Medicine

Our School

Historical background and description

The UNIBE School of Medicine was founded in the year 1982.  It was one of the first academic programs offered by the university, which also offers 15 undergraduate programs and over 30 graduate programs in different areas, including law, engineering, education, arts, business, and health sciences.

The School has always distinguished itself because of its adherence to  new paradigms  in the learning models applied to medical education. Our program has undergone many innovative changes in order to integrate basic and clinical sciences, incorporate learner-centered teaching methods, and foster the development of students’ skills through the use of standardized patients and simulation.

UNIBE’s academic program has the purpose to educate physicians who responds to national and international requirements; who are committed to offer quality attention and to act efficiently and compassionately in a variety of medical care settings, with an emphasis on primary care.

Vision of the School of Medicine:

“To promote the education of physicians with the knowledge, skills and values required to adequately respond to the health needs of society,  promote an integral, human, ethical and innovative approach to patient care, by applying leadership skills, critical attitude, and a commitment to lifelong learning”.

Values

  • Academic excellence
  • Equity
  • Respect
  • Diversity
  • Critical thinking
  • Innovation
  • Respect for the environment
  • Sense of belonging to the institution
  • Active participation of its student body 
  • Ethics
  • National and cultural identity

What is the impact of the loss of eligibility for Title IV, HEA on medical students?

The Medical Program will continue operating with its same high quality standards.
Continuously enrolled students in the Medical School who have already received loans are eligible to receive Title IV, HEA program funds for the academic year they are in as well as for the succeeding academic year. A Help Team has been established and is operating at the Financial Aid Office. Each case will be individually handled by this team and they will provide assistance and support in exploring the different options available.

Does this situation affect the eligibility for certification from ECFMG?

No, it doesn’t. All students of UNIBE Medical Program continue to be eligible to take the different USMLE tests and eventually obtain their ECFMG certification.

Is the quality of the medical program affected by this development?

The Medical Program maintains its quality standards. The program remains accredited by MESCYT. Accreditation was renewed on august 2016 for a five-year period. The recognition of UNIBE’s Medical Degree is not affected by this development. The program maintains its international approvals and licenses.

Does this situation affect students enrolled in other academic programs offered at UNIBE who have Title IV, HEA loans?

No. All other academic programs continue to be eligible to participate in the Title IV, HEA programs.

Financial options available

The Financial Aid Office will offer information and support regarding the following options:
• Private loans through Smart Option plan from Sallie Mae: www.salliemae.com
• UNIBE financial aid programs
• Payment agreements

Where should I go for additional information?
The Financial Aid Office will offer support through a Help Team where students will be assisted individually in academic, financial or counselling matters.

Contact information: medstudentsupport@unibe.edu.do

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Our curriculum has been designed to enable the development of the following competencies and objectives through carefully planned teaching and learning experiences:.

Our graduates must show the following competences:

I. Values, attitudes, behavior and professional ethics

Ethical behavior and professionalism are essential factors in the practice of medicine.  This includes not only knowledge and medical skills, but also a commitment to always demonstrate honesty, respect, integrity, and compassion.  

II. Scientific Medicine Basis

The graduate possesses a strong scientific foundation of medical knowledge, demonstrating abilities to apply biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences to patient care.

III. Communication Skills

Graduates exhibit effective interpersonal and communication skills that allow them to create environments characterized by adequate exchange of information and collaboration with  patients and their family, members of the health care team, and colleagues.

IV. Information Management

Graduates exhibit effective interpersonal and communication skills that allow them to create environments characterized by adequate exchange of information and collaboration with  patients and their family, members of the health care team, and colleagues.

V. Clinical Skills

Physicians should be able to diagnose and manage patients in an effective and efficient manner.  To achieve this, they must be able to:

  • Manage patients in an effective, efficient and ethical manner, including the promotion of health and the prevention of illnesses, always evaluating health problems and counseling patients taking into account physical, psychological, social and cultural factors.
  • Elaborate a correct clinical history that will include social aspects as well as gathering information from a complete physical examination.
  • Perform accurate diagnosis and propose adequate therapeutic strategies, applying the principles of evidence based medicine and clinical judgment.    

VI. Public Health and Health Systems

Graduates should be able to understand their role in the promotion, prevention and preservation of the community’s health. They should recognize the principles of the health care system, as well as their financial aspects and legislative fundaments.  

