Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU)

Ponce School Of medicine

About Ponce School of Medicine

Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU) was established in July 1980, at that time the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited the university to grant the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Then in 1988, the university began its Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (Ph.D.) and the Ph.D. program was accredited by the Council of Higher Education of Puerto Rico (CHE-PR) in 1992. In 1999 the university began its Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program (PsyD Program) which then later expanded and offered a Ph.D. in Psychology, Professional Certificate in Couples and Family Therapy, and Postgraduate Certificate in Neuroscience of Learning. Furthermore, in 2002 a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) program was started with a specialization in Epidemiology, Environmental Health, and General Public Health. A DrPH in Epidemiology.

    Mission

    The mission of the university to provide world-class, culturally competent health sciences education. The university wants its students to become compassionate practitioners and scientists who are ready to grasp an opportunity to learn and innovate when it is presented to them.

    Vision

    The vision of Ponce School of Medicine is to build upon its reputation and to be one of the leading medical university’s in the world. The university wants to mold students into future physicians, researchers, scientists, and leaders who are caring and kind towards the community and towards people who require help.

    Goals

    The University commits to its Mission and the accomplishment of its Vision by adopting the following Goals to guide its future decisions:

  • To continue its commitment to excellence in educational achievement by recruiting outstanding diverse students and faculty and providing the appropriate resources for the development of high-quality academic programs.
  • To expand its academic and professional educational offerings to include other health-related fields
  • To enhance recognition of the institution’s commitment to excellence in basic and clinical research, scholarship and creative pursuits, supporting existing investigators and recruiting new highly qualified researchers.
  • To expand and improve its high quality medical, mental health, diagnostic and therapeutic services
  • To continue to be an institution that prepares ethical professionals and scientists that contribute to society in general and to Puerto Rico.
  • Ponce School of Medicine Accreditations

    The university is accredited by the following organizations:

  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
  • Council on Higher Education of Puerto Rico (CHE-PR)
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)

Admission Criteria for Doctor in Medicine

    Requirements

  • The applicant should be fluent in English and Spanish (writing, reading, speaking, and understanding).
  • The applicant is recommended to have completed a BA/ BS degree as they will be given preference.
  • The applicant should have attained a BA/ BS degree with an institution accredited by the Council of Education of PR or by a US accrediting organization.
  • The applicant should have a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a scale of 4.0; average of the School is 3.5.
  • The applicant should have a minimum SGPA of 2.7 on a scale of 4.0; average of the School is 3.3.
  • The minimum MCAT score required is 494.
  • Required Courses

    Course Title

    Credits

    Biology

    8

    Chemistry

    8

    Organic Chemistry

    8

    Physics

    8

    Mathematics

    6

    Behavioral & Social Sciences

    6

    Spanish

    3

    English

    3

    Application Process

    The University participates in the centralized application service provided by the American Medical Colleges Application Service (AMCAS), which is an electronic web-based application process. The application deadline in on the 15th of December of the year prior to the requested admission date. 

    The AMCAS application should have the following documents:

  • Three letters of recommendation (two from professors and one written by an individual familiar with the applicant’s skills and abilities) or a composite letter from a premedical committee. Letters must be submitted through AMCAS.
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended.
  • US $85 non-refundable application processing fee.

Curriculum

    Doctor in Medicine

    FIRST YEAR: 40 weeks

    FIRST SEMESTER                               SECOND SEMESTER

    Code

    Pre-Clinical Courses

    Credits

    Code

    Pre-Clinical Courses

    Credits

    ANA

    601

    GROSS ANATOMY, EMBRYO. & IMAGING

    9

    PHY

    602

    NEUROSCIENCE

    5

    BCH

    612

    MEDICAL BIOCHEMISTRY I

    5

    BCH

    614

    MEDICAL BIOCHEMISTRY II

    5

    ANA

    605

    HISTOLOGY & CELL BIOLOGY

    4

    PSY

    610

    BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE

    3

    MED

    630

    CLINICAL CORRELATION I

    2

    MED

    631

    CLINICAL CORRELATION II

    1

    PHY

    692

    PHYSIOLOGY I

    4

    PHY

    694

    PHYSIOLOGY II

    4

    FCM

    719

    COMMUNITY MEDICINE &

    GERIATRICS

    2

    FCM

    720

    COMMUNITY MEDICINE

    AND HEALTH PROMOTION

    2

     

