Mexico (AMMEF) - Torreon
Internal Medicine, Forensic Medicine, General Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Traumatology and orthopedics, Anesthesiology
July, December
One per work day
Host family.

We dont accept partners / animals / family only exchanges students.
Sergio Alexis Muñiz Martínez

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.


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.)
      se 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.

Remember that Mexican cuisine, Mariachi and Charreria have been proclaimed Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

The main purpose of your Exchange is take more knowledge and practice habilities for your formation as a physician, don’t forget that. But, as we know, not everything is work and work, for that reason, in your free time or weekends you could go to many places that offers our city, from restaurants, shopping malls, parks, to night clubs where you can find fun as you wich. However, it’s important to clear, that Exchange don’t includes that, it means, that it’s extra, but don’t worry, we will be willing to be a guide for you, and also have fun too.

Torreon has some spaces to socialize and walk around, like; Paseo Colón, Paseo Morelos, Distrito Colón, Villa Antigua, and many night clubs to have fun.

Our cultural program includes a huge list of places you could visit in the city or near it.

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.

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.

Plaza Mayor. – It’s a big architectural complex in the Historic Center, where is located the City Hall, which is a tall and modern building. In the explanade we can find a monumental flag and a statue in honor of Benito Juárez. Around the square, are located too many bars and night clubs where you could have fun.

Arocena Building. - 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 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.

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. It is considerate the second most beautiful theater in our country.

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.

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. On Sundays it´s usual to see an art presentatios like Danza Folckórica Mexican.

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. Nazas Theater is the house of the Camerata de Coahuila.

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.

Urban Forest. - 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. Recently, the park has opened a Planetarium.

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 Torreón and the cities of Gómez Palacio and Ledo, which are in Durango.

Francisco Sarabia International Airport. - 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.

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).



As every state in our country, Coahuila has its typical dances as a part of our own identity. Specific in our region, La Laguna, the dances are related with the grapes and cotton, because in previous years it were the main crops. But also, we have ballroom dancing, which used to be danced around 1910 in Casino de la Laguna with luxurious dresses and suits.

Region Laguna includes another dresses to dance, like; Post Revolution dress of half mourning or Party dress from 50’s and 60’s decades for polka.

Torreón has some folckoric groups with their own styles. As a fact our University (UA de C) has a group too, which is considérate the best of the region, it name is Xochiquetzalli

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

Clinical rotation:

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

Working Conditions:

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!