May 24, 2019 Last Updated 7:51 PM, May 22, 2019

Community Medicine Program

San Juan Bautista School of Medicine is a community-based Institution that has pledged to prepare physicians with strong community awareness.

The Community Medicine Program provides several voluntary service opportunities for our students. The program objective is to expose students to the community’s dynamics allowing an opportunity for healthcare in the communities. These strategies help to improve the health of a population with emphasis on health protection, disease prevention and health promotion. The Community Medicine Program focuses on the health of populations or groups such as: children, adolescents, disabled, elders and adults.

The Community Medicine Program has provided several voluntary service opportunities such as:

  • SCIENCE FAIR JUDGE in the different regions of public and private systems of the Department of Education
  • HEALTH CLINICS  focused on the health of different populations or groups
  • Participation in MASS VACCINATION in collaboration with Department of Health
  • PARRANDAS NAVIDEÑAS (Puerto Rican version of Christmas Carol):  during the activity the students played, sang, and danced the traditional Christmas songs with the purpose of bringing joy and happiness.
  • Participation in SPORT EVENTS evaluating athletes
  • CONFERENCES focused in protection, prevention and promotion health
  • MENTOR in science at public and private schools through workshop

Finally, participating students in the Community Medicine Program are presented with the opportunity of growth in every sense of the word. The students will know the concepts of the role of the physicians as a community healthcare provider and meaningfully increase the awareness of their role in the community.

For more information:

Community Medicine Program
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
Prof. Grisel Burgos Barreto
Community Liaison Officer
Telephone office: 787-743-3038 ext 261
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

124-125 Introduction to Clinical Skills

124 Introduction to Clinical Skills I 2 credit hours
125 Introduction to Clinical Skills II 2 credit hours


This course provides students with an early exposure to basic clinical skills and professional issues which are essential for success during their clinical clerkship. These skills include, among others, communication skills and interviewing techniques. Students begin by obtaining a complete medical history and physical examination techniques considering age variations. These skills are learning through lectures, workshops, standardize patients and in Community Preceptorship experiences.


173 Community Health I

173 Community Health I 2 credit hours


This course provides the student a basic understanding of the historical roots, evolution, and future of Community and Public Health. An opportunity to recognize the structure and function of the local, national and international organizations that help shape community health and health care systems, the course provides students with an appreciation of the principles and methods of descriptive and analytic epidemiology, including: commonly used measures of disease frequency; sources of data; crude, specific and adjusted rates; cohort analysis of mortality; standardization; cause-effect relationships; the roles of chance, bias and confounding. Students will be exposed to the community early in their career as educators, presenting different health issues through group and individual projects in collaboration with the Community Medicine Program. Student research proposal started during the Introduction to Research 117 is further expanded.




The San Juan Bautista School of Medicine


Private U.S. medical school, located in Caguas, Puerto Rico. It formally opened its doors in 1978.


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