Cuban doctors are renowned for their work both in and outside of the island. The cornerstone of the country’s free universal healthcare system, these medical professionals also have a long history of international collaboration with approximately 25,000 doctors currently offering services in 68 countries world wide (the majority in the Third World).
Cuban medicine is undoubtedly one of the country’s crowning achievements.
With the establishment of free, universal education by the Revolution, medicine – a vital but traditionally elitist career more often than not reserved for the economically and socially privileged – not only became available to all, but has also defined the country’s international solidarity efforts.
One of the institutions which played and continues to play a vital role in training the country’s future physicians is the Calixto Garíca University Hospital, based in Havana. Granma International took a moment to talk to five young Cuban doctors in training about what it’s like, and what it means, to study medicine in their country.