The Student Society of Public Health and the Group of Interest in Psychiatry of the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine coordinated the Symposium on Resilience to Disaster. The activity took place on April 7, 2018 in the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine facilities. The objective was to celebrate National Public Health Week and highlight important topics in the public health related issues that arose as result of the natural disaster that affected the island, pointing out health risk factors and protection methods. The SJBSM Health Humanities Program joint to the organizers’ efforts inviting attendants to the Symposium to participate in a community art project creating a large format piece of art.  Students coached and facilitated the activity.





- A Community Based Art and Healing Project –

Arts, Humanities and Medicine have been always linked. Visual arts, dance, writing, music – along with spiritual practices and guided imagery are recognized tools to heal at physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Art is not a luxury, is a need, is the deep expression of our feeling and emotions, and is the reflection of our soul.

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria landed in Puerto Rico causing unprecedented catastrophic damage and a major humanitarian crisis. Natural disasters cause months of grief and loss on survivors. Maria has been an extreme experience that will divide many lives in two parts: before and after. Resilient survivors take on the heroic inner journey to get a good life back again. They talk, write, paint and create about what they went through.

The San Juan Bautista School of Medicine community invited student, faculty, staff and community to transform their experiences in a positive light through the art stimulating human relationships. An impressive collection of art objects including paint, photography, ceramic, music, dance, narrative and, other art expressions representing the experiences before, during and after the Hurricane enriched a collective art project that was curated and exhibited by art experts and presented in a special event organized by the institution.

The exhibition was dedicated to celebrating artistic feelings and expressions of students, faculty, and staff arising from experiences lived before, during and after Hurricanes Irma and María. This event had a special meaning, as it reminded viewers of the healing power of the arts and humanities and its proximity to the health sciences. A total of 35 works of art were included in the exhibit.

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The Cover Art Publication of Academic Medicine portraying the original work art "Maria" by Cristina Diaz Marti, MSIV. The Cover Art appears on February 2020 issue and is published together with the artist's statement and, represents an academic medicine experience from her perspective during and after the catastrophic events caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and reflects her deep sensitivity and humanity.





On June 6, 2019, the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine celebrated its second collective art exhibition of our institutional community.

On that occasion, the exhibition was dedicated to highlighting stories of significant experiences in health and illness focused on the individual, the family and the community.

"Everyone has a story" was the title of this project directed to strengthen our values ​​of humanity and compassion and to recognize the healing power of the arts and humanities and its closeness to health sciences and disciplines.

Students, faculty, staff, families and friends met together to tell their stories through creative writing, poetry, music, dance and visual arts.





This was a celebration and interprofessional collaborative effort of faculty and students in the SJBSM Nursing, Public Health, and Medical programs; Health Humanities Program, Diversity and Inclusion Committee; and the Interest Group in Lifestyle Medicine. Students from the three programs participated as speakers on topics such as food science, nutrition and health promotion. Students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds shared personal memories and recipes in the context of their unique cultural backgrounds, creating a fun and enriching way to build empathy and promote cultural and global awareness.




C.A.T.C.H. ME 

Crisis - Anxiety - Tremor / Earthquake - COVID 19 - Hurricane - Medical / Health Humanities - Energy / Empathy / Effort 

The San Juan Bautista  School of Medicine Health Humanities Program and the interest groups in Psychiatry, Medical Humanities, LifeStyle Medicine, Dermatology, and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee are pleased to announce that the series of events of the initiative CATCH ME, an interdisciplinary effort to transform the challenges into opportunities through the Humanities.

These events give us the opportunity to show creative talent and strengthen well-being, skills to face challenges, and manage uncertainty in these times of crisis. As previously announced, the creations of this activities will be the first of a series of events in art and humanities that will allow us to create a virtual collective art gallery open to the public. The Humanities have been recognized as an effective tool for health promotion and prevention and therapeutic aid.

REQUIRED 2021-2022: Complete the CASPer™ Exam.


All applicants applying to the MD program, at San Juan Bautista School of Medicine (SJBSM) are required to complete the CASPerTM exam to assist with our selection process for the 2021-2022 Application Cycle. We strongly recommend that you plan on taking CASPer earlier in the application cycle rather than later, as your application will not be considered complete until your score is available, which can take approximately three weeks after testing. Your application will not be reviewed by our screening team until the test score has been received.




CASPer™ is a 90-minute online situational judgement test that serves to further enhance our holistic application review process by assessing noncognitive skills and identifying personal attributes such as ethics, empathy, cultural sensitivity, collaboration, resiliency and adaptability. CASPer™ test results are only valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.


CASPer™ can be taken anywhere you can access a computer with audio capabilities and a reliable Internet connection in a quiet location. CASPer™ results are considered a reliable and predictive tool for an admissions committee to broadly assess the personal attributes of an applicant.   It also may help applicants prepare for the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) format as many of these same attributes are evaluated in our MMI process. The incorporation of CASPer™ into our holistic review process represents the commitment of San Juan Bautista School of medicine to evaluate each applicant as an individual – weighing personal attributes in equal measure with academic metrics and foundational experiences.


The CASPer test comprises 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment, but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete the test.


What do I need to do to take CASPer™? Advanced registration is required. CASPer™ is administered by an external testing company. There is a total fee of $24 associated with CASPer™ which is not part of the SJBSM application fee. It consists of a $12 test fee + a $12 distribution fee which is paid directly to the testing company upon registration. These fees are waived for applicants eligible for the AAMC-FAP.


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SJBSM Impact

Faculty, staff and students immediately organized themselves to help in the recovery tasks of the most affected communities.  SJBSM allied with government agencies, hospitals, foreign universities, international agencies, alumni and religious entities. SJBSM students, faculty members, and staff served the community for 10 months after the hurricane, impacting people positively in 35 municipalities



SJB Intervention

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  1. SLO 1. Demonstrate commitment to the delivery of ethical and nurturing patient care among well and ill individuals and groups.
  2. SLO 2. Contribute with competent nursing care according to the health needs of diverse cultural groups, and populations in Puerto Rico and other countries.
  3. SLO 3. Support nursing practice through the application of knowledge that is generated by evidence-based research, the humanities, and natural sciences.
  4. SLO 4. Provide self-directed care and demonstrate accountability for own actions.
  5. SLO 5. Apply skilled oral and written communication and information technology in the delivery of nursing care.
  6. SLO 6. Make sound decisions and formulate independent clinical judgments.
  7. SLO 7. Practice effective leadership and contribute as key members of the health.