Poland (IFMSA-Poland) - Krakow
LC GENERAL INFORMATION
770000
180000
Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine - Cardiology, Internal Medicine - Endocrinology, Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine - Hematology, Internal Medicine - Nephrology, Internal Medicine - Pulmonary, Neurology, Oncology, Otorhinolaryngology, Surgery - Cardiothoracic, Surgery - Cardiovascular, Surgery - Neurosurgery, Surgery - Orthopedics, Surgery - Thoracic, Surgery - Urology, Surgery - Vascular, Surgery - General
March, April, May, July, August, November, December
45 SCOPE STUDENTS
5 SCORE STUDENTS
One lunch per working day
Dormitory
No specific ECs.
http://krakow.ifmsa.pl/
LEOs
Magdalena Wojtaszek-Główka
OVERVIEW

Kraków is visited by 10 million tourists annually which makes the Royal City of Kraków the most popular tourist destitation in Poland. Polish second largest city and former capital is upstanding and architecturally fine. The showpiece Wawel Castle has served as a residency for Polish royal families for over 650 years. Truly superb Rynek Glowny (the Main Square) is supposedly European largest medieval city square. The long history, beautiful architecture and lovely people make Kraków a perfect destination not only for sightseeing, but also for discovering the social part of the city of the kings - the Old Town never sleeps, especially during warm months of summer.

UNIVERSITY AND HOSPITALS

Jagiellonian University is one of the oldest in Europe, founded in 1364 by the king Casimir the Great. The University's legacy makes it not only an important center for scientific research and instruction, but also a hub of European culture. It gathers representatives from all artistic disciplines and continues to inspire faculty and students alike. The work of those connected with the University continues to influence the world in which we live and remains a part of European humanistic landscape.
University hospitals:
1. Jagiellonian University Medical College in Kraków
2. John Paul's Hospital in Kraków

RESEARCH PROJECTS AND LABS

Current list of research projects available in this LC can be found at IFMSA.org “Research Projects” database.

BOARDING
Students will be given coupons for lunch at Koko restaurant in the very centre of Kraków (2 minutes from Main Square). Apart from that, exchange students can enjoy a variety of restaurants, pubs or popular among Polish people bary mleczne "milkbars"- you won't get there milk though! "Bary mleczne" are great places to try local, home-like food for very good prices. You can find plenty of them in Kraków and other cities in Poland as well.


LODGING
Students will be accomodated at the student dormitories next to the University Children’s Hospital of Cracow (UCH). Accomodation is provided for duration of the clerkship.


TRANSPORTATION
Airport- Kraków Balice Airport
Upon arrival to Kraków, you can get to the city centre using one of the following means of transport:
- train- by Koleje Malopolskie (KML) - the train goes every 30 minutes from 5.17 a.m. until 10.47 p.m. to KRAKOW DWORZEC GLOWNY (Krakow Main Station).
- bus- take a bus 252 until CRACOVIA and there change it to 502 (direction: Plac Centralny); get off at KRAKOW DWORZEC GLOWNY (Krakow Main Station).
Transport in the city
Students are recommended to purchase a monthly transportation card for trams and buses upon arrival. From dormitories one can get to the city and the hospital by takinga tram which goes every 10 minutes.


SOCIAL PROGRAM
Social program is managed via voluntary work of the students. That's why there might be some varieties depending on particular local ground and month of the exchange (social programme available mostly during summer months).
The local social program consists of Welcoming Party, going to the clubs, museums, cinemas and excursions to different cities,
NICE Project is 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

Royal Castle- placed on the top of the Wawel Hill, Cracow’s Royal Castle was the seat of Poland's kings from the early 11th to the late 16th centuries. Today it is a nice place to enjoy your time and admire the view of the river Wisla (Vistula) and the city.
Wawel Cathedral- as a part of the Wawel castle complex, the cathedral was the coronation site and burial place of almost all of Poland's monarchs and rulers, visitors can climb the tower to see the 9,979kg (11 tons) Sigismund Bell and enjoy fine views.
Rynek Glowny (Main Market Square) - one of the largest and most beautiful market squares in medieval Europe. You can find there:  the 15th-century Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), the church of St Wojciech (Cracow’s oldest) and the 15th century town hall tower. In the corner there is Mariacki church tdominating the square. Last but not least, Rynek Glowny, together with Kazimierz (Old Jewish Quarter), is the centre of both day and night life in Krakow. This city never sleeps!
Schindler’s Factory- The state-of-the-art museum tells a story of life under the Nazi occupation, fate of Jews and the underground resistance to the occupation.
Rynek Underground -One of the newest attractions in Kraków, the high-tech Rynek Underground museum opened after five years of archaeological digging. Situated below the Main Market Square under the fountain next to the Mariacki Church.
There are countless attractions outside the city: Wieliczka salt mine, the Tatra Mountains 100 km to the south, well-preserved former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and Ojcowski National Park that includes the Renaissance Castle at Pieskowa Skala.

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