Spain (IFMSA-Spain) - Murcia
Anaesthesia, Cardiology, Heart surgery, Dermatology, Digestive, Endocrinology, Infectious diseases, Gynecology, Internal medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Ophtalmology, Pediatrics, Radiology, Traumatology, Surgery, hematology, Others
July, August
1 meal per day
The accommodation will be in apartments that will be shared with other students who are also doing the exchange in the same period.
-All the students should speak fluently Spanish (highly recommended for communication with patients) or English.
-For SCOPE exchanges we do not accept first or second year students.
-In SCORE/ SCONE the specialties offer may change every year.&a,
Isabel Fernandez Legaz

The practices will begin around 8:30 or 9:00 AM and they will finish approximately on 2:00 or 2:30 PM (6 hours a day), from Monday to Friday, leaving free weekends.
The student will have to bring his/her own white coat and stethoscope, so any other hospital clothing will be providaded to the student at the hospital.
When concluding the period of practices a certificate which proves the clerkship it will be given recognizing the duration of the practices. This certificate will only surrender if you have attended to practices at least the 3/4 parts of the requested period. We don't guarantee that this certificate is good for authentications for credits of free configuration or similar. If your intention is to request these credits we advise you  to inform  the documentation that you need in your ability and you contact with the CIN to ask if he/she can help you to get it.
Exchange students work under the same conditions as Spanish students and must obey all regulations at the hospital.
There are three hospitals where the student can do the practices:
- Hospital General Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca, Carretera de Madrid-Cartagena s/n, CP: 30120 El Palmar.
- Hospital General Universitario Morales Meseguer, C/ Marqués de los Vélez s/n, CP: 30008 Murcia.
- Hospital General Universitario Reina Sofía,  Avenida Intendente Jorge Palacios 1, CP: 30003 Murcia.

There is also a biosanitary research center, which is called LAIB, where the activity of SCORE incomings will take place. In addition we have laboratories in our Faculty of Medicine.

-LAIB (Laboratorios de Investigación Biosanitaria), Carretera de Madrid-Cartagena s/n, CP:30120 El Palmar.
-Facultad de Medicina de Murcia, Campus de Espinardo. C/ Campus universitario s/N, CP: 30100 Murcia.
Research projects are constantly being updated. Currently the Research is mainly carried out in the laboratories of the Faculty of Medicine in Espinardo or in the laboratories of the LAIB (BLR-Biosanitary Research Laboratory) in El Palmar. 

At this moment we are working on projects of the departments of Biology and Human Histology, Immunology and Pathological Anatomy, working with new tutors.
The exchange includes one meal per day, that can be provided at the beginning of the month in your flat, or in the cafeteria in which the student is doing the practices (the students will be informed before the exchange)


The lodging will be in appartments that will be shared with other students that are also doing the exchange in that period, so they will be single or double rooms.
These appartments will be located the nearest possible to the hospital or the better communicated.

IMPORTANT: each student will bring his own sheets and towels.
WARNING: if you want to be in the appartment with another specific person who does the exchange in the same period, you have to specify it in the AF.

The Region of Murcia, strategically situated at the South Eastern Mediterranean, is easily accessible and is linked to the rest of the world by means of all kinds of transport (by plane, by train, by coach, by tram).
El Altet
Telephone: 966 919 100 - 902 404 704

Ctra. del Aeropuerto, s/n30720 SAN JAVIER
Telephone: 902 404 704 / Fax: +34 968 172 033


By Murcia and nearby cities you can move by bus, tram or train.
The nearest airport is in Alicante, an hour by bus from Murcia. If you arrive in Murcia you will be picked up by your contact person, but if you arrive to Alicante airport LEOs will give you all the information about public transport and all the options you have.

In charge of the local committee and available in JULY and AUGUST (not during other months): Night exits, Murcia "la nuit", big parties, wine and typical food, visits to the city and some other activities will be made outside the city.

The student pays all his/her expenses of the social program, but we will inform in advance of the prices.

It usually consists on one weekend in Granada in a juvenile housing, as well as exits to the beach to take a bath and to go to discos.
In the same way, the students' suggestions are also accepted, and if there are enough interested people they will be done.