     

    ————–

     

    MIC

    642

    MICROBIOLOGY I

    4

     

     

    ————–

     

    MED

    635

    MEDICAL ETHICS

    2

     

     

     

    ————–

     

     

    IHS

     

    919

    INTERPROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVES IN HEALTH

    DISPARITIES

     

    1

     

     

    Total credits

    26

     

     

    Total credits

    27

     

    SECOND YEAR: 40 weeks

    FIRST SEMESTER                               SECOND SEMESTER

    Code

    Pre-Clinical Courses

    Credits

    Code

    Pre-Clinical Courses

    Credits

    PHA

    781

    PHARMACOLOGY I

    5

    PHA

    782

    PHARMACOLOGY II

    3

    PSY

    713

    BASIC PSYCHIATRY I

    2

    PSY

    714

    BASIC PSYCHIATRY II

    2

    MIC

    643

    INFECTIOUS DISEASES I

    4

    MIC

    644

    INFECTIOUS DISEASES II

    2

    MED

    732

    INTRODUCTION TO

    CLINICAL SKILLS I

    4

    MED

    733

    INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL

    SKILLS II

    1

    FCM

    721

    FAMILY & COMMUNITY

    MEDICINE

    2

    FCM

    722

    EPIDEMIOLOGY AND

    BIOSTATISTICS

    2

     

    MED

     

    734

    FUNDAMENTAL PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR

    CLINICAL MEDICINE I

     

    3

     

    MED

     

    735

    FUNDAMENTAL PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR

    CLINICAL MEDICINE II

     

    3

    PAT

    761

    PATHOLOGY I

    5

    PAT

    762

    PATHOLOGY II

    4

     

     

     

     

    ICP

    080

    INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL

    PRACTICE

    2

     

     

     

     

    SKD

    090

    SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

    1

     

     

    ————–

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Total credits

    25

     

     

    Total credits

    20

     

    THIRD YEAR: 40 weeks and FOURTH YEAR: 44 weeks (5 weeks summer break)

    Code

    Clinical Curriculum

    Weeks

    Credits

    Typical semester 1 and 2

     

     

    PED

    872

    PEDIATRICS

    8

    10

    OB/G

    852

    OBSTETRICS GYNECOLOGY

    8

    10

    MED

    833

    INTERNAL MEDICINE

    8

    10

    SUR

    816

    SURGERY

    8

    10

    PSY

    813

    CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY

    4

    5

    FCM

    822

    FAMILY MEDICINE

    4

    5

    PDV

    918

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT I & II

    40

    2

    RAD

    902

    RADIOLOGY

    40

    1

    Typical semester 3 and 4

     

     

    MED

    934

    GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE

    4

    5

    MED

    973

    EMERGENCY MEDICINE

    4

    5

    RAD*

    901

    CLINICAL RADIOLOGY

    4

    5

    MED

    974

    PRIMARY CARE SELECTIVE IN MEDICINE,

    PEDIATRICS, FAM. MEDICINE or OB-GYN

    4

    5

    ELE

    976

    ELECTIVES -2- OR 4-WEEKS ELECTIVES

    20

    25

     

     

    MAXIMUM UNSCHEDULED TIME

    8

    10

     

    Code

    Remedial Courses

    Weeks

    Credits

    SKD

    091

    REMEDIAL: BASIC SCIENCES REVIEW

    20

    3

         

Cost of Attendance

Doctor in Medicine Program (4 years)

FIRST YEAR

 

 

Education Cost

 

Residents – Local

 

Residents – Travel

 

