On May 1, 2018, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago published a call for five medical scholarships from the Cuban Government – three undergraduate and two postgraduate scholarships. Two students from the University of the Southern Caribbean were the successful recipients of two undergraduate scholarships.
Kyla Thomas, 20 and Darryan Cornwall 23, were both successful when they answered the call to further their studies by applying for the scholarships. They left Trinidad for Cuba on August 28, 2018.
It was this month reported that the Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh had announced that a team from the Ministry would visit Cuba with the aim of recruiting 250 healthcare specialists in 11 different fields. The minister announced that specialists were critically needed at the country’s healthcare institutions and many of them could not be sourced locally.
Among the speciality areas pinpointed by Minister Deyalsingh were: “paediatrics, cardiology, gastroenterology, haematology, nephrology, internal medicine, orthopaedic surgery, paediatric cardiology, maxillofacial surgery, ophthalmology and A and E (Accident and Emergency).”
The two USC alums, Kyla and Thomas both hope to specialize paediatrics.