Community Doctors — new documentary focusing on Cuba’s ELAM (Latin American School of Medicine) scholarship program — has just been released online.
Students in the program receive free tuition and board for medical school. Upon graduation, they pledge to work and/or provide medical services in underserved communities around the world.
Students enrolled in ELAM come from the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. Cuba’s free medical scholarship removes the huge financial barrier for individuals from humble backgrounds so that they are allowed to fulfill their passion in helping others by becoming physicians.
The documentary can be viewed in its entirety here: http://communitydoctorsfilm.com/
Kunle Ekonkonye, a software engineer from Miami, Florida, created the documentary. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and MBA from Florida International University. He was moved to create the film after visiting Cuba and being impressed with the efficiency of their quality healthcare system, which focuses on human-to-human interaction and communication, rather than expensive technology. Kunle hopes the documentary serves to provide an alternative viewpoint about Cuba, in contrast to the limited scope of news we often hear about the country.