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Latin American School of Medicine

Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina

Army of White Coats United for the Dignity of our Communities

“Cuba has continued to make health care a priority for its citizens. Despite the effects of the suffocating US economic blockade, Cuba's public health care system is world-renowned. ”
 1 physician for every 168 people  2,000 new physicians every year  Infant mortality rate lower than most cities in the US  Family doctor and a family nurse in residence and on 24-hour call, for every 120 Cuban families

 Cuba’s social mission is to create doctors that

will confront the needs of local and international communities.  Providing multicultural exchange and creating an environment of cultural awareness.  Understanding the health equity model Cuba exemplifies and using it as a tool to combat health disparities around the world.

Cuban Medical System
Every citizen has access to quality healthcare at no cost (Article 50 of the constitution) Cuban healthcare model consists of a three tier system: 1) Consultorio The family doctor and a nurse 500-800 people per clinic

2) Polyclinic Approx. 400 polyclinics throughout the island primary health care and minor procedures

3) Hospital Serves approximately 500,000 people Operations and Trauma centers

Founded in 1999 as Cuba’s response to the devastating

hurricanes Mitch and George to improve health care infrastructure in poor communities.
Since 1999 IFCO has been organizing Congressional delegations

to visit Cuba along with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
Congressman Bennie Thompson from Mississippi meet the

Cuban President Castro commending Cuba on providing health care for the poorest people of the world. The congressman then discussed the shortage of healthcare services in his hometown. President Castro extended the scholarship invitation to young people from Mississippi.
September 2000, during his visit to the Millennium Summit of

the UN in New York City, President Castro extended the scholarship offer to qualified students from all regions of the US.

An old naval academy that overlooks the sea. It consists of 28 buildings with 80 classrooms, 37 laboratories, 5 amphitheaters, dormitories, an infirmary, and other facilities. The campus supports approx. 3,500 students

Congressman of Mississippi Bennie Thompson during his delegation visit to the ELAM 2008

Visit From Congressmen in 2010

Standard course of study is six years All classes taught in Spanish Pre-med coursework and intensive Spanish language

training are offered for students who need them with other international students

First two years of study is on the ELAM campus along
From the beginning of third year until the end of the

sixth year, students are located at one of Cuba’s 21 teaching hospitals (US students are located in Havana, Cuba at Dr. Salvador Allende Hospital
Graduates are expected to return to their hometowns

and serve in the underprivileged communities

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Premedical Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

Theoretical Studies

Clinical Studies

1st and 2nd Semesters Morphophysiology
An integrative first-year basic sciences curriculum:
 Anatomy I and II  Histology I and II  The Human Body  History and Medicine I and II  Physical Education I and II  Medical Information

 Cellular and Molecular Biology
 The Nervous System  The Endocrine and Reproductive Systems  Physiology I

Sciences/Computing I  Practicum placements in a regional policlinic and a family doctor's neighborhood clinic

 Embryology I

Second Year
3rd Semester
 Metabolism, Nutrition, and Excretion  The Circulatory and Respiratory Systems  The Urinary and Digestive Systems, Nutrition and Caloric Consumption  Anatomy III  Histology III  Embryology II  Physiology II  Pharmacology I  Legal Medicine and Medical Ethics  Behavioral Sciences I  Physical Education III  Tissues/Nutrition/Biochemistry (two-week intensive course)

4th Semester
 Pathological Anatomy
 Biological Agents  Medical Psychology I  Introduction to Clinical Practice  Behavioral Sciences II

 Physical Education IV
 Medical Information Sciences/Computing II

At the morgue with Dr. Nancy (US Class of 2014)


Students are in residence at one of Cuba’s 21 accredited medical schools, in Havana City or in other provinces; starting in the fifth semester, they begin to follow patients on the hospital ward where they are assigned.

