Rob Sequin | Havana Journal
On July 25, 2008 the Medical Board of California granted recognition to the Escuela Latinamericana de Medicina (ELAM) which is the name of the international medical school in Havana Cuba.
ELAM offers its Spanish-language program free of charge to non-citizens who agree to practice medicine in under served areas after graduation. With the Board’s recognition, graduates are now eligible to compete for postgraduate training programs in California and apply for licensure in California. The Board now welcomes graduates of ELAM to consider California for training and practice.
On July 18,2008 Medical Board of California reviewed a report in order to determine if the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana Cuba satisfies the minimum requirements of statute and should be granted recognition by the state of California. At that time the staff of the licensing program (Deborah Pellegrini, Chief) recommended that the Board grant recognition to the Latin American School of Medicine based on the Medical Consultant’s positive findings and recommendations.
The Executive Summary begins, The Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba, was founded in 1999. The Board presently recognizes several medical schools in Cuba whose primary purpose is to educate Cuban citizens to practice medicine in Cuba. ELAM’s mission is to educate non-citizens to practice medicine outside Cuba. In accordance with Title 16, CCR, subsection (c) of section 13 14.1, the Latin American Medical School (ELAM) has requested that its educational program for foreign national students be recognized by the Board.
The institution submitted a Self Assessment Report to the Board in May 2007 and supplemental responses in October 2007 and May 2008. These items were forwarded to our Medical Consultant, James Nuovo, M.D., at the University of California, Davis (UCD) School of Medicine, for review. Dr. Nuovo is an expert medical education consultant. He serves as Associate Dean of Students Affairs and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education at UCD School of Medicine. Dr. Nuovo completed a comprehensive evaluation of the institution’s Self Assessment Report and supporting data.
Other notes in the full report state that this is the Board’s first experience with a medical school that another country’s government has established specifically to train non-citizens to practice abroad where the language of instruction is the country’s native language. ELAM is a 6-year program that is comprised of 10 semesters. The total number of hours of courses, 9,094 hours, complies with the 4,000 hour minimum requirement in Section 2089.