Jun 18, 2019 Last Updated 7:11 PM, Jun 14, 2019

Process of Medical Student Selection

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Initial Application

Applications are processed through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Applications must be received by AMCAS between June 1 st and December 15 th of the year prior to admission. Once the application is submitted to the SJBSM’s Office of Admissions, the Admissions Officer sends to the applicant a notice of receipt by e-mail. This notice is also a reminder of the required documents that each applicant must complete in order to be evaluated by the admissions committee.

Application Documents and Screening

Applicants must submit the following documents: Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended; official results of the MCAT scores; two letters of recommendations from science professors; one letter of recommendation from a community leader validating applicants’ volunteer work; and the non-refundable application fee of $100. SJBSM does not require a secondary application. The application screening begins with evaluation of general and science GPAs and MCAT scores. Applicants become potential candidates for interview, after complying with MCAT scores of 20 or higher in the old version and a score of 492 in the new MCAT version and GPAs of 2.75 or higher, and with complete submission of other required documents.

Personal Interview

The interview panel is comprised of members of the SJBSM community who have received an orientation on interviewing techniques. The interviewers do not have information on candidates’ GPAs or MCAT scores. Both “in-face” and standardized patient-based situational interviews (SPSI) are used. The SPSI session can asses core personal non-cognitive attributes such as altruism, maturity, integrity, empathy, service, professionalism and interpersonal skills. Other factors considering during the interview process include: communication skills, awareness of medical issues, and interest in becoming a physician, personal achievements, participation in community service and scientific projects and publications.   The interview does not guarantee admission.

Final decision

The Admissions Committee reviews and evaluates all potential candidates in a holistic approach and makes the final decision based on admissions criteria. An e-mail letter signed by the Chair of the Admissions Committee is sent to the applicant informing the decision. If the applicant accepts the admission offer, he/she must submit the following documents:

  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Health Certificate
  • Evidence of up-to-date immunization certificate.
  • Physician’s Report
  • One "2 x 2" photo
  • AMCAS criminal background check report (If a criminal record appears in the results, the acceptance will be revoked)

Applicants accepting an offer of admission must confirm their acceptance and reserve their seat within ten (10) calendar days by submitting a money order or certified check in the amount of $100.00 dollars, payable to San Juan Bautista School of Medicine. This amount will be refundable until May 15th and will be credited towards tuition fees. Admission is granted only for the academic year the applicant has applied for.
The mailing address to submit all required documents is as follows:

San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
Admissions Office
PO BOX 4968
Caguas, PR 00726



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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