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Cuba Graduates 10,000 Cuban and International Physicians
Date:7/26/2013

Havana, Cuba (PRWEB) July 26, 2013

Thunderous applause from newly graduated Cuban and foreign doctors greeted congratulatory remarks from Dr Jorge González, Rector of the Medical University of Havana, at commencement ceremonies in Cuba’s capital. The Lázaro Peña Theater was filled to capacity with 1,221 graduates, their family, friends, professors and representatives from the Ministries of Public Health and Higher Education celebrating the milestone in Cuban medical education. Among those receiving diplomas were foreign graduates of Havana’s Latin American Medical School (ELAM). They represented one tenth of the over 10,000 new MDs graduated this July throughout the country, including Cubans and international physicians.

González emphasized that it is not the quantity of new doctors making the difference, but the type of training and their commitment to serve that is most valuable: “These young people received quality scientific and technical training, combined with a humanistic approach, preparing them to work for health for all.” In his opening remarks, he underscored the diversity of 2013’s graduating class—60% of the new doctors are women and 60% are people of color—and made special note of the 58 graduates from China (the first cohort of graduates from that country to receive medical training in Cuba) and the eight graduates from the United States.

“I want to start a rural health practice when I return home to upstate New York,” Dr Jonas Benjamin Telson, one of the US ELAM graduates and a participant in MEDICC’s MD Pipeline to Community Service program, noted as he received congratulations from friends and colleagues. “I was looking to study medicine when I
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