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...