MEDICAL EDUCATION COOPERATION WITH CUBA

Rating: 4.93 stars   60 reviews

Issues: International

Location: 1814 Franklin Street, Suite 820 Oakland CA 94612 USA

Mission: MEDICC believes Health for All is Possible and works to enhance cooperation among the US, Cuban and global health communities aimed at better health outcomes and equity.
Results: In 2013, we were proud to: * Provide travel guidance to more US residents than ever before visiting Cuba to learn about the island's health care system--174 travelers in all, who had full schedules meeting health workers and patients in Havana and other provinces. * Top 30,000 article-reads per month for our online journal MEDICC Review, which published on -hot topics: Diabetes, Primary Health Care, Chronic Diseases and Mental Health. * Award 42 Mnisi Fellowships to US students and graduates of Havana's Latin American Medical School (ELAM) to help them prepare for their US medical licensing exams. * Place a record number of 40 US ELAM students in 26 clinical sites in 11 states and the District of Columbia providing them with valuable US clinical experience. *Celebrate the culmination of the two-year Community Partnerships for Health Equity (CPHE) in Albuquerque, New Mexico with a community forum to share how health lessons learned from the Cuban health system have inspired community projects in Albuquerque; and kick off a new CPHE in the Bronx, New York. *Ship four sea containers of medical aid (with our humanitarian partner Global Links) to Santiago, Cuba to help the region recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, including an infrastructure shipment of electric beds and mattresses for the 630-bed teaching Hospital Saturnino Lora.
Programs: Educational Exchange Programs in Cuba, Community Partnerships for Health Equity, Medical Literature for Cuban Professionals, Latin American Medical School, ELAM: Support for US students and graduates, Equitable Health Care in Haiti, MEDICC Review-International Journal of Cuban Health & Medicine

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been supporting MEDICC for over five years. Their important support for students at Latin American School of Medicine and their educational efforts that let the world know of Cuba's medical accomplishments and research are initiatives that are changing the world. That why I support their work.

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As a graduate of the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba. I can say with out hesitation that my successful transition into residency in the US would not have been possible without MEDICC 's support and guidance.

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Rating: 5 stars  

MEDICC provides vital support to the students at the Latin American School of Medicine. Thanks for all you did and continue to do to support me and my colleagues!

Melissa Davis, MD
Graduate of ELAM, Habana, Cuba
3rd year resident in Family Medicine, the Ohio State University

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I went on a MEDICC sponsored trip to Cuba to look at how the Cuban system deals with Gender and Health issues, it was an experience that I will never forget! The work this organization is doing is very important and I encourage any and all support people may give.

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As a member of a Cuban American organization, Cuban Americans for Engagement (CAFE), I am keenly aware of the role MEDICC plays explaining within the US the strengths of the Cuban medical system. Because of its lack of resources, Cuba puts all its efforts into prevention. If you haven't already, listen to Gail Reed explain on the TED program where the world's doctors should be trained. It is in Cuba. http://www.ted.com/talks/gail_reed_where_to_train_the_world_s_doctors_cuba?language=en

By also helping U.S. disadvantaged youth study medicine in ELAM, the Cuban medical school, MEDICC is playing its part in the thawing of relations between the two nations.

Today (10/29/2014), in an unexpected move, the U.S. accepted Cuba's invitation and sent a CDC official to Havana to join the Caribbean and Latin American nations in a summit summoned last week to organize the hemisphere against the spread of ebola. Working together for the sake of global health, Cuba and the US are putting aside half a century of enmity. MEDICC was already on the ground.

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2014

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When Hurricane Sandy struck in Santiago de Cuba, destroying thousands of houses and leaving many more Cubans in dire need of medical supplies, MEDiCC was one of only two institutions that I was able to contact that was raising emergency funds for the stricken. Because of its ability to develop a relationship based on trust with the Cuban government, MEDICC was able to ship aid quickly where it was most needed.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The staff at MEDICC are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the organization and are very comprehensive in messages about their work including both goals and accomplishments. Great job at relaying this information to the public!

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Rating: 5 stars  

In a era when global health considerations far transcend national differences and political squabbles, MEDICC stands out as an exemplar of the kind of work needed to create and disseminate knowledge of the highest relevance. My principal connection is through their newsletters and information distributed over the internet. Working with immigrant populations in the U.S. I find the information and persistent outreach invaluable in getting a health perspective more far reaching and relevant than most of what is available through general sources based in U.S. only.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is impressive ​for ​all the help and support ​they have given over the years. Thank you for helping to transmit to the world the virtues of the Cuban medical system and the ​many ​achievements in various fields of Cuban medicine. Thanks for helping to foster exchange between health professionals and assist with the​ir​ professional development. ​I wish everyone at this organization my most deserved congratulations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

MEDICC provides excellent opportunities for health care professionals to learn more about how universal integrated care works. They have consistently supported positive changes to U.S. health care primarily by supporting our young doctors graduating from ELAM in Cuba but also through educating those already in the field.

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