As an ELAM graduate who was fortunate enough to avail of all of MEDICC's different programs (Mnisi Fellowship to cover costs for board exams, Community Connections to facilitate summer rotation placements in U.S. clinics and hospitals, Pathway to Residency mentorship for guidance in the residency application process), I can attest to how invaluable the support that MEDICC provides to ELAM students and graduates has been for me. The fact that everyone who applied to residency in my graduating class (Class of 2014) all matched successfully into a residency program on the first try shows how MEDICC's different pipeline programs contributed to a successful match season and resulted in our successful transition into residency programs in the U.S. that predominantly work with the most underserved communities. I hope MEDICC continues with the great work they are doing locally and internationally!
A great group of people working to increase medical education and exchange above politics. Yes, the exchange trips are quite expensive, especially for independent researchers and scholars. However, the lectures were excellent, delivered by people whose devotion to healthcare is unmistakeable, and the sites we visited were informative and diverse. The traveling MEDICC staff works tirelessly to bridge the experiences of both visitors and hosts. This was one of my most memorable trips ever.
I am a 2016 medical school graduate of the Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina. Thankfully to MEDICC's Mnisi Fellowship, Community Connections programs, and residency outreach programs, I have successfully passed all USMLEs during my medical school education years, received essential U.S. clinical experience, and become a competitive candidate for this year's residency match season. I am forever grateful to MEDICC's dedicated and loving staff.
In 2012, MEDICC organized a tour of the Cuban public health system for a group of public health, non-profit and public officials from Albuquerque, NM. Many members of our group were skeptical of what the Cuban health system had to offer. By the time we returned that Cuba has quite a lot to offer the U.S. in terms of: community engagement, cross-sector collective impact, preventing and managing chronic disease, and a host of other ways to help people to live healthy lives while reducing the economic burden of the healthcare system on taxpayers. This amazing organization not only works to improve health outcomes in the U.S. but also increases understanding, empathy, good will and partnerships between the U.S. and Cuba that will have a lasting impact.
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.
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.
MEDICC is helping to change the face of healthcare in the U.S. Literally. They are the most important supporters of U.S. graduates of the Latin American School of Medicine, and have helped to create a support network for us as we return home to serve after graduation. Our students are selected by their willingness and ability to work in underserved areas upon graduation, and we are mostly students of color: African American, Latino, and other. Even though there is a huge need, and a shortage of doctors willing to work in these areas, we still face many challenges as international medical graduates. MEDICC has helped to destroy some of these barriers, by increasing our access to study materials, supportive networks, and funding to offset some of the expenses involved in becoming licensed here. They also support other (non-U.S.) graduates of the Latin American School of Medicine in their work across the globe.
I am a student at the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Cuba, a full scholarship program that graduates over 10,000 students a year to work in uderserved communities. I am so grateful to MEDICC for their work with the students. They help us with a lot of the logistical issues of coming back to the states and getting into residency so that we can fulfill our dreams of working in underserved communities here in our home country. Thank you MEDICC!