Morocco (IFMSA-Morocco) - Casablanca
LC GENERAL INFORMATION
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Anaesthesia, Dermatology, Gynaecology/Obstetrics, Intensive and Critical Care, Internal Medicine-Cardiology, Internal Medicine-Endocrinology, Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine-General, Internal Medicine-Nephrology, Internal Medicine-Pulmonary, Neurology, Paediatrics-Surgery, Radiology, Surgery-Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery-Gastrointestinal Surgery, Surgery-General, Surgery-Neurosurgery, Surgery-Orthopedics, Surgery-Plastic Surgery, Surgery-Thoracic Surgery, Traumatology, Urology
All year long (Limited spots on December/January & May due to exams)
100 SCOPE STUDENTS
3 SCORE STUDENTS
Host Family or Pocket Money
Host Family or Student Residency
These required documents should be in French: health insurance, proof of enrollment and liability insurance.
-Health insurance: You can ask your insurance company

Note that couples probably won't be placed together in the same host family
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OVERVIEW

Casablanca or the Moroccan New York: 

 Casablanca is a city in western Morocco, located on the Atlantic Ocean. It is the capital of the Grand Casablanca region. Casablanca is Morocco's largest city (386 km2) as well as its chief port. It is also the biggest city in the Maghreb region. Casablanca is considered the economic and business center of Morocco, while the political capital city of Morocco is Rabat.

Climate :

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17.5 °C (63.5 °F)

17.0 °C (62.6 °F)

17.1 °C (62.8 °F)

18.4 °C (65.1 °F)

19.5 °C (67.1 °F)

21.8 °C (71.2 °F)

22.7 °C (72.9 °F)

23.3 °C (73.9 °F)

23.1 °C (73.6 °F)

22.5 °C (72.5 °F)

20.4 °C (68.7 °F)

18.5 °C (65.3 °F)

UNIVERSITY AND HOSPITALS

Basic informations:

Our patients speak arabic and the students communicate with the doctors in French.
It's recommended to chose a surgical department to avoid the language barrier with the patients. Otherwise, there will always be a resident, intern or a Medical student who will help you communicate with the patients during your clerkship. 

List of Hospitals

We attend our clerkship in different university hospitals :

-University Hospital Ibn Rochd.
-University Hospital 20 Aout. 
-Children's Hospital Abderrahim El Harouchi. 
-Maternity hospital Lalla Meriem.

BOARDING
Pocket money or meals at your host's house.
LODGING

Lodging is in a student residency for July and August Incomings.  

For other periods, Incomings are placed in a host family.

TRANSPORTATION
  • From your country to Casablanca :

Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) is the busiest gateway to the country and is well-connected to Europe.

  • From Med V airport to your Host house or Studentsresidency : (and vice versa)

 

Take the train from The airport to the Casa voyageurs or Casa l’Oasis train station, It coasts 40MAD (3.50euros)

Or a SCOPE membercanpickyou up If it’s possible.

  • In Casablanca :

 

Tramway : is the best way of gettingaround, from the point A to the point B, for about 7MAD (lessthan 1euro), youcansubscribe to an illimited  1month tramway card for about 150MAD (15euros)

N.B : The most important station is the one next to the hospital. 

Taxi : All taxis in Casablanca are red. Drivers know how to get to every single place in every single guide book, even if you tell themjust "the restaurant on Hassan II square." You shouldavoid the white Mercedes Grand Taxis when traveling around, they are much more expensive and lesssafe. Be sure to check the meteris running to avoidbeingovercharged at the end of the trip. Don'tbesurprised if the taxi stops to picksomeoneelse up. The minimum fareis 8 dirhams (approx. 0,7 euros).

Bus : Not the safestway, not very recommanded !!

Many bus companiesrunthrough the city, the bus routes are the same for a givennumber, although the route remainscompletelyunclear (Google maps has some bus stops for Casa though). Going by bus is the cheapestway to getaround (4 Dirhams) but somecompaniessuch as Hana Bus have vehicles in a disastrous state. And becareful, watch out for pickpockets !!
  •  From Casablanca to the rest of Morocco :

Train : Remains the best way to travel to different cities.

 

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL PROGRAM

ZE Social Program : In Casablanca, the  Social Program isproposed to the Incomings for July and August for free. Please contact your Local Exchange Officer or your Contact Person for further information.

For otherperiods, thereis no social program organized. However, the SCOPE Local Team isalwaysavailable and can help you organizing your trips on your expenses.


