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100% of UPR emergency medicine students pass board certification


By John McPhaul

jpmcphaul@gmail.com


The Medical Sciences Campus (RCM) of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) announced Wednesday that 100% of the 2020 graduating class of the Department of Emergency Medicine successfully passed the certification of the American Board of Emergency Medicine.


“This satisfactory approval is a reflection of the fulfillment of the educational standards, and professionals of this group of doctors as leaders in emergency medicine,” said RCM Chancellor Dr. Segundo Rodríguez Quilichini. “residency faculty is an essential part of this achievement, since it prepares residents comprehensively both academically and clinically.

Without a doubt, we are shaping the future of emergency medicine in Puerto Rico, the United States and abroad through our Department of Emergency Medicine.”


The success of the certification leads the Department of Emergency Medicine to its next accreditation in 2022.


“We are pleased that the Department of Emergency Medicine continues to graduate well-trained physicians to fill the front-line positions in our emergency rooms, which benefits the entire people of Puerto Rico,” said Dr. Agustín Rodríguez González, dean of the RCM School of Medicine. “We trust that very soon, every emergency room in the country will have doctors trained in our Emergency Medicine program.”


For her part, Dr. María R. Ramos Fernández, director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program, stated that “despite hurricanes, earthquakes or pandemics, these residents overcame all these barriers from their year of residency in 2017 until their graduation in 2020.”


“Now we are celebrating, celebrating the fruit of the harvest; 100% ABEM Board Pass Rate!” she said. “They retain their smiles and the desire to continue working in the specialty they have cultivated. Emergency Medicine. The faculty and residents are beyond proud of their accomplishments and we wish them every success in their future plans.”