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Asociación de Estudiantes de Medicina de la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana

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Tamaulipas' Location in Mexico

Time zone UTC-6
Number of doctors per 1000 people 2.3
Birth rate per 1000 people... 14.8
Mortality rate per 1000 people ... 6.5
Member of IFMSA-MEXICO since... 2012
Number of incoming students per year 4
Who is our LEO Jessica Silva
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Welcome to Mexico City! Congratulations on your selection! You are about to embark on the experience of a lifetime. The first step to any great experience is being well informed and prepared. Remember, we are here to help!!

About the City

Past and present sit side-by-side in sprawling Mexico City where a handsome historic colonial-era heart sits amongst ever-changing modernity.

Mexico City (also known as México, D. F., or simply D.F.) the fascinating capital of Mexico and has endless options. As an "alpha" global city, Mexico City is one of the most important financial centers in North America.] It is located in the Valley of Mexico (Valle de México), a large valley in the high plateaus at the center of Mexico, at an altitude of 2,240 metres (7,350 ft). The city was originally built on an island of Lake Texcoco by the Aztecs in 1325 as Tenochtitlan, which was almost completely destroyed in the 1521 siege of Tenochtitlan, and subsequently redesigned and rebuilt in accordance with the Spanish urban standards. After independence from Spain was achieved, the Federal District was created in 1824.

It is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, with 16 boroughs, more than 300 neighborhoods and 8 851 000 inhabitants. Mexico City should be on your "Must Visit" list if you are a fan of world-class museums, archeological treasures, international cuisine, incredible shopping experiences, stately mansions, colonial neighborhoods, dazzling nightlife, inviting plazas and gardens or great city parks.

Monuments, parks, fountains and great tree lined avenues are everywhere you are likely to visit within the city. Skyscrapers sit beside splendid examples of colonial architecture, archeological sites share space with modern day structures and freeways lead to charming neighborhoods of colonial buildings and peaceful plazas. Museums are around just about every corner and the rich heritage of México's colonial past is evident almost everywhere. There are many places, within México City, to escape the fast pace of the city and where you will feel like you are in a different world within a few minutes time.

Mexico City is like an autonomous world in itself. It has everything you could possibly ever need or want!!

Our University

The Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) is one of the most important public universities in Mexico in the areas of both teaching and research.

According the the Ranking Web of Universities, UAM is the second best university in Mexico, out of the 918 universities all over the country. It reached the 20th place, out of the 3797 universities in Latin America.

The UAM was founded in 1974 and since its constitution it has adopted a decentralized form of operation.

The Xochimilco Unit has its own unique organizational structure, different from the general model of the UAM -- the Modular Educational System -- which tries to establish an in-depth modification of all of the elements of the educational process by means of a social redefinition of professions, a reorientation of institutional objectives toward attention to the problems that affect large sectors of the country, and, accordingly, a redefinition of the curriculum towards attention to such problems, with emphasis on the design and application of new ways of operating a system for teaching and learning. The modular system places particular emphasis on interdisciplinary studies, and attempts to shorten the distance between student and professor through small-group, interactive teaching; in addition it tries to integrate students into research experiences right from the beginning of his or her program.

Medical education includes 4 years of basic and clinical sciences, one year of internship and one year of social service.

Our health care system

Mexico City is home to an extensive network of public and private hospitals and the National Institutes of Health, which efficiently treats patients, trains health specialists and conducts scientific research. The Mexican capital is also at the vanguard of medical research in Latin America.

Mexico City is home to 844 hospitals, as well as the country’s leading medical institutions, medical universities, and health research centers. The Mexico City government runs a network of 28 hospitals which treat 7 million patients a year. Mexico City is home to the country’s 13 National Institutes of Health.

Mexico City is emerging as a leading destination for medical tourism. The high quality and affordability of medical care and patient services available in Mexico City is attracting visitors from North America and around the world. Every year, between 250,000 and 300,000 people travel from the United States to Mexico City for medical services. Medical services in Mexico City are an estimated 40% less costly than the same procedure in the United States.

Mexico City has also become the leader in Latin American transplant procedures.

