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MONTERREY
SINESP (Sección Internacional de Estudiantes de Pregrado)
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Time zone Official time is -06:00 GMT/Universal Time
Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people 4 Doctors/1000 people
Member of IFMSA-MEXICO since... 1991
Number of incoming students per year 90-115
Who is our LEO Carlos Morales
Our official website / Forum / Facebook group http://www.sinesp.org
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Welcome Note

Welcome to “La ciudad de las montañas”, Monterrey, Nuevo León. Enjoy our beautiful city full of cultural traditions, great landscapes, extraordinary food, and warm people. Experience one of the best exchange locations in the country, with a fulfilling educational and personal growth.

We hope you have a great time.

Overview

Monterrey is a Mexican city, capital of Nuevo Leon state and head of the urban area that carries the name: Zona Metropolitana de Monterrey. The metropolitan area, composed of the town and municipality of Monterrey with 1,130,960 habitants and other towns in eleven municipalities of Nuevo León, grouped a total of 4,080,329 habitants according to the latest official count and delimitation in 2010. The metropolitan area of Monterrey is the third most populous in Mexico, only after the metropolitan areas of Mexico, D. F. and Guadalajara.

It is known as the "City of the Mountains" by the characteristics formations that have in and around the city such as “El Cerro de la Silla”, “Cerro de las Mitras”, “Sierra Madre” (where is the famous spot known as “Chipinque") and the “Cerro del Topo Chico”, famous for many years for its thermal water springs.

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Monterrey, a city known worldwide for their great industry, famous universities and business opportunity which has benefited in recent years important urban transformations in terms of infrastructure and attractions for all visitors. Today our city is a major destination for tourism in northern Mexico by providing international quality services for the permanent exhibition of cultural, sport and recreation through a variety of theme parks, shopping and fun that encourages and facilitates the organization of the best exhibitions, conventions and congresses.

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Culture

Monterrey is known for its multiple traditions. There are many things to do in the world but nothing is better than a Saturday of “carnita asada”, or Northeastern BBQ. It is a tradition, where the friends and family gather together to watch football, drink our exquisite and world-known local beer and prepare either “carnita asada” or “cabrito”.

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Monterrey is a cosmopolitan city because it has important museums which always seek to provide a space for expression and dissemination of their work to local artists, national and international, without differentiating between established artists from the younger generation.


Our health care system

Monterrey is a city that has significantly increased its hospital infrastructure, research and health related services in recent years, thereby gaining national and international recognition in various fields. Regarding infrastructure, the city boasts first-rate hospitals among them who are part of the cluster that drives the successful project "Health City Monterrey. Some of these have recently been certified by the Joint Commission International so it is certain that during his visit will have the attention of higher quality and international standards.

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Given the quality and breadth of medical services and certifications received for medical services, Monterrey has become a central receiver called "Health Tourism" meeting every year a large number of patients from other cities of the republic and abroad to attend hospitals to see specialists or surgeries performed. Among the special services offered can include the language support during the hospital stay, travel arrangements, hotel accommodations and transportation. Among the most frequently ordered by the health tourism are: plastic surgery, bariatric surgery, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology and dentistry.

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Facultad de Medicina - UANL

Our faculty is part of the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León; the third largest mexican university and ranked as the top public university in northeast Mexico. Hospital Universitario José Eleuterio González “Gonzalitos”

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Named after the founder of the School of Medicine (1859), the Hospital established in 1938 is one of the few true teaching hospitals in México and serves as a clinic and welfare of the Faculty of Medicine of the “Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León”. The Hospital has 500 beds and handles all levels of care and is the largest emergency hospital in the northeast region of the country handling over 300 cases daily.

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Accommodation & Boarding

During your stay you will be hosted in a students residence located about 500 meters from the faculty of medicine so you will be able to reach hospital by foot in no more than 5 minutes.

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At your arrival, you will get a key for your room’s door and one card for the main electronic door, also you will be asked for a $300 deposit, that will be refunded to you at the end of the month when you return the keys. Your stay includes free room cleaning, private bathroom for each room (2-4 students per froom), TV, LAN Internet (bring your own cable) and laundry service* (opcional with extra cost). You don't have to bring bed clothes with you, they will be provided to you without any extra cost and they are changed daily.

