The third annual Days of Action Against the Blockade continued in Washington Friday with two packed-house events that focused on the lessons Americans can learn from the way medicine is taught in Cuba’s globally renowned Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM).
Five recent U.S. ELAM graduates — Dr. Lucia Agudelo, Dr. Abraham Vela, Dr. Gregory Wilkinson, Dr. Mercedes Charles and Dr. David Lavender — spoke to students at the Georgetown University School of Medicine about how the humanistic way they’d been taught in Cuba changed their approach to medicine, and their lives.
Fidel Castro created the school in 1999 after a series of hurricanes had devastated Central America. Its goal was to provide free medical education for students from under-served communities around the world whose only moral commitment was to return to their home countries after graduation and serve their own under-served communities. So far, the school has graduated 30,000 students from all over the world, including 170 Americans.
The U.S doctors were joined at the Georgetown event by Havana-based Cuban professor and pediatric oncologist Dr. Jesus Renó, who explained to the students about the disastrous impact the failed, more-than-50-year American blockade has had on the health of Cubans, especially children.Learn More