I am pleased to welcome you to the webpage of the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, Department of Surgery.

Our Department of Surgery was founded in the 1954’s.  Over the years our faculty has educated many medical students and residents in the art and science of surgery, as well as the surgical subspecialties.  The graduates in our general surgery program have been very successful in Puerto Rico and the rest of United States.  Ideal candidates should demonstrate academic excellence, a commitment to seeking challenge as well as the desire to engage with our faculty through hard work and intellectual surgical curiosity. We expect our graduates to apply their knowledge to the service of society.

Our Surgical Department is committed to offer a comprehensive surgical education in which our surgical residents are exposed to the complexity of today’s health system, as well as moral and ethical issues. We intend to promote intellectual leadership by promoting the following essential qualities:

  •  Academic excellence:  We intend to provide the tools to generate Board Certified surgeons and promote self-education.
  • Humanitarism:  We need sensitive health workers that have empathy with patients and their relatives. Community service is encouraged through participation in health prevention and service in sponsored programs directed to the community. Our residents participate in activities such as: American College of Surgeons meetings, local and national, cancer prevention activities, Raffucci Research Forum.
  • Surgical and Clinical Skills:  Our program provides a wide variety of clinical setting at different hospitals and as well as our Experimental Laboratory to pursue this need.
  • Research:  This is an important tool in order to understand the sources and methods from which knowledge derives.  Our Experimental Laboratory at the medical school is an excellent resource tool for this goal.   The trauma and critical care, pediatric, plastic, endocrine, vascular, and transplantation are constantly developing research projects that are published and or presented in local and international meetings.

Our Learning Resource Center, with a full time biostatistician, has been an asset in promoting investigative projects.  Our Program Director, as well as our institution, The Medical Sciences Campus, is committed to continue developing faculty and residents’ research.  Currently, our program provides funding to support two years of research at the United States.  At present two PGY-2 residents are at United States Affiliated Hospitals with an outstanding work.Our Program Director, Dr. William Méndez Latalladi, as well as Ms. Rebecca González, Program Coordinator, and assistants, have devoted their time to comply in all aspects of education requirements and improvement.  They have a flawless working team, evidenced by our 10 year of accreditation, and this is of outmost importance in our department’s priority list.

Our General Surgery Residency Program graduates five (5) categorical surgical residents. The program offers a wide variety of clinical scenarios including academic supraterciary and community hospitals in order to provide different clinical settings to medical students and surgical residents.

In addition of the education of the medical students and surgical residents we have set the mentorship program called “Surgical Shadowing Program”.  It is offered during the summer time for outstanding students from high school to university.

We are excited to share our Department with you and hope to meet you in person someday.

Segundo Rodríguez Quilichini, MD, FACS, FASCRS