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Ponce School of Medicine

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The Ponce Health Sciences University is an institution of academic excellence located in Ponce, a city on the southern coast of the tropical island of Puerto Rico. The institution was founded in 1977 by the Catholic University of Puerto Rico. Two years later, the University decided to phase out the barely established medical program. In January 1980, the Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc., assumed responsibility for the school’s operation. Ponce Health Sciences University graduated its ?rst class of 23 students in 1981. Since then, it has operated uninterruptedly and has graduated more than one thousand health professionals. The mission of Ponce Health Sciences University is to provide a world-class, culturally-competent, health sciences education to the population we serve, through innovative adaptive learning environments focused on the success of its students to become ethical practitioners and scientists. Vision: The PHSU vision is to be recognized as a prestigious academic and research leader educating underrepresented diverse populations while focusing research efforts on solving health disparities.

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