Our Hospitals

  • The National Institute of Neurology and Neuroscience is considered one of the world’s leading center for study in neurological sciences. It is among few institutions in the world dedicated exclusively to research, teaching, diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases. The Institute treats more than 6,000 patients, offers nearly 100,000 medical consultations and performs 2,000 surgical procedures annually. Doctors come from other countries to study at the Institute and patients seek treatment with the assurance that it is among the best in the world.

  • National Institute of Cardiology, is one of the 13 high the first hospital of this kind in Mexico. It provides high specialty cardiovascular attention to the population, while it develops high-level research and forms specialists in cardiology.


Mexico City is one of the most important cultural centers in the world, boasting more museums than any other city. Having been the capital of a vast pre-Hispanic empire, and also the capital of richest viceroyalty within the Spanish Empire and, finally, the capital of the Mexican federation, Mexico City has a rich history of artistic expression. Since the mesoamerican pre-Classical period the inhabitants of the settlements around Lake Texcoco produced many works of art and complex craftsmanship, some of which are today displayed at the world-renown National Museum of Anthropology and the Templo Mayor museum. While During colonial times the first art produced was that of the codices generated to preserve or recuperate Amerindian iconography and history. After the Mexican Revolution, an avant-garde artistic movement originated in Mexico City: muralism. Mexico City was traditionally known as La Ciudad de los Palacios ("the City of the Palaces"), a nickname attributed to Baron Alexander von Humboldt when visiting the city in the 19th century who sending a letter back to Europe said Mexico City could rival any major city in Europe. Mexico City has always been considered the center of celebrations and religious festivities, yet it maintains the important traditions that prevail in other states across the nation. The festive atmosphere at these celebrations is cause for rejoice, particularly on holidays when the nation's cultural and historical values reinforce the Mexican people's sense of identity, such as Independence Day in the Zocalo. On Sept. 15th, the night of the so-called Independence Day cry, the main square becomes a huge fiesta full of colorful lights, music and all kinds of traditional Mexican food. Day of the Dead, an ancient tradition carried out each year on Nov. 2nd to remember the deceased, is also an important national holiday. Some of the most beautiful Day of the Dead ceremonies and rituals take place in Mixquic. Another important religious celebration, Candlemas, falls on Feb. 2nd. This day marks the presentation of the infant Christ to the church. On that day in Mexico, families get together to eat tamales, drink atole and enjoy each other's company. As part of Mexico's Easter festivities, in Iztapalapa Catholic adherents reenact the passion and death of Jesus Christ on the Cerro de la Estrellas. The reenactment has many years of tradition in Mexico City. Mexico City offers a vast array of culinary experiences. Restaurants specializing in the regional cuisines of Mexico's 31 states are available in the city. Also available are restaurants representing a very broad spectrum of international cuisines

Accommodation & Boarding

  • Pocket Money: None
  • Board & Lodging: Student housing or apartments. We provide 1 meal (Monday-Friday)

Social program

Social program available on July and August, there is no official social program during the other months

Mexico is considered to be one of the best touristic places in the world: • Mexico city, one of the biggest and most diverse cities in the world (approximate cost: 25 Mexican Pesos per museum, 200 Mexican Pesos per club)

  • Pirámides de Teotihuacán, located just 50 kilometers north-east of the center of Mexico city (approximate cost: 250 Mexican Pesos, including transportation and food)
  • Desierto de los Leones National Park, located entirely within the limits of the Federal District (approximate cost: 200 Mexican Pesos, including transportation and food)
  • Tepoztlan town, which is a popular tourist destination near Mexico City. The town is famous for the remains of a temple built on top of the nearby Tepozteco mountain. (approximate cost: 300 Mexican Pesos, including transportation and food)

  • Beaches. Although Mexico city is located in the centre of the country, we can always plan a trip to the beach! (approximate cost: 1500 Mexican Pesos, including transportation, hosting and food)

Remember to bring comfortable clothing, sneakers, a sweater and bathing suit!

Social life

Mexico City is popular with tourists as an ancient Meso-American city. It has around 160 museums, over 100 art galleries, and some 30 concert halls, all of which maintain a constant cultural activity during the whole year. It has the fourth highest number of theatres in the world and it is the city with the highest number of museums in the world.

