Welcome to Torreón a city which belongs to the state of Coahuila and is located 173 miles from Saltillo, the state capital. It is an industrial city that has grown significantly, becoming one of Mexico’s most important destinations for business tourism. Because of this, Torreón has excellent golf courses and shopping malls. Yet, Torreón is more than just business; it is a very attractive tourist destination for those wanting to carry out several activities during their holiday, from ecotourism to walks through the desert. Visitors can also enjoy going for interesting walks in order to know the varied cultural offer and the city’s recently revamped Historic Center.
About the city
In a region known as La Laguna. It was founded in 1893 and is a modern, industrial city. Torreon is a city and seat of the surrounding municipality of the same name in the Mexican state of Coahuila. As of 2010, the city's population was 608,836 with 639,629 in the municipality. The metropolitan population, including Matamoros, Coahuila, and Gomez Palacio and Lerdo in adjacent Durango, was 1,215,993. It is the ninth-biggest metropolitan area in the country and is one of Mexico's most important economic and industrial centers. Torreon is served by Francisco Sarabia International Airport, a small airport with flights to several cities in Mexico and the United States.
In economy, the area was originally a center for ranching. With irrigation the city became an important center for support for farming and processing of cotton. The city has industries in textiles, clothing and metals processing. It is close to facilities belonging to Peñoles, a Mexican mining group, and Motores John Deere (Agricultural and Construction machinery engines) among others.
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.
Torreón is located in the southwest corner of the state in an area known as La Laguna that comprises an area of the neighbor State of Durango. With nearly half a million inhabitants, it is the center of a metropolitan area of more than one million inhabitants. Since it is part of the desert region of northern Mexico, Torreón has a dry climate and hot temperatures. Torreón hosts more than 30 universities, both public and private. As host to one of the largest producers of milk in the country, the city has become a key industrial zone.
Av. Juárez Nº 950 ote. Torreón, Coahuila. Tels. 713-4416, 713-4468 y 717-6563 http://www.uadec.mx
In the majority of the cases you will be placed at the Hospital Universitario de Torreón 'Dr. Joaquín del Valle Sánchez' in Torreón! It is located in the center of Torreón next to the Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila.
Professional Exchange If you want to apply for a clinical clerkship you can choose between the different departments of our university hospital.
Here is a list of the departments and institutes
*Department of Anaesthesiology *Department of Nephrology *Department of Cardiology, Pneumology and Angiology *Department of Neurology *Department of Neurosurgery *Department of Dermatology *Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Rheumatology *Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectiology *Department of Ophthalmology *Department of General and Visceral Surgery *Department of General Paediatrics *Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics *Department of Orthopaedics *Department of Haematology, Oncology and Clinical Immunology *Department of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology *Department of Urology
The city of Torreon, the "Perla de la Laguna" (PearI of La Laguna), is located in the southeastern part of the state of Coahuila. The city is close to the state of Durango where you find the cities of Gomex Palacio and Lerdo. "La Laguna". These cities can be arrived by plane or car communicated to the major cities in the country such as Mexico, Guadalajara, Monterrey , Chihuahua , Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana. Downtown Torreon is divided into three sectors that form a triangle bordered by three boulevards. These are Independencia, Revolucion and Diagonal Reforma, this three sectors are divided by Calzada Colon an avenue that is the pride of the residents of Torreon and by Calzada Cuauhtemoc an avenue for the east that is known for its business. There are many attractions waiting to be seen in downtown Torreon. Standing out is Paseo de la Morelos a beautiful avenue famous in México for its distinctive legendary palm trees.
Also along this avenue are a great variety of businesses, hotels and restaurants. Along Juarez and Hidalgo streets you will find many businesses. The Plaza de Armas is a square that has four beautiful fountains and around this garden you will find attractive buildings that stand out for their architecture. On the northern side are three of the largest buildings Morelos, the Banco de Mexico, a bank. Hotel Palacio Real, a hotel and Edificio Monterrey. On the southern side are same buildings made of quarry these ate two banks and between them the famous Casino de la Laguna which was inaugurated on September 15, 1910 lo commemorate 100 years of the independence of México!
