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By VANESSA ARRINGTON | Associated Press Writer

A Latin American medical school created as a regional initiative in 1998 after two hurricanes devastated Caribbean and Central American nations graduated its first class on Saturday.

Students at the school come from Latin American, Africa and the United States. Most come from low-income families and receive a free education on the condition they return home to serve their communities after graduation.

On Saturday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Cuban President Fidel Castro—who have become close allies as they stake their leadership on opposition to the United States—handed out diplomas to several of the 1,500 graduates.

“This graduation was just a dream nearly seven years ago,” Castro said at the ceremony. “Today is proof of the capacity of human beings to reach the most lofty goals.”

The leaders of Panama and several Caribbean nations also attended the graduation.

Earlier in the day, Castro said the group of politicians had come together Saturday for the school, and that “we’re not conspiring, or wanting to destabilize any government or region.” His comments were an apparent reference to comments this week by U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on a trip to Latin America.

Rumsfeld and other members of the Bush administration have said Chavez and Castro are destabilizing influences on teetering Latin American democracies. On his way home from visits to Paraguay and Peru, Rumsfeld told reporters Thursday that “there certainly is evidence that both Cuba and Venezuela have been involved in the situation in Bolivia in unhelpful ways.”

Social uprisings in Bolivia have pushed out two presidents in less than two years.

The medical school was created after Hurricanes George and Mitch devastated several Caribbean and Central American nations, provoking serious health and sanitation issues.

Dozens of Americans, many of them minorities from urban neighborhoods, are among those currently attending the medical school. Fifteen new students from the United States also recently arrived to Cuba to start studies this year.

Only one American was among those graduating Saturday.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on November 01, 2006 by Edalmy

    Well I always want to see the pictures of the students in cuba at the elam but they don’t have it it would be good if a display of pictures of the students are made. i have frienda there and i can never see that they are there.


  2. Follow up post #2 added on July 21, 2007 by toocoop

    I am extremely interested in obtaining information for and application to the ELAM program.


  3. Follow up post #3 added on August 03, 2007 by mark C. Ebisike

    I wish to get to know more about ELAm programme. It is wonderful to know that Cuba is supporting to improve capacity in other countries in the area of training medical doctors free. I wish USA will see something to learn from this


  4. Follow up post #4 added on August 03, 2007 by mark C. Ebisike

    Cuba is doing a wonderful contribution to the world.


  5. Follow up post #5 added on August 22, 2007 by Gerry Ebisike

    i would like to be a partaker of this wonderful masterpiece from CUBA


  6. Follow up post #6 added on October 28, 2007 by Sidney

    Apparently, the MORTALITY RATIO of US students is extremely high when only 1 (one) graduated. I believe that the first year when US students were admitted had about 20+ students.

    Naturally, even the one who graduated is by no means guaranted to pass USLE Step 1 and Step 2 exams, a prerequisite for joining ERAS and Match, i.e. programs for seeking residency slot in US certified postgrad program (usually in teaching hospitals).

    And as grads of non-US (and non-Canadian) med school, ELAM grads (if they will actually graduate in Havana and pass said USMLE exams) will have to COMPETE for available residency slots with REST OF THE WORLD, as out of about 25000 slots (for all specialties) 18000 go directly to grads of US med schools and the Pakistani, Indians, East European etc. med grads compite HEAVILY for remaining slots. The odds (even when passin USMLE exams and having everything approved) is about 30% to get coveted residency slot - usually in less atrractive, urbamn or rural programs.

    So, it might be that poor Cuban taxpayers are financing pipe dream for US students at ELAM as they will “become doctors” but with very little actual chance to practice in the uS, become rich, sorry, to serve in undeserved areas. I am not sure if I would be a Cuban citizen that I would like my precious tax money go to such high odds project.


