Exchange Conditions of IFMSA-Panama

Working Conditions
Languages
Spanish
(Fair)
Required
English
(Good)
Required
Languages Remarks
FULL SPANISH : Oncology, Gynaecology Oncology, General Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine Pulmonary, Internal Medicine Cardiology

All our Doctors understand and speak english, but if you want to communicate with patients, you must at least understand spanish
Clerkship Type
- Clinical Clerkship
A clinical clerkship is defined as the rotation of a student in a clinical department of a hospital or clinic, such as Dermatology and Pediatrics.
Required level of studies
3 years minimum
Graduated students allowed
yes

Even if accepted by the hosting country, students must be still enrolled in university by the time the Application Form is sent.
Clerkship Duration
4 weeks, 8 hours a day, 5 days per week
Dress code
Casual
What to Bring
- White coat
- Stethoscope
- Lamp
- Surgical Scrubs
Academic Quality
To obtain the SCOPE certificate you must:
  • At least 100% of assistant is required: We know that Panama is beautifull and you want to know it all, but we invite you to make the visits of the other provinces AFTER OR BEFORE the exchange. Dont skip the rotation days. 
  • IFMSA Evalutation form must be filled in by the end of the rotation


Nightshifts
No
Special Remarks
IT VARIES DEPENDING ON THE TUTOR
You will be presented to the  Head of the Service who will you assign you a Tutor ("Preceptor"). All exchange students will be in the clerkship with panamenians students and the tutor will demand the same as the panamenian students 
- All procedures you might perform must be under supervision of your Tutor.

Night Shifts is not OBLIGATORY, but if you want to do night shifts you can ask to your tutor.
Towns
Calendar

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Cities Remarks
Pediatrics is not available on December in Panama city
Calendar Remarks
ALL THE EXCHANGES LAST 4 WEEKS, YOU BEGIN  THE FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH AND FINISH THE LAST FRIDAY OF THAT MONTH. If you want to sent to your student in the middle of a month, please email us first
In some moths we may start the second monday of the month, you will know in your CA. If any student is accept in the middle of the week, we explain the reason. 

WAIT FOR YOUR CA BEFORE MAKING EXTRACURRICULAR PLANS.

Please don´t send your student in the middle of the week :)

In November and December have Panamenian festivities so we have many free days 


Disciplines
Disciplines

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Disciplines Remarks
Female Cancers: Gyneacology Oncology

ONLY SPANISH: 
Oncology, Gynaecology Oncology, General Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine Pulmonary, Internal Medicine Cardiology, Traumatology

ENGLISH AND SPANISH: Gynaecology Obstetrics, Surgery, Paediatrics, Otorhinolaryngology
General
Pocket money
No PAB
Boarding
- Host family
Lodging
- Host family
Social Program
NATIONAL SOCIAL PROGRAM
MONTHS: JANUARY, JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST 
We offer 1 weekend in San Blas islands. Also we do 1 night and day go out in each week in a lot of places in Panama
Each student has to pay for every activity and the social program is OPTIONAL

Student with disabilities
No
Couples
No
Link to ExPlore Page
Special Remarks
Application Form
Deadline
4Months
Unilateral fee
450 USD
Payment details for unilateral fee
TO BE PAID IN PANAMA.
Visa requirements
Many of the students of other countries dont need visa for enter to Panama, but if you need a Visa and doesnt have a Panamenian Consulate in your country, please contact us inmediately. 
We can provide Invitation letters and other documents if required. Please inform us at the moment you sent the AF. If it necessary, you should apply for TOURIST VISA. If you want to know if you need a visa to enter Panama, you can consult in this links 

http://www.embassyofpanama.org/pdf/consulate_documents/clasificacion_de_visas.pdf
http://www.atp.gob.pa/requisitos-de-entrada-panama


- People from most other countries can easily purchase a Tourist Card upon arrival at the Airport or with the Airline Company during your check-in. Please ask your Airline Company/Travel Agency
Link to Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website (or any other website that provides official information on visa)
Special Remarks
The AF MUST be sent at least 4 months in advance. Otherwise, we do not guarantee placement for the student.
All documents must be sent with the eAF.  See the list below on "Digital documents required".

You must bring one (1) ID-sized photo , copy of passport, and vaccination card to submit at the Teaching Department on the first day of your clerkship.

In order to accept your Application Form, it is compulsory to send a SCANNED copy (PDF FOMRAT) of the following documents through the database (as attached documents to your Application Form):

1. Health and Travel Insurance for the period of Clerkship

2. Passport (the page with your name and photo)

3. Recommendation letter SIGNED and STAMPED by the DEAN OF YOUR MED. FACULTY. Must be in English or Spanish.

4. Academic Record from the School Authority SIGNED and STAMPED (to confirm that the student has passed the required courses in his/her Medical School) it must be IN SPANISH OR IN ENGLISH

***********THE STUDENT MUST HAVE APPROVED THE SUBJECT WHEN SENDING THE AF**********

5. Motivation letter addressed to DR. ENRIQUE MENDOZA, DEAN OF THE FACULTY OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSIDAD DE PANAMA. Must be in English or Spanish.

6. Immunization records or Vaccine card with the proper vaccination for HBV, MMR, DPT.

7. Curriculum Vitae

8. Proof of Spanish or English Language Proficiency (for non-native Spanish speakers).

9. Approved Subject Card of Certification

WE DONT ACCEPT PRE-CLINICAL STUDENTS


Card Of Documents
Standard documents
- Health Insurance(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Motivation Letter for Department 1(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Passport copy(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Proof of Enrollment(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Curriculum Vitae(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Language certificate(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Motivation Letter for Department 2(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Motivation Letter for Department 3(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Motivation Letter for Department 4(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Recommendation Letter(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Student record (Subjects passed)(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Vaccination Card(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
Special documents
None
Upon Arrival documents
- Photo
Format
- Paper
- Health Insurance
Format
- Paper
The standard documents are the basic documents that the students are asking for and the special documents are less important, as only some Local Committees ask for them. So it's mandatory to upload the standard documents, but not the special ones. (Students do it when asked for by the LEO/NEO.)
The upon arrival documents are hard copies documents that the students are requested to take with them in the host country.”
Immunization requirements
HepB, HepA, Influenza, Neumococo, Tdap, MMR

Insurance
Health Insurance: IS MANDATORY AND MUST TO BE SENDED WITH THE AF. Please make sure you purchase an International Health Insurance which covers expenses in Panama. A hard copy of the Health Insurance will be asked at the first day of rotation.

We dont take responsability for the student who doesnt have a health insurance
As NMO we dont ask for travel, liability and malpractice insurance, however the exchange could get those type of insurance


Deadline
4 Weeks

Special remarks
Your Cards of Document have to be complete at the moment you send the Aplication Form.
The documents have to be in spanish or english. We dont accept another lenguage
Please upload 4 different letters of motivation. We need them to place you in the most suitable department, so plase take some time to write them, its important


IFMSA- Panama accepts graduate students, up to 6 months after graduation and only if they are still in college when sending the AF

Card of Acceptance
Deadline
8 Weeks
Special remarks
Card of Confirmation
Deadline
4 Weeks
Special remarks
Cancellations
Deadline
4 Weeks
Special remarks
In case of cancellation no money will be refunded
Substitutions
Deadline
8 Weeks
Special remarks
Substitute student’s documents’ should be sent to Incoming NEO
Substitutions must be same gender, period and department.
We must be notified of the replacement student at least 8 week before the clerkship starts. The student must provide as well all of the required documents 
Additional Information
Update Date
07/23/2018 17:25
Validation Date
04/01/2018 00:00
Special remarks