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Revista Habanera de Ciencias Médicas

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ALVAREZ FORNARIS, Miguel Alfonso  y  MORALES PERALTA, Estela. The Orotta School of medicine in Eritrea: another achievement of the cuban solidarity. Rev haban cienc méd [online]. 2012, vol.11, n.3, pp.407-415. ISSN 1729-519X.

Introduction: cuban solidarity has also been present in the foundation of Medical Schools in poor countries like Eritrea, where the Orotta School of Medicine (OSM) was opened in 2004 with the help of Cuba. Objective: to show results of the work done in the OSM. Material and methods: the main available documents in the archives of the OSM were revised. Data were analyzed following Essential Science Indicators. Results: the OSM follows a curriculum inspired in the Cuban one on 2002. The current registration figures are 204 males and 60 females, while 93 students have finished the career with outstanding results, certified by four external exams (EE) given by prestigious professors of two foreign accredited Universities to the first four batches, as well as by WHO observers. 67 Cuban professors have worked in the OSM both teaching undergraduate students and training Eritrean professionals, out of them three PhD and 15 Master degree holders who have published 51 papers in recognized medical journals. Discusion: both the current registration figures and the female ratio could be broadened having into account the conditions of the staff, infrastructure, library and intranet, as well as the needs of health coverage of the country. By 2012 the OSM must supply Eritrea as many medical doctors as those available in 2004 and although the quality of the OSM graduates is recognized and outstanding work has been done, they need to be improved. Conclusions: the OSM is another achievement of the Cuban solidarity with the poor countries of the world.

Palabras clave : medical education; cuban solidarity; Eritrea.

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