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University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine Campus
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The MD Program is organized taking in consideration the biomedical sciences and clinical aspects deemed essential for every medical student regardless of background or ultimate career direction. It consists of a series of courses and clinical clerkships programmed sequentially and longitudinally under departmental responsibility. Thus, the chairperson of each of the seventeen departments in the School of Medicine along with his/her faculty is responsible for organizing, delivering, supervising, and evaluating its corresponding course offerings. There are several courses that are designed and delivered by an interdepartmental faculty, e.g., Human Development, Mechanisms of Disease, Fundamentals of Clinical Diagnosis, Basic Clinical Clerkship, Neuroscience, Public Health, and Ethics and Legal Aspects.
Teaching methods vary according to content of the courses. During the first two years, the topics of biomedical and behavioral sciences are covered through lectures, reading assignments, computer simulations, clinical correlation, small group discussions, review sessions, and laboratory exercises. Since 1992, an innovative Problem Based Learning Program has been implemented. This program facilitates the integration of basic science, ethical issues, and behavioral sciences concepts, principles and facts by means of the analysis of clinical cases. Basic clinical knowledge and skills are introduced during the second year in courses such as Fundamentals of Clinical Diagnosis and Basic Clinical Clerkship. Recently a Standardized Patient Program has been replaced into the four year program. The use of Standardized Patient's facilitate the teaching and evaluation of basic and advanced clinical skills. It is expected that the student active participation in the learning process will motivate them to develop life-long learning techniques.
The elective course component provides the student with the opportunity to develop further along the lines of his/her individual interests. There are a wide variety of educational experiences to select from and to suit the needs of the students according to their background, ability, and career objectives. Some elective courses may be pursued in mainland accredited institutions.
Statistics
Statistics for accepted applicants (2008-2009)
GPA: 3.76
Science GPA: 3.69
Overall MCAT Score: 21.9
MCAT Written Score: M
Statistics for accepted applicants (2011-2012)
GPA: 3.8
Science GPA: 3.7
Overall MCAT Score: 23
MCAT Biological (BS) Score: 9
MCAT Physical (PS) Score: 7
MCAT Verbal (VR) Score: 7
MCAT Written Score: N