Cuba: The Largest Graduation of Medical Doctors Ever
HAVANA, Cuba, July 11 (ACN)
Cuba will graduate the largest number of medical doctors
ever when 11 000 new professionals receive their diplomas
Granma newspaper, the total of graduates includes 5 315
Cubans and 5 694 professionals from 59 countries of the
world. The graduation ceremonies are scheduled to take place
in Eastern Guantanamo and Havana provinces, on July 18, and
in Ciego de Avila and Artemisa provinces, July 24.
The countries with the largest number of doctors formed in
Cuba are Bolivia (over 1400), Peru (453), Nicaragua (429),
Ecuador (308), Colombia (175) and Guatemala (170). The
number of new Cuban doctors nearly doubles the figure
existing on the island before the 1959 Revolution triumph.
However, the total figure of Cuban and foreign health
professionals, including the new medical doctors, who will
graduate this school year reaches 32 171 and this adds the
specialties of dentistry, psychology, nursing and health
technologies, according to information made available by the
Cuban Health Ministry’s Department of Higher Medical
Meanwhile, Cuban professors are training over 29 000
students in medicine, nursing and health technologies in
Venezuela, Bolivia, Angola, Tanzania, Guinea Bissau,
Equatorial Guinea, Gambia and East Timor, Granma newspaper
Professor Mariheta Cutino, National Director of the Higher
Medical Courses Department stressed the high academic level
of the over 43 000 professors who are in charge of making
the integral training of the new health specialists
Cuba has medical universities in all its provinces, except
for the western territories of Mayabeque, Artemisa and the
Isle of Youth, where there are independent faculties.
Nearly 109 000 medical doctors graduated in Cuba since the
triumph of the Revolution in 1959 up to 2010.