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.
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 Gómez 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.
You could make your medical stay in Hospital General Universitario “Dr. Joaquín del Valle Sánchez”, and also in the Hospital Infantil, both of them belongs to the Medicine Faculty. But also, you can make a rotation in the Forensic Medical Service (SEMEFO; Servicio Médico Forense) of Fiscalía de Justicia del Estado.
We’re working to increase the hospitals where you can make rotations, with the purpose to expand your teaching field and take advantage of your Exchange trip.
We have two projects in the fields of genetics and inmunology. For more information check the Research Projects at IFMSA.org.
Evaluation of the role of Th17 cells in the protective effect of different vaccines against M.tuberculosis
Evaluation of the polymorphisms of ACE, AdipoQ, APO, ATP and PNPLA3 genes in the genetic susceptibility of obesity development.
1 or 2 meals per day at hospital, depends of the hospital, but also depends of the family, is very common you eat 3 times per day at host family home.
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 further 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. In case you want to hang out, you’ll have to pay your own expenses. But don’t worry, our team is conformed by a social and cultural guide, that are willing to make your experience great. Transportation and other variable costs are not included in the Exchange fee and will be on your own expense.
- Bus (central de Autobuses)
- Airplain (Aeropuerto Internacional Francisco Sarabia.) http://www.oma.aero/es/aeropuertos/torreon/
Use the lines: Aeromexico, TAR, American Eagle, Viva Aero bus, Volaris, Interjet.
- To go to the hospital you could take a taxi, uber or bus. It´s decisión of your contact person to takes you to the hospital, but it’s not an obligation.
We can plan for you, go to those places, but we have another places you would like near Torreón, such as Dunas de Bilbao, Puente de Ojuela. Parras de la Fuente. Or if you prefer you could go to the main and beautiful cities in México such as Mexico City, Los cabos, Cancún, Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta, Monterrey, Merida, Guanajuato, Zacatecas, and many other cities.
On the arriving: Passport, Student photo, Copy of health insurance remmeber this insurance need 1 hospital active in Torreon
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 o 15:00 h, depends of the hospital. Remember that at least you need to cover 80% of attendance to the hospital, and you can has just 4 non attendance in the period. The duration of the exchange is 4 weeks. 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.
- It’s important to clear, that the expenses of the social program runs by your own.
Torreón is the most successfull city in Coahuila!!!
Torreón; 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!