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New Clinical Campus in Mayagüez Facilitates Physicians Staying on the Island and Provides More Opportunities to Study Medicine in Puerto Rico

Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU) announced the opening of its new Mayagüez Clinical Campus. This is the first clinical campus of PHSU’s Medicine School in the area. The new campus will allow up to 20 medicine students to do their third-year clinical rotations at hospitals in the area, with the Mayagüez Medical Center as base hospital of this clinical campus.

“Opening this campus increases and diversifies the clinical posts of our Medicine School. It also allows us to develop competent, ethical, bilingual and compassionate physicians who can stay in Puerto Rico and grow their career here, especially in the western area of the island. As we increase the number of physicians in Puerto Rico, we contribute to improving access to health care,” said PHSU Dean Dr. José A. Torres Ruiz.

On her part, PHSU’s Medical School Dean Dr. Olga Rodriguez de Arzola, said that: “Mayagüez has many great physicians qualified to participate in the education of medicine students. Additionally, the Mayagüez Medical Center, as well as hospitals La Concepción and Bella Vista have graduate medical programs affiliated to PHSU and are active members of the Southwest Regional Academic Medical Center. This way, we continue fostering opportunities and enriching the academic and clinical experience of our students.”

Dr. Rodríguez also said that the new clinical campus facilities are furnished with modern audiovisual equipment that will allow transmitting academic activities between PHSU’s Ponce and Mayagüez campuses. Furthermore, students will have clinical experiences at the VA Caribbean Health System in Mayagüez, as well as at the Bella

Vista hospital, La Concepción hospital, the Migrant Health Center, and at medical offices, among other facilities.

“This important announcement is part of multiple efforts and initiatives led by the municipality of Mayagüez which, contrary to other municipalities that handed in its medical facilities, we preserved our municipal hospital and acquired the Ramón Emeterio Betances Medical Center to turn it into one of the best—if not the best—in Puerto Rico,” said Mayagüez Mayor Hon. José Guillermo Rodríguez.

“Mayagüez Medical Center is strongly committed to Puerto Rico’s medical education; it’s a differentiating factor of our institution. The opportunity to facilitate quality education and enriching opportunities to our students, who are the future of health care in this country, drives us. We’re proud to join efforts with the Ponce Medical School and favorably contribute to education and medicine,” said José L. Quirós, president and CEO of Grupo Hospitalario Manatí, Mayagüez and Bayamón Medical Centers, and the Puerto Rico Women and Children’s Hospital.

Ponce Health Sciences University is an academic institution focused on the disciplines of Medicine, Clinical Psychology, Biomedical Sciences, Public Health, and Nursing. Since 1977, it has developed highly capable professionals in the field of health care. Its newest academic center, in Santurce, offers a master’s program in Medical Sciences and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

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