Our primary goal is to instruct our students during their first and second years of Medicine on the skills, abilities, and knowledge applied during the clinical years.

We offer an advanced educational program in the biomedical sciences for the first two years of the medical curriculum. The program is structured to increase our students' awareness of the community's health needs, familiarize students with their responsibilities as future doctors and leaders in the community, and develop critical thinking and research capacity. These characteristics will enable them to improve the health and quality of life of our population. With this philosophy of education, our School will produce graduates who will fulfill its stated mission with the highest professional and ethical principles.

The Associate Dean of Biomedical Sciences is responsible for the oversight of all activities in the biomedical science departments, Pathology and Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology, Microbiology, Anatomy and Clinical Skills, and Community Engagement. Working in close collaboration with department chairs and faculty coordinates the biomedical sciences curriculum and related activities to ensure the strengthening and development of academic affairs. Conducts an ongoing evaluation of the academic program, directing improvements and necessary adjustments, and reports to the Executive Curriculum Committee and the Academic Dean.

Dean of Biomedical Sciences
Yaritza Inostroza-Nieves, PhD Associate
(787) 743-3084 ext: 242

Biomedical Sciences Departments


Provides the student a vast knowledge of normal structure and morphology of the human body and its tissues in a functional and clinical approach.

Biochemistry / Pharmacology

The Biochemistry & Genetic in Medicine Course the faculty strives to convey updated information in this fast-changing and dynamic field of study that applies fundamental techniques to understanding the structures and reactions of living organisms.

The Pharmacology and Therapeutics Course is designed to provide an understanding of drug action in the framework of human physiology, biochemistry, microbiology and pathophysiology and thus, to familiarize with the fundamental principles of drug action and disposition, adverse effects, drug-drug interactions, and contraindications in the context of drug classes


Administers the immunology course to first year medical students, Medical Microbiology to second year medical students and Microbiology to nursing students.

Physiology / Pathology

The Medical Physiology curriculum provides a comprehensive array of topics focusing on the body’s cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine and gastrointestinal systems.

The Pathophysiology course offered by the department is an organ based course and addresses the morphological changes that occur due to illnesses and the mechanisms of disease. Emphasis is places on microscopic and macroscopic pathology and pathogenesis occurring in each organ system.

Clinical Skills

The Clinical Skills Program offers a wide variety of "hands-on" training programs for medical students so they can develop their clinical skills in the areas of medical interviewing, physical examination, professionalism, community service, and critical thinking.