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Comité Estudiantil de la Facultad de Medicina Unidad Saltillo

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Time zone GMT -6 Number of doctors per 1000 people 1.5
Birth rate per 1000 people... 17.5
Mortality rate per 1000 people ... 4.8
Member of IFMSA-MEXICO since... 2005
Number of incoming students per year 22
Who is our LEO Alejandro García Niño
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Welcome to the "Athens of Mexico", the "Detroit of Mexico"... welcome to SALTILLO! Located in the south-east of the state, Saltillo is the capital city of Coahuila. It`s metropolitan area includes the Ramos Arizpe and Arteaga municipalities, with one of the highest GDP per capita in the country.

About the City

Founded by the Spaniards as the Villa de Santiago de Saltillo in 1577, our city is the capital of the state of Coahuila in North-Eastern Mexico. Saltillo is known as ‘The Athens of Mexico’ for its vibrant cultural scene and its many educational centres and thinkers. It is also called the ‘Detroit of Mexico’ because of its automotive industry, with the Daimler-Chrysler and General Motors plants. Saltillo is the land of sarape and the bread of pulque. Today is a cosmopolitan city which enjoys sustainable roads and one of the very few cities in Mexico with bike lanes.

The city is located about 400 km south of the U.S. state of Texas, and 90 km west of Monterrey, Nuevo León.

With a population of 823,098 habitants, the locals are mainly engaged in the industrial & manufacturing sector.


Our University

The Autonomous University of Coahuila (Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, or "UAdeC") is a state university founded in 1957. It is located in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila. The university system has three campuses — Saltillo, Torreón, and Norte — distributed among the most populated cities in the state. It perhaps the only one university in the world which is governed by a President elected for a period of 3 years by direct general balloting by the unqualified vote of both students and teachers.

In order to meet the demand for higher education in the state of Coahuila, UAdeC has three campuses located throughout the state. The campus in Saltillo comprises 24 schools, the Torreón campus has 17 schools and the Campus Norte in Monclova has 10 schools. Students have access to computers connected to the Internet and all the university centers have cafeterias, a library and sports facilities.

Our health care system

Mexico is one of the most popular world renowned for great diversity of natural, cultural, archaeological, tourist-class infrastructure and a high quality service that sets us apart in the world. Health care has been a reason for visitors to USA, Canada, Europe, South America and around the world who have relied on the services and world class infrastructure and destinations that Mexico offers on Medical Tourism Specialty Clinics, Welfare and Retirement. Mexico is one of the most diverse countries in its medical and specialty supply high quality and advanced technology, competing with the best in the world. Connectivity and immediate scope of services allows us to provide the medical and health tourism, the best professional service for their care and attention “Our hospitals” Hospital Universitario de Saltillo Hospital General de Saltillo

Available departments:

Anaesthesia| Emergency Medicine | Family Medicine | Geriatrics | Gynaecology/Obstetrics | Intensive and Critical Care | Internal Medicine-Cardiology | Internal Medicine-Endocrinology | Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology | Internal Medicine-General | Internal Medicine-Invasive Cardiology | Internal Medicine-Nephrology | Internal Medicine-| Internal Medicine-Pulmonary  | Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine | Neurology |Oncology | Ophthalmology | Otorhinolaryngology | Paediatrics |  Paediatrics-Surgery | Respiratory Medicine | Surgery-Cardiothoracic Surgery | Surgery-Cardiovascular Surgery | Surgery-Gastrointestinal Surgery | Surgery-General | Surgery-Orthopedics | Traumatology |  Urology


Saltillo is a colonial city, founded 451 years ago. Two heritages were materialized here, the Spanish one and the Tlaxcalteca. The culture of Saltillo goes hand in hand with its traditions and origins, as we see this reflected in its holidays.

The holiday of "Saint Christ of the Chapel" (Santo Cristo de la Capilla) has more than 300 years of celebration and it's celebrated the August 6th.

The commemoration of the "Ojo de Agua", which is celebrated the 2nd Sunday of September. In this holiday there are dances and matachines, with a Tlaxcalteca origin.

The "State Fair", which is celebrated in the month of July. it has several types of exhibitions, such as handcrafts, industrial, commercial and stockbreeding.


Saltillo offers handcrafts that are recognized worldwide. Among them you will find the Sarape and the clay floor which is known as “Saltillo Tile”.


