The Office of Academic Affairs
is directly responsible for the coordination and supervision of the
academic aspects of the educational programs of the Ponce School of
Medicine and Health Sciences. It has the responsibility for the
oversight, development, coordination and evaluation of the
curriculum of the educational programs.
It is the Office that monitors and reports the compliance of the
educational programs with the standards of the corresponding
accrediting agencies. It ensures that an appropriate institutional
and educational assessment process takes place and it is where
faculty development activities are coordinated.
The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs supervises the Library,
Audiovisual and Education Technology divisions and the Office of
Continuing Medical Education.
The following interdisciplinary courses of the Medicine Program are
directly coordinated at the Academic Affairs Office:
Problem Based Learning
Pathophysiology for Clinical Medicine
Introduction to Clinical
The Office receives applications for the Five Year Program of
Medicine, monitors students’ academic performance, offers academic
counseling, evaluates, and with the assistance of the Academic
Review Committee, makes decisions on Leave of Absence applications.
The Assistant Dean for Education assists the Associate Dean in the
aspects of curriculum development and implementation, as well as the
evaluation of the effectiveness of the academic programs. This Dean
is in charge of the outcome assessment process that assures the
quality and continuous improvement of the educational programs. The
Assistant Dean monitors the programs’ outcomes and provides timely
information to assess their quality identifying opportunities for
improvement and development. She advises the Dean for Academic
Affairs and curriculum committees on educational issues and assists
the faculty to improve their teaching methods and skills.
The Faculty Development Activities Coordinator is in charge of
identifying the faculty development needs, the recruitment of
resources for educational activities and for the promotion of the
The MD Program Curriculum Coordinator assists the Medicine
Curriculum Committees in the systematic review of courses and
clerkships and the comprehensive evaluation of the MD Program. It is
the person in charge of coordinating the preparation of the schedule
of classes for the basic and clinical years of the MD Program. She
advises faculty and students on issues of curriculum design,
development, evaluation and disseminates information about the
resources to improve teaching and learning.