San Juan Bautista Escuela de Medicina, USA

The San Juan Bautista School of Medicine (SJBSOM) is a private U.S. medical school, located in Caguas, Puerto Rico. It formally opened its doors in 1978. The school grants the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Master in Public Health (M.P.H.) and Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees to its graduates. The institution also has a local Transitional Year program.

The SJBSM has continued to develop through the years. In 1998, it moved its facilities to the city of Caguas, one of the most important urban centers in Puerto Rico, with a population of 150,000. Caguas is located in the East-Central region of the island, 18 miles south of San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico. Due to its privileged location, the city is easily accessible through ports and airport facilities, thus permitting fast and convenient transport. This location facilitates commercial, individual and tourist expansion activities.

In June 2004, the Middle States Association-Commission on Higher Education granted accreditation to the School, re-accreditation was granted in 2010 for ten years; with the next accreditation visit scheduled for 2019-2020. Accreditation to the medical program was granted by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) in 2007. The next LCME accreditation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.

Public Law 136 (July 17, 2006) created the Central Regional Academic Medical Centers (CRAMC) in Puerto Rico. CRAMCs are organized to support accredited medical schools in providing clinical experiences to students and assure compliance with the corresponding accreditation standards. Under PL 136 a medical school in partnership with a hospital facility, or other affiliated healthcare organizations, structure and oversee a regional academic medical center. The San Juan Bautista School of Medicine and the Mennonite Health System (MHS) have joined efforts to re-structure and further develop CRAMC’s services and facilities, ensuring the availability of teaching sites for clerkships. CRAMC’s also facilitate the hands-on clinical training in settings with diverse patient populations with varied medical conditions. At the same time, CRAMC’s and their surrounding communities and medically underserved have access to quality healthcare services delivered at the academic medical center. MHS’s teaching facilities are under the supervision and administration of the MHS Chief Executive Officer (MHS-CEO), there is direct communication, interaction, and cooperation between the SJBSM President/Dean and the MHS-CEO.

At present, the SJBSM academic offer is comprised of graduate and undergraduate programs: Medical Doctor (MD), Master in Public Health (MPH evening program) and Bachelor in Science of Nursing (BSN).

A great deal has changed in the 37 years since the SJBSM was founded, however, the commitment to serve the community and the medically underserved has not changed.

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