  7. Follow up post #7 added on October 31, 2007 by anders

    Sidney,

    although you probably are right when it comes to the Elam graduates problems of competing with graduates from elsewhere on positions at US luxury hospitals you are mistaken on the scientific standards of their education. They match anybody. In many countries they will be prefered because they will bring the ethical standards of the cuban system.
    you also reviel your own valuesystem. You are probably not able to understand neither the ELAM students nor the cuban way of thinking. Most of us “out there” do.


  8. Follow up post #8 added on December 16, 2007 by Ornella

    I would like to know about the application prcoess for ELAM. I am interested in becoming a student however, I am uncertain about the application and the recruiting process.


  9. Follow up post #9 added on December 16, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Go directly to their site. Of course you will need to understand Spanish since all the courses are taught in Spanish.

    http://www.elacm.sld.cu/



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  10. Follow up post #10 added on December 18, 2007 by Nicole

    Sidney,
    If you did yor research before you commented you would know that the reason that there was only one graduate is because he transferred from a US medical school , had already passed step 1, and therefore was ahead of his entering class.  He now practices in a prestigous hospital in Manhattan.  Its not a mortality rate , its the attrition rate and it is the same as other schools , 20% or below.  There are 8 recent graduates in 2007….alll studying for there boards currently.  Yes there is a lot of competition out there but if you have a strong background (which all students will beacause you get two extra years of hospital experience before graduating) and do well on your boards .... the bottomline is that your USMLE numbers won’t lie.  And yes the commitment is to practice in an underserved area….whats wrong with that .....do they not deserve healthcare also?  Ultimately, you sound like some overprivileged person who has a fear of the unknown…..yes ELAM students “become doctors”  who focus on healthcare not dollars.  Please do your research before commenting next time.  And as far as the cuban people go…they are embassadors of hospitality and are glad to see that other people with little financial means are going to be provided healthcare that there government does not readily provide for them.   


    Ornella,
    If you are a US citizen you need to contact IFCO, Intereligous Foundation for Community Organization in NYC, NY. http://www.ifconews.org/ They are the group who distribute the scholarship   to US students.  The next deadline is March 30 and you have be inder the age 0f 30…There are other requirements….but if you contact them they will send you a packet that will answer all your questions.


  11. Follow up post #11 added on December 18, 2007 by Nicole

    Also for anyone interested ....if you search the school   using its full name on google it will translte the pages into english for you.  (escuela latinoamericana de medicina cuba)  And if you don’t know spanish they will teach it to you for free amd if you lack in the basic premed sciences they will teach you those too for free.


  12. Follow up post #12 added on December 18, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Interesting. Keep us posted.

    Any idea on their acceptance rate and the percentages of people taken from various countries?



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  13. Follow up post #13 added on December 18, 2007 by Nicole

    The acceptance rate for Americans recently was approximately 75%, 16 of the 20 applicants were accepted and possibly 15 are going to attend the early session next year.  There are over 5000 students there , the number of foreign students from other countries does not affect how many Americans are accepted.  There are students from 24 different countries plus the US.


  14. Follow up post #14 added on December 20, 2007 by Ornella

    I am a Jamaican citzen, not an American, I have checked all the sites possible and I have not seen any application forms. Is it possible for me to contact the IFCO still?


  15. Follow up post #15 added on December 20, 2007 by Nicole

    Most foreign students have to be nominated through their government or foreign ministry or health ministry.  You probably need to contact your government or you can call IFCO and MAYBE they can direct you in the right direction.


  16. Follow up post #16 added on December 28, 2007 by Katy

    Hello, I am considering going to Cuba for med school. I’m currently working on my undergrad degree in the states, Health Sciences with a premed emphasis. I think that getting my undergrad degree would look better than just going straight from HS to med school and since placement exams are offered I might finish the program in less than 6 years. Am I correct by assuming these two things?


  17. Follow up post #17 added on December 28, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    If you want to work in a Spanish culture or country, you might want to consider ELAM. If you want to be a top doctor in Boston, forget about ELAM.

