The Michigan State University announced this week that medical students of that higher education center will be able to do part of their curriculum in Cuban hospital as of April 2016.
According to the announcement on the website of the university, following the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana, the Michigan State University was the first to reach agreement with Cuban authorities to develop a new course for the US students, which will count as part of their academic curriculum, international news agencies reported.
The initiative allows the students to learn from a health system which has been a leader in identifying social factors influencing diseases and working on their prevention, read the information, which adds that the students will learn about community medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics and geriartrics.
In Cuba, the Michigan State University students will be able to do their practice at the Calixto Garcia General Hospital, an institution in Havana, or at the Ramon Gonzalez Coro, specialized in obstetrics and gynecology, according to the information.
William Cunningham, from the medicine faculty of the Michigan State University, said that this will be the first time that US medical students will be able to develop skills in three of the main hospitals of havana and get their credits on their experience.
The first group of students will be selected out of the fourth year of the medicine course, in early April. Thus far, 30 students have applied to participate in the initiative.