Department of Anatomy

The Department offers three courses during the first year of medical studies; Clinical and Developmental Anatomy, Histology/Cell Biology and Neuroscience. These courses provide the student a vast knowledge of normal structure and morphology of the human body and its tissues in a functional and clinical approach. This knowledge is of the utmost essence for the development of future physicians. All courses include laboratories to emphasize and re-enforce concepts covered in a class and provide the students hands-on experience essential for their clinical training.

The department has developed different teaching strategies in the courses, based on the Institutional Educational Objectives, including but not limited to: lectures, conferences, assessment, quizzes, case discussion, Academic Competence Enhancement (ACE) activities, shelf exams, and observation of students professionalism, are used to evaluate the course.


Courses:

113 Clinical and Developmental Anatomy
Gross Anatomy, Embryology, and Radiology were integrated into the Clinical and Developmental Anatomy course. The course is designed for the students to learn the characteristics, development, functions and clinical aspects of the human body. It prepares the students to apply their knowledge of macroscopic and embryological development to solve clinical cases for the benefit of the patients. Human cadavers are used for dissection of the different structures described and studied by the students; they work under direct supervision of the faculty, through this technique the students reaffirm the knowledge. The modern anatomic-clinical approach, the use of imaging techniques such as radiographs, computed tomography (CT scan), magnetic resonance (MRI), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and others, guarantee the complete development of the students.

115 Histology and Cell Biology
In this course the anatomy and function of the basic human tissues, is described as well as the molecular biology associated to them. Once completed the student should be able to: Recognize the different cells of the body tissues, and their corresponding areas including function and molecular biology. Describe the different tissues composing the micro anatomy, and function of the tissues. During the laboratory periods the students should be able to correctly use the microscope, and the other technological equipment used, as they are used in the modern medicine. Work effectively in groups with peers, not only hands on work but also in case presentations. Demonstrate high ethical standards and professionalism in all aspects of the course. Demonstrate honesty, compassion, and respect to peers and other professionals, and moral responsibility. Observe professional conduct, be a model to others in terms of correct attitudes in attendance, and punctuality.

142 Neuroscience
In this course the anatomy and function of the nervous human tissue, is described, and its molecular biology. Once the course is completed, the student should be able to: Recognize the different cells of the nervous system, their function and molecular biology. Describe the nervous system composition, the micro anatomy, and function of the nervous tissue. Describe the development of the nervous system, and the consequences due to alterations of normal development. In the laboratory periods the students should be able to correctly use the microscope, and the other technological equipment used, as they are used in the modern medicine. Work effectively in groups with peers, not only hands on work but also in case presentations. Demonstrate high ethical standards and professionalism in all aspects of the course. Demonstrate honesty, compassion, and respect to peers and other professionals, and moral responsibility. Observe professional conduct, be a model to others in terms of correct attitudes in attendance, and punctuality.

Faculty

Myraida Rivera, MD
Instructor

Office: #4
Phone: 787-743-3038 Ext. 247
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Jorge Pérez, MD
Assistant Professor

Office: #3
Phone: 787-743-3038 Ext. 248
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José Pérez-Gumá, MD
Assistant Professor

Office: #8
Phone: 787-743-3038 Ext. 273
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Embalmer

Petrona Benitez, B.S.
Professional Embalmer



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Department of Biochemistry-Pharmacology

Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology of the San Juan Bautista Schoolof Medicine. Here you will find Faculty and Staff that is available to all students to help them maximize their academic achievement through courses and cooperative learning activities.

Our faculty is specialized in different areas of Biochemistry and Pharmacology contributing to the enrichment and diversity of our department.

We currently offer three courses: Medical Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Human Genetics.

Through the Medical Biochemistry Course the faculty strives to convey updated information in this fast-changing and dynamic field of study that applies fundamental techniques to understanding the structures and reactions of living organisms. The teaching methodology comprises lectures, problem-solving exercises, case analysis and discussion. This stimulates critical thinking skills and their application to the practice of modern medicine.

The Human Genetics course has been designed to introduce the basic genetic processes and mechanisms which determine the inheritance and expression of genetic disorders in man. Fundamental principles of diagnosis and treatment of genetic diseases, abnormalities of chromosome and gene structure, applications of molecular biology, introduction to prenatal diagnosis and genetic screening, genetics of cancer, and technological advances in the study of the human genome will also be discussed as relevant to medical practice.

The Pharmacology and Therapeutics Course is designed to presents current information on drugs and their mechanisms of action to medical students through core and other activities. The teaching strategies are designed to integrate the acquired knowledge in Pharmacology to medical practice. The didactic activities establish a bridge between the theoretical aspects of basic Pharmacology and the application of pharmacological intervention in the treatment of diseases.

The department also offers elective in different areas such as Clinical Pharmacology.

Since the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine is a community based school, all courses offer applications to the medical field and are complemented by community based activities that integrate all the principles learned to the day to day activities of a physician.

Research areas within the department include Neuropharmacology, HIV and Pharmacogenetics. All students are also encouraged to participate in biomedical research since the beginning of their first year.

