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ELAM Students & Graduates Work with Cuban Doctors in Haiti


I requested a year off from school to go to Haiti and work with the Cuban doctors after completing my 2nd semester of 3rd year at ELAM (the Latin American School of Medicine). I am one of 120 American citizens studying medicine in Cuba free of charge, with plans to practice medicine upon graduation in […]

¡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 […]

Cuba Leads the World in Lowest Patient per Doctor Ratio; How do they do it?


by Joanna Mae Souers In early 2007, I began studying medicine at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba.  I entered the program not knowing much about the Cuban healthcare system, other than that it was universal and free.  “Now that’s a system I want to learn from,” I thought to myself, “It’s […]

Steve Brouwer, author of Revolutionary Doctors, will discuss health care in Venezuela and Cuba on 9/2/11 in NYC.


Readers of the Portal may be interested in a talk this Friday (9/2/2011) at the CUNY Graduate School.  Steve Brouwer, author of the blog Venezuela Notes, will be speaking about his new book, Revolutionary Doctors published by Monthly Review Press.   He will be accompanied by the Honorable Jorge Valero Briceño, Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to […]

Updates from Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC) and a touch of Cuban rap music

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Our colleagues at MEDICC, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba, have been very busy over the past several months and it seemed time for an update about their activities: Nineteen US students graduate from ELAM (The Latin American School of Medicine) This July 19 US students graduated from the Medical University of Havana’s Dr Salvador Allende Health […]

Cuban Medical Students in New York City: April 12-14, 2010

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Yenaivis Fuentes Ascencio, 23, a medical student from Guantánamo, Cuba and Aníbal Ramos Socarrás, 30, a surgery resident from Manzanillo,  Cuba are currently on a tour of the US.  We understand that they have been in Atlanta, the Twin Cities and Chicago and will be traveling to Washington before arriving in New York City on […]

MASSACHUSETTS: Doing the same thing and expecting different results


There has been much talk about Massachusetts since the victory of Senate Republican Scott Brown. Many have suggested this victory was a referendum on the Democrat’s health care reform “overhaul” awaiting a unified bill to be signed by President Obama. The centerpiece of this plan is a mandate, i.e., a legal obligation to buy health insurance, […]

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 […]

Emergency Earthquake Appeal: Support Cuban-Trained Haitian Doctors

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We have received an appeal from our friends at MEDICC who are providing support to Haitian doctors in Haiti who have been trained in Cuba.  This is a particularly important effort since it strengthens the local medical infrastructure; these Haitian doctors will remain in place long after the disaster relief ends. And it also breaks […]

Update from US Student Joanne Mae Souers, studying medicine in Cuba


Joanne Mae Souers, a New York State resident studying medicine at the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana, sent us this report on her activities: The Hospital is Our Classroom; The Patient is Our Professor As third year students at the Latin American School of Medicine the hospital is our classroom and the […]