    Getting an education in Cuba would be great if you want to get to know Cuba and Latin American countries or do peace corp type work.

    If you want to be a doctor for money, get a degree at an internationally recognized school in the US.

    Good luck.



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  18. Follow up post #18 added on December 29, 2007 by nicole

    Katy,
    You will still have to do six years despite having done premed requirements.  Its seven years without premed requirements because they will teach them to you for free.  I would finish my undergrad degree first, in case ELAM is not a good fit for you, you dont have to o backars.

    The are two physicians practicing in major places Manhattan and somewhere in California, so ELAM doesn’t mean you have to go to some backwoods or third world country to practice.  And the purpose of ELAM is not money, it is healthcare but ELAM does not limit your possibilities.  Students from ELAM are scoring between 95 to 99 on there Step 1 and Step 2 , numbers don’t lie.  Obviously they can compete with the best of them with score like that, when the national mean is a 93.  ELAM gives you the benefit of being bilingual, so yes you can work with the hispanic community but you are not limited to that community.  You are not limited by going to ELAM.


  19. Follow up post #19 added on January 08, 2008 by DONYA-GAY CHIN

    I am a Jamaican citizen I have checked all the sites possible and I have not seen any application forms. hOW DO i OBTAIN AN APPLICATION FORM


  20. Follow up post #20 added on January 08, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    This is not much you can do online when it comes to Cuba. You need to visit a Cuban embassy in your country, know someone who can get application papers for you or go to Cuba and apply directly.

    Good luck.



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  21. Follow up post #21 added on January 08, 2008 by nicole

    You are going to have to speak with someone at the embassy in your country.  As an american citizen you can’t directly apply to the school either, you have to go through IFCO.  Please contact your embassy/ government , maybe the health and welfare division and see what they can do. 
    Good Luck, sorry I can not tell you more.


