August 10 Cambridge, MA: Community Doctors: A look inside Cuba’s medical scholarship program

Aug 5, 2016 by

Community Doctors: A look inside Cuba’s medical scholarship program 

 

How Cuba facilitates Medical Science for the People!

This exceptionally moving and inspiring film tells the story of Cuba’s international medical scholarship program and the young US-Americans, many from poor and underserved communities in the United States, who were awarded full scholarships to study medicine at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba. It follows them through their studies and experiences in Cuba and ultimately their work as medical doctors following graduation and their return to the USA.

The producer of the film, Kunle Ekunkonye, will be present for Q and A.

Wed. Aug 10th  7 PM

MIT  Building 6 Room 120  (see link at bottom)

Although it is a resource-poor country Cuba has developed a highly effective medical system. Their health outcomes are on par with those of the United States. Cuba has provided thousands of doctors to work in medically underserved areas in countries around the world to restore those communities from the impact of natural disasters, epidemics and the widespread lack of medical care.

In 1999 Cuba opened the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) to give medical scholarships to the brightest from poor areas around the world so that they may become doctors that will eventually return and serve the communities from which they came.

Due to decades of political animosity between the United States and Cuba, of which have only recently began to normalize, information about Cuba has been relatively scant. Despite the impasse in diplomatic relations, Cuba provided the offer of free medical scholarships for students in the United States.

The film tells the story of the medical scholarship program and the young Americans, many from poor and underserved communities in the United States, who were awarded full scholarships to study medicine at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba. The program is a 6-7 year, fully Spanish, hands-on experience that prepares students to become doctors that are skilled at preventing diseases and treating patients in low-resource conditions with an interwoven focus on community building. At a time when Cuba itself remained off-limits to most Americans, the students and graduates of ELAM share their experiences, challenges, lessons and hopes as they are fully immersed in a new culture while learning a unique and radically different approach to medicine and healthcare.

This event is cosponsored by MIT Science for the People, the July 26th Coalition, the Boston area Cuba solidarity organization, along with the National Network on Cuba and the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity.

Link to Map with Building highlighted
http://whereis.mit.edu/?zoom=17&lat=42.360235742617455&lng=-71.0904829465082&maptype=mit&q=6-120&open=-1

Available online at >> http://links.org.au/node/4760

www,july26.org

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