to Julian Medina ('05)
for winning an FIC Fellowship!
Congratulations to Julian Medina! He
was one of three recipients of this past summer's Friends of the
International Center Fellowship. This fellowship program enabled
Julian to participate in the Medical Education Cooperation with
Cuba Program. The following is a brief synopsis of his experience:
The opportunity to participate in the
Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC) Program was made
possible by a generous UCSD Friend’s of the International
Center Scholarship. The primary goal of MEDICC is to expose medical
students from the United States to the community-based health
care system of Cuba, which includes substantial achievements as
well as financial hardships.
As I had expected, the proximity between
patients and physicians plays a crucial role in Cuban health.
What I did not expect, however, was the clear impact patient education
has on the quality of care. As a result of their close personal
and professional relationships, patients reached an impressive
level of understanding and knowledge with respect to their health
care. This education allows them to participate actively in their
care and helps to develop a sense of faith, an invaluable asset
to the health care professional.
Cuba has a very strong reputation in
the health care field, and as I had expected there were an abundance
of extremely well trained health care professionals. What I had
not awaited was the influence patient education has on the island’s
impressive health care environment.