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

  • Dr. Jorge Pérez Rivera, MD

    Dr. Jorge Pérez Rivera, MD

    Associate Professor - Chair Department of Anatomy
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  • Prof. Miguel Sugranyes, MS

    Prof. Miguel Sugranyes, MS

    Instructor
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Department of Biochemistry-Pharmacology

Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry & Pharmacology of the San Juan Bautista School of 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 two courses:

  • Biochemistry & Genetics in Medicine
  • Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Through the Biochemistry & Genetic in Medicine 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. This course integrates the understanding at the cellular and molecular level of the biological pathways that control the functioning of the human body and how these processes are altered by the diseases. In addition, this course introduces 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 teaching methodology comprises lectures, problem-solving exercises, case analysis and discussion. All these concepts are discussed focused to the medical practice/clinical approach. This stimulates critical thinking skills and their application to the practice of modern medicine.

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Department of Physiology/Pathology

By Maricarmen Colón Díaz, PhD, Chair of the Department

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Department of Physiology/Pathology, I would like to welcome you to the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine. This site is designed to introduce visitors and students to our Department’s research and teaching mission. It also serves as a major route of communication between the students, faculty members and administrative staff.

The Department of Physiology/ Pathology plays an important role within the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine and collaborates in many of its courses. Our department has sought out and embraced modern teaching methods to ensure the students have the most fulfilling learning experience.

Physiology is a subject regarding how the body works. The Medical Physiology curriculum provides a comprehensive array of topics focusing on the body’s cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine and gastrointestinal systems. Some of the topics include hands on laboratory activities and provide real applications that make learning exciting. Our Physiology course 175/176 also emphasizes basic concepts of normal human functions and includes integrative activities that provide the basis for clinical applications as well as Community-Based activities.

The Pathophysiology course 213/214 offer by the department is an organ based course and addresses the morphological changes that occur due to illnesses and the mechanisms of disease. Emphasis is places on microscopic and macroscopic pathology and pathogenesis occurring in each organ system. These courses are coordinated with Clinical Diagnosis 290 and 292, Microbiology 260 and Pharmacology and Therapeutics 273. Pathophysiology I offer and introductory section that covers all aspects of the cell’s normal function, including cell death. In addition, topics in immunopathology, genetics, inflammation, fluids and electrolytes, acid and bases, and cancer are also covered in this section. Also, cardiovascular, hematopoietic, pulmonary, renal, reproductive organs. Pathophysiology II continues on the study of pathophysiological changes of all the organ systems including endocrine, digestive, musculoskeletal, special senses, neurological and central nervous systems in alignment with the other second year classes.

Current research interests of the faculty include a variety of areas associated with the reproductive system, epigenetics, cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. The diverse expertise and research interest of our faculty ensures that students will have ample exposures to a wide range of topics during their medical training.

As part of the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine efforts to strengthen its research activities and improve scholarly productivity among faculty and students, we have established a collaborative research with several institutions in Puerto Rico which includes: University of Puerto Rico in Humacao, Ponce Health Sciences among others. This collaborative efforts will help our faculty and school to consolidate and increase our research productivity.

Our Department strongly believes that the training received by our students will prepare them for positions in hospital, academia, health administration or any other clinical or healthcare organization. Our students have an incredible exposure not only to medical relevant topics but also to research and community work that prepare them to become the next generation of our nations physicians.

We hope that our site provides the answers to all of your questions about our department and its mission. Please feel free to contact us if would like any additional information.

Maricarmen Colón Díaz, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of the Department


Faculty

  • Maricarmen Colón Díaz, Ph.D

    Maricarmen Colón Díaz, Ph.D

    Chief Department - Assistant Professor

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  • Sandra Chinapen, Ph.D.

    Sandra Chinapen, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

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  • Carmen Hernández Pagán, MD

    Carmen Hernández Pagán, MD

    Assistant Professor

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  • John R. Minarcik, MD

    John R. Minarcik, MD

    Diplomate, American Board of Pathology (Anatomic and Clinical

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Department of Microbiology

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

The Department of Microbiology is a Biomedical Science Department within the School of Medicine at San Juan Bautista School of Medicine. The Department administer the Immunology course to first year medical students, Medical Microbiology to second year medical students and Microbiology to nursing students.

Our students are involved not only in regular class activities, but also we incorporate innovative instructional and learning methodologies such as virtual modules intended to complement the course lectures using integrated exercises directed to apply the basic microbiological and/or immunological problems to solve medical problems.

The Microbiology Department have implemented with success a program to prevent academic failure and to implement specific interventions according to the students’ needs. The program includes: individual tutoring, small group discussion tutoring and virtual classes in selected topics.
The Department works multidisciplinary together with the other departments in the implementation of the organ-based curriculum of the medicine program.

Our faculty teaches and conducts research on infectious microbes and the immune system. Our mission is to advance knowledge in the areas of bacterial multidrug resistance, and immuno-nutrition, in order to build up the knowledge necessary to better understand microbial pathogenesis and the discovery of future antimicrobial treatments.

We strongly believe that our students have an incredible opportunity to make relevant professional and scientific advances and contributions while at SJBSM as well as after graduation, whether they work in hospital, academia, health administration or any other clinical or healthcare organization.

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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 12 examination rooms outfitted with examinations tables, simulation technology equipment, remote observation and video/audio 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.