Residents – Boarding

Non

Residents – Boarding

Tuition

$      37,710

$      37,710

$       37,710

$      60,000

Fees¹

3,103

3,103

3,103

3,103

Total tuition and

fees

 

40,813

 

40,813

 

40,813

 

63,103

Other Expenses:

 

 

 

 

Books & Supplies

2,600

2,600

2,600

2,600

Meals

6,400

6,400

6,400

6,400

Boarding²

2,100

2,100

7,000

7,000

Transportation

2,800

5,600

4,000

5,200

Personal Expenses

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

Equipment

892

892

892

892

Loan Fee

442

442

442

442

Test / Other

Total Other

Expenses

 

17,234

 

20,034

 

23,334

 

24,534

Total Estimated

Cost of Education

 

$      58,047

 

$      60,847

 

$       64,147

 

$      87,637

SECOND YEAR

 

 

Education Cost

 

Residents – Local

 

Residents – Travel

 

Residents – Boarding

Non

Residents – Boarding

Tuition

$      37,710

$      37,710

$       37,710

$      60,000

Fees¹

3,148

3,148

3,148

3,148

 

Total tuition and fees

 

40,858

 

40,858

 

40,858

 

63,148

Other Expenses:

 

 

 

 

Books & Supplies

2,200

2,200

2,200

2,200

Meals

6,400

6,400

6,400

6,400

Boarding²

2,100

2,100

7,000

7,000

Transportation

2,800

5,600

4,000

5,200

Personal Expenses

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

Equipment

Loan Fee

442

442

442

442

Test / Other

600

600

600

600

Total Other

Expenses

 

16,542

 

19,342

 

22,642

 

23,842

Total Estimated Cost

of Education

 

$      57,400

 

$      60,200

 

$       63,500

 

$      86,990

 

THIRD YEAR

 

Total tuition and fees

 

Residents – Local

 

Residents – Travel

 

Residents – Boarding

Non Residents –

Boarding

Tuition

$      37,710

$      37,710

$       37,710

$      60,000

Fees¹

3,103

3,103

3,103

3,103

Total tuition and

fees

 

40,813

 

40,813

 

40,813

 

63,103

Other Expenses:

 

 

 

 

Books & Supplies

1,800

1,800

1,800

1,800

Meals

6,400

6,400

6,400

6,400

Boarding²

2,100

2,100

7,000

7,000

Transportation

2,800

5,600

4,000

5,200

Personal Expenses

2,500

2,500

2,500

2,500

Equipment

Loan Fee

442

442

442

442

Test / Other

1,895

1,895

1,895

1,895

Total Other

Expenses

 

17,937

 

20,737

 

24,037

 

25,237

Total Estimated

Cost of Education

 

$      58,750

 

$      61,550

 

$       64,850

 

$      88,340

 

FOURTH YEAR

 

 

Total tuition and fees

 

Residents – Local

 

Residents – Travel

 

Residents – Boarding

Non Residents –

Boarding

Tuition

$      37,710

$      37,710

$       37,710

$      55,157

Fees¹

3,103

3,103

3,103

3,103

 

Total tuition and fees

 

40,813

 

40,813

 

40,813

 

58,260

Other Expenses:

 

 

 

 

Books & Supplies

2,200

2,200

2,200

2,200

Meals

7,040

7,040

7,040

7,040

Boarding²

2,310

2,310

7,700

7,700

Transportation

3,080

6,160

4,400

5,600

Personal Expenses

2,500

2,500

2,500

2,500

Equipment

Loan Fee

466

466

466

466

Test / Other

1,500

1,500

1,500

1,500

 

Rotation Expenses

 

2,000

 

2,000

 

2,000

 

2,000

Total Other

Expenses

 

21,096

 

24,176

 

27,806

 

29,006

Total Estimated Cost

of Education

 

$      61,909

 

$      64,989

 

$       68,619

 

$      87,266

 

Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences Program

FIRST YEAR CLASS

 

 

Education Cost

 

