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Location of Michoacan in Mexico

Time zone GMT -6
Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people 35 per 1000 people
Member of IFMSA-MEXICO since... 2005
Number of incoming students per year 17 - 20
Who is our LEO Héctor Eguía Contreras
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Welcome Note

Welcome to Morelia, SAFADI (Student’s Society of Dr. Ignacio’s Faculty of Medicine). You will have a wonderful experience discovering all of the natural beauties our state and city has.


Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. The city is the capital of the state. The main pre-Hispanic cultures here were the P'urhépecha and the Matlatzinca, but no major cities were founded in the valley during this time. The Spanish took control of the area in the 1520s. The Spanish under Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza founded a settlement here in 1541 with the name of Valladolid, which became rival to the nearby city of Pátzcuaro for dominance in Michoacán. In 1580, this rivalry ended in Valladolid’s favor and it became the capital of the colonial province. After the Mexican War of Independence, the city was renamed Morelia in honor of José María Morelos y Pavón, who is from here. In 1991, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well preserved colonial buildings and layout of the historic center.

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Our health care system

Morelia’s health care system is composed of three sectors: the public sector, financed through taxes; the private sector, financed through voluntary insurance schemes; and the social security sector, financed through obligatory insurance schemes. The public system is highly decentralized to the provincial level; often primary care is even under the purview of local townships. Since 2001, the number of Morelians relying on public services has seen an increase. According to 2000 figures, 37.4% of Morelians had no health insurance, 48.8 were covered under Seguro Popular, 8.6% had private insurance, and 3.8% were covered by both Seguro Popular and private insurance schemes. There are more than 2,800 hospital beds, in all of the Hospitals of Morelia.

The hospitals

We manage two Hospitals for our incomings: • Hospital Civil Dr. Miguel Silva that has most of the departments such as surgery, emergency medicine, hematology, and more... • Hospital Infantil Eva Samano de Lopez Mateo that is your best option for Paediatrics and related departments like neonatal medicine for example.

Our medical education

Facultad de Ciencias Médicas y Biológicas "Dr. Ignacio Chávez" – UMSNH Founded in may 1st 1830. Three years after the foundation the surgery cathedra was created, like an expansion to the faculty of medicine. Few years after it’s foundations, the faculty began to receive thousands of students, and expanded it’s classrooms in a 200%, and also began to have the Faculty’s own Textbooks for the first years subjects The faculty’s growth has been progressive, in number of students and in academic ways. Like that, nowadays we have 5 thousand students, and more medic related careers like odontology, nursery… Our careers consists in 7 years, 5 years of study in the school, 1 year in rotation in the Hospital, and 1 year of service in a comunity.

Cultural differences

Michoacan is a mix of inspiration and sensibility; of art, typic towns, culture and natural beautys. Known for it's vivid artistic and cultural expressions like the soul of Mexico. Thanks to the missionaries that were leaded by Don Vasco de Quiroga, in Michoacan, cultural rates erased, creating schools where the spanish and indians were educated. Don Vasco de Quiroga established in 1538, the "Colegio de San Nicolás" in Pátzcuaro.

To talk about art and culture in Michoacán, it's necessary to mention Morelia, it's capital. This city is a clear example of the renaissance ideas that influenced to planify the cities of New Spain.

Morelia with it's constructive quality and plastic unity in every building and plaza have made it such an architectural merit, that in 1991 the UNESCO declared it Humanity's Cultural Patrimony.

Between the architectonic and cultural beauties in Morelia are:

The first America's conservatory in the XVIII century, named "El Conservatorio de Las Rosas". This place is home of the internationally recognized Chorus of the singing kids of Morelia (Coro de los Niños Cantores de Morelia).

Ocampo Theatre, built in 1831 with the name of "El Coliseo" (The Coliseum). The name was change in june 3rd 1861, after receiveing the notice of the execution of Don Melchor Ocampo, naming the theatre Ocampo Theatre.

Morelos Theatre, it was designated a National Monument by the city of Morelia and the National Institute of Antropology & History. This building remains in the same state as early in the XIX century.

Accommodation & Boarding

Incomings stay at student’s houses, and receive 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner).

Social program

In Morelia we offer a very outstanding social program ALL YEAR LONG. We take our incomings to different places in Morelia and we also take incomings to nearby places outside of Morelia, places that are very interesting touristic spots, which includes:

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Ciudad Hidalgo’s Sulfurs LagunaAzufres.jpg

Ixtapa's Beaches IxtapaMIL.jpg Ixtapa2MIL.jpg [only july and august incomings]

Patzcuaro’s Lake Patzcuaro.jpg and more…

Local & National transportation

Morelia is four hours from Mexico City via the Atlacomulco-Maravatío-Morelia highway and is connected by highways to the states of Mexico, Querétaro, Guanajuato and Jalisco. It is connected to the Michoacán coast via highway 200 that passes through Uruapan to the port of Lázaro Cárdenas. General Francisco Mujica International Airport or Morelia International Airport is an international airport at Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. The airport handles both domestic and international flights, with connections to Mexico City, Uruapan, Lázaro Cárdenas, Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Tijuana and several destinations in the United States. The airport is named after a former governor of the state of Michoacán. The local transportation inside the city is by buses and combi, that have many routes all over the city and it has a very low price.


Morelia can be damn cold in winter months (December – February) with some rainy days, but mostly it’s sunny in spring, summer and fall.. Temperature may reach from 5°C to 28°C.

Social life

In Morelia we have a very intensive but not tired social life. We take our incomings to different places in Morelia, such as museums, parks, lakes, historic buildings, bars, discos, pubs, partys, malls and more…

A little part of the best mall in Morelia, Paseo Altozano

Special Remarks

Every incoming of july & august MUST bring a food recipe from their country, the reason is that we do an International Party, so everybody can taste food from other countries. Generally, the students have to bring white clothes, including white coat, for the Hospital (Except if you’re on surgery department).


We will be waiting for you with our arms wide open to offer you a very pleasent and incomparable experience… Any doubts you can contact us at this mail:

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