Brazil (IFMSA Brazil) - Fortaleza-UFC
Dermatology, General Surgery, Gyneacology/Obstetrics, Nephrology, Plastic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Traumatology/Orthopaedics
April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December, January, February, March
Mostly Host Family, but sometimes Student Flat
Host Family or Student Flat
No Specific EC

LEO IN-D: Nicolas / LEO IN: Leonardo, Paulo
LEO OUT-D: James / LEO OUT: Isabelle
LORE IN-D: Lucas
LEO UFC Fortaleza

Is the state capital of Ceará, located in Northeastern Brazil. With a population close to 2.62 million (metropolitan region over 3.6 million), Fortaleza is the 5th largest city in Brazil.

To the north of the city lies the Atlantic Ocean; to the south are the municipalities of Pacatuba, Eusébio, Maracanaú and Itaitinga; to the east is the municipality of Aquiraz and the Atlantic Ocean; and to the west is the municipality of Caucaia. Residents of the city are known as Fortalezenses. Fortaleza is one of the three leading cities in the Northeast region together with Recife andSalvador.[2][3]

The city was one of the host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Additionally, Fortaleza was one of the host cities of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

The Federal University of Ceará (UFC) is a public university in the city of Fortaleza that enrolls approximatelly 27000 students, thereby becoming the 5th largest university in Brazil. 
The faculty of medicine was founded in 1948 and is now locaed at the Campus Porangabuçu, 6 minutes from the downtown of the city. Clinical clerkships take place at Hospital Universitário Walter Cantídio (HUWC).
Today, HUWC is characterized as an entity that provides high complexity health care, performing from kidney and liver transplants, routinely, to clinical research related to various regional and national graduate programs, and participation in multicenter studies in advanced clinical research protocols.
As an university hospital mostly all the departments are available and during the practices. We always try to place you in your first choice but sometimes it is not possible and the department in your CA might change.
-Study of familial endorcine neoplasias
-Role of the microbiota in animals experimental models of treatments neuropsychiatric
-Study of the evaluation of antidepressant constituents EPA hoasca
-Handling; experimental infection, treatment in cutaneous leishmaniasis
-Tilapia skin as an occlusive burn treatment
-Studies of mechanisms mediating the side effects of cancer chemotherapy
-MSI detection in gastric cancer
During the work days, from Monday to Friday, we provide one complete meal per day (the lunch) that will be held in the university/hospital restaurant. You will be given lunch tickets and you will have to sign in a paper to avoid any problems or mistakes.
If you come to Fortaleza you will most likely stay in the host family house of a medical student from UFC or you may stay in a student flat.
Fortaleza has an International Airport called Aeroporto Internacional Pinto Martins, which receives flights from cities abroad like Lisbon (TAP) and Miami. 
When you arrive to the city the contact person will pick you up at the airport and take you home.
In the city: 
  • The best way to travel is by bus, but we also have a subway in a small area of the city.
  • If you wanna travel outside the city the bus or a hired car would be good.
  • You also may take taxis, but they are a little bit expensive depending on how far from the medical school you are.
Here you can find the prices of the buses:

Fortaleza is a forró-stronghold. Virtually any day of the week you can find a party with live music and this traditional dance, sometimes in quite modern variations (often referred to as forró universitário). On weekends you can choose from literally dozens of places. For a more genuine, tourist-free happening, you must move towards the outskirts of the city, paying up to R$ 30 by cab.
  • History Train and Step-by-Step History are two free tours offered on alternating Saturdays in the city centre. Show up at Banco do Nordeste, Rua Floriano Peixoto 941, at 1:15 PM. Both last about 3 hours. Basic Portuguese is a must.
  • Praça do Ferreira is the main city square, with stores, restaurants, a movie theater and plenty of benches.
  • Praça José de Alencar has plenty of greenery and is the place to catch the city's best street performers.
  • Theatro José de Alencar[22] on the south side of the above square. The architectural landmark of the city, finished in 1912, has performances almost every evening. Visits every hour on the hour, except noon. R$ 4, 30 minutes.
  • The Dragão do Mar[23] culture center, opened in 1999, has an art museum, a library, a cinema and surrounding nightlife.
  • Museu de Arte e Cultura Popular, Rua Senador Pompeu 350, centre. Located in an old prison, now the Centro de Turismo, along with a handicraft market and a tourist information. Displays many fine examples of folk art as well as boats and other cultural relics.
  • The sunset, either from Ponte Metalica, Praia Iracema, or the beach by the fish market, Mucuripe.
  • Parque Ecologico do Cocó, the city's largest green area, near the Iguatemi-mall. No lawns, but a nice walk in the woods.
  • Cathedral, city centre. The closer you get, the worse it looks, with a parking lot and all. But it still has nice mosaics. French architect George Mounier allegedly was inspired by the Cologne cathedral. Note the 40 year span between the initial works and the inaugural mass, above the main entrance.
  • Museu do Ceará, Rua Sao Paulo 51, one block north of Pr. do Ferreira, centre. In a late 19th-century seat of state government. Explains the history of the state of Ceará and its capital. Free entry.
  • Museu do Automóvel (Veteran Car Club do Brasil), Rua Desembargador Manuel Sales Andrade 70 (Walk some 7 blocks up Av. Cel. Miguel Dias from Shopping Iguatemi's main entrance, then turn right.),