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Cuba trains disadvantaged US medical students

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.0108269c (Published 01 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:0108269c

Kay Brennan Leeds

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds have become the first from the United States to study medicine in Cuba.

Eight high school graduates, including two from the Bronx in New York, have received scholarships to the Latin American School of Medical Sciences in Havana. They will study alongside aspiring doctors from 24 Latin American, Caribbean, and African nations. Chosen from more than 100 applicants, the students intend to return to the US and practise medicine in the same poor communities where they grew up.

Cuban officials hope that the scheme, which was suggested by the president Fidel Castro to …

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