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Ponce Health Sciences University (Puerto Rico)
Ponce Health Sciences University (Puerto Rico)
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  • Year founded: 1977
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Ponce Health Sciences University (Puerto Rico)
Allopathic Medical School
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 1 10 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 2 1 Responses



School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $39,064
  • Non - Resident Tuition $62,804
  • Application Fee $85
  • AVG MCAT 493
  • AVG GPA 3.2
  • LIZZYM Score 53.0
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Admissions Information

  • Admissions
  • P.O. Box 7004
  • Ponce 00732
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

The mission of Ponce School of Medicine is to provide high quality health services, education and training in medicine, biological sciences, clinical psychology, public health, and research, while preparing students to be ethical practitioners and scientists.


he Program consists of two years of pre-clinical (basic science) courses in the core disciplines of Gross Anatomy, Histology and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Pathology, Pharmacology and Microbiology/Immunology. It also includes Human Genetics and Neuroscience. The pre-clinical years provide integration of clinical content and early clinical experiences through Pathophysiology, Introduction to Clinical Medicine, Behavioral Sciences and Basic Psychiatry. Longitudinal programs in preventive and community medicine, problem-based learning and medical ethics are integrated in the educational program of the first two years. The third year provides the core clinical clerkships, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Surgery. The fourth year complements these core clinical experiences with Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Surgical Subspecialties and Primary Care Selectives. Five months of elective rotations provide additional clinical experiences in several subspecialty fields. A five year program is offered in which the first two years are extended to three.


Ponce School of Medicine is affiliated with several hospitals and health care facilities. The Institution also owns an Outpatient Clinic located in its main campus and administers mental health facilities in Mayaguez, Aguadilla and Ponce. The affiliation network provides over 2,000 beds and several ambulatory facilities available for clinical teaching and training.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 8
Negatively 1
No change 1

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.10 10

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.44 9

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Give a tour of the facility!" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about the research you have done?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you understand about the Reforma?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself and your family." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why do you want to be a doctor" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are 3 current medical/health issues that are going to become more important?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Do you love birds?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is the most inspiring person that you like (must not be someone you know perosonally)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Should we have invaded Iraq?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you and another applicant have the same GPA and MCAT scores, why should we pick you over the other applicant?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give your opinion on the following situation: The parents of a sick child genetically manipulate their unborn baby with hopes that it will later help save the life of its sibling." More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of guarutee can you give us that you won't transfer back tothe states after completeing your basic sciences? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your favorite class this semester, and why? Oh, and both my interviewers asked how I had done in my Calculus classes but didn't ask about any other grades in other classes." More from this Member | Report Response

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School Reviews

School Reviews

Results Overview

Overall, how satisfied are you with this program?

Response Avg # Responders
3.00 1

0 = Terrible, 10 = World Class

What do you like most?

"Some of the professors really care about the students." | Report Response

What do you like least?

"Facilities are run-down. Tuition keeps going up. Next year it will be $36,000 to start. Its the same story of medical education all over, paying more and getting less." | Report Response

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