|Sociedad de Estudiantes de Medicina de la Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua (SEMUach)|
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|Currency (how much is a Bigmac?)||Mexican Pesos, One Bigmac is $60 pesos.|
|Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people||1.8 doctors per 1000 people.|
|Member of IFMSA since...||2005|
|Number of incoming students per year||20|
|Who is our LEO||José Francisco De la Torre Ramos|
|Our official website / Forum / Facebook group|| FACEBOOK SEMUACH |
FACULTAD DE MEDICINA UACH
- 1 Welcome Note
- 2 Overview
- 3 The hospitals
- 4 Sharing our medical education whit the Incomings
- 5 Cultural differences
- 6 Accommodation & Boarding
- 7 Social program
- 8 Local & National transportation
- 9 Weather
- 10 Social life
- 11 Special Remarks
- 12 Feedback
- 13 Other cities offered for exchange
Welcome to Chihuahua! the most beautiful city of Mexico is ready for giving to all the incomings the highest doses of fun!
Chihuahua is a state in north western Mexico with a mainland area of 247,087 square kilometers (95,400.8 sq mi), slightly larger than the United Kingdom. It is surrounded by the states of Sonora to the west, Sinaloa to the south-west, Durango to the south, and Coahuila to the east, and by the U.S. states of Texas to the north-east and New Mexico to the north. Chihuahua is the largest state in Mexico by area, and is consequently known under the nickname El Estado Grande ("The Big State"). Although Chihuahua is primarily identified with the Chihuahuan Desert for namesake, it has more forests than any other state in Mexico. Due to its variant climate the state boasts a large variety of fauna and flora. The state is mostly characterized by rugged mountain terrain and wide river valleys. The Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range, an extension of the Rocky Mountains, dominates the state's terrain and is home to the state's greatest attraction, Las Barrancas del Cobre, or Copper Canyon, a spectacular canyon system larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon in Arizona U.S.. On the slope of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains (around the regions of Casas Grandes, Cuauhtémoc and Parral), there are vast prairies of short yellow grass, the source of the bulk of the state's agricultural production. Most of the 3.2 million inhabitants (2005) live along the Rio Grande Valley and the Conchos River Valley.
Public hospitals in Chihuahua
Doctors and nurses in public hospitals in Chihuahua such as Hospital Central Universitario, Hospital General Dr. Salvador Zubirán, or Hospital Infantil del Estado de Chihuahua are excellent-trained, and most of them are willing to share their experience and knowledge. They have always open doors for the IFMSA Clerckship Students from 8:00 to 15:00, and you´ll be free the rest of your day, or if you want, you can stay somedays for doing guards at nights.
The practical training period for students (maybe 98%) is developed in Public Hospitals since that's where almost every Mexican looks for medical attention. So you will find every kind of medical cases going from the easiest one to the weirdest and most complicated one, meaning that it's a great chance to learn a lot!
Sharing our medical education whit the Incomings
In our system of education, the student is taught one clinical or basic science subject intensively for a period of several weeks. This approach is extremely effective since the students can bring all of their concentration to bear on one subject at a time. The typical class day of 6-8 hours consists of lectures with audio-visual presentations in one of the lecture halls.
- Family is the first priority.
- Children are celebrated and sheltered.
- We are very nationalistic and proud of long history and traditions.
- "Old world formality" meaning that etiquette and manners are seen as measure of how people is raised.
- We eat a LOT of chilli and spicy food.
- Some people here don’t understand English. This doesn’t mean they are deaf. Hand gestures, a non-threatening tone, and a smile will make them try to understand your Spanish kindly.
- We like to drink beer, tequila and sotol (a typicall drink of Chihuahua make out of agave)!
- If you like to eat beef and steaks, you will be very happy here, if you don't like these, nevermind, we eat vegetables too.
- We are really easy going and relaxed.
- Many Mexican families are pretty traditionalist so please be respectful.
- Most families are catholic so they go to church every Sunday, but they respect diferent cultures.
- Greetings are essential. A simple “Buenos Dias” in the morning, “Buenas Tardes”, in the afternoon, and “Buenas Noches” at night, will be enough.
- Someone showing you the back of their hand is not a threat. It is the gesture for ’thank you’.
Accommodation & Boarding
Most of students are placed in student's houses, so that way you´ll see from the inside the way of living of a medical Mexican Student. Most hospitals provide food and drinks, or if it is not possible at the hospital, at our Medical School Cafeteria, and most of the time the students (who you'll be staying with) also provide breakfast and dinner.
We don't have an established social program for our clerkships incomings, but take for sure you will not get bored, there is always going to be somewhere to go or something to do!
Local & National transportation
Inside the cities the easiest and cheapest way to travel is by bus, the same thing if you want to travel between cities or states (long distance). We also have cheap airlines in Mexico. Here are some links where you can find more information about costs.
The climate of Mexico varies according to altitude. The coast areas are typically tropical, hot and humid, but the weather in Mexico City, which is at an altitude of 2,300 meters above sea level, is far more moderate. Mexico City has pleasant summers and mild winters, with an annual average temperature of 64 °F (18 °C). Seasonal variations in temperature are small, but May is the warmest month of the year, and January the coldest, when night frosts are possible. Mexico has a high average annual rainfall, most falling in summer, the wettest month being July, and the driest month February. In the north weather can be extremly hot and dry during summer months. You can find more weather information in this page. Please note that it will be in Spanish. Once you're inside you can easily change the language for English. www.espanol.weather.com/ Weather Page.
This is a really difficult category to describe because there are literally thousands of places, including dozens that are worthwhile. Because it is such a competitive market, night clubs, bars and restaurants are constantly reinventing themselves and places that are packed one weekend are deserted the next. For that reason it would probably be best to Ask the LEO in each LC.
You can imagine all the nice parties you can get in MEXICO, here is one example.... NEAR TULUM BEACH at mexican caribbean... there was a party with excellent Djs such as INFECTED MUSHROOM or ASTRIX , besides the beach, neon lights, fire balls dancers, jungle, people dancing until day...amazing place and party !! This was something to mention since there are locations and Djs all the year... sometimes near pyramids, in the middle of rainforest, in caves, volcano crater, churches, forest, deserts, etc.
Other cities offered for exchange
Acapulco, Chihuahua, Ciudad Mendoza, Culiacán, Durango, Gómez Palacio, Guadalajara, Guadalajara Zapopan, León, Mérida, Mexico City, Mexico City Xochimilco, Minatitlán, Montemorelos, Monterrey, Morelia, Oaxaca, Puebla, Saltillo, Tampico, Tepic, Toluca, Torreón, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz Pt., Xalapa, Zacatecas