On Monday May 14, 2012 we received news that Cuba may have to reduce the number of full scholarships it is offering for the Latin American School of Medicine due to economic constraints created in part by the U.S. government’s economic blockade against the island. This painful development has strengthened our resolve to fight to end the illegal and immoral U.S. blockade of Cuba!
While The Medical School Scholarship Program has been reduced approximately 900 per year for the time being, Cuba will continue to evaluate the program on an annual basis depending of its real economic possibilities.
Since its inception in 1999, Cuba has annually offered thousands of medical school scholarships to students all over the world.
IFCO has been the proud administrator of the scholarship program for U.S. students since 2001 and we remain grateful for the wonderful gift that the Cuban People have offered the world with its generous program.
To date, the school has graduated 66 doctors from the U.S. who are now preparing for or are in residency at hospitals across the U.S. and nineteen new doctors from the U.S. who will graduate this summer.
These young doctors received a world-class medical education in Cuba and will make a real difference in the lives of families in underserved areas that lack the kind of medical care they deserve.
At great sacrifice the Cuban Government is maintaining its commitment to the students currently enrolled in the school. At present, 104 U.S. students are currently attending the school. In addition, 20 students are starting the medical program this August 2012. The Cuban Government has reiterated that all of these students will continue with their studies under full scholarship until they complete the medical program.