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 Internal Medicine Residency Program

La Concepción Hospital

Internal Medicine Residency Program
San Germán, Puerto Rico

The goal of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Hospital La Concepción is to produce skillful and compassionate physicians by providing formative clinical experiences and conducting regular academic conferences and lectures.

Hospital La Concepción in San Germán is the oldest medical Institution of Puerto Rico. Although the Hospital opened in 1842, its origins can be traced back to 1573, when the town of San Germán was established at Las Lomas de Santa Marta.

On February 2004, the hospital moved to a new facility in Highway # 2, Barrio Caín Alto, San Germán. The Hospital serves a suburban community of more than 100,000 people. Internal medicine residents at our 164 bed hospital, with a state of the art support system, have the opportunity to treat a broad spectrum of diseases. The Department of Medicine has assigned 40 teaching beds with facilities developed specifically for medical education. Residents benefit from the close professional and personal relationships that flourish between the faculty and house staff of a well integrated teaching facility.

The Internal Medicine Residency Program was initiated in 1984. Since July 2004 the program has been fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as a new program with a resident complement of 15.

Hospital La Concepción actively promotes an academic atmosphere through its affiliation with Ponce Medical School Consortium Teaching Program that was formalized on August 2002. This Consortium has strengthened the educational offering of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. The rotations of third and fourth year medical students provide an academic environment that is a challenge to the residents and the teaching staff.

Internal medicine residents deliver day-to-day care of patients and exercise responsibility for major therapeutic decisions under skilled supervision. They gain critical knowledge and the learning skills necessary for a competent internist. They develop medical judgment, interpersonal skills and the effective use of community resources for delivering medical care.

Internal medicine is a three (3) year program design to provide general internists with the basic knowledge necessary to practice in a primary care setting or to enter subspecialty training. The faculty is composed of selected general internists and a full complement of medical subspecialties. They are also exposed to the critical judgment of physicians from other departments in the hospital in their rotations and consultations.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications to the program are made through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications and supporting documents are transmitted over the Internet using the ERAS services. A selection committee at the hospital reviews all applications. Selected candidates are invited for a required personal interview. After interviewing, the desirable candidates are ranked and the ranked list is submitted to the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Matched results are announced in mid-March and are available on the NRMP Web site to participants. Participants in the NRMP agree to honor the commitment to accept an appointment if a match results.

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