If you are still wondering why anyone would want to visit Mexico City ... Here are some other reasons:

  • The current Zocalo, or town square, is built on the same spot where once stood Montezuma's palace. The Zocalo is the historic center of Mexico City and Latin America's largest main square at over 13 acres. Here you will find:

1. the National Palace 2. the Metropolitan Cathedral (which construction began in the late 1500's and continued off and on over the next 300 years) 3. the Templo Mayor (remains of the Aztec city which the Spaniards built today's Mexico City on top of were found).

  • Chapultepec Park is an enormous green area in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of this fast paced city. This park is the city's largest and it contains enough of the city's attractions, including:

1. Castillo de Chapultepec (Chapultepec’s castle) 2. National Museum of Anthropology (100,000 square foot museum that houses artifacts from all the old civilizations in Mexico…definitely one of the world’s greatest museums) 3. Museum of Modern Art 4. Rufino Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum 5. Chapultepec Zoo. 6. Chapultepec’s Fair

  • Paseo de la Reforma, the city's main thoroughfare, will give you an immediate idea of why Mexico City has been referred to as the "Manhattan" of Latin America. This elegant boulevard is lined with dozens of magnificent monuments including:

1. The Independence Monument, which has become the unofficial trademark of México City. 2. The “Diana la Cazadora” Fountain

  • Alameda Park has been around since1541, making it the city's oldest park. The park has also been an Aztec market and was also the site of burnings, hangings and executions in the old days. There are also a couple of monuments here that are, themselves, worthy of a visit:

1. The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts)

2. Hemiciclo a Juárez (half-circle)

3. The Post Office Palace

4. The National Museum of Arts

In the southern part of the city the suburbs of San Angel and Coyoacan along with the Floating gardens of Xochimilco are places you should definitely visit during your stay.

You’ll also want to explore the neighborhoods of Zona Rosa, Roma and Condesa. Home to lovely parks, plazas, shops, markets, cafes and some of the top tourist attractions in Mexico City, these artsy neighborhoods are especially popular among visitors to the city and foreign residents. Nearby, in the trendy posh neighborhood of Polanco you’ll find some of Mexico City’s top nightspots and chic restaurants.

In addition, there are several restored haciendas that are now restaurants, such as the San Ángel Inn, the Hacienda de Tlalpan and the Hacienda de los Morales, all of which are stunning remnants of Mexican history and house some of the best food in the world. Mexico City's nightlife is as lively and varied as everything else the city has to offer. All tastes are catered for, from gentle supper clubs with floorshows and loud, brash nightclubs to ritzy piano bars, rustic antros (or disco-bars) and bars specialising in traditional Mexican music.

Remember to bring money, so you can buy Mexican handicrafts on our markets, such as Coyoacan or La Ciudadela.

Local transportation

Getting there:

Most travelers arrive to Mexico City by air, to the Benito Juárez International Airport, located in the eastern part of the city. If you could plan to get on weekend, it’d make it much easier for us to pick you up there!]

By plane: “Benito Juarez International Airport” The airport has two terminals, T1 and T2 being the latter mostly used for Sky Team airlines. The two terminals are connected by a bus line and a light rail system, which is significantly faster than the bus. Some of the international airlines that operate flights to Mexico City include: Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Air Canada, Air France, AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Avianca, British Airways, Copa Airlines, Cubana de Aviación, Delta Air Lines, Iberia, Interjet , KLM, LAN Airlines, LAN Perú, Lufthansa, TACA Airlines San Salvador, TACA Airlines operated by Lacsa, TACA Perú, TAM Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways, VivaAerobus, Volaris If you arrive on an international flight, you will go through Immigration, luggage retrieval and then Customs. Make sure you fill in all forms prior to landing to make this an expedite process. The Mexican customs law allows passengers to bring free of duties a laptop, an MP3 player, a digital camera, a tripod, a video camera, and used clothing. Be careful with iPads, as they are sometimes considered laptops. If you have brought a laptop and an iPad, customs may consider this two laptops and refuse to allow entry with both.

You will also be required to fill out a Migratory Form for Foreign Tourist, Transmigrant, Business Visitor or Council Visitor which must be stamped by the customs officer, who will give you an absolute number of days for your visa (up to three months). This form has a bar code on it and a blue stripe across the top saying "Estados Unidos Mexicanos." Be sure not to lose this form as without it, you might not be able to leave the country.]

