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Cuba Offers Full Scholarships to Med School

Cuba's prestigious Latin American School of Medicine provides rigorous and accreditated MD training to some 11,000 students from dozens of countries, entirely without charge (includes food, housing, and a small stipend). In exchange students pledge to practice medicine in an under-served area in their home country.

Of the 11,000 scholarships, there are 500 scholarships available for students from the United States (if you're from elsewhere, please contact the Cuban Embassy in your country). Requirements are U.S. citizenship (U.S. passport), age under 30, proficiency in college-level sciences [minimum of one year each of biology, physics, inorganic chemistry (with lab) and organic chemistry (with lab)], and a commitment to practice medicine in low-income and medically under-served communities in the U.S. after graduation. Persons of color and/or persons from low-income backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. As in the French system, a college degree is not required.

Schooling is conducted in Spanish; a 12-week intensive language-training program is provided (consider learning Spanish a bonus, not an obstacle!).

The program/application process is administered in the U.S. by IFCO (Pastors for Peace). Their website provides complete background info, FAQs, and other useful information.

If this is your first web contact with this program, we ask that you respond directly to so we can keep track of the effectiveness of our outreach. IFCO contact info:

Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO)
418 West 145th Street
New York, NY 10031
tel: 212-926-5757
email: lasm(at) -or- ifco(at)

Help spread the word about this extraordinary opportunity!

Substantial July 2006 Washington Post article about the Latin American School of Medicine and two U.S. students attending it:

The Cuba Solution - Melissa Mitchell wants to be a doctor to tend to the poor. But the Howard Unversity undergrad was too poor herself to attend med school. That's when Cuba offered a helping hand.

Excellent front-page October 2006 Philadelphia Inquirer article about Lillian Holloway, Philadelphian currently attending the Latin American School of Medicine:

U.S. Doctors, Made in Cuba - Training is free to those who agree to practice in poor areas

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