Romea Square

It is one of the most central places of the city, surrounded by the Vinader and González Campuzano Palaces, the Romea Theatre and one of the facades of the church of Santo Domingo. It is a cultural and commercial area of the city, where we can find -together with the neighbouring Plaza de Santo Domingo and the streets Alfaro and González Adalid- the perfect place to stop in any of the terraces, restaurants, bars and coffee bars to taste delicious paellas, cold meats and a wide variety of tapas, appetizers and food.

Las Flores Square
In two of the happiest and most typical squares of the city, Santa Catalina and Las Flores, located between the streets Arzobispo Simón Pérez and Ruipérez and the squares of San Pedro and Mayor, we find an area full of terraces, bars and restaurants. This is a perfect place to enjoy tapas an also to taste typical specialties from Murcia, such as the pastel de carne (puff pastry stuffed with meat) from the 17 century, the "marinera" (crunchy breadsticks with Russian salad and an anchovy), the "matrimonio" (an anchovy in brine and an anchovy in vinegar), zarangollo (courgette and onion sautéed with egg), michirones (dry beans cooked with chorizo and ham), boiled potatoes with garlic sauce and a whole range of sandwiches, fried food, salted fish, Iberian pork meat and products from the orchards and the sea.

Monument to Alfonso X "The Wise"
At the beginning of the avenue with the King´s name, there is a statue of the Wise King seated on a throne. This King´s heart was buried in the Cathedral of Murcia, as he was closely related to the city, both historically and affectively. The monument, which is 2.20 meters high and weithts 950 kilogrames, is made of melted bronze and it is an enlargement of an original model by the sculptor González Moreno, which was made in the studio of the master craftsman Amando López.

Convent Church of Santa Ana
18th Century. The work, erected between 1728 and 1738 by Fran Antonio de San José and Toribio Martínez de la Vega, was the third temple since the founding of the convent in 1490. The Portal, by Lucas Corrales, was completed in 1763. The main altarpiece, with sculptures by Salzillo was created by José Ganga Ripoll.

Santa Clara la Real
It was built by taking advantage of part of the structure of the Alcázar Seguir, an 18th century Moorish Palace. From the different construction phases, from the 15th century, the Cloister and part of the Gothic church are distinguished, as well as the Baroque church of the 18th century. The museum of Santa Clara is located in the interior of the convent, with a section dedicated to Sacred Art, and another to Andalusian Archeology.

20 Century. An eclectic-style building characterized by the diversity of styles, it was built from 1852 and 1892, with the following architects taking part in successive stages of the construction process: F. Bolarín "El Joven", J. Ramón Bereguer, J. Marín Baldo and Pedro Cerdán. Noteworthy atractions are the Moorish Patio, the Library, the Ladies Powder Room, the "Pompeian Patio", the Dance Hall and the Billiards Room.

Cathedral Church of Saint Mary
14th to 18th Century. The Santa María Cathedral is a key piece from the Baroque period in Spain. It is the most important monument building in the city, and it is comprised of every artistic style that occurs from the beginning of its construction until the completion of its impressive Baroque facade in 1751. The Cathedral has many Renaissance and Baroque elements, although the kstyle of the interior is mainly Gothic.

It was created in the year 1394, in the place where there was a Moorish mosque. It was the Bishop Fernando de Pedrosa who placed the first stone. It is a brilliant summary of the architectural styles of more than five centuries. There are four jewels within this great treasure: the Baroque facade of the Puerta del Perdón (The Door of Forgiveness), The Gothic Chapel of the Velez family, the Renaissance Chapel of the Junterón and the emblematic 96 meter tower with 25 bells, that took the place of the previous medieval tower. A curious overlapping of styles and a beautiful benchmark that dominates the city and the orchard. Important artists and architects participated in its creation such as: Diego Sánchez de Almansa (15th century), Francisco and Jacobo Florentino and Jerónimo Quijano (16th century) and Jaime Bort (18th century).