  22. Follow up post #22 added on February 09, 2008 by Kashif

    AS PAKISTANI STUDENTS WE ARE OFFERED SCHOLORSHIP BY THE CUBAN GOVERNAMENT TO STUDY GCM (GENERAL COMPREHENSIVE MEDICINE) IN CUBA UNDER THE PROJECT TITLED (CUBAN SCHOLORSHIPS IN GENERAL COMPREHENSIVE MEDICINE). WE WILL BE OFFERED DEGREE FROM ELAM (LATIN AMERICAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE). THE STUDENTS ALREADY IN CUBA ARE FACING THE FOLLOWING PROBLEMS.
    1:      AS THERE IS AN OPTION ALSO IN ENGLISH ALONG WITH SPANISH TO STUDY GCM, THE PAKISTANI STUDENTS ARE BOUND TO STUDY GCM IN SPANISH ONLY.
    2:      THE STUDENTS ARE ONLY GIVEN VIDEO LECTURES AND NO ASSISTANCE IS PROVIDED THROUGH ORAL LECTURE AND THEIR SYSTEM OF EDUCATING MEDICAL STUDENTS ALSO LACK PRACTICAL TEACHING IN HOSPITALS.
    3:      A COMPUTER OPERATOR NOT BY CONCERNED LECTURER OR PROFESSOR GIVES THE VIDEO LECTURE.
    4:      STUDENTS ARE NOT ENCOURAGED WHEN THEY ARE QUESTIONING DURING VIDEO LECTURE.
    5:      AS A MEDICAL STUDENT YOU NEED TO VISIT DIFFERENT SITE ON THE INTERNET RELATED TO MEDICAL FIELD IN ORDER TO KEEP UPDATED ABOUT THE RECENT RESERCH WORKS AND ADVANCEMENT, THERE IS NO SUCH FACILITIES IN THE SCHOOL EXCEPT E-MAIL SERVICE.ALSO THE STUDENTS THERE LACK SOPHISTICATED LIBRARY WHICH IS PREREQUISTE FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION.
    6:    ACCORDING TO STUDENTS STUDYING THERE, THERE IS SCARCITY OF BOOKS BIENG PROVIDED, AND ONLY ONE BOOK IS AVAILABLE TO EVERY FIVE STUDENTS.
    7:      FOOD SUPPLIED TO STUDENTS IS ALSO NOT SUFFIENT ACCORDING TO THEM.
    8:      THE LOCATION OF CAMPUS IS FAR AWAY FROM THE CITY WHERE NO TUCK SHOPS ARE THERE IN ELEVEN SQURE KILOMETER AREA AND STUDENTS HAVE TO HIRE A TAXI ON THEIR OWN FOR PURCHASING THINGS.
    9:      THE MONTHLY STIPENDS PROVIDED TO THE STUDENTS HAVE REDUCED TREMENDOUSLY FROM ABOVE FIFTY EUROS TO THIRTY-FOUR EUROS.FOR THIS SMALL AMOUNT OF STIPEND, COMMODITIES IN CUBA ARE TOO EXPENSIVE TO PURCHASE.
                    FACING THESE PROBLEMS SOME STUDENTS HAVE COME BACK TO PAKISTAN AND THEY HAVE CONSULTED, THE STUDENTS OF BACTH-P WHO ARE DUE TO DEPART CUBA, NOT TO JOIN THIS SCHOLORSHIP PROGRAME.
                WE AS STUDENTS SELECTED FOR THIS SCHOLORSHIP PROGAME STRONGLY REQUEST THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF LATIN AMERICAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, HAVANA TO PROVIDE US WITH EQUAL FACILITIES AS THE STUDENTS OF ELAM, HAVANA.WE REQUEST THE CONCERNED AUTHORITIES TO PROVIDE US WITH QUALIFIED STAFF.IF THESE PROBLEMS ARE NOT SOLVED, WE WON’T BE ABLE TO PROVIDE QUALITY HEALTH CARE TO OUR COMMUNITY AFTER GRADUATING FRON ELAM, HAVANA.


  23. Follow up post #23 added on February 18, 2008 by Afaq Ahmad

    Being a selected student of ELAM medical graduation,it is heard by print as well as the electronic media that OUR PAKISTNI SCHOLARS,in other words the REAL HUMAN CAPITAL ASSET of PAKISTAN are facing a lot of KEY PROBLEMS like the shortage of MEDICAL BOOKS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE, LACK OF HILAL FOOD,RESIDENSE PROBLEMS,LACK OF HIGH SPEED INTERNET FACILITY and MUCH MORE BESIDE THESE PROBLEMS…......
    It is requsted to the HONORABLE PRESIDENT CASTRO,and the respectable Administration officials of ELAM to PROVIDE THE BEST POSSIBLE SOLUTION.,of all the ABOVE MENTIONED PROBLEMS as soon as possible.
    With Best Regards,
    Thank You.


  24. Follow up post #24 added on February 22, 2008 by Kashif

    Really Sir, is there no yahoo,gmail….etc no online chatting and no web searching in CUBA. Is it true or not, if true then i will have been sending a messege for that comment after your kindly reply.
                  Waiting for your reply.
                                        THANX


  25. Follow up post #25 added on March 03, 2008 by ROHIN

    I humbly reuest the Cuban govt. to solve the above mentioned problems of PAKISTANI scholars….They r the students who r living far away from their homeland in the hope of getting the best education in medicine & they should definitely be provided with all facilities of life.as , studies interst depends onall such matters.they should be provided with books.


  26. Follow up post #26 added on March 30, 2008 by Zulfiqar Ali Haider

    Respected Sir/Madam I am selected under batch 2 of your offered scholarship programe for 1000 cuban scholarship for general comprehensive medicine (equilent to MBBS ) sir I want to know about the out line of sylabus that we will study there in 1 st year of general comprehensive medicine so that i would be abe to bring the concerninghelpfull books along with me i hope you will inform me through mail or phone my cell# is 00923459550296 waiting for your reply thanks ...


