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General Student Council

The General Student Council is established to encourage and channel the effective participation of students in issues of interest to them and related to the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine.  It constitutes the official forum for the analysis, discussion, and review of students’ needs and aspirations, and for the expression of student perspectives relative to topics and issues within the academic community.

Students who wish to participate as members of the General Student Council must comply with the requirements established in the Student Manual. Each of the academic levels for all three programs has representation in this organization, and students elect their own representatives.

Gold Humanism and Honor Society (GHHS)

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation works with healthcare professionals to ensure that compassion, respect and empathy are at the core of all healthcare interactions. Dr. Arnold P. Gold, founder of the foundation, is a world-renowned pediatric neurologist at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He and his wife Dr. Sandra Gold, and their colleagues began the Foundation in 1988 with the power of an idea – to nurture and preserve the tradition of the caring physician.

Inspiration for GHHS began in the late 1990s when medical educators and residency program directors convened to explore the viability of an honor society to promote humanistic values and behaviors. Since its inception, GHHS has grown in stature and influence to become a vital part of medical school and residency training program cultures throughout the US. A heart-shaped stethoscope became the foundations logo. It represents Humanism in health care, reflected by attitudes and behaviors that are sensitive to the values and the cultural and ethnic backgrounds of others.

Along with the GHHS Advisors, the society will be composed of students who are nominated in the second semester of third year. The selection process has two phases. In the first phase, third year students will have the opportunity to nominate class mates who have demonstrated professional and ethical behavior worthy of imitation. Nominations are submitted to an evaluation committee that makes the final decision. Membership to GHHS goes beyond selection and induction into an honor society; its members have a responsibility to model, support, and advocate for compassionate, patient-centered care throughout their careers. As humanistic healthcare professionals, they are expected to demonstrate:

  • Integrity: the congruence between expressed values and behavior
  • Excellence: clinical expertise
  • Compassion: the awareness and acknowledgement of the suffering of another and the desire to relieve it
  • Altruism: the capacity to put the needs and interests of another before your own
  • Respect: the regard for the autonomy and values of another person
  • Empathy: the ability to put oneself in another’s situation, e.g., physician as patient
  • Service: the sharing of one’s talent, time and resources with those in need; giving beyond what is required.


Medical Student Association for Community Health Improvement (MSACHI)

The Medical Student Association for Community Health Improvement (MSACHI) was founded in March 2001, and its main commitment is to conduct activities that provide students with opportunities to share experiences with the Caguas community.  The Association’s slogan is “Caring for our community by promoting health.”  Students from the four levels comprise this organization.  Its program of activities includes conferences and workshops on subjects related to health care.  MSACHI is one effort to comply with the institutional goal of seeking to create an academic community-based medical education environment by promoting active community participation.

Christian Students Association

The Association of Christian Students, a Christian student initiative, was constituted in January 2004; the Association’s main purpose is to encourage students’ spirituality.  The objectives are to provide spiritual support through prayer during times of crisis and to strengthen the spiritual faith of member students.

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training.  With a membership of more than 68,000 medical students, premedical students, interns, residents, and practicing physicians from across the country, AMSA continues its commitment to improving medical training and the nation’s health.

By their active involvement, SJBSM students demonstrate their commitment to the improvement of health care for all people.  Students represent the SJBSM at regional and national conferences, where they share their concerns about health services rendered in Puerto Rico.

Other Student organizations are:

  • Internal Medicine Group
  • SJB Pediatric Interest Group
  • Neuropsyquiatry Interest Group
  • “Curitas Pal Barrio”
  • Surgery and Surgical Subspecialty Interest Group
  • Emergency Medicine Interest Group
  • Family Medicine Interest Group
  • Anesthesiology Interest Group
  • Ophthalmology Interest Group
  • Neurology Interest Group
  • Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group 
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group
  • Plastic Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group
  • Cardiothoracic and Vascular Interest Group
  • Psyquiatry Interest Group
  • Latin Medical Student Association (LMSA)
  • Christian Medical & Dental Association
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Group
  • “Asociación de Estudiantes de Salud Pública”
  • Public Health Students Association