It's been a long time since I updated my readers about what's happening in Cuba. Due to the continuing embargo, to say the least, the news has been discouraging.
It's hard to imagine how difficult the reality is in Cuba right now, but life and science marches on.
Although I am not affiliated with this this group, from what I read, they've been around a while, and it is a legitimate opportunity to visit Cuba. Here's the link to the December conference http://medicc.org/ns/healthycubahealthyworld/
My apologies for not offering CME credits for conferences in Cuba at this point in time. I'm assuming you will receive a certificate of attendance. There's always the chance that you are willing to do the paperwork yourself.
Mid-year, I didn't imagine anything else needed to be said about Medical/Educational travel to Cuba. However, the last few months have spelled out the special circumstances of U.S. Scientific relationships with Cuba, and it ain't good.
No doubt that the lights of hope and inspiration in Cuba have dimmed. Confirmation came a few days ago, January 31, when Alaska Airlines announced the last direct flight from LAX to Cuba: - exactly one year after the inaugural post here:
1. YOUR TRAVEL AFFIDAVIT/LICENSE WAS and still IS legally listed under EDUCATIONAL/Scientific category.
2. TO DATE: NO TRUMP CHANGES have been executed, or expected until 2018.
3. TO DATE: No official list of approved hotels have been supplied by OFAC.
But let's not waste time attempting to work around a stinky system by using foreign owned hotels or local AirBnBs. Things could change overnight. as they have repeatedly. At this time in political history, I...
Less than a year ago, during Obama's White House, Cuba was making headlines at least once a week. Slowly packing up the White House, we had photos of our steadily grayed, handsome and exotic President in Cuba, shaking hands with Raul, before joining Michelle, his brilliant bride and their grown/glowing daughters touring Havana's historical sites.
As Hillary's a new server was being delivered to the White House, there was Trump shoving his way in. Who knows what kind of world it would have been with a different cast of characters and unique sensibilities.
Today, Trump's family White House has proven to be more of a gritty, daily Media/Reality show crafted in Twitter bites. A run-away hit from Siberia, set on...
Our CME-Abroad team in Varadero, Cuba at Mantanzas University has been on-hold, like the rest of us, while awaiting news from the Trump administration's next move. Meanwhile, we're developing new programs tailored to your needs.
Just tired of waiting for Cuba to be a new hub for Medical Tourism & Wellness. Right now, my teeth could use some attention, so I'm off to Thailand to learn about the new King, enjoy a few weeks of physical therapy and new smile when I get home. All thanks to Yanhee Hospital in Bangkok. www.yanhee.net
"Happy trails to you. See you next time!
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"Tell me whatcha want. What you really, really want!" Fitting lyrics by the Spice girls. Sit back, think of Mojitos and let's get personal. Tell me, as a Medical Professional, what does your ideal trip to Cuba consist of? As a subscriber, you will be receive a short quiz in my next Shout-Out.
Starting 2017, everyone will have plenty of choices and more convenient ways to get to Cuba. However, unless we book well in advance, you may find yourself staying in Casa Particulars, instead of Cuba's 5-Star, all inclusive resorts, or expensive hotels. I don't see the prices in Cuba going down. Quite the opposite.
Personally, I love being immersed in the culture by staying at a Casa Particular. You can get an idea of what to expect o...
Hard to believe I messed up on this post that was created 3/31. I'm sure it was just waiting for a photo, while I started other writing projects - including shout-outs to my subscribers. My apologies. Here's the post:
We're on our way to the - International Workshop, "Community Medicine and its Impact on the Quality of Life in the Population" July 23-30, 2016 in Varadero, Cuba. Here's the Conference Itinerary
Everyone is really delighted to welcome you, and preparing the most interesting Conference content possible.
As time goes by, they'll add new lecturers by notable speakers in: Ethics, Maternal-Infantile Care, Rehab in Primary care, Stomachology, Neurodevelopment in early care, Women's health, and more.