“The University of Puerto Rico has the best medical school and students in the Island, but it’s very easy for them to jump on a plane and find better job opportunities in the U.S.,” said Dr. Edgar Colón, Dean of the Medical School of the University of Puerto Rico.
Dr. Jose Carlo-Izquierdo, a practicing neurologist at Centro Medico (Medical Center) and the former Chancellor of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) Medical Sciences Campus, told the story of a girl with an operable tumor, lost her vision due in part to long wait times for surgery. “We will have a Katrina-like situation,” Carlo-Izquierdo said, “maybe slower, but (ultimately) a tsunami.”
“My waiting period for cancer surgery is two-to-three months,” Dr. Antonio Puras-Baez, the chair of the UPR’s urology department, said. “The patients are getting referred to medical centers because no one else wants to take care of them.” “It’s a very frustrating situation, we would like to do more for patients.”