Studying Medicine in Cuba

Alexandra Skeeter and Oliva Albanese

Milwaukee natives Alexandra Skeeter and Olive Albanese will share their experiences studying medicine at Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina in Havana, Cuba. They are among about 100 U.S. students who are part of a free program offered by the Cuban government especially for students of color, in conjunction with the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus. The program includes students from across the hemisphere and is open to students who agree to work as physicians in underserved communities in their home countries.

Skeeter, who grew up between the Sherman Park and Uptown neighborhoods in Milwaukee, earned her bachelors degree in health sciences from the University of Minnesota. She began her Spanish Preparatory and Premed year at the Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina in September 2014 and begins her first year of medical school this fall.

Albanese is from the south side of Milwaukee and grew up in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin Madison in Women and Gender Studies. She begins her second year of medical school in Havana this fall.

The women hope to specialize in family medicine with an emphasis on obstetrics and women’s health, and they plan to practice in underserved areas of Wisconsin.CubanStudentsPoster