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.

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

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