Seguir Arab Fortress
The most monumental architectural remains are part of the Seguir Arab fortress of the minor fortress of the emirs from Murcia. It is a fortified palace built in the middle of the 13 century on the ruins of a previous palace from the 12 century. Inside the Monastery of Santa Clara la Real the living room with bedrooms and the north portico are kept. They are all decorated with polychrome plaster works and monumental cusped arches, and both spaces will be opened to the public quite soon. Some of the remains of this fortress (those pertaining to the south living room and the western corridor) have been kept and they can be visited in the basement and the exhibition room of the Cultural Centre Las Claras.

Wall of Verónicas
South part of the wall from the 11 to to 13 century. Two towers of the wall are kept outdoors (one of them attached to the Art Centre Church of Verónicas), as well as the chemin de ronde and the barbicane. The Plan of the wall followed the river Segura bed, using it as a defensive ditch to avoid the city being taken.

Cofee Bar La Muralla
This well-known cofee bar shows an important part of the exterior wall and several towers of the wall solidly built with concrete. Is is interesting to mention that the city level of the 13 century has been respected.

La Muralla of Murcia Visitors Centre
This museum houses a part of the medieval wall which surrounded the city of Murcia, as well as the door of Santa Eulalia, used for several centuries to access the city. Besides the remains of defensive buildings, the museum shows the urban evolution of Murcia from it foundation in the year 825.

City Museum
Set in the place of the former Junterones Palace.

It shows, in an interactive way, 2000 years of the city´s history, from the first prehistoric settlements to today. Guided tours on prior request.

San Esteban Church
16th century. Temple of the Jesuit School of San Esteban. The facade was built between 1557 and 1570 and it follows the same structure as the "Arch of Triumph". The sculptures of San Ignacio and San Francisco Javier were installed on top at the end of the 17th century. In the interior the sepulchre of Bishop Esteban de Almeyda is preserved.

Ramón Gaya Museum
19th century. The Museum was created in 1990 starting when the Casa Palarea was refurbished and it is formed by the union of two buildings that preserve the characteristic structure of the urban houses of the 19th century.

Almudí Palace
17th century. Attributed to Pedro Monte de Isla. Built between 1602 and 1628, also called "Pósito de Trigo", it was a public building designed for grain storage from tithes.
Restored in 1985 as a Municipal Archive and an Art Centre, it is distinguished by an imagen of a woman -symbolizing the warm spirit of Murcia- which decorates the facade and by the patio of columns.

El Valle Visitor´s Centre
The Centre offers environmental information and shows the main values the Park flora, fauna and geology, as well as marine fossils discovered in the area.
It offers a guided tour with four routes (one inside the Centre and three in the Park).

La Luz Visitor´s Centre
In this area it is possible to see Iberian Archaeological remains of an Iberian Temple dedicated to the goddess Demeter, the remains of the Arab Castle of La luz, from the 12 century, which covered almost all the hill and the Monastery of La Luz, built to gather in a common building all the anchorites who lives scattered all over the mountains.

Sanctuary of The Virgen de la Fuensanta
Located in a privileged place with a view over the orchards and the city, it was built between 1694 and 1711, on the initiative of the Council of the Cathedral of Murcia. The Temple, of baroque style and based on a central nave with side chapels, contains reliefs and sculptures by González Moreno and paintings and murals by Pedro Flores. In the façade, the bas reliefs and the central figure were created by Jaime Bort, the same author of the main façade of the Cathedral of Murcia.

Other: St. Domingo Square, Salzillo´s Museum...
The periods will be of 28 days (4 WEEKS). The student must consult the dates for each year, in the exchange conditions letter.

IMPORTANT: It is absolutely obligatory to respect the limit dates (if the student arrives before or he/she leaves after the date, he/she will have to arrange lodging by his/her own, because flats aren't avalaible out of this period.
So periods available can be shortened without any problem, but never enlarged.

It's mandatory to have a LIABILITY INSURANCE and a CERTIFICATE OF ABSENCE OF SEXUAL CRIMES and send it to the LEO before arrival.

The student will pay 50 € in concept of deposit. This money will be refunded to the student if the appartment doesn't suffer any damage and if the behavior of the student in the hospital it is the correct one for any medicine student.