DOCTOR IN MEDICINE 2017-09-29T16:40:46-04:00

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Doctor in Medicine

The Medical Curriculum (PENSUM)

  • The medical curriculum is unique for the whole system of higher medical education, with some flexibility in order to give space to some requirements derived from the different origin, entry level and health situation.
  • General data

Name: Medical Career

The organization of the curriculum is semester, except for the internship, which is one year.

Duration of six years organized the top five in ten semesters as academic periods and one year of rotational boarding

Entry Requirements: Approved pre-university level.

Number of Classes: 66

Academic Degree: Doctor of Medicine

Accreditation: Doctor of Medicine degree

  • The model of the professional or career profile stated in the study plan is a general practitioner.
  • The plan defines 220 health problems to be identified and resolved, according to levels of performance and skills to be developed.

It is proposed to graduate general practitioners prepared to practice in practice with solid knowledge and scientific approach. In an ethical frame of action, it provides comprehensive medical care for children, adolescents, adults, pregnant women and the elderly, as well as families, outpatients or hospitalized patients through health promotion, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation actions in physical, psychological and social spheres. It carries out administrative, education and self-education and research actions, as well as environmental health care.

It recognizes 4 areas of general competencies or functions of the doctor: Comprehensive health care, Education, Research, Administration and Specials.

It promotes active methods of learning, increases the cognitive independence and protagonism of the student. It strikes a balance between theory and practice. Emphasis on group activities and related to the participation of students in the processes of health care (education at work). Conferences are reduced and acquire a guiding character, the student should have space for the search of information.

  • The time fund for independent study and work in the first 2 years is 4 hours a day, which increases significantly from the 3rd year.The average self-study time fluctuates between 15 and 30 hours per week, according to the academic year.

The execution of night and day guards from 3rd year, with 6 to 8 hours a week, at least mandatory, in guards bodies, intermediate and intensive care units, which includes Saturdays and Sundays with a higher schedule (12 to 24 hours).

  • The study plan establishes extracurricular activities, such as Student Scientific Activity, Knowledge Encounters, Award exams, Student Movement, Special attention to students of exceptional academic performance, cultural, sports and recreational activities.
  • To graduate, the student must pass a National External State Exam, consisting of a practical exam and a theoretical examination, which verifies the acquisition of the established professional competences.To attend the State Exam, the student must have passed, through practical and theoretical exams, the 5 rotations of the boarding school.

Organization of PENSUM

  • The curriculum consists of 66curricular units, which include subjects, optional courses and electives.
  • It has a total of 10840 hours, of which correspond to the boarding school 2784.
  • The curriculum is based on active learning, does not privilege lectures on other theoretical activities (such as seminars, laboratory classes, workshop class, theoretical-practical activities) and gives greater relevance to students’ development of modes of action to health care activities, which we call education at work.

The program has a mandatory pre-medical Spanish proficiency course for non-Spanish speaking students unless showing the mastery of the Spanish language, demonstrated through a proficiency test (oral and written) at a price of 75.00 CUC which is not included in the price of any of the under grade careers.

The purpose of the course is to prepare is to arm the student with deep knowledge of the Spanish language and all relevant vocabulary related to Biomedical Sciences. It also prepares students for the development of the teaching process including evaluations.

Non-Spanish speaking students:

The program’s duration is 7 years. It includes 1 year of Spanish pre-med training in addition to the standard 6-year degree program. The total cost of the program, including premedical and Spanish language courses, is 93,000.00 CUC and is divided as follows:


Pre-med (including Pre-medical and Spanish courses) *
PRICE (CUC) 1st year
PRICE (CUC) 2nd year *
PRICE (CUC) 3rd year *
PRICE (CUC) 4th year *
PRICE (CUC) 5th year *
PRICE (CUC) 6th year *
Total Program cost
Doctor in Medicine
14,000.00 CUC
13,500.00 CUC
13,500.00 CUC
13,000.00 CUC
13,000.00 CUC
16,000.00 CUC
16,000.00 CUC
99,000.00 CUC

Spanish speaking Student:

The program’s duration is 6 years.
Total cost of the program is 89,000.00 CUC and is divided as follows:

PRICE (CUC) 1st-year
PRICE (CUC) 2nd- year *
PRICE (CUC) 3rd- year *
PRICE (CUC) 4th- year *
PRICE (CUC) 5th- year *
PRICE (CUC) 6th- year *
Total Program Cost
Doctor in Medicine
17,500.00 CUC
13,500.00 CUC
13,000.00 CUC
13,000.00 CUC
16,000.00 CUC
16,000.00 CUC
89,000.00 CUC

Important Notices:

  • CUC stands for Cuban Convertible Peso
  • All non-Spanish speaking students are required to enroll in a 1-year pre-med program intended to deepen students’ knowledge of the Spanish language related to Biomedical Sciences and also to train the students in the development of the teaching process including the evaluation
  • Upon submitting your application, it will be recorded in a database and is only valid for the academic year in which it was requested. Otherwise, if you do not come in that period, you must make a new formal request.
  • The above prices include the following:
    • Program enrollment
    • Right of attendance to all practical and theoretical teaching activities
    •  Right to all the exams including the final state examination Marks certification
    • Title duly legalized by the University of Medical Sciences where the student has attended
    • studies at the end of the program
    •  Use of library services during the studies
    • Access to sport and cultural areas of the University of Medical Sciences
    •  Participation in its various manifestations and scientific advisory for research works
  • The above prices do not include the following:
    • Accommodation
    • Meals
    • Teaching materials
    •  National or international transportation
    •  Telephone services and/or internet services
    •  Books
    •  Printing
    •  Immigration procedures in Cuba
    •  Change of migratory status
    •  Identity document
    •  Translations and legalizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or embassies
    •  Health insurance or medical care
    •  Paperwork and transfer of the deceased in case of death.
  • Prior and upon the student’s arrival to the Republic of Cuba, CubaHeal Inc. will be responsible for coordinating and concluding the following logistical issues: 
    •   Prior to the student’s arrival:
      •  Ensure adequate accommodation in or near the school Keep constant line of communication with the university’s administration to confirm seat reservation
      •  Arranging for airport pickup
      • Arranging accommodation and meals for the first month. The total cost for such arrangement is 500.00 CUC
  •  Upon Student’s arrival:
    •  Airport pickup
    • An orientation session to familiarize the student with:
    • CubaHeal team;
    •  local transportation;
    •  Other aspects relating to and city’s facilities as well as relevant immigration and legal laws that must be adhered to in the Republic of Cuba
      •  Establishment of bank
      •  Stand as a permanent point of reference for the student should a need arises
      •  Stand as a permanent point of reference to the student’s relatives overseas should the need arises

 For students interested in the above program, kindly note the following:

  • CubaHeal requests an initial deposit of CA $ 135.00 for the submission of all university admittance forms. To that end, please be aware of the following:
    • Should the Cuban Academic Services Authorities (CASA) approve a student, the initial deposit will be deducted from the total cost of the 1st year of the program.
    • Should the Cuban Academic Services Authorities (CASA) refuse the enrollment of a student, CubaHeal will refund the full amount less any applicable transfer fees.
    •  Should the student reject the educational program proposed by the Cuban Academic Services Authorities (CASA), CubaHeal reserves the right to retain the deposit and treat it as a consultation fee.