Not far from the Plaza de Armas is the Mercado Juárez a market that has a variety of eateries that offer good food. You will find an array of regional crafts. The symbol of the city a "Torreon " or turret can be found on rings, cups, ashtrays; holders and salt shakers.
Also in downtown is the church of Guadalupe which dates back more than 100 years. You can admire attractive buildings Iike the old Francia hotel, the Salvador hotel which is now a Howard Johnson, the Galicia hotel and the Casa Arocena. Also interesting is the Eduardo Guerra archives and historical center where you will find documented of great historical value as well-as the four original sculptures that can be seen on the fountains in The Plaza de Armas. In the eastern section you will come across oriental style residences which are legendary built in the time of great prosperity in the region. These homes have been restored and converted into offices in the corner of the streets Presidente Carranza and Leona Vicario you can see the great architectural beauty.
Waiting to be visited is the Perpetuo Socorro temple with its colorful stained-glass windows and beautiful alter carved out of fine wooden. You will also find the Methodist temple San Pablo on Morelos avenue, the Catedral del Carraeri and you must not miss the majestic Isauro Martínez theatre. All this and much more await you in the downtown area. Other sites of interest are the Museo del Torreon this museum is in the sector known as the Alianza and is of historical interest since it was here that the city of Torreon was founded. The Museo de la Revolución is considered the smallest museum in the world and is located in La Casa Colorada or red house. You must also visit Plaza de la Constitucion with, its monumental turret, the museum and the Cerro de las Noas. Future plans contemplate building The Rotonda de los Laguneros ilustres honoring those famous men and women who were born or lived in La Laguna.
Accommodation and Boarding
Usually you will be hosted either in a students’ flat share or in a students’ dorm. Anyway you will find a washing machine and completely equipped cooking facilities. You don’t need to bring sheets, but we cannot always provide towels etc. Unfortunately we are not able to find an accommodation for all IFMSA-Incomings in the same place, but we try to put you in a lively and social surrounding with mexican students. You will have your own room but you may have to share the flat (kitchen, bathroom) with people of the other sex. Please contact us if this is a problem so we can deal with it!! Usually the flats are not farer than 5 or 10 minutes from the center. “Social program” We don’t have an established social program, but in summer we can arrange it on the 2nd and the 4th weekends. We normally do weekend trips to Saltillo, Parras de la Fuente, Cuatrociénegas, Las Dunas de Bilbao, la Concha, etc. Transportation and other variable costs are not included in the Exchange fee and will be on your own expense.
Is plenty of social life with museums, parks, bars, restaurants, concerts, etc. Every day you can do something different. Dunas de Bilbao.- It is an impressive area with fine desert sand, a product of the erosion of the natural elements by the passage of time, that causes us to be transported by our imagination, to the Middle East. For that reason the area has been chosen by different directors to be used in their movies, even internationally. The Dunes of Bilbao are located 65 km east of Torreon, which is approximately 45 minutes traveling by car. Zona del Silencio.- In the central part of the Bolson de Mapimi the Silent Zone is located. The enigmatic name is worthy of many of myths that have arisen around the zone. The Bolson de Mapimi, is located in the central-north part of the country, about 180 km to the northwest of La Laguna that has as main cities: Torreon-Gomez Palacio-and Lerdo, that comprises the Chihuahuense Desert. The Silent Zone is located between Durango, Chihuahua, and Coahuila, between parallels 26 and 28, in the place called: Trino Vertex. The Silent Zone is designated as such because radio waves cannot be transmitted in a normal way, this occurs only in some small sections of the area because magnetic fields exist.