VII. Critical Thinking and Research.

Good medical practice requires the ability to think scientifically and use the scientific method.  Physicians should demonstrate a critical approach, constructive skepticism, creativity and an attitude oriented towards research in all professional activities as well as identifying, formulating and resolving the problems of patients by using scientific thinking based on the information obtained and correlated from different sources.

The School of Medicine is accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of the Dominican Republic (MESCyT). Accreditation was renewed on august 2016 for a five-year period.

The UNIBE School of Medicine is listed in the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory (IMED), within the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

The School has the license of Florida Education’s Commission for Independent Education.

UNIBE School of Medicine is recognized by the Medical Board of California.

Our students and graduates are eligible to sit for the USMLE qualifying examinations; upon successful completions of these exams, they are eligible to obtain the Educational Commission Foreign Medical Graduates Certification.

Memberships

  • Asociación Dominicana de Facultades y Escuelas de Medicina (ADOFEM)
  • Federación Panamericana de Facultades y Escuelas de Medicina (FEPAFEM)
  • Sociedad de Simulación en Salud (SSH)
  • Asociación Latinoamericana de Simulación Clínica (ALASIC)
  • AAMC-Global Health Learning Opportunities Services

The academic management of the School of Medicine undertakes to guarantee an effective development of all the academic activities of the School, programmed every semester. Through the supervision of the teaching – learning process developed during each cycle for School of Medicine, in order to maintain the quality of professional training in accordance with the educational model established and provided by UNIBE.

Structure of Academic Management:

 

This Direction has the objective to procure the development and implementation of a pertinent and modern education curriculum based on the quality of the academic formation required by the Education Model of UNIBE in conformity with required competencies of medical professionals.

It assures that the plan of studies developed for the career of medicine is predated by a scientific process of knowledge construction, by means of exploration and investigation from diverse sources of epistemological, psycho-pedagogical and social-cultural nature. Likewise, secures a constant update of same in conformity with the tendencies and advances developed in the career.

Works with a team conformed by:

  • Coordinators of lectures and semesters: 
    In charge of coordinating all subjects guaranteeing the integration of all contents regarding the subjects.  They gain that professors abide to everything established in the syllabus in what is relative as well as the contents/themes, like in the unification of methodological strategies and evaluations.
  • In Charge of the Regular Examinations Unit: 
    Following the calendar of regular examinations of basic sciences and clinical sciences, it assures the administration of each examination, corrects said exams, records qualifications and delivers same to the pertinent professors.
  • Proctors (Professors, supervisors of examinations):   
    These are medical professors, in charge of administering simultaneous regular examinations that are applied in the cycles of basic sciences/pre-internship and the supervision of students during same.

 Curricular Conduction Director

Dra. Elizabeth Peralta
Curricular Conduction Director of School of Medicine
Health Sciences Faculty

Curricular Conduction Direction Profile:

  • Doctor of Medicine cum Laude, graduate of Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña.
  • She began as a professor in this university where she achieved the position of coordinator of Practices of Human Philosophy (elaborated the theory-practice manual of Human Philosophy), coordinator and professor in lectures of Philosophy, Physiopathology, and Therapeutics. In the administrative stage she was Academic Coordinator of the School of Medicine of UNPHY during 2 and half years.
  • She worked in Clínica Gómez Patiño (as Doctor at Intensive Care Unit and then as an Emergency Doctor)
  • In 1999 she entered the educational team of UNIBE.
  • Dr. Peralta commenced as Academic Coordinator of the UNIBE School of Medicine in 2004.
  • Academic Director of the School of Medicine in 2006.
  • At present she is serving as Director of Curricular Conduction of the School of Medicine, a position she assumed in the year 2009.
  • Professor of subjects:  Human Philosophy and the Integrated Course of Basic Sciences in the UNIBE School of Medicine.
  • Part of the staff of facilitators of the Virtual Certification of Primary Health Attention offered by UNIBE to apprenticeship doctors and Certificate of Medical Education for an Integrated Curriculum offered by the Unidad de Desarrollo Docente (Educational Development Unit) for medical professors.

