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Graduate of Colegio Ponceño Earns Master of Science in Medical Sciences Degree from PHSU

Maria Teresa Muñoz Segarra, a 2010 graduate of Colegio Ponceño in Ponce, has earned a Master of Science in Medical Sciences degree from Ponce Health Sciences University.

Ponce, Puerto Rico (PRUnderground) June 27th, 2017

Maria Teresa Muñoz Segarra, a 2010 graduate of Colegio Ponceño in Ponce, has earned a Master of Science in Medical Sciences degree (MSMS) from Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU), which is also located in Ponce.  PHSU’s MSMS program, which is the first of its kind in Puerto Rico, provides graduates with a broad-based one-year curriculum that’s designed to improve their academic credentials for admission to professional health science schools, including medical education.

“PHSU’s MSMS degree gives an advantage to students who want to continue their schooling and pursue advanced degrees in medicine,” says Muñoz Segarra, who is about to enroll in the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine.  “The MSMS program also provides its graduates with a basic science curriculum at a Doctorate level, which is helpful for students who have non-science undergraduate degrees and don’t have that course work in their academic backgrounds.”

After high school, Muñoz Segarra enrolled at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Bioengineering from Syracuse’s College of Engineering and Computer Science in May 2014.  In the fall of 2016, Muñoz Segarra began her MSMS program at PHSU, and she graduated earlier this month.  She’ll begin her studies at University of Puerto Rico’s School of Dental Medicine in early August.

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“The MSMS program helped me to increase my core science GPA and demonstrate to UPR’s admissions committee that I was qualified and competitive,” says Muñoz Segarra.  “After earning my dental degree in 2021, I plan to pursue a residency program.  I haven’t decided which one would be right for me yet because I’m still learning about the many different practice and specialty options, but I’m excited about the possibilities and I’m looking forward to beginning my dentistry education.”

For information about PHSU’s MSMS program, contact the admissions department (, 787-840-2575).

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