Among its main attractions are: • Guadalupe Temple, A sundial is located outside of this somber church constructed of stone with a central European flair.
• Museum of the Site "El Torreoncito", The city received its name based on this vigilant tower constructed in 1850. It is now a cultural space exhibiting photos of the city's historical buildings and has a mausoleum of its builder, don Leonardo Zuloaga.
• City Historical Museum (Casa del Cerro), This house was constructed a century ago by the engineer Federico Wulff as his home. Now, it houses an exhibit of period furniture, art galleries and an outdoor forum for artistic events.
• Plaza de Armas, Traditional and relaxing gathering point where people, past and present, meet in its historic buildings made up of hotels, government offices and banks.
• Arocena Buliding, Built by the state of Carlos Arocena, this building stands out amidst its surroundings, French style elements such as Art Nouveau and Art Deco adorn its farade.
• La Laguna Club, This appreciated Spanish Renaissance style structure from the first decade of the twentieth century preserves relevant historic events.
• A sample is the mark left by cannon strike, which still can be seen in it farade
• Old La Laguna Bank, The neoclassical image of this property, built in1911, is an excellent example of the architectural splendor that the Porfirian style characterizes.
• The Anthropology and History Museum
• The Regional Museum of Laguna, Since 1976, this modern cultural facility has housed in its various rooms, an ethnographic sample of the first inhabitants of the region and an archeological collection from the same period.
• It also has an exhibit hall, auditorium, spacious library and a cafe.
• Casino de la Laguna • A monument honoring Father Hidalgo.
• La Casa Wulff del siglo XIX (Wulff House, 19th century).
• La Cruz Hill, with a terrace.
• Wax Museum, This museum was recently opened and is already revered for the realism of its wax sculptures of figures such as Cantinflas, Porfirio Diaz, Hidalgo and Morelos, among many others.
• The Alameda and the Jose Garcia de Letona Library.
• Catedral del Carmen.
• Parroquia de Guadalupe (Guadalupe parish church).
• Teatro Isauro Martinez, Construction began on this ambitious and beautiful architectural project in 1928 by don Isauro Martinez. Its structure de scribed as Gothic, Byzantine and Moorish, possesses an exquisite pictorial decor with an oriental flair done by the Valencian artist, Salvador Tarazona. The theater holds 700 people and is home to the Coahuila Chamber Orchestra.
• Cristo de las Noas, This spectacular religious complex with an area spreading across 70,000 square meters (753,100 sq.ft.) is situated on the Las Noas Hill. A monumental sculpture of Christ, which is the second largest monument of its kind in America, stands 20.8 meters (68.2 feet) tall. Surrounding the monument, the relevant historical sites in the life of the Nazarene are recreated.
• Cueva de la Candelaria (Cave), where there are evidences of prehispanic culture.
• Bibliotheca Zaragoza
• Arocena Building, Built by the estate of Carlos Arocena, this building stands out amidst its surroundings.
• French style elements such as Art Nouveau and Art Deco adorn its facade.
• Train Museum, This museum contains a railcar converted into a science center, an exhibition room and an antique steam locomotive, No. 1140. Scale models recreate the history that sparked the progress in La Comarca: the railroad.
• Museum of the Revolution, This site, known as the "Casa Colorada", was built in the mid-nineteenth century as a federal fort during the revolution, to hold off attacks from the townspeople. Historic coins photos, weapons and the birth certificate of Don Francisco I. Madero are pre served within this museum.
• Eduardo Guerra Historical Center, Inaugurated in 1923, this former residence of the cinematographer Isauro Martinez now safeguards original and valuable documents of the City.
• Nazas Theater, What was once and old theater is now a modern and comfortable cultural events arena. With the latest technology, the theater opens its doors to plays, musical concerts, opera and other artistic performances.
• Center for the Arts ICOCULT, Cultural activities such as theater, dance, music and painting are promoted within the galleries of this original and historic mansion. In addition to its exhibits, it also has an interesting library.
