¡Salud! Southwest Tour by US students studying medicine at ELAM

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We recently received the following letter from Joanna Mae Souers, one of the US students studying medicine at the Latin American Medical School (ELAM) in Havana:

It is my pleasure to introduce to you a project we have been working on since December.

Inspired by the MEDICC Conference, we put our minds together to manifest the ¡Salud! Southwest Tour:

July 28th, 2009, 12 American students from the Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina (ELAM – Latin American School of Medicine) in Havana, Cuba will board a Recreational Vehicle (RV) for two weeks to travel across the Southwest region of the United States visiting a number of tribal settlements of American Indian Nations, community colleges and universities.

While at the various sites the students will share their personal experiences of what it’s like to study at ELAM while promoting the availability of full scholarships for students, volunteer their services while learning about some of the more significant health concerns affecting American Indian populations and to build personal and professional relationships with health care practitioners and members of Native American communities.

These 12 students are among the 104 Americans on full scholarships currently studying medicine in Cuba alongside their peers from 27 different countries across the world. They represent not only some of the brightest and most courageous medical school students this country has to offer, but also originate from some of the toughest and poorest communities in the U.S. The settlements they plan to visit represent one example of the type of historically underserved communities where all the U.S. ELAM students have pledged to work upon graduation.

We are seeking funding support and medical donations that will provide the substance with which lifelong alliances will be built between future American physicians dedicated to underserved communities and our national predecessors.

For those interested in making a donation please visit the MEDICC Website (http://www.medicc.org/ns/index.php?s=30&p=4), or under ¨programs¨you´ll find ¨ELAM Students Southwest Tour¨ or email our communications director, Tasha Rassuli, at saludswtour@gmail.com or directly at tjrassuli@gmail.com

posted by: Matt Anderson, MD

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1 Response to “¡Salud! Southwest Tour by US students studying medicine at ELAM”


  1. 1Evie

    I am currently working at the Native American health center and am applying to the medical school. It would be great if I can meet you and was wondering what are the dates that you will be in the bay area? Let me know if there is anything I may help with.

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