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Tuvalu finds Cuban-trained doctors need skills gap filled | Pacific Beat

Tuvalu finds Cuban-trained doctors need skills gap filled

Tuvalu finds Cuban-trained doctors need skills gap filled

Updated 9 February 2015, 18:09 AEDT

Cuba's contribution to medical education in the region has been welcomed by many Pacific countries, but some are finding that doctors who've studied in Cuba need extra training when they return home.

In Tuvalu, 22 students have been sent to medical school in Cuba since 2008.

But the government is concerned about their level of practical training, as well as difficulties operating in English after studying in Spainish.

So the Education Department is planning to send returning doctors to Kiribati for a special internship as the department's pre-service training officer Atabi Ewekia explains.

Presenter: Liam Fox

Speaker: Atabi Ewekia, the pre-service training officer at Tuvalu's education department

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