• Alameda Zaragoza, Fitting with the city, this extension of nature incorporates cultural spaces (i.e., the municipal public library) art (i.e., sculpture) and recreational areas (rides and basketball courts).
• Venustiano Carranza Forest, This park was converted into a natural sports and cultural complex. This vital part of the city is the favorite site among the many families that seek out nature and sports recreation throughout the week.
• Las Etnias Park, Designed for developing a culture that respects the environment, the park provides recreation for children and adults including children's playgrounds, man-made lakes with ducks, fish and other species, and camping areas.
• Fundadores Ecological Park, Landscapes, waterfalls, bridges and a man-made river are what embrace the visitors of this park in the city. With recreational areas and an outdoor theater, this natural space fosters a family atmosphere.
• Nazas River Bridge, Inaugurated in 1932, this bridge was built by the states of Coahuila and Durango.
• The structure, which spans across the Nazas River, is the principal roadway connection between Torreon and the cities of Gomez Palacio and Ledo, which are in Durango.
• Francisco Sarabia International Air Port, In order to serve its users, this completely renovated airport integrates the most modern and functional customer service systems, making it an excellent example of an aviation infrastructure.
• It is the first in the country to have an ecological substation.
• Sierra de Jimulco, For those looking to come into contact with nature, this mountainous relief located 70 km (43.4 miles) to the south of Torreon offers ideal conditions for mountain climbing (on Picacho Hill which is 3.120 meters (10,236 ft. high), walking, rock climbing, rappelling, mountain biking, and riding all-terrain vehicles. The guided tours take into account all security.
The main festival in Torreon is La Feria del Algodon y La Uva (the Cotton and Grape Fair), and is celebrated in September (8th-22th).]
• Bus (central de Autobuses)
• Airplain (Aeropuerto Internacional Francisco Sarabia.) http://www.oma.aero/es/aeropuertos/torreon/
The region's climate is arid: rainfall is scarce but more prominent in summer, at the same time as temperatures are very hot by day and cool at night, although the urban heat island effect causes temperatures on summer nights to be considerably warmer than nearby areas. Flora and fauna are those common to semidesert habitats. The city is 56 km (35 mi) southwest of historic San Pedro de las Colonias, where some of the Mexican Revolution fighting occurred.
On the arriving: Passport, Student photo, Copy of health insurance
First of all not everybody in the hospital speak English, so you have to speak basic Spanish for having communication in the hospital and with patients. But do not worry we’ll always be there to help you. All students must wear appropriate clothing, closed shoes in the hospital, white pants, white coat, stethoscope and fill the notebook IFMSA official exchanges in order to receive the certificate
Monday to Friday, from 7:00 am to 14:00 h Saturday and Sunday are free for social program The exchange attends daily clinical work where he/she will be guided by a tutor. Exchange students work under the same conditions as Mexican students and must follow all regulations at the hospital. The student won’t have to do night shifts but you can if you want it’s up to you (all service 1 per week) on the rotation. The incomings should attend the full period of the clerkship (Monday to Fridays per 4 weeks) in order to receive the certificate. Clerkship might be cancelled if the expected amount of workdays isn't accomplished by the incoming student. Digital documents required: Passport, Student photo, Language certificate, Copy of health insurance, Academic reference (all the documents only by database and email).
- Incomings have to bring along own stethoscope and white coat, international students ID-card is recommended.
- Incomings are NOT supposed to bring along relatives, boy- or girlfriend, pets etc.
- We do place friends as couples if requested but not three or four people together.
Torreon the most success city in Coahuila!!!
Torreon entrepreneurial city, mineral wealth, cultural, fertile soils and warm people who always willing to extend a hand to those in need. For that and many more reasons not miss the opportunity to come and visit us and make your Exchange!
- Miguel Eduardo Marín Canto
- Sandra Rebeca Chávez Vázquez
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