Bella Vista Hospital
Family Practice

The Bella Vista Hospital Family Practice Residency was founded in June, 1997. This is an accredited three-year unopposed Family Medicine program in a community hospital site. It is affiliated to the University of Ponce School of Medicine, but is independently administered and staffed by local faculty and personnel. We have graduated more than 100 residents since 2000.

The Bella Vista Hospital Family Practice Residency aims to provide care in the context of the family and the community, accentuating disease prevention and health promotion in a unique bilingual environment. Your professional development includes training and developing competence in the area of Tropical Medicine. In addition to being committed to excellence in education, personal growth, and delivering the highest standards of patient care. At Bella Vista you will have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful island of Puerto Rico, "The Island of Enchantment". Located in the tropics, Puerto Rico has an average temperature of 82.4 °F (28 °C) throughout the year. Flamenco Beach located on one of our smaller islands, Culebra, has been named one of the best beaches in the world. You will be able to enjoy our cuisine, culture, beaches, island activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, surfing, or just enjoying the warm Caribbean sun.

Family Medicine Center

The Bella Vista Family Medicine Center serves as a model clinic for teaching medical students and residents, and to develop new knowledge in the field of Family Medicine. Located in downtown Mayagüez, approximately 3 miles from the Bella Vista Hospital; it is here that residents and faculty practice clinical medicine, providing continuity of care to their patient panels.

The patient population derives from families living in the immediate Mayagüez area. A wide socioeconomic and age distribution contributes to an excellent experience in family care.

Each first year resident sees four to seven patients per half day clinic session and assumes care of about fifty families. The resident's experience increases progressively so that by the third year each resident is assigned an average of 150 families and can expect to see eight to twelve patients per half day session. The full time family physician faculty members maintain their own practices and also precept in the Family Medicine Center of Bella Vista and the Bella Vista Hospital.

Faculty & Staff

Dolly E. Lugo Martínez, MD, FAAFP - Program Director

Jorge Vera, MD, DABFM - Associate Program Director

Alexis Vera, MD, DABFM - Family Medicine and Geriatrics Attending

Mario I. Olivencia, MD, DABFM - Family Medicine Attending

Francisco Gutierrez, MD, DABFM - Family Medicine Attending

Victor Ruiz, MD, DABFM - Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care Attending

Rafael I. Iriarte, MD - Research Coordinator

Nicelia Peña, PhD - Behavioral Science

Janelyn González - Program Coordinator