of having trained at the best university in the country, as I have the privilege of being the Chief of Neurosurgical Services at one of the IESS’ largest and best equipped hospitals in Quito, the Carlos Andrade Marín Hospital.