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Ex-Sooner Pasha Jackson finds his calling in Cuba

JAKE TROTTER Modified: June 22, 2009 at 12:00 pm •  Published: June 22, 2009

/> The idea of the school is to instruct doctors who will go back to their home countries and practice medicine in poor communities.

Jackson’s immersion in the seven-year program began last fall with a semester-long intensive course of Spanish language, since all classes are taught in Spanish.

In the meantime, Jackson and several of his classmates founded the Salud Southwest Exchange, a student health-care brigade that will visit Native American reservations in the Southwest this summer to address health-care issues.

When he earns his degree, pending completion of the U.S. medical licensing exams, Jackson will be able to return to the states for good to begin his residency, since the school is fully accredited in America.

"I plan to return to the U.S. to practice where I’m needed the most,” he said. "There are many low-income, in-need communities that have not been offered the right kind of health care that they so need and should have.

"I might be in the search for many things when I return to the states, but a large paycheck won’t be one of them. There are lots of people in the states who are being refused services they are entitled by their humanity to have; I want to be there for them.”