The Department of Medicine and Psychiatry teaches several courses in the Medical School, related to clinical subjects of Medicine, Psychology, Psychiatry and Dermatology. The courses are distributed in years 2nd through 6th of the medical curriculum and include both lectures about core concepts, practical seminars and clinical practice classes and clerkships. Most subjects are taught in Spanish, but some courses are taught, in whole or part, in English. Exchange students are regularly welcome. The Department coordinates the activities of more than 46 teachers, including professors, clinical instructors and clinical collaborators. Most teachers have clinical appointments at the University Hospital Marqués de Valdecilla and other hospitals and primary care centers in Santander and other nearby cities.
The Department also has an active program for graduate students and participates in several master and doctorate programs.
The professors of the Department are engaged in several research lines in collaboration with the Valdecilla Research Institute (IDIVAL). Subjects of interest include genomics of common diseases, transplantation medicine, infectious and autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, psychosis, neuroimaging and skeletal diseases.