The movie "Salud," the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) and Ramon Bernal, Seattle's first student at ELAM
We have a copy of the inspiring movie "Salud
" that documents Cuba's health care system and particularly focuses on Cuba's committment to train physicians from the Carribean, Central and South America, Africa, and the United States at the free Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, the largest medical school in the world. Students make a commitment to return to their underserved communities after graduation. There are now 110 US student studying at ELAM.
The camera also follows Cuban physicians and nurses to the most remote and medically neglected locations in Haiti, Africa, Venezualia, and elsewhere as they live, serve, and bring new hope to people never before in touch with medical care. In some cases the countrys' medical establishments opposes their services but they are welcomed by the governments. It's awesome and motivating to see what can be done when a society commits to serve those in greatest need, regardless of its own resources.
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to reserve a copy of the DVD. We are considering renting a local movie theater to show this film as a fundraising event.
Ramon Alejandro Bernal
The first class of US students graduating after 6 years of study at ELAM
just left for Havana, becoming the first student from Seattle to receive the opportunity for a free medical education at ELAM. PNHPWW has committed to support this outstanding individual as he persues his MD degree and help him find a residency and employment in the Northwest when he returns to serve his community.
US ELAM students and campus model
Ramon (R) and ELAM friends
(Ramon in green)
We will post reports from Ramon as he progresses. For an account of Ramon's first week in Cuba and ELAM click here. Photos soon.