Faculty

Irvin M. Maldonado, Ph.D
Chief Department

Office:
Phone: 787-743-3038 Ext. 242
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Luis Carlos Mej?a, MD
Assistant Professor

Office: F1
Office Hours: 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Phone: 787-743-3038 Ext. 245
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Alvaro P?rez, MD
Assistant Professor

Office: Research and Planning
Phone: 787-743-3038 Ext. 259
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Walter de Mello, MD


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Department of Physiology - Pathology

On behalf of the faculty of the Physiology/Pathology Department, welcome to our website.

The Department of Physiology/Pathology is comprised of a diverse faculty (MD's and PhD's) committed to the integrated and broad educational, research and service goals of Escuela de Medicina San Juan Bautista. In addition to our based Physiology/Pathology faculty, the Department is academically enriched with the support of distinguished visiting lecturers and joint appointed faculty from other Departments to ensure sufficient diversity and high quality instruction in the physiology and pathology sciences.

The primary academic goals of the Department are to increase knowledge of the physiological and pathological bases of normal and abnormal body processes, and to train medical students who, through service and research, will provide new understanding of biomedical issues that have an impact on public health. Within this framework, the department's responsibilities are to provide educational experiences to medical students during the pre-clinical and clinical years, develop and contribute to programs of graduate and continuing medical education, conduct research, and promote optimal health within the community.

In addition to the required Physiology and Pathology courses, members of this faculty group participate in teaching introductory courses such us Research Methods, Clinical Medicine and Physical Diagnosis in order to support and enhance academic and research relationships between Departments. Present members of this faculty have developed pioneering technologies for human gamete preservation and in vitro fertilization, and an opportunity exists for the development of a strong reproductive and gamete biology research program within the Physiology/Pathology Department on the SJB campus.

Along with teaching responsibilities, the Physiology/Pathology faculty is engaged in interdisciplinary applied and clinical research, and takes part in research activities in the field of community health problems, which comprise the research focus of the SJB. A major objective of our Department is to foster interaction among the medical educators, clinicians and researchers of other institutions through teaching, seminars and collaborative research.

Welcome again to our website and hope you enjoy your visit. Best regards.

Faculty


Sandra Chinapen, PhD
Associate Professor

Office: 11
Phone: 787-743-3038 Ext. 271
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Department of Microbiology


The faculty and staff from the Department of Microbiology welcome you to the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine.

The Department of Microbiology offers two courses to medical students: the Immunology and Microbiology courses.

The Immunology course its offer during the first year of medical studies and include basic aspects of molecular and cellular immunology and the role of the immune system in the pathophysiology of diseases.

The Microbiology course introduces medical students to fundamental characteristics of microorganisms and their ability to cause disease. The course includes laboratory sessions and lectures session that study bacteria, fungi, virus and parasites that are pathogenic for humans with emphasis on clinical manifestations, the diagnosis of infection and treatment.

Both the Immunology and Microbiology conferences are given to medical students in the form of lectures, student presentations, discussion of clinical cases, the development of conceptual maps, integrative small group projects, seminars and/or computer-assisted instruction projects.

Since our School is defined as a ?community-based institution?, Community Service is an institutional project that involves all constituencies with different actions and activities related to the community initiative. To accomplished this goal the Immunology and Microbiology course students carried out activities related to the course in which directly involved the community. This activities includes health education to the community about heath problems or issues that affect the community and/or the visit of a student to a patient home in which the student have the opportunity to identify if the patient has an infectious disease related or unrelated to his/her condition, explain the mechanism of infection and what the patient and family must do to prevent complications.

The Microbiology Department faculty members are actively engaged in the education process and other scholarly activities such as academic committees, community service and research.

Faculty
Shirley D. Valentin, Ph.D
Chief Department

Office: Chief Microbiology Department
Phone: 787-743-3038 Ext. 234
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Office Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Ram?n Scharbaai, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Office:F5
Phone: 787-743-3038 Ext. 249
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Office Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Department of Clinical Skills and Community Engagement

Welcome to the Clinical Skills Department and Community Engagement Department. The Clinical Skills Program offers a wide variety of "hands-on" training programs for medical students so they can develop their clinical skills in the areas of medical interviewing, physical examination, professionalism, community service, and critical thinking.

Among these programs the Department manages a Standardized Patient Unit and offers training through a Community Preceptorship Program. These programs introduce the medical students to clinical experiences at the beginning of their training and continue throughout the four years of study.

The Community Preceptorship Program provides the opportunity to be exposed to private office practice at an early stage, and to become familiar with the practice method of health delivery and the role of the physician in this process. These experiences help the students to develop and improve clinical skills, verbal and written communications skills, life long learning and professional and ethical decision making.

The Department also offers several courses throughout the Curriculum. Doctoring introduces the student to the proper interviewing techniques and professional behavior. Introduction to Clinical Skills reinforces clinical history interviewing techniques and introduces the student to the physical examination. The Clinical Skills I and II courses prepare the student to develop a differential diagnosis as it introduces clinical medicine to the history taking, interviewing techniques and physical diagnosis skills previously acquired.

The Standardized Patient Unit includes 5 examination rooms outfitted with examinations tables, remote observation and video capture, computerized data entry and an intercom system. The Center is used for medical interview and physical examination training and practice, procedural skills training, training and evaluative activities and Standardized Patient assessments as well as for small group discussion sessions.

Faculty Members
Mirella Rodriguez Rodriguez, MD
Clinical Skills Department Director

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Prof. Griselle Burgos
Instructor

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Carmen Hernández, MD
Assistant Professor

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Mrs. Iden López
Secretary

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