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Latin American Medical School in Cuba information page

Posted November 18, 2007 by publisher in Cuba Culture.
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ACN - ELAN celebrates 8th anniversary

Havana’s Latin American Medical School (ELAM) celebrated Thursday its 8th anniversary with a ceremony in the same square where the Cuban President officially inaugurated the institution with the attendance of heads of state and government that participated at the 1999 Ibero-American Summit.
Students, workers and graduates from the school wished Fidel Castro a long life and good health stressing the fact that he was the promoter of “this giant work of love,” said Elam’s Student Board president Nesio Fernandez de Medeiros during the ceremony.

A Brazilian student, Fernandes de Medeiros noted that Fidel came up with the idea of creating the educational center when Cuba was just starting to recover from the toughest years of the economic crisis generated by the fall of the European communist block and the former Soviet Union, and which was reinforced by the US economic, commercial and financial blockade of the island.

“We have lived with the Cuban people, so we have understood the values of Internationalism,” said the student leader, who emphasized that their mission is to cure not only human beings but also societies.

The extraordinary contribution of Dr. Jose M. Miyar Barrueco, secretary of the Cuban Council of State and Dr. Juan Carrizo Estevez, ELAM’s rector, to the success of the project from the very beginning was recognized at the ceremony.

Dr. Estevez is currently in Guatemala to attend the graduation of the first 129 ELAM graduates from that country, who completed their studies as general practitioners.

A letter sent from Bolivia by another ELAM graduate was read at the ceremony. Dr. Alidson Gomez, who is currently on her second year of studies on Ophthalmology, said in her message that ELAM students will never betray the love offered by Cuba and Fidel, and that they will always defend the rights of every human being to access health care.

Doctor Alidson Gomez is one of more than 4, 500 graduates from the Havana-based Latin American School of Medicine. She is working as an intern as part of the Miracle Operation free eye-surgery program, which has benefited more than 100 000 Bolivians.

During the celebration, the winners of the contest named ELAM’s 8th Anniversary received their prizes. This gave way to a cultural fair in which medical students from different countries opened their stands and showed the best of their music and popular culture.

Birthing Project video of 2007 graduates from Latin American Medical School 2007

Here’s the Wikipedia page on ELAM and the Scholarship Program information from Pastors For Peace website.

Program overview

The people of Cuba have extended, to students from the US, the opportunity to study medicine on a full scholarhship at the prestigious Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba. IFCO/Pastors for Peace coordinates this program in the United States.

The Medical School curriculum includes a 12-week intensive Spanish language program for those who need it.

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Wikipedia says that this URL http://www.elacm.sld.cu/ is the official site for ELAM but it was not working at the time of this post. So, we put together this post to be an information resource on ELAM.

Member Comments

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On February 08, 2008, J Mosley wrote:

I agree, Wonderful opportunities for 500 young people in the United States…..My daughter is in the program,3rd year student,  please show your support….She has volunteered to help her community all of her young life

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On March 11, 2008, AGBEDE EBIOWEI JOSEPH wrote:

I want to study medicine in your prestigous Latin American Medical School in Cuba,am a Nigerian please what are my chances of achieving this great dream of mine…..............please reply to my e.mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to hear from you soon.
                                      yours faithfully
                                              AGBEDE EBIOWEI JOSEPH

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On March 13, 2008, Yeyo wrote:

Another item of the Cuban Government propaganda machine.

Free scholarships for US Citizens and other foreigners while the Cubans had no medicines, their homes are rotting and they do not know what they would eat tomorrow.

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On March 19, 2008, peter musyoka wrote:

I would like to join your medical school. my dream is to persue my medical degree and work in my country kenya. please provide me with information about how i can apply.

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On April 02, 2008, publisher wrote:

We don’t have any more info than what is posted in this article but please keep us posted if you get in.

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On May 26, 2008, Alida Tchuente wrote:

I want to study medicine in your prestigous Latin American Medical School in Cuba,am a ameroonian please what are my chances of achieving this great dream of mine…..............please reply to my e.mail
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to hear from you soon.
yours faithfully

Alida Tchuente

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On May 28, 2008, adnan qasim wrote:

hi,me a pakistani scholar selected for cuban medical scholarship offered by cuban govt, i want to know that the schools where paki scholars are taught are recognized from world health organization,
paki schools are in the province of matanzas,j-4,juguy grande cuba

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On January 06, 2009, publisher wrote:

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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On January 17, 2009, isaac danaa wrote:

please i want to know how to get admission to any medical school in cub and schoolarship pakages

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On January 22, 2009, Seth Mills wrote:

Please i want to get to your medical school and i would like to know how to apply and your scholarship packages

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On January 22, 2009, publisher wrote:

California has recently recognized ELAM graduates so they can practice medicine in Cuba.