  27. Follow up post #27 added on April 04, 2008 by shazam ali

    hello sir / madam, my name is SHAZAM ALI. i am selected in the Batch - II for GCM studies in cuba… i want to ask that whether all the earlier problems that the first batch students faced are solved or not? or what problems have been solved….plz inform me on my email or my cell number 00923454807043. waiting for ur reply…thanks


  28. Follow up post #28 added on April 04, 2008 by Zulfiqar Ali Haider

    hi viewers i have consulted pakistani students in cuba and came to know something about cource out line there in 1st semester they are as follows

    BIOCHEMISTRY,  ANOTMY, HISTOLOGY PHYSIOLOGY ,  EMBYOLOGY and COMUNITY MEDICINES     called as SOCIAL MEDICINE

    for further details keep in touch with ....


  29. Follow up post #29 added on April 17, 2008 by Asfaar Qureshi

    Hi Frenz,
            Have u any information about the departure to Cuba? if anyone has any information,plz email me or contact me on 00923459144816.
                THANX


  30. Follow up post #30 added on April 30, 2008 by K. Martinez

    How can I mail a letter to students at the Latin American School of Medicine? What options are available? Does the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba have a street address that individuals from abroad can mail to, if so please write me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)? URGENT


  31. Follow up post #31 added on May 31, 2008 by de'von w.

    I have a question on the departure aswell as the ability to come back to the US
    after we finished the program.


  32. Follow up post #32 added on June 02, 2008 by Marc

    Hi, I’m interested in the ELAM program, although I feel discouraged since I am white and have read that it is mostly for minorities. Is there still any chance of acceptance for me?


  33. Follow up post #33 added on June 02, 2008 by zulfiqar ali haider

    hi marc yea there is chance , you can apply through elam proper chanel n im hope ful dat u will got it . from which country u belong ?


  34. Follow up post #34 added on June 02, 2008 by Marc

    From the US


  35. Follow up post #35 added on June 06, 2008 by Reshma Nilofer.V

    To respected comrades,

    Sub:Request for consideration of candidature for admission to degree course at School of medicine in Havana or ELAM.
    It gives me great pleasure being able to contact someone who can help me with this issue sirs. I am Reshma Nilofer, daughter of com.Amarantha - who has been to Cuba and has translated numerous works on Cuban revolution and its achievements in various fields like education, medicine and disaster management. She has been the driving force for bringing to light Socialist Cuba and recent developments , to the numerous lakhs of tamils in Tamil Nadu(INDIA), Canada, Sri Lanka,France,etc. She has exposed me to the various achievements of Socialist Cuba and its government under Comrade.Fidel castro and fellow comrades. It has taken me by awe and wonder.Having known about the drastic overall improvement of the Society, I would like to pursue the course leading to medicine degree in Cuba. it would give me a great chance to experience and be part of a peoples’ revolution. Given a chance i would be able to help the under previleged and poor communities in my country. I have tried numerous means (or two years now)h the embassy here yet have seen no actions taken.Pls help. I have completed higher secondary(10+2) in 2006 with 188/200-94% in biology, 91% overall in science and 89% overall including languages. I would be a very promising student I assure. In class ten science score was 91% aggregate with languages included was 87&#xRi;ght now I have completed two years of course in B.E.Marine technology with 5months sailing experience onboard a foreign going merchant ship. Given the prvilege of studying medicine in Cuba, I am prepared to quit or discontinue my present course. I am so interested in pursuing this degree course in Cuba because it is Cuba that has stood as a beacon of light and hope for the exploited, diseased, underprevileged peoples of the World. Please help. Please note my mother is a divorcee has brought me up facing many difficulties. Please consider this as an application. I have no other means to contact anyone else.
              thanking you.
                                          Yours sincerely
                                        Reshma Nilofer.V


  36. Follow up post #36 added on June 09, 2008 by Nicole

    Reshma Nilofer.V you should contact IFCO through their website to apply. You won’t get anywhere placing your information on here.


