??#InternationalMedicine: Haiti??

When I say, “Haiti”, what comes to your mind? Unless you’re thinking about beautiful weather, absolutely delicious food and extremely resilient, brilliant and talented people, scratch everything that you’re tempted to dwell on and instead picture with me people so powerful that they were the first black nation to become independent in 1804.  Amazing? Yes, I know. Equally amazing are our medical student counterparts in #Ayiti, and we wouldn’t be #medcute if we didn’t give you a native med student to give us a peek into what it means to want to “do no harm” in the place named by the native Tainos, the “Land of High Mountains”. 

Let’s say byenveni to Carlentz! 

1. Introduce yourself! My name is Carlentz Philias (@mrleumps). I’m 24 years old, I’m Haitian and I’ m also studying medicine in Haiti.


2. Why do you want to be a doctor? CP: Honestly, at first it was my family who chose it for me… but over time I ended up loving it, and now I’m working hard to be a good doctor.

3. Why did you choose this country? CP: I chose this country because it is where I was born and raised.

4. How do you apply for school there? CP: After the final class of high school, “Philo” (short for 12th grade Philosophie) you just have to apply to the faculty at the University you want. After that, there is a competitive exam to pass. If you succeed, you will be admitted to the faculty.

5. What does medical school entail there? CP: There are 12 semesters in total or 6 years in which you study in school receiving classes and attending rotations in hospitals. The 7th year is for internship and the 8th is for social service.

Université d’État d’Haïti, Campus Henri Christophe de Limonade

6. What does a normal day look like? CP: My day begins at 8h o’clock in the morning and finishes at 6 pm. I have both theory and clinical courses. When I get home after classes are over, I study for a couple of hours and go to sleep right after.

7. What do you do to destress? CP: I play video games, do physical exercise , and hang out with my friends. 

The boys…

8. What are your future plans? CP: I want to help my people as I can with what I have, so I want to have a big radiology center in my country because these kinds of things are expensive.


Big thanks to Carlentz for taking us to Haiti! Follow him at @mrleumps on Instagram, and follow us as well @medcuteonline! In the comments, tell us where you’d like to go next. See you on the next one!

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