Poland (IFMSA-Poland) - Bialystok
LC GENERAL INFORMATION
300000
5000
Anaesthesia, Gynaecology/Obstetrics, Hematology, Intensive and Critical Care, Internal Medicine-Cardiology, Internal Medicine-Endocrinology, Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine-Nephrology, Neurology, Paediatrics, Paediatrics-Surgery, Surgery-Cardiovascular Surgery, Surgery-Gastrointestinal Surgery, Surgery-General, Surgery-Neurosurgery, Surgery-Orthopedics, Surgery-Thoracic Surgery, Surgery-Vascular Sugery, Urology, Ophtalmology
July, August
15 SCOPE STUDENTS
7 SCORE STUDENTS
One meal per working day
Dormitory
No specific ECs
http://www.bialystok.ifmsa.pl/pl/homepage/
LEOs
Piotr Kurzyna
OVERVIEW

Bialystok is the largest city in Northern-Eastern part of Poland with a rich multicultural heritage. It is situated in Podlaskie Plain on the banks of Biala River, known collectively as the Green Lungs of Poland.
The city is famous from Esperanto - international auxiliary language. It is the most widely spoken constructed language in the world created by a physician and linguist L. L. Zamenhof. 

UNIVERSITY AND HOSPITALS

Medical University of Bialystok, situated in baroque Branicki Palace, has over 65 years of academic tradition.
The hospitals providing clerkship opportunities for the incomings (Medical University of Bialystok Clinical Hospital and Medical University of Bialystok Children's Clinical Hospital of L. L. Zamenhof) are the largest and the most modern medical facillities in Northern-Eastern part of Poland. 

RESEARCH PROJECTS AND LABS
- Research of allergic pollen and funghi in Bialystok air
- Salivary antioxidants in patients with Hashimoto's disease
- Significance of interleukin 6 in age-related impairment of cognitive processes behavioural studies


BOARDING
1 lunch per working day (Monday-Friday) in the hospital canteen


LODGING
- double room in a dormitory (to be shared with another student)
- one segment accomodates up to four people and consists of two seperate double rooms
- there is one bathroom to be shared between the students living in a segment 
- the kitchen is available on every floor of the dormitory
- there is no WIFI access in the dormitory, but it is possible to purchase the Polish SIM card with data package


TRANSPORTATION

Getting to Bialystok from Warsaw Chopin Airport/Warsaw Modlin Airport
The best way is to take a direct bus which departs from a bus stop located both by Modlin and Chopin Airport. The name of the company is Plus Bus (https://plusbus.pl/). You can also take a train from the airport to Warsaw Central Station and change there to a train departing to Bialystok. We guarantee pick-up by one of the LC members either from the bus station or the railway station in Bialystok.
Travelling in Poland - BUS
Flixbus is a very cheap coach carrier requiring booking in advance (the earlier you book, the cheaper the fare). You can purchase the ticket via their website: (https://www.flixbus.pl). Flixbus operates not only national routes, but also reaches some foreign cities e.g. Berlin, Budapest, Prague, Vienna.
Travelling in Poland - TRAIN
One of the cheapest and most popular transport options in Poland. You can either book a journey via the website: http://rozklad-pkp.pl/en or buy a ticket directly at the train station. Attention! Foreign students (also those equipped with an ISIC card) don’t get discounts for train tickets (if you buy a reduced ticket, you may be issued with penalty)
JAKDOJADE: public transport 
The most convenient phone app to use for searching the public transport connections within over 40 Polish cities. Available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone

SOCIAL PROGRAM

Daily activities may include activities ranging from partying through escape rooms, paintball, bowling to sightseeing or visiting museums 
National Food & Drink Party - a typical integration reception which is about sharing traditional meals from our home countries. You will have an opportunity to taste some typical Polish dishes, such as dumplings (pierogi), sauerkraut with mushrooms (bigos), gingerbread (piernik) and cheesecake (sernik), as well as the meals prepared by exchange students from other countries
NICE Project - a great way to discover different parts of Poland. On summer weekends you will have an opportunity to take part in trips to the most popular Polish cities. It’s a good occasion to visit the most beautiful monuments and buildings and learn about Polish history
The Incomings have a possibility to participate in various educational activities delivered within the scope of Med-Ex. The opportunities include surgical skills workshops, BLS and ALS trainings, ultrasonography and electrocardiography crash course, as well as dealing with real-life medical scenarios in simulation centres.

MUST SEE

Bialystok is one largest cultural centers in the Podlaskie Voivodeship.The city was a finalist for European Capital of Culture in 2016.
Branicki palace - "the Versaille of Podlasie". Although badly damaged by German bombs during the World War II, it was carefully rebuilt and now serves as the main building of the Medical University of Bialystok.
Bialowieza National Park - comes from the remains of the primeval forest, listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is the only place where European Bison (Polish: Zubr) still remain freely living in the forest.
Tykocin - one of the oldest towns in the region. It was an important Jewish center before WWII. Tykocin is famous from the baroque synagogue (Museum of Jewish Culture) and the Castle of Sigismund II Augustus. 
Suprasl - the home of the Suprasl Lavra - one of six Eastern Orthodox monasteries for men in Poland. Suprasl is famous for the Monastery of the Annunciation and from the Buchholtz palace. Moreover, Suprasl houses the Museun of Icons and countless chapels.

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