|Participating cities (LC's)||
|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...||1994|
|Number of incoming students per year||380|
|Who is our NEO||Carlos Morales|
|Our official website / Forum / Facebook group||www.ifmsamexico.org (in Spanish)|
- 1 Welcome Note
- 2 Overview
- 3 Our health care system
- 4 The hospitals
- 5 Our medical education
- 6 Cultural differences
- 7 Accommodation & Boarding
- 8 Social program
- 9 Local & National transportation
- 10 Weather
- 11 Social life
- 12 Exchange conditions
- 13 Feedback
Welcome to the best SCOPE experience in AMERICA!!!!!!
Mexico is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Covering almost 2 million square kilometres, Mexico is the fifth-largest country in the Americas by total area and the 14th largest independent nation in the world. With an estimated population of 109 million, it is the 11th most populous country. Mexico is a federation comprising thirty-one states and a Federal District, the capital city.
Mexico is the fourth most bio-diverse country in the world and has a cultural wealth that astounds millions. Here we have everything a visitor could want: sun, beaches, archaeological sites, music, art, gastronomy and the best options for congresses, conventions, trade fairs and expositions.
Our health care system
Health care in Mexico is provided by either public or private institutions. Private health care operates entirely on the free-market system, it means that it is available to those who can afford it, and is provided by private institutions. Public health care, on the other hand, is provided to all Mexican citizens as guaranteed via Article 4 of the Constitution. Public care is either fully or partially subsidized by the federal government, depending on the person's employment status. All Mexican citizens are eligible for subsidized health care regardless of their work status via a system of health care facilities operating under the federal Secretariat of Health (formely the Secretaria de Salubridad y Asistencia, or SSA) agency. Employed citizens and their dependents, however, are further eligible to use the health care program administered and operated by the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) (English: Mexican Social Security Institute). The IMSS is a tripartite system funded equally by private employees, private employers, and the federal government. The IMSS does not provide service to public sector employees. Public sector employees are serviced by the Instituto de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales de los Trabajadores del Estado (ISSSTE) (English: Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers), which attends to the health and social care needs of government employees, this last two ones give free medicine to the people. Most of the Mexican people get medical attention via public care this is why you will learn a lot since all of the student’s practises are performed there.
Public hospitals in Mexico
Doctors and nurses in public hospitals in Mexico are excellent-trained, the bad thing about this is that resources and especially equipment are often limited, and there can be very long (sometimes too long) waiting lists for specialist treatment. To visit a public hospital in Mexico you will need social security (IMSS) or you can go to a Hospital that belongs to the "Secretaria de Salud" or your third option is going to a private hospital and pay for yourself (if you are privately insured you can obviously ask your insurance company for reimbursement afterwards) as we explained on the previous text.
Private hospitals and clinics in Mexico
Mexico has a range of great private hospitals and clinics, especially in the bigger cities. Medical equipment is up-to-date, doctors and nurses are very well trained (some of them in the US or other foreign countries), and the general patient-care is extremely service-oriented. Many private clinics (especially in tourist areas) have multilingual staff that can communicate at least in English. However this quality comes at a price: private hospitals in Mexico are extremely expensive (though not as expensive as in the US and some Western European countries).
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!!!.
Our medical education
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. These are followed by laboratory studies, discussions of specific clinical problems, highly personalized small-group seminars and question-and-answer sessions guided by supervising professors and teaching assistants.
The First Four Years or Five in some faculties.
Undergraduate medical training includes study of the basic sciences, laboratory work, and intensive clinical instruction. This program differs substantially from many others medical-school curricula in that actual clinical exposure begins immediately, rather than after basic-sciences instruction.
The fifth year (in some faculties an other school programs could be until the sixth year), or Internado, is spent in an undergraduate rotating internship, where the student gains further supervised clinical experience and competence at a university hospital or affiliated institution in Mexico.
As the name implies, Social Service (Servicio Social) is a full one-year (after the intership), mandatory, federally supported activity. All medical graduates that have aspirations to practice medicine professionally in México must participate in this year of social service in Mëxico. At the end of this year, the medical graduate has the opportunity to apply for a Cédula Profesional; after fulfilling the government requirements. This year is done primarily in very small, economically disadvantaged towns devoid of health-care facilities.
The Medical Degree
Once the student has completed all this requirements, the Mexican graduate physician is awarded his or her medical degree: the "Título de Médico-Cirujano" (Degree of Physician-Surgeon).
- 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 breeding.
- We eat a LOT of chilli.
- Some people here don’t understand English. This doesn’t mean they are deaf. Hand gestures, a non-threatening tone, and a smile can put them at ease and help them understand your Spanglish.
- We like to drink tequila!!! hehe ;-D
- We are really easy going and relaxed.
- Many Mexican families are pretty traditionalist so please be careful about respect.
- Most families are catholic so they go to church every Sunday, but they respect diferent thoughts and opinions.
- Greetings are essential. A simple “Buenos Dias” in the morning, “Buenas Tardes”, in the afternoon, and “Buenas Noches” at night, will go a long way.
- Someone showing you the back of their hand is not a threat. It is the gesture for ’thank you’.
- Drinking before 5pm won’t get you branded an automatic alcoholic. It is common for people to have a Corona with lunch (emphasis on “a” Corona). So feel free to enjoy a Margarita when lounging on the beach in the mid day sun. Just don’t overdo it. ;D
Accommodation & Boarding
Most of students are placed in a student's house, there are some LC that offer hostals or a diferent tipe of accomodation (please check on the LC list). Most hospitals porovide food and drinks, and most of the time the students (who you'll be staying with) also provide food.
Depends on every LC, there are many things to do in Mexico you can either spend a sunny day in one of our beautiful beaches or have a nice day with a bunch of friends in a restaurant or bar. We recomend to travel during summer months!!!
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 low-lying coastal areas are typically tropical, hot and humid, but the weather in Mexico City, which is sited at an altitude of 2,300 metres 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 norht weather can be extremly hot and dry during summer months. You can find weather on 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.
You must complete the following requirements in order to be accepted in Mexico for a clerkship here:
1. Official AF (the electronic one)
2. 2 Photographs (passport size)
3. Copy of Passport
4. Motivation letter (electronic)
5. Copy of the insurance.
6. Proof of enrollment (medical school ONLY).
All of them in Digital Format, except for the photos.
For further information regarding visas and deadlines please click here: Ex Conditions Mexico
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