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    Posted: Jan 14 2014 at 5:28pm
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Somewhat old news, but good news nonetheless...

Cuba Offers Free Medical School To Blacks And Latinos

By Furious on September 13, 2013 in Education, News

If your children had an opportunity to get a free medical school education, would you allow them to go? Of course you would. However, what if the school was in Cuba?

Did your decision change? Well, maybe it is time to consider such a thing because Cuba is open its doors to black and Latino Americans in under served communities according to Black By Unity and their report.

Cuba Free Medical SchoolCuba’s Latin American School of Medicine (LASM). A few years ago member of the USA Congressional Black Caucus visited Cuba and noted the small amount number of doctor available in Black and poor areas in American. When Rep. Bennie Thompson said his Mississippi district needed doctors, then President Fidel Castro announced scholarships for youth from under-served communities in the U.S.

Mad props to the Congressional Black Caucus for seeking a solution to address the issues in our community with the lack of doctors, professionals and exorbitant medical school cost. I, for one, am pretty tough on these so call black leadership bodies as they don’t seem to be doing enough to try and advance the human condition of black Americans, but this is an interesting step considering the political nature and US stance on Cuba and Castro.

People interested in this opportunity should look into contacting the Interrelations Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO)/Pastors for Peace organization. There are currently 146 US students in the program at LASM with full scholarships and they seem to be doing very well.
47 students have graduated the program and two are resentdents in USA hospitals currently.



This is proof the programs credentials are being accepted and honored in USA

hospitals, which is a critical step.

Who knows what the future will hold from this program, but if you have the political believe that education should be for all and the monitary understanding that US medical schools are pricing many people out of the industry, then Cuba may be an option for you to consider.


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Source: http://blackleftunity.blogspot.com/2013/08/cubas-free-medical-school-offer-for-us.html


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wouldnt change. harder for them to pass the Step
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I could have gone to Med School in Cuba. Daddy had the links/hook up. A couple Jamaican students a year opted to go to Cuba for Med School when they didn't get in after first year of the BSc. Now that you can pay to get in to med school (if you can afford it) if you don't get the grades, My guess is less Jamaicans take up the opportunity. Actually maybe not at all. Lemme shut up. It's six years, the first year you learn Spanish.
 
[We went through an intensive 12-week programme studying Spanish. After this we went into a pre-med programme with the Latin American students from Mexico down to Chile – when we finished we were told that the Jamaicans were the best group ever seen in their 10 years of existence. They were really impressed with our performance in the four months of premed] Gives a decent rundown of the programme http://www.kctimes.org/articles.aspx?articleid=1136&kcedtn=1007
 
 
The last cohort I knew that went did pretty well including a former friend of mine.
 
[The Jamaicans started their course of study in November 2006 with 70 students under the Cuban education assistance programme, but two returned to the island by year-end for personal reasons.

Of the 68 graduates in an overall field of 717, including 373 Cubans, almost half the number of Jamaicans walked away with first class honours.]Clap http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaica-gets-68-new-doctors_14718997 

Cuban doctors come here and set up clinics around the island pretty often. The eye doctors be working miracles I tell ya.Thumbs Up 
 
Southern what is STEP? Got my answer fro the website


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There are currently 146 US students in the program at LASM with full scholarships and they seem to be doing very well.
47 students have graduated the program and two are resentdents in USA hospitals currently.

This is proof the programs credentials are being accepted and honored in USA

hospitals, which is a critical step.

Two students accepted is not proof that the program is credentialed/accepted by US standards.  It just means they were able to pass their boards.  And residents is spelled wrong, too...



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Yea right @ the US honoring their degrees.

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Is the Latin American School of Medicine accredited?

The Latin American School of Medicine is fully accredited by the World Health Organization (WHO), which is the recognized body which confers accreditation on all international schools of medicine.  In the United States, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) oversees licensing requirements for medical students who study in schools outside the US.  The ECFMG fully recognizes any medical school which is certified by its own government’s Ministry of Health. Therefore students who study at the Latin American Medical School are considered by the ECFMG to have received a fully accredited medical education. The Latin American School of Medicine has also been evaluated and fully accredited by the Medical Board of California, which has the most stringent standards of any state in the US. This means that graduates of the Latin American School of Medicine are recognized as fully qualified to apply for medical residency in any state of the US.      

 

Will I be able to practice medicine when I return to the US?