Post Graduate Training:

  • Master of Superior Education
  • Post-grad –Specialist of Virtual Surroundings of learning with virtual Educa.
  • Certification of Medical Education
  • Certification of UNIBE Educative Model

Other trainings:

  • Simulation Course of Medical Education
  • Integration workshop basic sciences and clinical, offered by UPR.
  • National workshop for validation of medical competence, offered by ADOFEM
  • Workshop: General concepts of Patient Strategies Standardized on Teaching Clinical abilities, offered by UPR.
  • Workshop: Planning and development of cases of a standardized test, offered by UPR.
  • Workshop: Learning Based on Problems, offered by Tecnológico de Monterrey.
  • Workshop: Design and elaboration of Syllabus
  • Course: Teaching-Learning Strategies of Superior Education
  • Workshop: Strategic Management of Business Conflict
  • Course: Effective Meetings
  • Workshop: The Successful Supervisor, offered by Max Consulting
  • Course-Workshop: Oratory and group dynamics
  • Technical Computer course, at an advanced level, offered by Escuela Nacional de Informática (National School of Computer Science)

 

 

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The Administrative Management of the School of Medicine has the function to guarantee and promote the quality and efficiency of the different administrative processes of assuring the opportune execution and efficient development of the processes offered to students, instructors, and administrative personnel in their different compounds and hospitals where hospital rotations take place.

Structure of the Administrative Management:

  • Administrative Director
  • Administrative Assistant Student
  • Files Ancillary
  • Hospitals supervisor
  • Hospitals secretaries 

Administrative Director

Denisse Altagracia del Pilar Morales Billini
Administrative Director School of Medicine
Health Sciences Faculty

Administrative Director Profile

  • She is a graduate of the career of Architecture of Universidad Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Exactas INCE.
  • Master of Superior Education of UNIBE
  • Post graduate of Virtual EDUCA
  • Complementary to her academic preparation she obtained several trainings and exercises in the area of Architecture and Interior Design.
  • Her formation as a professor includes various seminars and workshops such as “Creativity in Teaching”, Integration Basic and clinical Sciences”, “Curricular Development” amongst others.
  • At present, she studies her Integral Postgraduate of University Evaluation-Planning with UDUAL-RIEV.

Professional Experience:

  • She has occupied the position of Architect in enterprises such as the Town Government Hall of the National District, Pérez Morales C x A, Compañía Dominicana de Teléfonos (Telephone Company) CODETEL.
  • She entered UNIBE in 2004 beginning with the position as coordinator of the Department of Educational Management and was later promoted to Director of said department, in 2008 she became Director of the Department of Educational Development which position she occupied until her designation.
  • She is co-author of the book entitled “Palacio Nacional, 50 años de Historia y Arquitectura” (National Palace, 50 years of History and Architecture”) 1997; author of chapters 6 and 8 pertaining to the description of decorative styles o the halls and the Chapel of the Palace; and also has been the author of several articles published in magazines and national newspapers; she is co-author in UNIBE of the Regulation of the Academic Personnel, Lecturer Manual, Educative Model, UNIBE, among others.
  • She participated in exhibitions “Conociendo los Artistas de UNIBE” (Knowing the Artists of UNIBE) of painting, 3D objects and photography; also in the Culture Fair of UNIBE.
  • At present she occupies the position of Administrative Director of the School of Medicine.

Recognitions:

  • She received three recognitions in Universidad Iberoamericana, of Academic Excellence in 1997, 2002 and for the coordination of 6 years of cultural activity “Knowing the artists of UNIBE”, in 2010.
  • Other recognitions, in 1983, with the project Thesis “Cuartel General de Bomberos” (General Barracks of Fire Fighters), by the President of the Republic, Dr. Salvador Jorge Blanco.

 

Administrative Assistants

The administrative assistant realizes support tasks for the academic and administrative management through opportune attention to the requirements, requests and processes related to students and professors, that are developed in the School of Medicine.


Ancillary Personnel

The Filing Ancillary has the objective to watch the organization and updating of files where all the documents of the School of Medicine are to be found, in order to guarantee an adequate performance of the operations of the department, in such a manner that said documentation is maintained safely and opportunely available. 

The activities of support, logistics and coordination of the administrative processes developed in the School of Medicine are realized by the logistics ancillary, aiming to guarantee an adequate operations development. The logistics ancillary is Miguel Guzmán.


 Hospitals Supervisor

The objective of this supervisor is to watch over the performance of services and the observe that the hospital installations are in good shape, where the clinical rotations of UNIBE take place, in order to guarantee an optimum performance of the teaching-learning process.


Hospitals’ Secretaries

Within this structure we sum with the secretaries of hospitals, who serve as body mediators between the University and the Hospital, offering the necessary support to students as well as to coordinators and professors, during the performance of the academic activities, assuring the opportune execution and the efficient development of the teaching-learning processes of the rotation groups in the hospitals.

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