PA Program

pa program

  • Charity M. Ramsey Irizarry, MCMSc, PA-C

    Charity M. Ramsey Irizarry, MCMSc, PA-C

    PA Program Director - Associate Professor

    P: 787-743-3038

    Charity Ramsey Irizarry is the Program Director at San Juan Bautista School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program, the first PA Program in Puerto Rico. She is originally from Montana, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological/Biomedical Sciences in 1996 from Montana State University- Bozeman. As an undergrad, she also attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh and completed post-baccalaureate courses at University of North Carolina-Asheville. She made south Florida home in 1999 to attend Barry University PA Program in Miami earning her Master of Clinical Medical Science degree and became nationally certified in 2001. She has extensive clinical experience in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Women’s Health, and Integrative Medicine. She entered PA education as adjunct faculty in 2002 and built her PA academic career alongside her clinical practice as the course director of Clinical Genetics, and assistant professor in Physical Diagnosis, Hematology/Oncology, Women’s Health and Integrative Medicine.  In 2014, she joined Barry University’s full-time faculty and became the Director of Clinical Education overseeing faculty, staff and students in Miami and St. Petersburg, Florida and in the US Virgin Islands in St. Croix. As a member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants; she has given CME lectures on Women’s Health at the FAPA State Symposiums in 2016 and presented an e-poster at the 2019 AAPA conference in Denver, Colorado titled: A Case Study of a Hurricane Challenge in PA Education; reflecting on the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria that prompted the immediate and permanent closure to the St Croix, USVI campus in 2017 and the methods used to successfully manage displaced students. Outside of the classroom, she has been the faculty advisor in several student led clinics serving the homeless population in Miami Beach, and has been a medical volunteer in Port-au-Prince and Henge, Haiti in 2018. Additionally, she is an accomplished mixed media artist painting canvases and surfboards, and lives an active life enjoying the outdoors, the ocean, traveling, and spending time with her great family and friends.

  • Laura Juárez, MPAS, PA-C, MPH

    Laura Juárez, MPAS, PA-C, MPH

    Academic Coordinator - Assistant Professor

    P: 787-473-3038

    Laura Juarez is the Academic Coordinator for San Juan Bautista School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program. Born and raised in Oklahoma City, she is the daughter of two educators and grew up with a passion for teaching and learning. She attended Brigham Young University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Community Health and immediately began teaching as adjunct faculty at Utah Valley University. During this time, she earned a Master in Public Health degree from the University of Utah with an emphasis in global health. After volunteering for several medical missions in places such as India, Haiti, and Thailand, her love of public health led her to study medicine. She was accepted to the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program where she focused on care for the underserved and those in rural and low-resource settings. This included time practicing primary care on the Navajo Reservation in the Four Corners area and with the Utah Aids Foundation and Clinic 1A at the University of Utah HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease clinic. Professionally she has worked as a Physician Assistant in general surgery (Intermountain Medical) and orthopedic surgery (Yale New Haven). She is a fellow of the Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery (PAOS), member of the Southwest Surgical Congress, and American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants (AASPA). Certified as a Stop the Bleed instructor, US Department of Health and Human Services Disaster Medical Assistance Team PA (DMAT PR-01), and American Red Cross instructor. Her passion for teaching is now centered on the cognitive science of medical education. At home she is an army wife and a mom to two weenie dogs.

  • José Ginel Rodríguez, MD, FAAP

    José Ginel Rodríguez, MD, FAAP

    Dean of Health Sciences, Professor

    P: 7877433038 ext:223
    P2: 7873374223

    José Ginel Rodríguez, MD, FAAP, graduated from the Ponce School of Medicine in 1983.  He completed his residency training in pediatrics at the Ramón Ruiz Arnau University Hospital in 1986.  During his last year of residency, he was appointed as the chief resident and participated actively in faculty development activities aimed to strengthen his competencies as a junior faculty member.  Upon completion of his residency, he was appointed to a faculty position as assistant professor in pediatrics.

    His major responsibilities in the Department of Pediatrics included the coordination of resident and student education.  He also attended the Lipid Research Center at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he was trained to identify lipid disorders in children.  Dr. Rodríguez has presented and been invited to seminars in multiple local and national conferences and workshops on medical education.

    Dr. Rodríguez served on several committees at the school, including Curriculum Committee, Admissions Committee, Clinical Skills Committee, and Graduate Medical Education, among others.

    In 1994 he was promoted to the position of associate professor.  In 1996 he played a pivotal role in the development of the Clinical Skills Development Program and the establishment of the Center for the Development of Clinical Studies and Standardized Patient Program at Universidad Central del Caribe, School of Medicine, (UCC SoM).

    After becoming director of the Pediatrics Residency Program at the University Hospital in 1997, he was selected as a faculty Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society member, and two years later was elected as UCC counselor for Alpha Omega Alpha, Gamma Chapter.

    Dr. Rodríguez was recruited by the former Dean of Medicine of UCC SoM in 1999 to serve as Associate Dean of Medicine.  His major duties included monitoring all aspects of the educational program and chairing the Curriculum Committee.

    Dr. Rodríguez rose to the rank of professor in 2002.  He was first named Interim Dean of the UCC School of Medicine in July 2003 and Dean in 2004.  In December 2006, he was named acting president of the UCC and president in March 2008.

    Since 2006, he has been a member and secretary of the Board of Directors of the Regional Academic Medical Center.  In 2009 he was appointed member of the Ponce School of Medicine Advisory Committee on the Implementation of the Electronic Health Record in Puerto Rico.  He also serves in the Advisory Committee of the Post-Doctoral Master of Clinical Research of the School of Medicine of the University of Puerto Rico. On 2019 he was appointed to participate the PR Hurricane Hub, a unit of the PR Science Trust. His major duty was to develop modules for physicians on how to correctly complete the death certificate.

    In March 2020, was recruited by the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine to serve as the Dean of Health Sciences. Also, in 2020 he was invited to be part of the FDI Clinical Investigation faculty, a unit dedicated to developing scientific protocols.

    In September 2020 he was elected to be part of the Board of Directors of the National AOA National Honor Medical Society.