With long strained US-Cuban relations on the mend, Michigan State University (MSU) has become the first United States school offering medical students routine learning time in Cuban hospitals. The MSU said, "About 30 US students have applied for the program so far."
In the past, some US students have attended Cuba's medical school on their own. But, the development is a landmark for US institutions of higher education since bilateral ties were reestablished in July 2015 after five decades of Cold War bad blood.
William Cunningham, assistant dean for the College of Osteopathic Medicine in West Michigan, said, "This is a first for American medical students to be able to walk the halls of three of Cuba's main hospitals in Havana and receive credit for the experience. The goal of the two-week program for osteopathic and human medicine students, which starts in April 2016, is to study how Cuba's universal health care has achieved stellar low infant mortality rates while operating on a shoestring budget."