San Juan Bautista School of Medicine

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San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
Motto Community-Based School of Medicine
Type Private
Established 1978
President Yocasta Brugal-Mena, M.D.
Location Caguas, Puerto Rico, USA

The San Juan Bautista School of Medicine (SJBSOM) is a private U.S. medical school, located in Caguas, Puerto Rico. It formally opened its doors in 1978. The school grants the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Master in Public Health (M.P.H.) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees to its graduates. The institution also has a local Transitional Year program.


SJBSOM was founded in 1978 in San Juan, Puerto Rico as a non profit corporation, incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. In 1979, it was authorized by the Council of Higher Education of Puerto Rico to offer studies pertinent to the M.D. degree. The institution continued to develop through the years, and it moved its facilities to the city of Caguas in 1988, one of the most important urban centers in Puerto Rico with nearly 150,000 inhabitants.

On February 1998, the Middle States Association, granted Candidacy for Accreditation Status to the School. It was in November of 1998 that was certified to participate in the Title IV Program of the Department of Federal Education, specifically in the Federal Family Education Loan Program. In 1999, the school bought Caguas' Regional Hospital, Dr. Eduardo Garrido Morales, and took control over its operations under the name of San Juan Bautista Medical Center. In 2004, SJBSOM was accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. SJBSOM has been accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education since 2007. It also became a member of the Board of Medical Examiners of Puerto Rico. In 2012, the facilities of San Juan Bautista Medical Center were acquired by the Menonita's Health System, changing its name to Hospital Menonita de Caguas.

Licenses and accreditations[edit]

Student organizations[edit]

  • General Student Council
  • San Juan Bautista Alumni Association
  • Puerto Rico Medical Student Association (AEMPR)
  • Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
  • Christian Medical Students Society
  • Emergency Medicine Students Association
  • Pediatrics Interest Group
  • Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)
  • Anesthesiology Interest Group
  • Student Tutoring Program
  • Orientation and Promotion Committee
  • Middle State Commission & LCME Accreditation Student Committee
  • Public Health Students Society
  • LifeStyle Medicine Interest Group
  • LGBT Interest Group

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Coordinates: 18°13′05″N 66°01′47″W / 18.21806°N 66.02972°W / 18.21806; -66.02972