Program


 

7:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Room C-101

8:30 a.m.

Poster Exhibits, Rooms C-204, 205, 206, 207

8:30 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

Raúl A. Armstrong, M.D., Associate Dean for Faculty and Clinical Affairs,

Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences (PSMHS)

8:45 a.m.

Conference Goals and Presentation of Jury

León F. Ferder, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, Planning Committee

 

Clinical Sciences (203), Basic Sciences (202), and Public Health (201) Oral Sessions are Concurrent (AM)

Clinical Cases and Clinical Sciences Oral Presentations, Room C-203

Moderator:  Inés Hernández, M.D.

9:00 a.m.

Case Report:  From New Zealand to Puerto Rico:  The Mutation of Hereditary Diffuse Gastric CancerYezmín H. Bolaños*, Barbara Rosado, and Nelson Matos, Internal Medicine Department, Damas Hospital

9:15 a.m.

Case Report:  Not Just Another Case of Small Bowel Obstruction.  Yezmín H. Bolaños*, Willie Vázquez, and Guillermo Bolaños, Internal Medicine Department, Damas Hospital

9:30 a.m.

Incidence of Catheter Related Bloodstream Infection After Central Line Bundle Implementation in the Multidisciplinary and surgical Intensive Care Unit of Hospital Episcopal San Lucas-Ponce Zaydalee Cardona Rodríguez, Sara M. López Lladó, Nilka Figueroa, Sharon Vélez Maymi, Alejandro de los Santos, and José Román*, Internal Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

9:45 a.m.

Traveling Around the Infant Formula World. Liza González*, Yanerys Colón and Vylma Velázquez, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

10:00 a.m.

Risk Factors for Readmission in Premature Infants After NICU Discharge.  Jeanette M. Ramos, Xyomara Jiménez*, Nydia J. López, Lillian García, and José Ortiz, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

10:15 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:45 a.m.

Ventilator Associated Pneumonia in Intensive and Coronary Care Units at Damas Hospital:  Clinical and Bacteriological Profile:  A Pilot Study.  Nilda Zapata and Jesse Alemán*, Internal Medicine Department, Damas Hospital

11:00 a.m.

Stress Hyperglycemia in Acutely Ill Hospitalized Pediatric Patients. Nitzmari Meléndez*, Sheila Capre, and Lydia Irizarry, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

11:15 a.m.

Association Between Vitamin D Levels and TSH in Hispanic PopulationLuis D. Torres*, and César Trabanco, Internal Medicine Department, Damas Hospital

11:30 a.m.

Healthy Newborns Readmissions:  Experience at a Tertiary Hospital During 2008-2010.   Luisa I. Alvarado, Vanessa A. Gutiérrez*, Eric G. González, Nicole Torres, Luis G. León Alvarado, and Fernando Ramírez, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

11:45 a.m.

Complication Rate of Eptifibatide Among Gender Into Hispanic PopulationPamela Reyes Guerrero*, and Milton Carrero, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Hospital Ramón E. Betances, Mayagüez Medical Center

Basic Sciences Oral Presentations Room C-202

Moderator:  James Porter, Ph.D.

9:00 a.m.

The Role of EphB2 in Fear Extinction.  Emmanuel A. Cruz* and James T. Porter, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

9:15 a.m.

HIV-1 Viral Negative Factor (Nef) Expression Does Not Downregulate the Wnt/β -Catenin Pathway in Astrocytes.  Janet M. Colón*, Lucianette Maldonado Rodríguez , Lilith Torres, and Richard J. Noel, Jr., Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

9:30 a.m.

Stress Management in the Pathophysiology of an Endometriosis ModelMyrella L. Cruz*, Siomara Hernández, Antonio E. Ramírez, Anixa Hernández, Kenira J. Thompson, Idhaliz Flores, and Caroline B. Appleyard, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Microbiology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

9:45 a.m.

Longitudinal Analysis of Intrahost HIV-1 Envelope Strains During the Course of HAND.  Fabián J. Vázquez-Santiago*, Loyda Meléndez, Marinés Plaud-Valentín, Valerie Wojna, Richard J. Noel, Jr., and Vanessa Rivera-Amill, Microbiology Department, Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

10:00 a.m.

Nef Treated Rats Have Learning Deficits by the Action of TGFβ -1 Signaling in the Hippocampus.  Angélica María Pérez Burgos*, Gladys Chompré, Raisa Loucil, James T. Porter, and Richard J. Noel, Jr., Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

10:15 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:45 a.m.

Nuclear Domain 10 Associated Proteins Recognize and Segregate Intranuclear Foreign DNA/Protein Complexes to Negate Gene Expression.  Yisel A. Rivera Molina* and Qiyi Tang, Microbiology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

11:00 a.m.

