Ponce School of Medicine has the commitment with the formation
of knowledgeable and caring physicians. Conscious of the changes
in medical education and the health care needs of our time, PSM
has developed a program to promote the education of medical students
based on the community. Our goal is to train students with the
knowledge, skills and attitude to become physicians that will
be able to care for the health of not only the individuals but
also their communities.
have established a longitudinal and comprehensive community medicine
curriculum along the four years of the medical program.
Community Medicine curriculum has an off-campus experience at
primary care physician practice sites and a didactic in-campus
To explore the nature and scope of health and medicine
as it relates to the political, sociological, psychological,
cultural, and economic factors in the community.
To develop a medical practice relationship in the
community in which students can test and apply their increasing
medical knowledge and skills.
To assess the nature an scope of community health
and medical problems, using the concepts of prevention and
applying the methods of epidemiology, biostatistics, and basic
To assess the impact of lifestyle, environment,
biology, and health care system factors as they relate to
the health status of a community, a family, and an individual.
To explore the scope and limitations of local,
state regional, and national resources (both public and private)
that are available or needed to provide comprehensive individual
patient care and population-based care.
To assess patient/family relationships and attitudes
sa they impact the health and medical problems of the patient
and the community.
To acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes
for providing community leadership and direction in the area
of health and medicine in a community-responsive manner.
To acquire the knowledge and skills to assess the
community as a possible site for personal practice.