By bus: The city has four major bus stations (North, South, Observatorio, TAPO), which comprise one of the world's largest transportation agglomerations, with bus service to many cities across the country and international connections.

Getting around:

Mexico City is a huge place, but driving is definitely not a way to see it even if tourist attractions are scattered throughout the city. It has several public transport alternatives.

  • By metro: it is one of the largest and most used subway systems in the world, comprised by 12 different lines that measure more than 170 km and carry 4.4 million people every day. You'll quickly see how busy it is, particularly during the day: trains are often filled to significantly over capacity. It's relatively quick and efficient.

Some lines run through more tourist-related spots than others and will become very familiar to you after a while.

  • By metrobus: is a bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Mexico City, Mexico. It comprises 4 lines that traverse the city and connect with other forms of transit. There are stops approximately every 500m.

o The first line covers a distance of up to 30 kilometres (19 mi), running in a dedicated bus-lane built within the central reservation (median) of Avenida de los Insurgentes. o Line 2 runs 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Tacubaya in the west, where there is a connection to the Metro Tacubaya station; to Tepalcates in the east, where there is a connection to the Metro Tepalcates station. o Line 3 runs 17 kilometres (11 mi) from Tenayuca northwest of the city southward to Etiopía II, where there is connection to Metrobús Line 2 as well as the Metro Etiopía station. o Line 4 includes a two step construction process with the first 28 kilometres (17 mi) operational segment built between Buenavista and Metro San Lázaro. A extension provides travel between San Lázaro and the Airport.

  • By trolley bus: "Trolebuses" are operated by the Electric Transport Services. There are 15 Trolley bus lines that spread around for more than 400 km
  • By light rail: The “Tren Ligero” is operated by Electric Transport Services and consists of one single line that runs south of the city, connecting with Metro station Taxqueña (Line 2, blue). For tourists, it is useful if you plan to visit Xochimilco or the Azteca stadium. The rate for a single ride is 3 pesos.
  • By taxi: There are more than 250,000 registered cabs in the city and they are one of the most efficient ways to get around. The prices are low, a fixed fee of about 6 pesos to get into the cab, and about 0.7 pesos per quarter kilometer or 45 seconds thereafter. The night rates, supposedly between 11PM at night and 6AM in the morning are about 20% higher.
  • By car: Driving around by car is the least advised way to visit the city due to the complicated road sructure, generally reckless drivers, and the 3.5 million vehicles moving around the city.


Mexico City has a subtropical highland climate, due to its tropical location and high elevation. The lower region of the valley receives less rainfall than the upper regions of the south. The average annual temperature varies from 12 to 16 °C (54 to 61 °F), depending on the altitude of the borough. The lowest temperatures, usually registered during January and February, may reach -2 to -5 °C (28 to 23 °F). The maximum temperatures of late spring and early summer may reach up to 32 °C (90 °F). Extremes range from −4.4 °C (24.1 °F) to 33.9 °C (93.0 °F).[47] Annual rainfall is concentrated in the SUMMER months from June through September/October with little or no precipitation the remainder of the year. If you come during these months, bring sneakers and a sweater.

Special Remarks

Clinical rotation:

  • The daily clinical work will be guided by a doctor. Exchange students will work under the same rules applied to Mexican students. Night shifts are not obligatory.
  • The incomings must complete the schedule (Monday-Friday) & attend the full period in order to receive the certificate.
  • Incomings have to bring their own stethoscope, white coat, white clothes and white shoes. Men must bring shirts (any color) and ties.
  • Substitutions will be allowed for students on the same period and department. If we have not received the AF of the substitute within 10 days after cancellation, the place will be considered lost. No money will be refunded to the student for cancellations. We prefer substitutions rather than cancellations.
  • English is required. Basic Spanish is recommended.
  • Mexican currency: Mexican peso. Here you can convert Mexican peso to your currency (]


If you still need more information, we will be more than happy to talk to you. Contact the LEO Jessica, via email or you can add us on FB:

We hope to see you soon! One of the world’s biggest cities is waiting for you!! Mexico city will surely exceed your expectations!!!

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