  37. Follow up post #37 added on August 31, 2008 by Marvin D.A. Williams

    A few weeks ago the government of my country (Commonwealth of Dominica) approved my scholarship to Cuba to begin my studies in Medicine. Although I know I will be able to practice in the Caribbean on my return, I would like to know what is the pass rate for Cuban graduates in USMLE.


  38. Follow up post #38 added on August 31, 2008 by nicole

    Everyone who has graduated has taken and passed some part of the USMLE , and scored in the top 90% of all students.


  39. Follow up post #39 added on September 03, 2008 by Marvin D.A. Williams

    OH WOW! Thanks a lot Nicole.


  40. Follow up post #40 added on December 25, 2008 by Miqdad Haider

    Dear fellows,
          I am Miqdad Haider from Pakistan. I’ve just passed the 1st professional year under the project ALBA. I wanted to know what is the scope (internationally) for the students who are studying under this project. I have heard some rumours that cuban graduates dont have to appear for the tests to practise in Argentina and Spain, is it true?


  41. Follow up post #41 added on January 06, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    We have just created a new thread in our Cuba forum that is designed to be a central location for more information on Cuba med school.

    How to get into Cuba medical school



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  42. Follow up post #42 added on February 08, 2009 by Nader Botros

    I Want to forward this to the school of Medicine in Cuba
    Dear Sir/Madame
    My name is Nader, I am 32 years old Egyptian Engineer, I have been so much interested in the medical sciences since I was even a child and my only dream was to be a Doctor but due to some reasons I was not able to join the school of Medicine and I joined the school of Engineering and I obtained a Five Years Bachelor Of Science Degree in Mechanical Power Engineering.
    Even though a long time had passed but still I am dreaming of joining the school of Medicine and I want to take serious steps to reach my dream, for sure I know the positive sides as well as the negative sides behind my decision but I am only sure of one thing, all my capabilities and interests if employed in the right place will certainly participate in presenting innovative ideas to the society and emphasis on the role of the Doctor which for me is far away from being only a profession but he is a messenger who was sent to relief the pains of people.
    I have been trying all past Eight years to join any School for Medicine but unfortunately I haven’t reached to any result because of different reasons, sometimes it was because of my age and other times because I am unable to afford for fees of school.
    I am attaching here my CV in case there is any chance or any exception that may allow me to join your school of Medicine and I am even willing to pay required fees up till Ten thousand us$ and even willing to participate in any voluntary work if this will support my case, as for accommodation, my Church there will provide me a place where I can stay.


    I understand that there are regulations and terms which influence the acceptance or refusal of applicants but I would like to mention here that I am willing to do anything you may require in return if you give me this chance, I am willing even to work as a Volunteer Doctor in whatever area and for whatever period you may decide.
    Thanks a lot for spending time reading my letter and I hope to hear from you soon.
    Best Wishes
    Nader Botros


  43. Follow up post #43 added on March 29, 2009 by Linda

    I think this is one of the best things I have ever encountered.  Cuba is wonderful and I wish all the best to the government, the students and the school.  Way to go!


  44. Follow up post #44 added on April 09, 2009 by Bezawork Fasika

    Hello
    i am an Ethiopian highschool graduate who is interested in getting full scholarship in cuba to be medical doctor.But i couldnot get full information about the application process.please would you help me to make my dream come true?