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On March 13, 2009, Hadil Galal wrote:

Hi,
I am trying to find information as to whether I can apply to the Latin American Medical School, as a UK Citizen????

Can’t find any information other than about Americans, however it says that it offers to people around the World,

Anyone can shed any light, could you email me?
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Cheers.

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On March 13, 2009, grant wrote:

#11, you mean in the state of California.  Re propaganda, perhaps it is the miami machine that is presenting a false image of Cuba.

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On April 02, 2009, EVANS ONDIEKI MACHAKA wrote:

My name is Evans Ondieki Machaka from Kenya Africa 19 years old. I would like to congratulate the LASMS for its efforts to assist the less fortunate in society to acquire medical skills to assist those who can not access medical care.

  I came to learn more about the LASMS on the website and I developed interest since my future dream is to assist the less fortunate in society to acquire medical care . I come from poverty stricken-family background which cannot manage to support me to acquire medical education in any university.
 
  After learning on how to apply, I went to Cuba Diplomatic mission in Kenya and requested for information January 2009. I am patiently waiting for my consideration as from next month. I sored a mean grade of B+ in KCSE after a hard struggle to educate myself in the four years in high school since my family could not manage to support me financially.

  You can contact me using my email address .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or my phone contacts   : +254720010640 or +254733155970.

  Thank you and God bless the LASMS.

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On April 24, 2009, K.B ABIONA wrote:

My son want to study medicine in Cuba…...could you be kind enough to furnish me with information.Even though i may not have the financial muscle but i don’t want scuffle his dream

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On May 03, 2009, Shorna- lee James wrote:

my name is Shorna-lee James and I am interested in your scholarship program to study medicine in Cuba. i am located in Jamaica and would like to acquire informatin on how to apply to your school i may be contacted by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by phone at 876-423-6839.

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On May 14, 2009, Alexander Stephenson-Allen wrote:

I was rather hoping that I might be able to find some information on British citizens applying to stusy at ELAM; the result of all my searches seem to only point to citizens of the USA.

If anyone should have any such information, please post a follow up here of feel free to e-mail me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

Kind Regards,

Alexander.

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On June 10, 2009, Muhammad Hassan wrote:

Hello Im Muhammad Hassan from Pakistan
I want to study medicine on cuba for free plzzz inform me its procedure my email is             .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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On June 20, 2009, Laura Corbett wrote:

I am currently a medical student in London and I am about to embar on a 6 week elective in which I am able to research anything healthcare related. I fine the wor of ELAM absolutely fascinating and very inspirning as my dream is eventually to go work in global health abroad. I would love to come to cuba for 6 wks to do my mini research project on one aspect of this universities teaching. Do you thin this would be possible? and if so please can you give me the names of people to get in touch with. My email is : .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Many thanks

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On June 26, 2009, Hussain wrote:

hi i did my a level and just read about 1000 scolarships for pakistani students for mbbs please anybody help me how can i aplly for this?

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On September 08, 2009, SANHA wrote:

I would like to get the information on South korean citizen applying for your medical school program.
Your medical school is totally facinating to me, and the schools philosophy absolutly suited with me. I have been working in abroad with several NGO and had experience. My dream is to work for health care in global communities where not afford to get medical service.

pleast let me know more information about it.

My e-mail is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
thanks a lot.

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On September 16, 2009, chibueze wrote:

i want to study in your latin american medical school cuba and i am a nigerian what are your requirements.

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On November 13, 2009, opeyemi abdul adedeji wrote:

I wish i could be the member of student to studie in latin america medical school.but the only problem is hat i dont have any helper to help me so if you people can be my spornstoin i will be highly happy.and i also want to know what to provide about the school.i will like to here from you

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On November 14, 2009, ofori emmanuel austin wrote:

my name is ofori emmanuel austin and i’m currently a university student in ghana studying biological science in the university of ghana.my dream is to be a medical doctor to help the people of my village but this dream is currently not underway because of financial problems in my family.i want to know if your scholarship pacage can reach me in such a vilage in ghana so that i can also study medicine in your medical schools. please update me on how and when africans can also apply because me in particular i want to be a good and hard working doctor one day helping the people of my vilage to access quality healthcare delivery like some cuban doctors are doing in some parts of my country.i will forever be greatful if you help me achieve my dream.thank you very much.

