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Michigan State course to bring US medical students to Cuba
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State University course will bring U.S. medical students to Cuban hospitals to learn about the country's medical system starting next year.
The two-week course announced Tuesday comes after the U.S. and Cuba restored diplomatic relations and amid both countries' ongoing efforts to improve commercial and other ties.
Starting in April, the school says 16 of its fourth-year osteopathic and human medicine students will take part in the course. Partnering medical institutions in Cuba include a teaching hospital, a hospital specializing in pediatrics and one specializing in obstetrics and gynecology.
Marcia Garcia, a general surgeon in Cuba, is among those who will teach students.
The East Lansing school says it's the first to solidify an agreement with the Cuban government and develop such a new, for-credit clinical course.
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