Gene Expression Changes of DNA Repair Genes in Lymphocytes of Breast Cancer Patients.  Julyann Pérez-Mayoral*, Jaime L. Matta, and Julie Dutil, Biochemistry Department, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

11:15 a.m.

Neuronal Loss is Not Directly Caused by Nef Expression in Astrocytes.  Michael A. Manoharan Valerio*, Lucianette Maldonado, and Richard J. Noel, Jr., Colegio Episcopal Santísima Trinidad, Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

11:30 a.m.

Role of Copy Number Variants in the Nucleotide Excision Repair Pathway Genes and Breast Cancer Risk in Puerto Rican WomenAlba L. Pacheco Torres*, Jaime Matta, and Julie Dutil, Biochemistry Department, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

11:45 a.m.

The Role of Genetic Ancestry in DNA Repair Capacity and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Risk in Puerto Rican Hispanics.  Héctor J. Díaz-Zabala*, Jaime Matta, and Julie Dutil, Biochemistry Department, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

12:00 Noon

CD16+ Monocytes as a Potential HIV-1 Viral Reservoir in HAART-Suppressed Patients.  Freddie Irizarry Delgado*, Lenin Godoy Muñoz, Martin Hill, Eric Lorenzo, Shirley Valentín, Grissell Tirado Padilla, Manuel Vázquez, and Carlos López Rivera, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

12:15 p.m.

The Leucine Zipper Domain is Required for the Kaposi’s Sarcoma-Associated Herpes Virus K-bZIP Protein to Interact With Histone Deacetylase and its Importance for Viral Replication.  Francisco Puerta Martínez*, and Qiyi Tang, Microbiology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Public Health Oral Presentations, Room C-201

Moderator:  Anne Peterson, MPH, Ph.D.

9:00 a.m.

HIV/STI Prevalence Among Women Living in Public Housing in Ponce, Puerto RicoLisa R. Norman*, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

9:15 a.m.

Tendencias de la Infecciones de Transmisión Sexual en el Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez (RUM), 2005-2010, Solangie Pagán*, Vivian Green, Gloribel Ortiz, and Juan C. Orengo, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

9:30 a.m.

Asociación Entre Quimioterapia y la Percepción de Disfunción Cognitiva en Sobrevivientes de Cáncer, Eileen M. Soberal Serrano* and Abigail G. Medina Rivera, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

9:45 a.m.

Epidemiological Profile of the Females Under the Custody of the Juvenile Institution Administration of Puerto Rico, Ponce, 2011.  Yeidyly Vergne-Martínez*, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

10:00 a.m.

Trends of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureaus (MRSA) at a Teaching Hospital in Ponce.  Luisa Morales*, Sharon Rodríguez, and Wanda Lledó, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

10:15 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:45 a.m.

Evaluación de la Simplicidad y Estructura del Sistema de Información en Salud de la Clínica del Programa de Planificación Familiar Titulo X (PPFTX) del Departamento de Servicios Médicos en la UPR-RUM.  Gloribel Ortiz*, Vivian Green, Solangie Pagán, and Juan C. Orengo, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

11:00 a.m.

Energy Drink Consumption Among College Students in Puerto Rico:  A Pilot Study.  María A. González*, Augusto Sepúlveda, Himilce Vélez, and Miguel Marrero, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

11:15 a.m.

Factores Determinantes en la Incidencia de Diabetes Tipo I en Sujetos con Historial Familiar de Diabetes Tipo I en Puerto Rico.  Yamilet Sampoll Ramírez*, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

11:30 a.m.

Conocimiento Sobre el Tema de la Deficiencia en Vitamina D y Sus Implicaciones en los Médicos y Enfermeras del Hospital Damas de Ponce.  Alberto Luis Bonilla-Montalvo*, Diego Zavala, and León Ferder, Public Health Program, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

11:45 a.m.

Prevalence of Respiratory Diseases Among Residents at Encarnacion, Junco, Seboruco, and Tallaboa Alta Communities, in the Municipality of Peñuelas, Puerto Rico.  Natalie Torres*, Juan Negrón, Olga Pérez, Gosvami Matías, Yomaira Perdomo, Mayra Roubert, and Himilce Vélez, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

12:00 Noon

Factors Associated With Access to Health Care Services Among Homeless and Impoverished Crack Cocaine Users in Saint Lucia.  Lisa R. Norman* and Marcus Day, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

12:30

Lunch

Room C-101

 

Behavioral Science Oral and Public Health Poster Sessions are Concurrent (PM)

Behavioral Sciences Oral Presentations, Room C-202

Moderator:  R. Ivan Iriarte, M.D.

1:30 p.m.

