The 'city of the mountains' is capital and largest city of Nuevo León state. As the third-largest metropolitan area in Mexico the city serves as a commercial center in the north of the country with more than 4 million people.
Rich in history and culture, Monterrey is often regarded as the most developed city in the entire country.
The mountains surrounding Monterrey contain many canyons, trails and roads that cross deserts and forests
Climate is semi-arid and is considered one of the warmest cities in Mexico.Summers are generally hot, spring and fall temperate, and winters mild.
The Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León is the most important public education institution in our state. In 1952 the most important public hospital, the Hospital Civil was donated to our university giving its administration duties to our honorable Faculty of Medicine and creating one of the most important hospital in the whole southeast region of Mexico, the Hospital Universitario ‘Dr. Jose Eleuterio Gonzalez’
In addition of representing one of the public health columns in our state it also holds countless of medical education opportunities, almost all of the clinical practice in our curriculum takes place in our Hospital Universitario. We offer IFMSA exchange students the chance to do a one-month rotation in one of the following departments:
- Internal Medicine
- Emergency Medicine
- Surgery General
- Plastic Surgery
- Family Medicine
All of the research projects take place in our Faculty of Medicine that is located just beside our hospital. Boarding and lodging remains the same for both SCOPE and SCORE students. We have active projects (and keep updating them) in the following domains:
We offer one meal per working day in the hospital cafeteria of our hospital. The administration of our hospital hires a private company for the meal service for all interns, residents and exchange students which ensures an outstanding quality level of the food provided. The student is able to choose between different options of main meal and portions depending on the day.
You'll be welcomed to stay at our amazing students Residence, which has all the facilities you might need during your exchange. The Residence has a capacity of over 70 students, with more than 7 rooms and two main areas for men and women. It has amenities such as a kitchen, library room, common areas (living room, grill patio, TV room), an equipped gym and lots of places to have fun! The Residence is located 3 min walk away form the University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine and counts with security guards service 24 hrs a day!
Our city counts with an international airport (Mariano Escobedo International Airport) that has direct flights from plenty of airline hubs such as Mexico City, Houston, Atlanta, Panamá, New York and much more.
For moving around the city, we have two metro lines that will take you to the most important places in the city center for a really cheap price. If you are not in the mood of walking Uber is the safest choice for moving around and has significantly lower prices than the same service in other cities.
Chipinque Natural Park
Sultanes baseball match
Museums (Museo de Historia Mexicana, MARCO)
Sierra Madre Brewing Co.
What’s the weather like?
Monterrey is an arid region. Summer months are very hot for sure, don’t forget to pack sunscreen. Winter months can get very cold in a specific day but normal in another, pack both light and warm clothes.
What’s the dresscode for my rotation?
Surgical departments: scrubs + white coat
Internal medicine departments: pack scrubs and formal wear + white coat
Research: casual clothes + white coat
You won't be allowed access to the hospital (and its cafeteria) if you are wearing shorts, sandals or sleeveless shirts.
What type of currency should I bring?
If bringing cash, we suggest you bring USD with you since all exchange bureaus can change dollars, only some of them change euros and none change other type of currencies. Visa and mastercard are widely accepted in businesses and ATMs.