In order to practice medicine in the US, students at the Latin American School of Medicine need to pass a series of US Medical Licensing Exams (USMLEs). These are the same requirements that apply to any US student who studies in any medical school, whether in the US or in another country. The Step 1 exam is a computer-based multiple-choice exam which focuses on the basic medical sciences. The Step 2CK exam focuses on clinical knowledge.  The Step 2CS exam tests clinical skills: the student actually interacts with model patients in a simulated clinical setting. These Steps can be taken in any order after the second year of medical school, with the written agreement of the dean of the medical school.  Students at the Latin American School of Medicine begin their studies for the USMLEs starting with their first-year courses, and begin to sit for the exams after the third year of study. In addition, each student must complete a residency program in the United States, and must take the Step 3 exam during the residency program.

Careful consideration has been given to the particular needs of US students as they prepare for these essential examinations. Faculty and administrators at the Latin American School of Medicine have analyzed the US Step exams to be sure that all anticipated items are covered in detail in their course offerings. Some slight adjustments have been made in the standard Cuban course sequence to accommodate the special needs of US students (for example, offering Pharmacology in an earlier semester so students can prepare for the Step 1 exam).  

In addition, US physicians who are members of IFCO’s Medical School Advisory Committee offer supplementary short courses to the US students, in several subject areas which are included in the Step 1, Step 2CK, and Step 2CS exams, but which are taught from a different perspective in the Cuban curriculum — courses such as Medical Ethics, Legal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Nutrition.

Supplemental study groups are also established for all US students to help prepare then for the Step 1 exam.  These study groups are considered mandatory — even though they are not a formal part of the Cuban curriculum — since all US students will need to be sufficiently prepared to pass the USMLE exams or else they will not be allowed to practice in the US.  Resources such as the “First Aid” study guides, sample tests, etc., are being made available to the US students. All students who study medicine in foreign medical schools and wish to practice medicine in the United States also need to complete a medical residency in the US.  Residency placement in the various areas of specialization is a highly competitive process which is based in large part on students’ scores on the USMLE examinations.

 

What does the scholarship include?

The scholarship includes full tuition, dormitory housing, three meals per day at the campus cafeteria, textbooks in Spanish for all courses, bedding, and a small monthly stipend in Cuban pesos, school uniform (short-sleeved white lab coat; but you’ll probably want to bring your own dark blue pants (not jeans) or skirts, and your own comfortable black shoes). The scholarship does not include travel expenses to and from school; it does not include the fees for taking the USMLE exams; it does not include costs for supplemental English-language textbooks. IFCO has provided a small library of supplemental English-language medical textbooks for the use of the US students and other students from English-speaking countries.  

Is it legal for the medical students to travel to Cuba?

Yes! — but it is important to understand the context.  As part of the US economic blockade against Cuba, restrictions have been imposed on US citizens’ travel to Cuba.  Students at the Latin American School of Medicine were initially considered exempt from these restrictions, since they were “fully hosted” — with all their expenses paid by the Cuban Ministry of Health.  When President Bush, in an attempt to appeal to ultra-right-wing Cuban-American voters in Florida, tightened restrictions against Cuba in June 2004, the “fully hosted” category was eliminated and the students’ status was threatened. But IFCO launched a tremendous grassroots campaign of calls and letters to the US Treasury and State Departments, and 28 members of the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses wrote a letter to Secretary of State Colin Powell, insisting on the students’ right to continue their studies. Our campaign was victorious: the US government granted a special travel authorization for all present and future students enrolled in the Latin American School of Medicine. Thus it is fully legal for students to travel to and from school.

 

We continue working for an end to the travel restrictions and all US sanctions against Cuba — and we hope you will join us in this work.

 
 
 
 
http://www.ecfmg.org/about/index.html The commission for evalutating intl medical qualifications


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It is hard as hell for people that graduate Caribbean med schools to come to the US for residency. You have to kill step, be top of your med school class and then hopefully you can get into a residency of your choice.
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Don't fall for it.
Cuban doctors were shipped to Brazil sometime last year, and one said that medicine in Cuba was almost like santeria or some kind of white magic voodoo.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (5) Thanks(5)   Quote Rumbera Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan 14 2014 at 11:26pm
Originally posted by sexyandfamous sexyandfamous wrote:

Don't fall for it.
Cuban doctors were shipped to Brazil sometime last year, and one said that medicine in Cuba was almost like santeria or some kind of white magic voodoo.

Wtf are you talking about ! Cuba is known for its medical schools and doctors
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