The Department of Psychiatry provides third year medical students with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and appropriate referral of patients with mental health disorders. In this Department we study how biopsychosocial and environmental factors provoke that, different disorders in the human psyche. During the clinical experience, the student will learn how to obtain relevant information to make a diagnosis, in addition to the details and knowledge of the different emotional entities. The prevention, the psychological, psychopharmacological and behavioral treatment of such entities, their prognosis and corresponding dispositions to prevent relapses, will be studied. The Psychiatry Clerkship help to develop the student’s clinical skills in the diagnosis and treatment of patients who have mental disorders. Students will develop their skills in a variety of diagnostic and treatment procedures that are commonly involved in psychiatric care. The Psychiatry clerkship includes Faculty of the Veterans Administration Hospital; Psychiatric Residency Program, and Private Psychiatric Clinics, which provide educational experiences for our medical students.


Psychiatry includes everything that cannot be categorized in one of the traditional basic sciences. It encompasses material that is fundamental to modern medical practice, including brain behavior correlation, ethical issues and the economic forces affecting the future of medicine. One of the main goals of the study of the Human Behavior and Psychiatry is to expose the medical student to basic concepts of human behavior and psychiatry that will be used in the medical field. It covers the history of psychiatry, the emotional development of people throughout their life cycle, including biological and psychological aspects, the development and meaning of symptoms; reaction to sickness, and treatment, including psychological, somatic and interdisciplinary modalities.

The first aim of the Department Courses are: to learn the NORMAL functioning of the mind and its interaction with body, so as to distinguish what is NOT NORMAL or ABNORMAL. Together with results of this interaction are: behavior, affect, emotions and feelings. Therapeutic techniques including psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, hypnosis, emergency techniques and crisis intervention will also be discussed. Great emphasis is given to focusing on the community and community mental health issues.

The General Psychiatry Residency Program?s main objective is to prepare the general practitioner that arrives at our Program to be a highly skilled medical specialist and humanitarian psychiatrist.


Human Behavior, 270
This course covers human development and behavior as a whole, mayor psychological developmental theories and the Doctor-Patient-community relationship. It is offered to second year medical students in the first semester.

Psychiatry Course, 278
The Psychiatry course is centered in the evaluation, identification, classification and different treatment modalities of psychiatric disorders. The impact of psychiatric disorders on the individual and on the community as a whole is interwoven into the course. It is offered in the second semester to the second year students.

Psychiatry, 320
Psychiatry Course, 278

Psychiatry 320 Course is the Psychiatry Clerckship. The third year students are exposed directly to psychiatric patients, directly supervised by a psychiatry attending. This is a six week rotation at the out patient department and psychiatric hospitalization units.

Psychiatry, 420
This course is an elective in psychiatry for the fourth year medical student where they are in charge of all the needs and direct care of the patients treatment. They are under direct supervision by an attending. This is a fourth week rotation.

Clinical Facilities

The clinical facilities of the Department at located at the San Juan Bautista Medical Center (SJBMC), that is the main general hospital operated by the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine

On the SJBMC campus, the following facilities are located:

  1. Psychiatry Out Patient Department (for children, adolescents and adults patients)
  2. Psychiatry Inpatients Units (for children, adolescents and adults patients)
  3. Consultation and Liason, SJBMC
  4. Neurology Clerckship, SJBMC

Outside the SJBMC-campus:

  1. Drugs and Alcohol Dependences Units, San Juan de Caspestrano Psychiatry Hospital (SJCPH) Trujillo Alto Puerto Rico
  2. Electro Convulsive Therapy, SJCPH, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico

Psychiatry Clinical Chair - Assistant Professor
Dr. Ricardo Arribas, MD

Surgery Clerkship Director Psychiatry Clerkship Director - Assistant Professor
Dr. Marlene Pierantoni, MD

Luis F. Sánchez-Longo, Ph.D