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School of
Medicine

Dean’s Message

The greatest gift in life is to be able to heal.  To be able to use our knowledge and talents to promote health and to cure illness, both physical and mental.  And to use those talents to advance science and seek for the best diagnostic and therapeutic modalities.

Ponce Health Sciences School of Medicine is a Scientific Home. Here, students learn interactively through our dynamic classroom.  You combine the traditional anatomical sciences cadaver lab with the high-tech three-dimensional anatomical software (Z-space).  They interact daily with seasoned successful researchers  in the areas of Neurosciences, Infectious Diseases, Cancer and many others.  And they study in a warm, cozy environment where faculty and staff know our students and are continuously watching for their wellbeing.  And the best is that they are trained in a bilingual (English-Spanish) academic environment that prepares them to serve both the Puerto Rican as well as the growing Hispanic population in the USA.

Our medical students have the opportunity to do their clinical rotations in diverse settings:  from rural clinics to tertiary-care hospitals, both in Puerto Rico, as in the USA.  Our biomedical sciences students publish in widely known research journals and present in prestigious national meetings.  Most of them continue post-doctoral training at renowned institutions in the USA.

Throughout our 41 years in Ponce, we have graduated more than 2,000 physicians, biomedical scientists and masters in medical sciences.  The vast majority of them are successful practitioners and scientists either at Puerto Rico or the USA.  This is evidence of compliance with our mission to educate bilingual ethical professionals who provide compassionate, culturally competent health care and generate high impact research to reduce health disparities in the populations we serve in Puerto Rico and the US, through high quality education in a diverse environment.

Olga Rodríguez de Arzola, MD, FAAP

Dean of Medicine Ponce Health Sciences University

Welcome to Ponce Health Sciences University School of Medicine!

Our Mission
To educate bilingual ethical professionals who provide compassionate, culturally competent health care and generate high impact research to reduce health disparities in the populations we serve in Puerto Rico and  the US, through high quality education in a diverse environment.

Academic Programs

Doctor in Medicine

The Medical Education Program at Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU-SOM) is a 4-year program with a duration of 166 weeks. It grants a doctor of medicine degree (MD degree). The Program consists of two years of pre-clinical (basic science) courses in the core disciplines of Gross Anatomy, Histology and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Microbiology/Immunology and Neurosciences.

PhD. in Biomedical Science

The Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) in Biomedical Sciences is an integrated, interdepartmental program in the basic biomedical sciences that seeks to provide trainees with a broad-based two-year core curriculum followed by advanced courses and dissertation research leading to the Ph.D. degree.

Master of Science in Medical Sciences

The Master of Science in Medical Sciences (MSMS) is an integrated, multidisciplinary interdepartmental program in the basic medical sciences that is designed to provide trainees with a broad-based one-year core curriculum followed by a comprehensive examination leading to the Masters (MS) degree.

Accreditation

The Medical Education Program is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

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