8 Yanks Graduate From Cuban Med School

Free tuition, humanitarian approach drew minority students
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2007 6:52 AM CDT
d they planned to put six years of education paid for by Fidel Castro's communist government to use in hospitals back home. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Cuba's Latin American School of Medicine graduated its first batch of American students this week, helping raise the eight-year-old school's profile. There are 90 more already enrolled in the free program, which comes with an exemption to the ban on travel to Cuba for Americans. Students are selected by the US Congressional Black Caucus and a non-profit group, Pastors for Peace.

The question is whether the grads, all ethnic minorities, will be allowed to sit for exams necessary to apply for residencies in the US. "Do I think there will be prejudices against us when we go back to the States and are looking for residences? Yes, it's inevitable," one graduate told the AP. All say they plan to provide health care for the poor.