Curriculum & Plan of Studies

This is an overview of the curriculum and general plan of studies for the scholarship program at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba.

Pre-med preparatory semester(s)

  • Placement exams in basic sciences (biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics) and Spanish language
  • One or two semesters of preparatory classes in basic sciences and Spanish language, according to individual students’ needs and placement levels
  • 12-week intensive course in Spanish language for students who need it

Years I and II:  Basic medical sciences

(students are in residence on the campus of the Latin American School of Medicine)

1st and 2nd Semesters

Morphophysiology — an integrative first-year basic sciences curriculum which includes:

  • Anatomy I and II
  • Histology I and II
  • The Human Body
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • The Nervous System
  • The Endocrine and Reproductive Systems
  • Physiology I
  • Embryology I

History and Medicine I and II

Physical Education I and II

Medical Information Sciences/Computing I

Practicum placements in a regional policlinic and a family doctor’s neighborhood clinic

3rd Semester

  • Metabolism, Nutrition, and Excretion
  • The Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
  • The Urinary and Digestive Systems, Nutrition and Caloric Consumption
  • Anatomy III
  • Histology III
  • Embryology II
  • Physiology II
  • Pharmacology I
  • Legal Medicine and Medical Ethics
  • Behavioral Sciences I
  • Physical Education III
  • Tissues/Nutrition/Biochemistry (two-week intensive course)

4th Semester

  • Pathological Anatomy
  • Biological Agents
  • Medical Psychology I
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice
  • Behavioral Sciences II
  • Physical Education IV
  • Medical Information Sciences/Computing II

Years III – VI:  Clinical studies

(students are in residence at one of Cuba’s 21 accredited medical schools, in Havana City or in other provinces; starting in the fifth semester, they begin to follow patients on the hospital ward where they are assigned.)

5th Semester

  • Clinical Methods
  • Techniques of Clinical Diagnosis/Medical Semiology: Signs and Symptoms (Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostic Imagery)
  • Medical Psychology II

6th Semester

  • Internal Medicine
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Medical Information Sciences/Computing II

7th Semester

Clinical practicum rotations in

  • Comprehensive General Medicine: Family Practice
  • General Surgery
  • Gynecology and Obstetrics

8th Semester

Clinical practicum rotations in

  • Pediatrics

9th Semester

Clinical practicum rotations in

  • Public Health
  • Comprehensive General Medicine: Traditional and Natural Medicine Techniques
  • Psychiatry
  • Update in Therapeutic Techniques

10th Semester

Clinical practicum rotations in

  • Orthopedics and Traumatology
  • Urology
  • Otorhinolaryngology (ENT)
  • Ophthalmology
  • Dermatology
  • Legal Medicine and Medical Ethics

11th and 12th Semesters

Pre-professional clinical internship, with rotations in

  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Surgery
  • Comprehensive General Medicine

Please contact IFCO to request an application or for additional information here.

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