This sport started in 1950 and currently there are 20 Charros associations. On Sundays several events take place in different arenas (Lienzos Charros) of the locality; among them we can mention the “Profesor Enrique González”, “El Rayito” and “El Cortijo”. Saltillo has excellent skirmishes, which have represented Mexico in different countries such as Italiy, Spain, Cuba, Panama and El Salvador.

Sarape The blanket (or poncho) is a rectangular piece of male use, with or without opening for the head with multicolored stripes like a rainbow. It is one of the most representative objects of Mexico. The blanket is a piece of traditional clothing from Mexico usually masculine colors and patterns or designs usually somewhat predictable. You can wear with elegance and relatively the male equivalent of women's shawl.

In the historic center you can visit Sarapes Factory, where you can see how to create one of these items, if desired, buy one. Pulque Bread Pulque bread is the great tradition of the region, now the city of Saltillo is related or synonymous with the product, and consumers searched for inhabitants of the whole country and abroad. The best known product is pulque bread with nut in Mena bakery, which has several stores in the city. Sweet.

Ramos Snow Cones It is another of the famous traditions of Saltillo; famous for its various flavors, is located in different places around the city. Snow Cones has distinctive flavors such as coconut, mango, lemon, melon and nutty. One of the desserts that even now continues in the city.


Accommodation and Boarding

Lodging in a student house with his/her family. We don't place boyfriends together. You will be provided with 1 meal minimum: Breakfast, wich you can take in the your host family's house or later in the hospital; depending on hospital you can have Meal in the hospital's cafeteria and Dinner back in home or outside at your own cost.

Social program

In June & July

Social Life

Saltillo is a city full with places to enjoy great company and fantastic music. It'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. You could be able to discover the true “Grupero” rhythm typical of northern Mexico and the U.S. latin community. In many clubs, live music groups perform this type of music. Our local base-ball team and twice champions of the Mexican Baseball Leage, the Saraperos of Saltillo, have great fans. If you come in season, you can enjoy the Sarapero's spirit in our Baseball Stadium Madero.



For being an innovador museum in its presentation as a didactal and ludic space for the citizens of the State of Coahuila, the Chihuahua Desert and from all the country, ¡this museum is the second most important in its type worldwide! The museum is integrated by four pavilions and one of its greatest attractions is the dinosaurs room, where some species of these prehistoric animals are exhibited.


This museum shows the majority of the birds species that reside in Mexico. It has more than 2,350 specimens, which represents 75% of the bird fauna of the country. This museum is the only one in Latin America.


It is devoted to the apostle Santiago. It has 71.21 height meters, it’s the highest in the North of the country. In the lateral altar of Saint Joseph, we can admire the silver frontal which was a part of the collection “Mexico, Splendor of Thirty Centuries” that has traveled all around de world causing great admiration. This frontal is a goldsmithery piece from the viceroyalty from the XVIII Century, made in silver sheet, and hand made by handcrafters of Saltillo.


The image that is venerated there, Saint Christ of the Chapel, has an enormous amount of devotes and it is the most antique of the city, because it was brought in 1608. The celebration of the holiday of the Church is on August 6th, and it’s the most frequented of the religious holiday in this city.


















Local transportation

By plane:

You can get to the city by our Guadalupe International Airport, but is more expensive because it is a small airport we highly suggest to land in monterrey and then take a bus to here.

By bus:

You can take a bus in the airport that will get you to our city, the estimate time is 1:20 hours but is usually less.


The climate in Saltillo, is usually dry with little rain in summer and winter, with an average temperature of 17 ° C. Winters are cool to be common temperatures below 0 ° C and with chance of rain. The summers are warm with temperatures that can exceed 38 ° C a few days and there may be storms and rains mainly in the afternoons.

Special Remarks

CA AND INSURANCE WILL BE ASKED UPON ARRIVAL Language: The official language is Spanish, although many people talk english because of the proximity with U.S.,but basic Spanish is mandatory Currency: The official unit of currency is the Mexican 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. Electric Current: is 120 volts, 60 cycles. If in doubt, check whether specific electrical appliances can be adapted to local current.

HOSPITAL 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. Specially, gynecology, pediatrics & emergency. Besides the exchange conditions on the exchange students must bring white coat, white pants and white closed shoes; or black shoes, black pants and shirt depending on the hospital also stethoscope and to fill the logbook in order to receive the certificate. We prefer substitutions rather tan cancellations, the student must inform the LEO as soon as possible


We really want for you to have an excellent exchange! And we will work hard for it to be accomplished! We Invite you to come and visit us!

Alejandro García Niño LEO CEFAMUS Cel. 844-132-77-17

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