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The Vision for the Future

The aspirations expressed in this brochure correspond in many ways with the goals outlined in the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine planning process, particularly in the areas of science and technology, public service, outreach, and international activities.

The Vision for the Future

The aspirations expressed in this brochure correspond in many ways with the goals outlined in the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine planning process, particularly in the areas of science and technology, public service, outreach, and international activities.

Other goals and strategies enunciated in the discussions include the following:

  • Enhance the school's capacity to recruit signature scientists. Outstanding young scientists recruitment should be seek and giving them the resources they need to be productive, and rewarding them to ensure that they remain on the faculty.
  • Set up a dual mentoring system for new faculty hires. Each new faculty member, especially at the junior level, should be connected to at least one mentor in the clinical area and another in the basic sciences. While a clinical investigator is working in the lab, he or she will be encouraged to think about clinical applications, and vice versa. Such dual mentoring will foster collaborative relationships and will promote the transfer of scientific discoveries from the lab bench to the bedside. This mentorship?s should be sought with intramural and extra-mural mentors in Puerto Rico and other medical school in the US.
  • Make strategic faculty hires that benefit more than one program. Many top scientists are working at the intersections of multiple disciplines. As departments consider new hires, they should examine each candidate?s ability to strengthen research and instruction in other programs within the school and departments.
  • Expand the school?s involvement in clinical trials. By offering promising new agents and new treatments early in their development, the school can give patients access to cutting-edge care not available in other clinical settings.
  • Make greater use of interdisciplinary centers and institutes and give them the resources to chart their own course. It was noted that entrenched departmental structures may be the greatest obstacle to success.
  • Reinforce collaborations with Sciences, Health Care related, and other schools. The complexity of current research problems often demands drawing on the expertise of multiple disciplines. The School of Medicine should take greater advantage of the store of knowledge in neighboring schools and departments. Being Puerto Rico such a small island in size, this should be an advantage in the logistics in promoting collaboration with other universities and medical schools.
  • Prepare students for leadership in a new era in health and health care. It is clear that the most significant advances in medical science in the coming decades will occur at the crossroads of biology, information, and values. Taking advantage of its proximity to other schools in Puerto Rico and particularly within the San Juan Greater metropolitan area, the school should require courses that combine elements of medicine, law, ethics, and other fields to give students the analytical tools to grasp the complexities of health and health care in our society. With this background, they will have the capacity to redefine public health in the 21st century and to make health a basic human right in Puerto Rico and abroad.
  • Serving the Needs of Society

The Envision discussion revealed the School of Medicine?s eagerness to create new strengths in the basic sciences and clinical care, and above all, to create the ideal environment for training the physicians of the future. With its community base approach, its service-oriented culture, and its leadership in collaboration with colleagues across the Grounds, the School of Medicine recognizes that it is uniquely positioned to prepare leaders in medicine who can forge meaningful connections between science and society and who can set the pace for health care in the years to come.

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The San Juan Bautista School of Medicine

 

Private U.S. medical school, located in Caguas, Puerto Rico. It formally opened its doors in 1978.

 

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