Acute Morphine After Fear Learning:  Implications for Sex-Specific PTSD Treatment Emily M. Pérez Torres*, Dinah Lee Ramos-Ortolaza, Annelyn Torres-Reverón, and Edwin Santini, Clinical Psychology Program, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

1:45 p.m.

Condom Use Patterns With Steady and Non-Steady Sex Partners Among Women Living in Public Housing in Ponce, Puerto Rico Lymari Cintrón* and Lisa Norman, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

2:00 p.m.

El Impacto de la Depresión Sobre la Respuesta Inmune, La Adherencia al Tratamiento Medico y el Comportamiento de Auto-Cuidado en Paciente con Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 2.  Lissette Negrón-Marín*, Nydia Ortiz Pons, María del C. Sánchez, and Gelmaris Meléndez, Clinical Psychology Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

2:15 p.m.

Conocimiento y Uso de Instrumentos de Cernimiento Pediátrico en Puerto Rico.  Giselle Medina*, Nydia Cappas, Omar Alicea, Angélica Montalvo, Emily Pérez, Juan F. Rivera, and Yisel Torres, Clinical Psychology Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 

Behavioral, Basic and Clinical Poster Sessions are Concurrent (AM)

Basic Sciences Poster Session, Room C-204

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Histone Acetylation Status of Promoter Regions in Candidate GenesMaricarmen Colón Díaz*, Janice Monteiro, Madeline S. Collazo, and Idhaliz Flores, Microbiology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

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CXCL12a Induces Proliferation and Migration of Endometrial Epithelial Cells Expressing CXCR4, Abigail Ruiz-Rivera*, Mariano Colón, Martha Echevarría, Luisa Morales, Manuel Bayona, Asgerally Fazleabas, and Idhaliz Flores, Microbiology Department, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Elucidation of CXCR4-CXCL12 Mediated Angiogenesis Mechanism in Endometriosis.  Martha Echevarría, Abigail Ruiz*, Perla Báez, Maricarmen Colón, Janice Monteiro, and Idhaliz Flores, Microbiology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Validation of Epigenetics Markers in EndometriosisMariano Colón*, Maricarmen Colón, Janice Monteiro, Perla Báez, Abigail Ruiz, and Idhaliz Flores, Microbiology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Role of Depression on Inflammation, Oxidative Stress, and Disease Markers in HIV-Infected Puerto Ricans.  Yainyrette Rivera Rivera*, Valerie Toro, Nydia Cappas, and Vanessa Rivera Amill, Microbiology Department, Clinical Psychology Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

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HIV-1 Nef Expression in Rat Hippocampus Induces Systemic Inflammation and Changes in the Gastrointestinal Tract.  Raisa Loucil*, Gladys Chompré, Myrella Cruz, Siomara Hernández, Antonio Ramírez, Caroline B. Appleyard, and Richard J. Noel, Jr., Biochemistry Department, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Enhanced Uterine Contractility in an Animal Model of Endometriosis.  Siomara Hernández*, Myrella L. Cruz, Antonio Ramírez, Annelyn Torres-Reverón, and Caroline B. Appleyard, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

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The Host Cell Reactivation (HCR) Assay for Measuring DNA Repair Capacity (DRC) in Cancer Research After 20 Years:  Re-Evaluation and Lessons Learned.  Carmen M. Ortiz-Sanchez*, Jaime L. Matta, Luisa Morales, Heidi Acosta, Julie Dutil, Carolina Álvarez-Garriga, and Manuel Bayona, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Biochemistry Department, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

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The Role of the Retinoblastoma Protein in the Regulation of the Wnt Pathway.  Viviana Vázquez-Rivera*, Alexander Cruz-Rodríguez, Richard J. Noel, Jr., and Pedro Santiago-Cardona, Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Behavioral Sciences Poster Session, Room C-205

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Desarrollo de una Escala de ReligiosidadMarcos Reyes-Estrada*, Eliud Rivera-Segarra, Alíxida Ramos-Pibernus, and Ernesto Rosario-Hernández, Psychology Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Endometriosis in the Family:  A First Assessment of the Emotional Burden of the Caregivers of Patients With Endometriosis.  Angélica González*, Mariam Burgos, and Idhaliz Flores, Clinical Psychology Program, Microbiology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Prevalence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Pediatric Population at the PSM Behavioral Health Center at Ponce, Puerto RicoJaime Rodríguez *, Nuria Sabaté, and R. Iván Iriarte, Veteran Administration Medical Center, Psychiatry Department, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Profile of Sexual Abuse Victims From the MAS Sexual Abuse Clinics at Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  Gabriel E. Lugo* and Pedro Castaing, Veteran Administration Medical Center, Psychiatry Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Personality Disorder Among Outpatients in Psychiatric Academic Clinic in Western Puerto Rico.  Luis A. Franco, and William J. Lugo*, Veteran Administration Medical Center, Psychiatry Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Vitamin D Levels and DNA Damage in Children With autism Spectrum Disorders.  Rafael Oliveras, Wilfredo Hernández, Luisa Ferder, Nadia Ferder, Sandra Rivera*, and Karla Viera*, Veteran Administration Medical Center, Psychiatry Department, Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Public Health Poster Session, Room C-205 (PM)