You will be provided with 3 meals: Breakfast, wich you can take in the residency or in the hospital (it is up to you), Meal and Dinner in the hospital's cafeteria. You can take your meals in the hospital's cafeteria from Monday to Sunday, and in the case of the breakfast in the residency, its available only from Monday to Friday. If you are going to eat in the hospital's cafeteria be sure to remember this times: Breakfast: 7-9:30 am Meal: 1-3 pm Dinner: 7-9 pm At the entrance of the cafeteria there will be a bunch of cards with your names, so in order to take your meal you have to look for the card with your name and sign in the line that corresponds to that day (seems complicated but its very easy, we will show you how to do it). -->

Weather

Mexico’s tropical weather is modified by its range of altitudes in the inland areas and the influence of the two oceans. Southern coastal regions have mean annual temperatures of 20°C (71°F), fluctuating from 10°C (50°F) to 32°C (90°F). North arid and central temperate zones have average temperatures that rarely fluctuate below 5°C (40°F) or above 32°C (90°F), in the mountainous regions which rarely exceed 20°C. Rainfall is a meteorological element that varies from one region to another. In the City of Monterrey the weather is similar to north arid and mountainous regions.


Local & National transportation

As transport infrastructure is provided by highway to the border with the United States (highway to Nuevo Laredo and Reynosa), the Gulf of Mexico (Pan-American Highway) and the rest of the country (core Saltillo-Torreon-Mazatlan-Matehuala San Luis Potosi, Mexico DF). With a rail freight service to the port city of Tampico and elsewhere in the country.

Airport Mariano Escobedo International Airport, is the main air port of entry to the state of Nuevo León. The airport is considered one of the most modern airports in North America; can serve up to 8 million passengers a year. Eighty-seven percent of domestic passenger traffic is mainly from Mexico City, Guadalajara, Chihuahua and Tijuana, and thirteen percent of passenger traffic is international, mostly from the U.S. cities of Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles. Has nearly 300 daily flights to over 35 destinations in Mexico, North America and Europe. The airport serves as a clearinghouse for Aeromexico, Aeromexico Connect and Viva Aerobus. The airport terminals have been renovated and expanded in 2007 and again in 2010. The airport transported 6,586,190 passengers in 2008 and 5,199,895 in 2009. The Mariano Escobedo Airport [MTY] is located outside main city about 30 min by car.

Urban transport

The city has 2 subway lines, called Metrorrey. Public buses are in charge of transporting the largest number of people every day, thanks to the variety of paths that exist in the city; 97% of the city is served by this service. Taxis cover a wide sector; the city has more than 30.000 units.

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Social Life

Monterrey is a city full with places to enjoy great company and fantastic music. Monterrey's nightlife is lively and there are a wide variety of nightclubs to suit all tastes. You can dance to electronic sounds, cumbia norteña, Spanish rock and many other musical styles. In addition there are clubs in Monterrey to play salsa, jazz and piano, and even many restaurants have some type of live music and mariachis. The great live concerts are also very common and probably have the chance to see a famous rock artist to an accomplished classical musician.

In Monterrey's nightlife can also discover the true “Grupero” rhythm typical of northern Mexico and the U.S. Latino community and has many followers. In many clubs in Monterrey dance and live music groups that perform this type of music.

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Much of the nightlife in Monterrey is concentrated in an area of cobbled streets called Barrio Antiguo, which is very close to the Macro Plaza. The district offers a special charm for those who like the bohemian atmosphere, the buildings, doors, windows and fittings are memories of early life. There are bars and nightclubs with live and recorded music from different genres, specialty restaurants and cafes. Although there are many other entertainment spots scattered throughout the city, is in the Old Town where it usually meets all young people and where you can visit the best hot spots.

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Special Remarks

Language: The official language is Spanish, although several indigenous dialects from some special zones as in the southeast and northeast are heard.

Currency: The official unit of currency is the peso, which is available in coins of the following denominations: 10, 20 and 50 cents, 1, 2, 5 and 10 pesos; and bills of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 pesos. Traveler’s checks or foreign currency may be cashed or exchanged at banks or money exchange houses.

Electric Current: In the City of Monterrey electric current is 120 volts, 60 cycles. If in doubt, check whether specific electrical appliances can be adapted to local current.

CLINICAL ROTATION: Your starting time will depend of the department in which you were accepted, it can vary from 7-9am. And usually it will finish around 2 pm also depending from your department; some times you can be asked to stay for a night shift as part of your clinical rotation.

Feedback

We are looking forward to receive you; our Faculty, our Hospital and our students will make a remarkable experience for you. We hope you visit Monterrey and see for yourself one of the best cities in the entire world. Any concern or question about our city or our terms, please contact us at leo_sinesp@yahoo.com.


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