Residents – Local

 

Residents – Travel

 

Residents – Boarding

Non

Residents – Boarding

Tuition

$ 12,040

$ 12,040

$ 12,040

$ 13,692

Fees¹

2,737

2,737

2,737

2,737

Total tuition and

fees

 

14,777

 

14,777

 

14,777

 

16,429

Other Expenses:

 

 

 

 

Books & Supplies

1,450

1,450

1,450

1,450

Meals

6,400

6,400

6,400

6,400

Boarding²

2,100

2,100

7,000

7,000

Transportation

2,800

5,600

4,000

5,200

Personal Expenses

1,500

1,500

1,500

1,500

Equipment

Loan Fee

218

218

218

218

Other

Total Other

Expenses

 

14,468

 

17,268

 

20,568

 

21,768

Total Estimated

Cost of Education

 

$ 29,245

 

$ 32,045

 

$ 35,345

 

$ 38,197

 

FIRST YEAR CLASS SUMMER

 

 

Education Cost

 

Residents – Local

 

Residents – Travel

 

Residents – Boarding

Non

Residents – Boarding

Tuition

$     1,720

$     1,720

$     1,720

$     1,956

Fees¹

$        520

$        520

$        520

$        520

Total tuition and

fees

 

2,240

 

2,240

 

2,240

 

2,476

Other Expenses:

 

 

 

 

Books & Supplies

250

250

250

250

Meals

360

360

360

360

Boarding²

210

210

700

700

Transportation

160

280

280

880

Personal Expenses

Equipment

Loan Fee

219

219

219

219

Other

Total Other

Expenses

 

1,199

 

1,319

 

1,809

 

2,409

Total Estimated

Cost of Education

 

$     3,439

 

$     3,559

 

$     4,049

 

$     4,885

 

SECOND YEAR CLASS

 

 

Education Cost

 

Residents – Local

 

Residents – Travel

 

Residents – Boarding

Non

Residents – Boarding

Tuition

$     8,600

$     8,600

$     8,600

$     9,780

Fees¹

2,737

2,737

2,737

2,737

Total tuition and

fees

 

11,337

 

11,337

 

11,337

 

12,517

Other Expenses:

 

 

 

 

Books & Supplies

1,300

1,300

1,300

1,300

Meals

6,400

6,400

6,400

6,400

Boarding²

2,100

2,100

7,000

7,000

Transportation

2,800

5,600

4,000

5,200

Personal Expenses

1,500

1,500

1,500

1,500

Equipment

Loan Fee

218

218

218

218

Other

Total Other

Expenses

 

14,318

 

17,118

 

20,418

 

21,618

Total Estimated

Cost of Education

 

$ 25,655

 

$ 28,455

 

$ 31,755

 

$ 34,135

 

THIRD YEAR CLASS

 

Total tuition and fees

 

Residents – Local

 

Residents – Travel

 

Residents – Boarding

Non

Residents – Boarding

Tuition

$     6,054

$     6,054

$     6,054

$     6,585

Fees¹

2,737

2,737

2,737

2,737

Total tuition and

fees

 

8,791

 

8,791

 

8,791

 

9,322

Other Expenses:

 

 

 

 

Books & Supplies

850

850

850

850

Meals

6,400

6,400

6,400

6,400

Boarding²

2,100

2,100

7,000

7,000

Transportation

2,800

5,600

4,000

5,200

Personal Expenses

1,500

1,500

1,500

1,500

Equipment

Loan Fee

218

218

218

218

Other

Total Other

Expenses

 

13,868

 

16,668

 

19,968

 

21,168

Total Estimated

Cost of Education

 

$ 22,659

 

$ 25,459

 

$ 28,759

 

$ 30,490

 

FOURTH YEAR CLASSES

 

Total tuition and fees

 

Residents – Local

 

Residents – Travel

 

Residents – Boarding

Non

Residents – Boarding

Tuition

$     5,658

$     5,658

$     5,658

$     5,835

Fees¹

2,737

2,737

2,737

2,737

Total tuition and

fees

 

