In September 2000, on a visit to New York City for the Millennium Summit of the United Nations, Cuban president Fidel Castro announced in a speech that free medical education in Cuba would be granted to black and latino students from low-income communities in the US – with the condition that graduates return to the US to aid underprivileged areas.
The pioneering programme saw its first US students enter Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine in 2001 and now American students continue to be admitted every August.
Cuba has a highly sophisticated and world renowned health care system, and a surplus of well-trained physicians. And Cuba made a commitment to start training young people from Nicaragua, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti to be doctors — in order to create a health-care infrastructure to serve future generations in these impoverished nations.
The first US students entered the program in the spring of 2001. By the spring of 2010, 122 US students from 29 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, DC are enrolled, and 33 US students have already graduated with MD degrees.
New students are admitted to enter the Latin American School of Medicine in August. Please visit the Medical School’s page at ifconews.org/medicalnews to learn about the admissions requirements.