U.S. citizens studying medicine in Cuba get reprieve
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Aug. 2, 2004
Secretary of State Colin Powell stepped in to modify travel restrictions to Cuba for the small group of U.S. medical students there.
Some 80 U.S. citizens are studying medicine in Cuba, under a program that provides underprivileged students from around the world the opportunity to study there for free. Tighter U.S. travel restrictions to the island nation were about to make travel between the United States and Cuba extremely difficult for the group from the United States.
The new law would have eliminated their ability to travel to and from Cuba through a program fully funded by the government there. However, Powell stepped in and modified the law, allowing the U.S. students to continue to travel between the two countries.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/08/02/prbf0802.htm.