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.
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