Ponce School of Medicine

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

Applicants selected based on academic achievement, MCAT scores, evaluation letters, and personal interviews. Eligible applicants are considered regardless of ethnic background, religion, sex or national origin. Residents of PR are given preference but US mainland and foreign applicants are accepted. Candidates must be bilingual in English and Spanish.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions Dr. Wanda Velez
Application fee $100
AMCAS application accepted Yes
Applications accepted June 1 (Begins)
December 15 Application deadline
Secondary application required No
Personal interview required Yes
Regular application acceptance notification December 1 (Begins)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks) 4
Deferred entrance available No
Deposit to hold place in class due at the time of offer
Early decision plan offered Yes
Early decision application period June 1 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Early decision plan notification date October 1
Starting month (class of 2013-2014) July

Admissions & Enrollment

N/A

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Coursework Requirements

Average undergraduate GPA 3.49
Oldest MCAT considered 2010
Average MCAT scores 7.0 MCAT composite score
8.0 biological
7.0 physical sciences
7.0 verbal reasoning
M writing
Required undergraduate coursework
biology physics
English mathematics
organic chemistry behavioral science
inorganic (general) chemistry social sciences

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.P.H.
Combined college/M.D. program offered Yes
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program 6
Combined college/M.D. program URL http:/​/​www.​pucpr.​edu

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum? N/A
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)? N/A
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice? N/A

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Services
peer counseling
professional counseling

Faculty

Full-time faculty-student ratio 0.5:1 – Low
Full-time faculty 124
Part-time faculty 166
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 28
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 12
Full-time faculty in clinical program 96
Part-time faculty in clinical program 154

2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $0.0
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals 0
Principal investigators (PIs) 0
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants 0

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Hospitals
Cristo Episcopal Redentor Hospital La Concepcion Hospital
Damas Hospital Metropolitano Dr. Tito Mattei Hospital
Dr. Pila Hospital San Antonio Hospital
Dr. Ramon Emeterio Betances Hospital San Cristobal Hospital
Episcopal San Lucas Hospital II

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum
PSM offers a 4-year, 152-week program. 1st 2 years are basic science courses: Anatomy, Histology, Bioch., Physio., Patho., Pharm., Micro., Ethics, Neurosciences, Clin. Skills, Behavioral, Community, and others. The 3rd year provides the clinical clerkships: Ped., Internal Med, Ob-Gyn, Family Med, Psych. and Surgery. The 4th year complements these clinical experiences and allows 5-month electives.

Medical School Ranking

Rank Not Published Best Research
Rank Not Published Best Primary Care

Research Ranking Scores

Score N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 1.7
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 2.2
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $0.0
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $0.00

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.0
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 1.8
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 26.0% – Low

Ranking Admission Statistics

Average undergraduate GPA 3.49
MCAT composite score 7.0
Acceptance rate 11.9% – High
Full-time faculty-student ratio 0.5:1 – Low
Total medical school enrollment 271

Medical School Student Body

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 271
In-state students 79.0%
Minority students 97.8%
Underrepresented minority students N/A
International students N/A
Non-traditional students N/A

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Bethzaida Cruz
Financial aid phone (787) 840-2575

Expenses

Tuition
Full-time: $34,254
Required fees $2,057
Room and board N/A
Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates who incurred medical school debt $143,264

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 96%
Students receiving loans 91%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 5%
Students receiving work study 0%

Medical School Residency

Residency Program Admissions (Class of 2011)

Graduates admitted to their first-choice residency program N/A
Graduates admitted to one of their top three choices of residency programs N/A
Most popular residency and specialty programs (2010 and 2011 classes)
anesthesiology pediatrics
emergency medicine physical medicine and rehabilitation
family practice psychiatry
internal medicine radiology – diagnostic
obstetrics and gynecology surgery – general

Primary Care and In-State Residencies

Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 26.0% – Low
Graduates accepting in-state residencies (2010 and 2011 average) 34.0%