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SUMMER 2016 COMMUNIQU 7 STUDENTS Meeting the people understanding the attitudes and seeing how health care was administered in a foreign country was an eye-opening experience and I took a lot away from it in terms of how I want to practice in the future and focus my energy as a physician. This reection will focus on the good the bad and the cultural differences that I took away from the Cuban healthcare system. Jack Swan MSUCOM Class of 2016 Walking around Old Havana was an exciting opportunity as many parts of it were so well restored maintaining the original Spanish colonial architecture it felt like a walk in the past. The embargo added to this effect with the minimal shops and classic brightly painted cars sporadically driving down the narrow streets. Ibrahim Haidar-Ahmad MSUCOM Class of 2016 The Cuban family practice doctors are truly the advocates of their patients and are at the center of their care. That is not to say that primary care doctors in the U.S. are not patient advocates however it reaches an entirely different level when you are scheduling house visits nearly every afternoon of your practice. In addition the model of having a primary care office downstairs sometimes literally from where you live ensures access to care for patients. Brian Wilder MSUCOM Class of 2016 It is the quality of the doctors their training their skills their passion etc. that really matters. You could see this with all the doctors that we interacted with. They loved their jobs and their patients. They were not in it for the money. The doctor seemed to love their country and their job more than any of the other things. This is something that is sometimes difficult to see in the U.S. After spending the last two years in hospitals around Michigan and the U.S. we were able to contrast this to health care outside of the U.S. It was a blessing to be able to compare the practices standards of care resources cultures etc. and it really opens your eyes. I was very happy to see the passion of the physicians and the love for their patients that was prevalent throughout the Cuban health care system. Jonathon Anthony MSUCOM Class of 2016 In two quick weeks I learned extensively about the Cuban health care system made lifelong friends partook in many surgeries laughed cried thought I was going to lose my hand from an infection I was wrong ate things that I still dont know what they were made from and did a lot of self- reection. Bo Pang MSUCOM Class of 2016 The Cuban and United States health care systems are very different on many levels. I truly believe that this trip was a great experience which denitely opened my eyes to how different cultures view health care. Even though Cuba is still developing with modest resources their health care system has a bright future due to the compassion of the health care team. They do the best with what they have and nothing seems to go to waste. I am grateful to have been given this wonderful opportunity and I am convinced that I will be a more caring physician after going on this trip. Joshua Blanchard MSUCOM Class of 2016