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Grads of PHSU’s Master of Science in Medical Science Program Achieve 47% Med School Acceptance Rate

47% of the graduates from Ponce Health Sciences University’s 2017 class of its Master of Science in Medical Science degree program were accepted to medical schools.

Ponce, Puerto Rico (PRUnderground) July 14th, 2017

Graduates from Ponce Health Sciences University’s 2017 class of its Master of Science in Medical Science degree program (MSMS) achieved a 47% acceptance rate to medical schools.  The MSMS degree, which PHSU launched in 2014, is an integrated, multidisciplinary interdepartmental program in the basic medical sciences that’s the first and only one of its kind in Puerto Rico.  It provides students with a broad-based one-year core curriculum that’s designed to improve their academic credentials for admission to medical schools.

“While it’s only three years old, our MSMS program – which no other college offers in Puerto Rico – is delivering fantastic results for our graduates,” says Dr. David Lenihan, CEO of Ponce Health Sciences University.  “Its rigorous curriculum replicates the first year curriculum of medical school, so if a student performs well, it’s clear that he or she is an excellent candidate for enrollment in a competitive MD program.”

Along with providing students who initially were not accepted into medical or dental school an opportunity to bolster their credentials and increase their understanding of core medical school curriculum, PHSU’s MSMS program is also valuable for students who don’t have academic science backgrounds and wish to pursue careers in the health care industry after graduation.

“Given the many career options that PHSU’s MSMS degree can make possible for our graduates, the program offers a superb return on their tuition investment,” says Lenihan.  “If being a medical doctor is their goal, participants gain an opportunity to prove their maturity and capabilities as prospective medical school students, and gives them an edge in their preparedness for the rigors of formal medical school training.”

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PHSU’s MSMS program is accepting applications through the end of July for the fall semester.  For more information about the program, contact Senior Recruiter Orlando Torres Rodriguez (, 787-840-2575 – X5744) or Admissions Representative Enid González Acosta (, 787-840-2575 – X2124).

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