UCSD School of Medicine
Elizabeth Pohl - 10/15/02

Congratulations to Elizabeth Pohl, one of three UCSD-SOM students who received funding through the Friends of the International Center Fellowship!

The following is a brief synopsis of her experience:

    As a recipient of the Friends of the International Center Fellowship, I participated in the MEDICC (Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba) program last summer. Through MEDICC, I shadowed a primary-care physician in the Western province of Pinar del Rio, visited a community clinic in a rural mountain town, and toured hospitals and centers for disease prevention in Havana. My month in Cuba illuminated both the strengths and weaknesses of the Cuban health care system, and enabled me to make comparisons to health care in the United States. Studying in Cuba affirmed my conviction that dedicated health promotion positively affects health outcomes and disease prevention. And given my interest in preventive medicine, I will draw from my experiences in Cuba to shape my practice.


Well done, Elizabeth!


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