8,395

 

8,395

 

8,395

 

8,572

Other Expenses:

 

 

 

 

Books & Supplies

550

550

550

550

Meals

6,400

6,400

6,400

6,400

Boarding²

2,100

2,100

7,000

7,000

Transportation

2,800

5,600

4,000

5,200

Personal Expenses

1,500

1,500

1,500

1,500

Equipment

Loan Fee

218

218

218

218

Other

Total Other

Expenses

 

13,568

 

16,368

 

19,668

 

20,868

Total Estimated

Cost of Education

 

$ 21,963

 

$ 24,763

 

$ 28,063

 

$ 29,440

 

FIFTH YEAR CLASSES

 

Total tuition and fees

 

Residents – Local

 

Residents – Travel

 

Residents – Boarding

Non

Residents – Boarding

Tuition

$     4,368

$     4,368

$     4,368

$     4,368

Fees¹

2,737

2,737

2,737

2,737

Total tuition and

fees

 

7,105

 

7,105

 

7,105

 

7,105

Other Expenses:

 

 

 

 

Books & Supplies

400

400

400

400

Meals

6,400

6,400

6,400

6,400

Boarding²

2,100

2,100

7,000

7,000

Transportation

2,800

5,600

4,000

5,200

Personal Expenses

1,500

1,500

1,500

1,500

Equipment

Loan Fee

218

218

218

218

Other

Total Other

Expenses

 

13,418

 

16,218

 

19,518

 

20,718

Total Estimated

Cost of Education

 

$ 20,523

 

$ 23,323

 

$ 26,623

 

$ 27,823

 

Master of Science in Medical Sciences

                         FIRST YEAR CLASS

 

Education Cost

 

Residents – Local

 

Residents – Travel

Residents –

Boarding

Non Residents –

Boarding

Tuition

$ 31,004

$ 31,004

$31,004

$31,004

Fees¹

3,103

3,103

3,103

3,103

Total tuition and

fees

 

34,107

 

34,107

 

34,107

 

34,107

Other Expenses:

 

 

 

 

Books & Supplies

1,750

1,750

1,750

1,750

Meals

6,400

6,400

6,400

6,400

Boarding²

2,100

2,100

7,000

7,000

Transportation

2,800

5,600

4,000

5,200

Personal Expenses

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

Equipment

Loan Fee

219

219

219

219

Other

Total Other

Expenses

 

15,269

 

18,069

 

21,369

 

22,569

Total Estimated Cost of Education

$49,376

$52,176

$55,476

$56,676


Student Associations

  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)
  • Graduate Student’s Association (GSA)
  • PsyD Student Association
  • PHSU Tuna

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Jackson David Reynolds University of North Georgia
Jackson David Reynolds
Dr. Najeeb Lectures are top notch. Comprehensive medical lectures of the utmost quality across all preclinical (and many clinical) topics. Fantastic for deepening one's understanding for clinical practice and licensing/board examinations.
Jacob Joseph Columbus, Ohio
Jacob Joseph
Dr. Najeeb is the single most spectacular medical teacher you will ever have! I love this man. He has clarified everything from the coagulation cascade, immunology, neurology, and embryology. His sense of humor and brilliant illustrations make everything stick well in your memory. His ability to illustrate 3-dimensional relationships has been useful for excelling in anatomy. I cannot thank you enough for all the wonderful work you do. I recommend your lectures to anyone who wants to truly understand medicine!
Ann Ilaria Mayrhofer London School of Hygiene.
Ann Ilaria Mayrhofer
I'm grappling with my online studies in Infectious Disease at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It's made me realize what a visual learner I still am. So these vids are making what was murky crystal clear. While I am easily distracted when I have to do hours of straight reading, I am glued to the videos. I've looked for a series of such videos for months. A million thanks - Dr Najeeb has a true passion for teaching and can convey highly complex topics in an understandable and fun way.

 

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