Kingston New York Hospital Helps out US medical students in Cuba

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Joanna Mae Souers, an American studying medicine at the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) has written several times on the portal (see here).  She asked us to post the following thank you note:

David Lundquist, President and CEO of Kingston Hospital, of upstate New York, made efforts to organize supplies to donate to the students of the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana Cuba.  Supplies included masks, gloves, scrubs, and several other useful items that the students can use during their time in Cuba.  Because of the U.S. embargo against Cuba, supplies are limited and students are expected to bring their own.  It is very helpful when hospitals can help students out by donating supplies to alleviate them from these costs.

Kingston is where I grew up, and it is wonderful to get such positive support from local hospitals.  Many health care professionals don’t know about the program to study medicine in Cuba, but when they hear about the opportunity, in spite of political propaganda, they think it’s great and they look forward to anything they can do to support the students.  Cuba is well renowned for their public health care and international relief efforts, but what is little known is that there are over 100 U.S. students studying medicine in Cuba for free, with one catch, the promise to return to the U.S. upon graduation and practice in underserved communities.  Is that really a catch?  This is a gift from the Cuban government to the American people.

I want to thank Kingston Hospital for their generous donation and I want to encourage other hospitals to donate what they can.  If you would like to make a donation of medical supplies or books to the students of ELAM, please contact IFCO & Pastors for Peace via their website

Thank you Kingston Hospital for your support!

[Editor’s note: For more information about this program, readers should visit prior postings on this topic.]

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