MEDICAL EDUCATION COOPERATION WITH CUBA

Rating: 4.93 stars   60 reviews

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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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
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

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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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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.

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A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Over a long career of Community-Oriented Primary Care and Medical Education in the US, I've learned many things from Cuba - and from MEDICC. The models of care that have been developed in Cuba are based on equity, science, and compassion; and they have many features which resonate with the efforts of Progressives in the US. MEDICC has - through its publications and tours - been the central agency making these models available for us to observe and learn from. Two features stand out. The first is ELAM and the second is the Family Practice foundation of the medical care system. With consistent performance - but without being strident - MEDICC has shared these terrific programs with us. MEDICC is a non-profit organization which yields an outstanding return on investment.

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US professionals and students in the health field are hungry for information about Cuba's struggles to improve population health. Over the years, MEDICC has done more than any other group to inform us about the innovations and achievements in that small country. They give us access to current Cuban publications and they make it easier for us to see the Cubans at work. I'm especially grateful for MEDICC's assistance to US students who choose to get their medical education in Cuba. As North Americans win their medical degrees in Cuba, MEDICC has helped them proceed into US-based residency programs and begin to serve underprivileged US communities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am an Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. I took part in a research visit to Cuba sponsored by MEDICC in 2005 which led to several subsequent publications. In addition, one of my colleagues had a chance to learn about Cuban publishing on a MEDICC-sponsored tour in 2012. This provided us with useful contacts in Cuba.

Why do I give MEDICC a "far exceeds" rating? It is simple to go overseas, take some pictures of poor people, raise money, and then put a bandaid on things (perhaps from the window of your new Land Rover). MEDICC is particularly meritorious because it goes someplace politically unpopular and then uncovers the "inconvenient truth" that perhaps we might learn something from the Cubans. This is a very hard path to take and I commend them for taking it.

The New York Times has finally recognized that the Cuban embargo is counter-productive and that we should be collaborating with our Cuban colleagues. I think that the long, patient, and thoughtful work of MEDICC may have had something to do with this change.

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Very Well

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A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a professor of health sciences at a major Canadian university. In my 10 year experience w/ MEDICC I have seen how it is a transformative organization working and succeeding in a very challenging environment. Despite these challenges, MEDICC's outreach and education activities are top of the field.

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a super group that spreads cooperation, collaboration, and learning from each other in the medical arena-travel with them was eye opening and a pleasure
R Morrow MD

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I, as director of the Cuba program (public policy advocacy and education) at the Latin America Working Group, have interacted with MEDICC for years and have found them to be reliable and expert in the field of medical education cooperation with Cuba. I read their newsletters, consult their staff, and request their partnership on various of our projects concerning Cuba. They are professionals that I trust. On a very personal level, some years ago, when MEDICC sponsored a family practice medical school rotation in Cuba, my daughter, who was then a medical student at Yale University Medical School, took her family practice rotation in Cuba through MEDICC. She received full credit for this course and has valued the experience she received in Cuba. Without MEDICC, this would not have been possible. I give them the highest rating and commendation. Mavis Anderson, Latin America Working Group

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