 

 

MUST SEE
  • Different architecture styles: French Design (Henri Prost architecture), combination of Hispano-Moorish and Art Deco.,Zevaco style (Villa Zevaco and some buildings)..
  • Mosque Hassan II, designed by Michel Pinseau, the french Architect, It’s the 3rd biggestMosque in the world.
  • The Parc de la Ligue Arabe, or the «  Casablanca’s Central Park) the city largest public Park, On itsedgeis the Casablanca Cathedral (Cathédrale Sacré-Coeur). It is no longer in use for religiouspurposes, but itis open to visitors and a splendidexample of Mauresque   
  • Old Medina, (the part of townantedating the French protectorate) attractsfewertouriststhan themedinas of citiessuch as Fes and Marrakech. However, it has undergonesomerestoration in recentyears. Included in thisproject have been the western walls of the medina, its skala, or bastion, and its colonial-periodclocktower.
  • Small Island, Sidi Abderhmane, It is possible to walkacross to the rockyisland at lowtide. This outcropcontains the tomb of Sidi AbderrhamaneThaalibi, a Sufi from Baghdad and the founder of Algiers. He isconsidereda saint in Morocco. 
  • Temple Beth-Elone of the mostrepresentative Synagogues in Casablanca, and a major representation of the JewishMoroccan Culture.
  • Central Post OfficeCome here to send your postcards in style! Builtin 1918 with an extraordinaryMoroccanmosaic design
  • Rick’s café :  The original and famous « Casablanca » The moviecafe.

Shopping : Tradition vs Modernity

Oldies, traditions and  inescapable places :

  • Habbouss near the Royal Palace of Casablanca, youcanfindsome of the mostinteresting souk to visit. A lot of traditionnalclothes, moroccan goodies, leather, and the best pastry of Casablanca (PastryBennis) whereyoucanfoundgenuine and homemademoroccansweets and cakes for good prices. All this souk isfrequented by locals and the pricesthere are muchcheaperthan the rest of the city, but you should always bargain  
  • Around the old Medina of Bab Marrakechit'seasy to find places sellingtraditionalMoroccangoods, such as tagines, pottery, leathergoods, hookahs, and a wholespectrum of geegaws, but it's all for the tourists.
  • The DerbGhalef neighborhood has a hugesouqthatis not for the faint of heart. There, youcouldfindalmosteverythingyoumaythink of, fromrecentelectronicstuff to oldclothes. Cluster of smallshanties, each one isloadedwith "genuine" mobile phones, "genuine" watches, and "genuine" "brand name" clothing. The shops are separated by alleys no more thanthreefeetwide, some of which double as drainage ditches. There are numerous fruit smoothie stands in the center, whichmake a good spot for regrouping and planning your excursion. The stallowners are, of course, kings of negotiating, and without a good handle on Arabic and a strongbackbone, you'relikely to paywell over the going rate for anything.

 PLAY IT CASAOUI :

  • Morocco Mallis one of the five largestmalls in the world, and the first and the biggestmall of the Mediterraneanregion and Africa. You willalsofindthere the 3rd biggest musical fountain of the world (after Las Vegas and Dubai). Morocco Mall represents a magnificent mixture betweenmodernity and tradition. Modernityismanifested in the latest and mostsophisticated services a mallcanprovide to itscustomers, as well as contemporary architectural designs thatkeep up with all the up-to-date facilities., but tradition isalsogiven a high value in Morocco Mall. This canbeseen in the staggeringtraditional architecture in some sections, especially in the M’dina section, whichisdedicated for traditionalhandcraftsmanship. Morocco Mall is a unique place wherefamilies and friendscangettogether for a magicalexperiencethat ranges from shopping to entertainment of various sorts. 
  • Anfa Place : The second Mall in Casablanca, where you can find some shopping stores, cafes, restaurants..
  • The Maarif neighborhood (near the twin center) has manyname-brand European and American fashionchains. Designer glasses, leathershoes, and "genuine" belts, bags, and shirtscanbehad at bargainpriceswithsome restaurants, coffes..
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Documents :  

You have to bring all the original documents to start your clerkship:

  • Passeport
  • Proof of Enrollment (Attestation de scolarité)
  • Health Insurance
  • Training agreement (Convention de Stage)

Academic Quality :

Remains the most important part of the clerkship, the incoming must follow the rules of the SCOPE exchange to complete the Clerkship and to get the certificate at the end of the exchange.

We also organize some workshops (surgery workshop, medical education workshop..)  and include our incomings in our LC activities

To obtain your Exchange certificate you have to :  

  • Complete 80% of yourclerkship.
  • Fill the handbook and give us a copy.
  • Follow the rules of the LC : Respecting the Host’s house rules, respecting the department rules and conditions, respecting the Students residency rules and all the places included in the social program
  • Any damage is in your charge and can deprive you of the certificate.

All times and fares of the Moroccan railways are available online on http://www.oncf.ma

Tourism in Casablanca : http://wecasablanca.com/en/


SORE Survival Book: https://issuu.com/baladisoukaina/docs/sb-casablanca