Hello! Welcome to the official Xalapa’s Explore Page. Here you will find all the necessary information to know more about this magical city and decide to visit us, as it is one of the most beautiful places in México. So take a look and decide now, we are waiting for you!
Xalapa, state capital of Veracruz, is located in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental, at 1400 meters over the sea level. It is known as the “Athens of Veracruz” and “The city of flowers".
Although it is the capital state, and have about 457,614 people, is a city with a lot of provincial flavor, which cultural reputation is recognized national and internationally. There is a huge student population that is attracted by the university´s prestige, and so it creates a very cultural and interesting environment.
It has a lot of flora and fauna, a very nice weather and incredible warmth of its people. There are activities for everyone, theatre and concerts, sporting activities, extreme sports in it's surroundings, and a very large gastronomy.
UNIVERSITY AND HOSPITALS
Since 1974 The Faculty of Medicine Campus Xalapa from “Universidad Veracruzana" (UV) has been characterized by their hard work in the academic training of medical students. In the last years students curriculums has been in a process of transitions from a rigid model to a flexible one in which gives greater autonomy to the student. In order to combine theoretical knowledge with abilities and aptitudes, the clinical practice starts after the second year and follows the remaining five years.
Xalapa is a city of concentration in what health concerns about; most of the patients from the center region of the state are channeled to our hospitals. The Centro de Alta Especialidad (Center of High Specialtry) "Dr. Rafael Lucio"(CEMEV) will be your host hospital for the performance of the clinical practice; with a short history but with thousand merits, has became in one of the most important hospitals in center and east the country. Count with several medical specialties evaluated and certificated that will warranty that during your visit you are going to have attention and a quality training.
You can visit the hospital’s website. Here is something of history of the institution; in addition, you can check the commitment that the hospital has with the education development. http://www.cemev.gob.mx/
Soon opening new projects.
According to the schedule of attendance, the hospital could offer the breakfast and lunch, which is regularly typical Mexican food. If you stay at night in the service, you will receive the dinner. No pocket money.
Students are hosted in committee member´s house or, if it is possible, will rent an apartment the closest to the hospital.
Getting there: You can arrive to Xalapa by bus or plane and we always are going to received you as incoming in the airport or in the main bus station. Just only please inform us about your arrival date and hour!
Aeromar is the airline that flies from Mexico City to Xalapa. (Airport “El Lencero”) http://www.aeromar.com.mx/
By van from Mexico’s city airport:
In Terminal 1 in front of “National Arrivals” you can take a van of ADO service to Xalapa’s bus station. It is located near the car ramp that leads to the hotel Camino Real, anyway you can ask to a policeman or in an information point about ADO van to Xalapa. The ticket cost $564MX (prices could change), the travel time 4:30 hrs.
By van from Veracruz’ airport:
If you arrive in Veracruz´s Airport which is near to Xalapa you can get direct transport in ADO service van with a travel time of 2:00 hrs and cost about $ 300.00MX
If you decide travel from Mexico City to Xalapa in bus. You should arrive to the East Mexico City Bus Station (TAPO). You have to talk with your LEO because; maybe he can help you to arrive to this station. If you get to Mexico City, you can grab a bus to Xalapa´s terminal at a cost about $400.00MX in a travel time of 4 hrs.
Inside the city of Xalapa, the public transport is cheap with different routes that can easily transport you safely, with a price of $6.00MX for students and $9.00MX for general public.
The taxis are also a good option because they’re cheap, $25-$30MX is the common price, of course it depends the route.
All students must wear appropriate clothes for the hospital, closed white shoes, white shirts and pants, white coat and stethoscope, also bring your surgical scrub for enter the surgeries Don’t forget your IFMSA logbook/notebook, your LEO must give it to you to fill it about your practice in the hospital and in order to receive the certificate.
The clinical rotation is from Monday to Friday, the time can be varied depending on the area, but never more than 8 hrs per day. You can do nighshifts if you decide it. Saturday and Sunday are free for social program.
Not everybody in the hospital speak English, so you have to speak basic Spanish for having communication in the hospital and with patients. But don’t worry we’ll always be there to help!
We just want fun people with good attitude ;) so we're waiting for you!
Ith months in advane is posible prelinical exchanges in Emergency
LC active for preclinical exchange students in emergency medicine and pathology