  45. Follow up post #45 added on May 26, 2009 by suhaniya

    hello sir/madam

    can u plz guide me on this medical scholarship programme..like the eligibility of indian citizens, pre requisites, how to apply n where to get info regarding this

    thank you


  46. Follow up post #46 added on June 22, 2009 by MATUTYANA THANDISWA

    hey Guys

    i’m in interested in this course but i dont know where to go about, what is needed in terms of recquirements i think i have the recommended subjects which Physics, Biology and English.do they consider the symbols as well.what do i need to get there, whom should i contact


  47. Follow up post #47 added on June 22, 2009 by nicole

    if you are an american citizen you need to contact ifco in new york, new york - intereligous foundation for community organization


  48. Follow up post #48 added on June 23, 2009 by matutyana thandiswa

    oh no

    but what happens if you’re not an american citizen because i’m from Africa.so i dont know who to consult infact do i qualify is there a chance that i could study medicine at cuba?


  49. Follow up post #49 added on July 01, 2009 by jack

    This sounds like an awesome program. What intimidates me is the 6 years it takes to complete. I am 26 and have an undergraduate degree in transportation science here in the US. I could spend 4 more years learning the pre-med sciences & learn Spanish until I’m 30, then apply. Being 36 when done is a little discouraging. Another concern is I do not want to be bound to one hospital nor to one state nor region. In fact, I really don’t want to work in a hospital at all. I want to be an independent traveling doctor able to serve anywhere in the US, visiting homeless shelters, going to people’s houses to provide care, and be flexible enough to be on scene at disasters and emergencies. Is this possible & legal in the US? I’ve never heard of such outside of the residency programs for each state. Would the LASM be the program for me or is there another? I’m not in it for he money, and can provide free healthcare to the patients.


  50. Follow up post #50 added on July 01, 2009 by nicole

    No, if you go to Cuba for seven and half years they will teach you your spanish and pre med sciences for free.  So you would be done at 33.  Once you pass the USMLE and do your residency , you can practice in the states that have approved ELAM, which are CA, NY, and I am not sure what other states yet but they are pending.  YOu can have your own practice but must be liscensed and carry insurance for wherever you go , which will be much higher if you are not attached to a hospital or practice to lower your costs.


  51. Follow up post #51 added on July 27, 2009 by Natasha Whylie

    Hello I am from jamaica and my daughter will be 17 years old next August, her intention is to become a Medical Doctor. This programm seems awsome for her and she is doing Spanish as well as Physics Chemistry Bio and HSB among others. She will be sitting her Exams next year.  Can someone tell me what is the age limit, the entry requirements and how does it affects her being jamaican… thanks Natasha


  52. Follow up post #52 added on July 30, 2009 by nicole

    You need to contact your ministry of health, since you are not an american citizen your country needs to have an agreement with the goverment for you to go to school there.  Only US citizens go through IFCO.


  53. Follow up post #53 added on August 23, 2009 by jc

    To put an age limitation is very dis-heartning. There’re people over 30 years of age who are willing to serve their communities around the globe, and to put a ceiling on one’s head is kind of a contradiction. Any College/University in the U.S.A. a person can go or return to College/University without any age discrimination as long as they can keep up or do the work. So in essence this program Giveth and Taketh at the same time.
    DISCRIMINATION CONTINUES EVEN ABROAD!
    A true Healer acquires wisdom and thats not acquired at youth only with Age.


  54. Follow up post #54 added on August 25, 2009 by Natasha Whylie

    Thanks a lot for the info #52


  55. Follow up post #55 added on September 10, 2009 by blake

    can you please inform me what it takes to be place on the pre med course before the actual medical course, and is it only the countries listed that you recuruit from.


  56. Follow up post #56 added on November 21, 2009 by Allison Anderson

    I think this is one of the best I’ve found. Cuba is wonderful and I wish him well for the government, students and school. Way to go!


  57. Follow up post #57 added on March 24, 2010 by 'bayo with 1 total posts

    Am a Nigerian, kindly assist me, i want to study medicine at the Latin American School of Medicine,Cuba. av just graduated with a degree in human anatomy from a university.


  58. Follow up post #58 added on June 30, 2011 by Thandiswa Matutyana

    K so you suggest i should consult the Department of health to organise everything for me!!!!


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