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On November 15, 2009, diang jude wrote:

hi, i am a cameroonian with a B.sc honours degree in Microbiology. I wish to study medicine in LAMS whether on scholarship or not.could someone help me with infomation. my email address is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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On December 04, 2009, Marvin L Easter wrote:

I am American black male and I am interested in studying and living in cuba because of racist policies that limit my opportunity, despite 7 colleges, speaking 5 languages, 5 years of military service, I am still nothing here in the usa.  Please help.

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On March 13, 2010, mercy wrote:

i am a Cameroonian. i am interested in studying medicine in cuba.could someone pls help me with the application dateline and how to go about with the application process. u can send the information using my e mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    thanks while waiting to hear from you

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On March 23, 2010, touba wrote:

I am a Gambian, my dream is ever to study medicine in your well esteemed institution.
I would be glad if you update me with the application prospects.
In the Gambia, thank god to the cuban"s help, our health is on the booast.So many thanks and appreciation to the cuban team (Dr. Zilberto and his team) they are really wanderful.

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On May 06, 2010, yarg wrote:

I am a jamaican, We did not receive any scholarships, but I really want to attend ELAM. Can I apply without a scholarship. How and can you help me?

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On January 18, 2011, gerald uduezue wrote:

i am a Nigerian and i will very much love to study medicine in one of your prestigious medical schools.i am also interested in ur schorlarship programmes.i would like to know the deadline and method of application.pls help me achieve dis dream.thank you and remain blessed

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On January 18, 2011, gerald uduezue wrote:

i am a Nigerian and i will very much love to study medicine in one of your prestigious medical schools.i am also interested in ur schorlarship programmes.i would like to know the deadline and method of application.pls help me achieve dis dream.thank you and remain blessed.

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On January 20, 2011, Tina Evans wrote:

I am a 37 year old female. Living in Grand Cayman, I would like to know what I would have to do to get into one of your medical Schools this has always been a dream of mine to become a doctor.  I am a single mom with a highschool certificate.  I am interested in a possible scholarship program however if I don’t qualify I still would like to know the information I will need any test I would have to take, moving there with my young child etc.  This would be a dream come true for me and I am at the stage of my life to take this gamble on where my heart has always been. Please contact me with the requirments as soon as possible.  Thank you.  Tina Evans 1-345-926-7963

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On January 20, 2011, Tina Evans wrote:

Please let me add that even though I am over the age for your free student program I have the heart and truly believe in using my education to help those in need.  I have been on my own for a longtime without the finances to persue my goal to study medicine and become a doctor I pray that I can achieve this there.

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On January 20, 2011, Tina Evans wrote:

I forgot to add if it helps me get into the programs I am also an American Citizen and hold a US passport and a Caymanian with our passports. Thanks again.

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On January 21, 2011, vera wrote:

This would be a dream come true for me and I am at the stage of my life to take this gamble on where my heart has always been.

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On February 16, 2011, Julie wrote:

From Haiti
US CITIZEN
COLLEGE GRADUATE
over the age of 30
I came accross this idea about going to medical school in the Caribean. Then I stumbled on Cuba free medical school for minorities.
My God I said, what a brilliant idea, can dream truly becomes a realiry? Anyone with the right information, please email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Thank You!

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On April 01, 2011, paul Majesty wrote:

I am interested in offering medical course in your school,am a Ghanaian and would like to know my Chances. thank you

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On April 27, 2011, Akin Oyedele wrote:

I am a Nigerian that just finished high school and would love to proceed with an education in the medical field.  I need to know how to go about the fallowing. I view this a one in a life time opportunity and way to achieve one of my many goals in life.
a) how to obtain an application
b) how to get in contact with admissions

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On May 23, 2011, Kwame Tabiri wrote:

I am Ghanaian and would want one of my sons to train as a Medical Doctor in Cuba. I am interested in Cuba because of the environment in which the training takes place there, which is quite similar to what we have here in Ghana. I am prepared to PAY for the medical training for my son in Cuba and I would be more than grateful to receive any information that would enable me to send my boy to Cuba for his medical training. Thanks.

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On August 29, 2011, KINGTIN KISAMO wrote:

My uncle BITIZANI MSANGI has recently (on 23/08/2011) left in Dar Es Salaam-Tanzania to join in LASMS to study medicine (1st Year) but we have not heard or receive any information from her if she managed to arrive to the college.  Could you be kind enough to furnish me with information.
Be blessed!
KINGTIN KISAMO
+255784612201