Cuba offers free med school for Americans leads to hospital residency

HAVANA — When Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas was ushered into a former naval academy with badly faded paint on this island nation last week, she wasn’t prepared for what she found.

The revelation that more than 100 U.S. students are enrolled in a Cuban medical school surprised Thomas, who made a fact-finding trip to the country last week.

Thomas and her contingent, in Cuba to learn how Cubans prepare for hurricanes, were introduced to medical students from Boston, New York, Pennsylvania and Arizona.

“They are all just as American as they can be and they love what they are doing and are very excited about the programs they are in,” Thomas said.

Houston Chronicle
5/2/9