Third Year
5th Semester
Clinical Methods
Techniques of Clinical Diagnosis/Signs and Symptoms (Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostic Imagery) Medical Psychology II

6th Semester
Internal Medicine
Clinical Pharmacology

Fourth Year
7th and 8th Semesters
Gynecology and

Obstetrics Pediatrics General Surgery

Fifth Year
Clinical practicum rotations in:
Public Health Comprehensive Gener Urology Otorhinolaryngology

al Medicine Psychiatry Orthopedics and Traumatology

(ENT) Ophthalmology Dermatology Legal Medicine and Medical Ethics

Sixth Year
11th and 12th Semesters
Pre-professional clinical internship with rotations in:
Internal Medicine

Gynecology and Obstetrics

Comprehensive General Medicine

Frequently asked questions…
What is the application process? Is it legal to travel to Cuba? Is the school accredited in the US? How much is tuition? Are there

scholarships? What is campus life like? What does the curriculum consist of? How many US students are enrolled?

 Be US citizens (with US passport)  Between the ages of 18 and 30  Have completed college-level pre-med science courses

(one year each of biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics, each with laboratory)  Be physically and mentally fit  Be committed to practice medicine in poor and underserved US communities after graduation  Applicants will be carefully selected by the IFCO Medical School Advisory Committee, based on applications, transcripts, interviews, letters of reference, etc. Final admissions decisions will be made by administrators of the Latin American School of Medicine and the Cuban Ministry of Public Health.

Is it legal for medical students to travel to Cuba?
 Yes!  As part of the US economic blockade against Cuba, restrictions

have been imposed on US citizens to travel to Cuba

 Students at ELAM are exempt from these restrictions since they

are fully hosted –with all the expenses (tuition, room and board) paid by the Cuban Ministry of Health Treasury and State Department and 27 members of the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucus writing letters to Secretary of State Collin Powell, the campaign was successful in obtaining fully legal traveling authorization for students enrolled in the ELAM to and from school

 After a IFCO’s huge campaign of calls and letters to the US

 ELAM is fully accredited by the World Health Organization (WHO)

School Accreditation

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 of the US.

 The ELAM has also been evaluated and fully accredited by the Medical

Board of California (having the most stringent standards of any US state). own government’s Ministry of Health.

 The ECFMG fully recognize any medical school which is certified by its

 Therefore students who study at the Latin American School of

Medicine are considered by the ECFMG to have received fully accredited medical education.

 This means that graduates of ELAM are fully recognized and qualified

to apply for medical residency programs in any state of the US.

Tuition, dormitory housing, three meals per day at the

campus cafeteria, textbooks in Spanish for all courses, school uniform (white lab coat and navy blue pants or skirts), basic toiletries, bedding, stethoscope and sphygmomanometer and small monthly stipend (100 pesos equivalent to $4).
The scholarship DOES NOT include travel expenses to and

from schools, supplemental English textbooks nor fees for taking the USMLE or its review courses.

Campus Life
 Multicultural experience  Daily Life is shared with students from more than 80 nations with rich

cultural diversity. Each country has the opportunity to show case and share their cultural traditions through organized “Cultural Night” galas. conditions organized in bunk beds and lots of people sharing space. but must pay for their own housing.

 Dormitory accommodations are very spartan with modest living

 Once students begin third year, they are permitted to live off campus,

 School food is provided free of charge at the cafeteria.

Campus Life



Scenes in Cuba

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Carmen Landau: UNM Family and Community Medicine (PGY3) Tatyana Guerrero: UNM Family and Community Medicine (PGY1) Lillian Holloway: Family Medicine (Global Health track) at the University of Illinois, Chicago (PGY1) Theresa Thomas: Internal Medicine Residency Program at Lincoln Medical Center Internal Medicine Toussaint Reynolds: Department of Emergency Medicine Residency Program (PGY1, I think) Brea Bondi Boyd: Contra Costa County Family Practice Residency Program (PGY2) Cedric Edwards: Albert Einstein Internal Medicine Internal Medicine – Graduate John Harris: Internal Medicine Residency Program at New York Methodist Hospital (PGY2) Jessica Barreto: Cook County-Loyola-Provident Family Medicine Residency Program at the Stritch School of Medicine of Loyola University Chicago (PGY2)

2011 Graduates

IFCO/Pastors for Peace MEDICC Escuela LatinoAmericana de Medicina The film “SALUD”

Thank You!