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
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.