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Medical grads plan to return to U.S.

July 25, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

Eight American students graduated from a Cuban medical school and said they planned to put six years of education paid for by Fidel Castro's communist government to use in hospitals back home.

The three Californians, four New Yorkers and a Minnesota native, all from minority backgrounds, began studying in Havana in April 2001. They are the first class of Americans to graduate from the Latin American Medical School since Castro offered free training to U.S. students seven years ago after meetings with members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

U.S. authorities have suggested that it is unclear whether Americans who receive medical training in Cuba can meet licensing requirements in the United States.

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