23 Mar Celebrating Match Day Outcomes for US ELAM Graduates
MEDICC is delighted to extend its warmest congratulations to the ELAM (Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba) graduates who successfully matched to residency programs throughout the country in the 2017 National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). ELAM, the largest and most ethnically diverse medical school in the world, was established in 1999 with a mission to provide free medical education to bright students passionate about serving in low-income and medically underserved communities. Since its first graduation in 2005, ELAM has trained nearly 25,000 doctors from 84 countries worldwide.
US ELAM graduates face a host of hurdles as they transition back to the US – among them, affording and passing the US Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE), as well as the political stigma of training in a Cuban program. Yet, when they graduate, the students are debt free, fully bilingual, and committed (as well as fully equipped) to work in vulnerable communities. Coming from low-income communities, the graduates are an answer to the US’s shortage of culturally competent physicians focused on improving health equity.
MEDICC is so thrilled to see this talented, committed group of bright young physicians apply their Cuban medical training here at home. We look forward to continuing to support and work with them, into residency and beyond!