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Rare diseases

Rare diseases are those that affect between 6% and 8% of the population. It is estimated that there are more than 7,000 in the world. Most rare diseases have a genetic origin, affect various organs and systems of our body, and cause intellectual or physical disabilities.

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Authorship: Vall d'Hebron
Creation date: 17.12.2021, 10:03
Modification date: 28.06.2022, 17:22
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Clinical and molecular genetics

The Clinical and Molecular Genetics department consists of: the Clinical Genetics Consultation, the Rare Diseases Functional Unit and the Genetics Laboratory.

The Vall d'Hebron University Hospital Genetics Department has been designated as an ERN in Rare congenital malformations and rare intellectual disability by the European Commission. The Catalan Health Service has designated the same department as an accredited member of the Clinical Expertise Units Network (XUEC) for Paediatric-age gene-based cognitive behavioural disorders.
Authorship: Vall d'Hebron
Creation date: 17.12.2021, 10:03
Modification date: 09.03.2022, 09:29
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The Paediatrics Department at the Vall d'Hebron University Hospital integrates several sections and units of specific paediatric areas.

We provide assistance from birth to adolescence. As an integrated center at the Vall de Hebrón University Hospital, we facilitate the transfer of child patients to adults within the same hospital.

Vall de Hebrón Children's Hospital is one of the centers with the most capacity to solve complex pediatric processes in Catalonia and Spain.

Authorship: Vall d'Hebron
Creation date: 17.12.2021, 10:03
Modification date: 24.02.2020, 15:17
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The Paediatrics Teaching Unit has extensive experience in training specialists. There are a total of 60 Paediatrics residents at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, 15 per year. Over the last few years, Paediatrics at Vall d’Hebron has been the first choice for new residents, and in the 2017 exam session achieved the best results of any Spanish hospital. In addition to this, we receive residents from hospitals all over the world. 

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Pediatric training itineraries

Over the last few years, paediatrics at Vall d’Hebron has been residents’ first choice, and in the 2017 exam session achieved the best results of any Spanish hospital. 

The Department has a Paediatrics Teaching Subcommittee, comprising twelve tutors and twenty residents overseeing the practical application of the training and its integration into healthcare activities. Thanks to the involvement of these professionals, we can ensure supervised completion of the training programme objectives.

This Teaching Unit comprises different healthcare departments and units, including the Paediatrics, Nephrology, Neonatology, Paediatric Oncology and Haematology, Intensive Care, Neurology, Endocrinology, Infectious Diseases, Allergies, Cardiology, Respiratory Medicine, Gastroenterology, and A&E Departments. 

It is vital for residents to train in research methodology as this is necessary to take part in and develop research projects. From the second year onwards, we invite residents to carry out research work, and a minimum number of papers and publications is required in addition to their full cooperation in sessions within the Department.

Why specialise at Vall d’Hebron?

  • Because you will work in a hospital that is a direct point of reference for the other hospitals in Catalonia and other autonomous communities.
  • Because we have a perinatal unit with advanced technology to treat any pathology.
  • Because we treat paediatric patients who require the most advanced medical-surgical technology due to the complexity of their illnesses.
  • Because we are equipped to carry out different kinds of surgery, such as cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, kidney transplants; and because our facilities enable us to perform ECMO, extracorporeal cardiac surgery and a whole other range of interventions.
  • Because a tutor will provide ongoing supervision during your four years of training.


Genetic Medicine

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