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Prevalence of Diseases in Communities of the Caño Martín Peña (CMP) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Frances González* Diana Guzmán*, Doris Andújar, Alexis Díaz, Sharon Torres, Mayra Gaztambide, Yanisa Pons, and Liz Colón, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Development of Exposure Level Indicator for Environmental Pollution.  Juan Negrón*, Natalie Torres, Mayra Roubert, and Himilce Vélez, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Retrospective Study of Candida Parapsilosis in a Hospital Setting.  Sharon Rodríguez*, Luisa M. Morales, Wanda I. Lledó Colón, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Impact of Social Determinants of Health on Obesity and Nutritional Health Practices:  Cross-Sectional Study Among Breast Cancer Survivors.  Miguel Marrero* and Himilce Vélez, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Clinical Sciences Poster Session, Room C-206 /207

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Presence of Depression in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.   Luis A. Vázquez Moyet* and Jesús M. Román Vélez, Internal Medicine Department, Mayagüez Medical Center

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Hydration Plus Acetylcysteine, Saline Solution Alone or No Intervention:  Which One is Better Preventing Contrast-Induced Nephropathy After Cardiac Catheterization?   Alberto Torres*, and Milton Carrero, Internal Medicine Department, Mayagüez Medical Center

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Incidence and Risk Factors of Candidemia in Mayagüez Medical Center During 2011 Libertad Ruscalleda Reyes* and Karla Vélez, Internal Medicine Department, Mayagüez Medical Center

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Should Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitor and Angiotensin II Receptor Antagonist Therapy be Continued in the Surgical Population?  Loida E. Deynes Roldá,and Milton Carrero Quiñones, Internal Medicine Department,  Mayagüez Medical Center

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The Epworth Sleepiness Scale and its Correlation With the Severity of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in the Puerto Rico Population.  Clary Montalvo Galiano*, Internal Medicine Department,  Mayagüez Medical Center

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Prevalence and Antimicrobial Susceptibility of Carbapenem Resistant Klebsiella PneumoniaeAda N. Acosta Martínez*, Gerardo Rivera, Francisco Jaume Anselmí, Ramón Ramírez Ronda, and Rebecca Jové, Internal Medicine Department,  La Concepción Hospital

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Endometrial Cancer Management in Health Areas Without Gynecology Oncology Service.  Carol Rivera*, Jimmi Ríos, Yamil Crespo, Jesús Cruz Correa, Joaquín Laboy, Yolanda González, and Manuel Bayona, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

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Ovarian Volume and Endometrial Cancer in Postmenopausal Women:  A Case Control Study.  Carlos Rodriguez*, Jimmi Ríos-Pérez, Yamil Crespo, Jesús Cruz-Correa, Joaquín Laboy, Yolanda González, and Manuel Bayona, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

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Association of Type 1 Diabetes With Month of Birth Among Puerto Rican Youth.  Sheila Capre*, Juan Carlos Camacho, and Lydia Irizarry, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

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Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis:  A Case-Control and Descriptive Study in Puerto Rico.   Nitzmari Meléndez*, Jenaro Scarano and Orlando Torres, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

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Association of Eotaxin-Serum Levels in Eosinophilic Esophagitis Patients.  Cristina Jiménez*, José Torres, Eric González, Carlos Camacho, and Vylma Velázquez, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

Clinical Cases Poster Session, Room C-207

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Lupus Anticoagulant in a Young Man With Bleeding.  Azar Sadeghalvad, Danisha Figueroa*, Doris Iturrino, Sifredo Acaron Castro, Francisco Jaume-Anselmí, José Ramírez-Rivera, Internal Medicine Department, Hospital La Concepción, San Germán

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Non-Specific Symptomatology in Presenting Patient With Gaucher’s Disease Type 1 Leads to Challenging Diagnosis:  A Case Report.  Francis Ysla*, Carlos Lloréns, Jorge Figueroa, Guillermo Bolaños, Roberto Velázquez, and Edgard Belmonte, Internal Medicine Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

3:45 p.m.

Awards Presentation, Room C-101

Olga Rodríguez  de Arzola, M.D., Interim President and Dean

and León F. Ferder, M.D.

 

*Presenter