Turkey (TurkMSIC) - Istanbul - Acibadem LC
Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Ambulatory Care & Prevention, Anaesthesia, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Geriatrics, Gynaecology/Obstetrics, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Intensive & Critical Care, Internal Medicine - Cardiology, Internal Medicine - Endocrinology, Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine - General, Internal Medicine - Hematology, Internal Medicine - Invasive Cardiology, Internal Medicine - Nephrology, Internal Medicine - Noninvasive Cardiology, Internal Medicine - Pulmonary, Internal Medicine - Rheumatology, Microbiology, Neurology, Nuclear Medicine, Paediatrics, Parasitology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Radiology, Radiotherapy, Respiratory Medicine, Surgery - Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery - Cardiovascular Surgery, Surgery - Gastrointestinal Surgery, Surgery - General, Surgery - Neurosurgery, Surgery - Orthopaedics, Surgery - Plastic Surgery, Surgery - Thoracic Surgery, Surgery - Transplantation Surgery, Surgery - Vascular Surgery, Traumatology, Urology
Acibadem University Student Dormitory

In Hospitals for Medical Students In Clinical Training

1. Please make sure to have your personal protective equipment (PPE) with you when you go to hospital for practical training. The information on PPE is presented to you at the bottom of the list. Also, keep 3-4 spare masks with you. Depending on the kind of intervention you’ll make, your instructor will decide on your behalf whether you should use N95 or other type of special masks.
2. You may obtain your medical masks daily from where you’re training, N95 from Hospital Directorates when needed, and face protectors from the Medical Education Coordination Office.
3. Obtain a suitable tote bag for your apron, goggles or face shield.
4. Always wear your apron while working in the hospital and keep this apron separate from your other clothes at the end of the day. Wash them at 60 degrees.
5. Make sure to use a new mask whenever it gets humid or dirty. Use hand sanitizer after replacing your mask.
6. Wash your hands properly before and after performing physical examination on patients. (Hands should be washed with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; alcohol-based hand antiseptic should be used in the absence of water and soap).
7. Make sure that the patient is at least 1.5 meters away from you, regardless of their COVID-19 infection status. If you need to approach the patient, wear goggles or face shield in addition to the medical mask.
8. Disinfect the instruments (stethoscope etc.) you’ve used during the patient examination with 70% alcohol after the examination.
9. Using gloves does not compensate for hand hygiene. If your task does not require the use of gloves, know that you do not need to use gloves to protect yourself from COVID-19.
10. Do not forget to wear gloves during the procedures that require the use of gloves.
11. Maintain a physical distance of at least 1.5 meters in rest areas and continue to wear a mask.
12. While eating or drinking water/tea/coffee or any other beverages, make sure that there is no more than one person with you in the confined space you’re in. Make sure to keep your distance, as the mask will be removed.
13. At the end of the day, personal protective equipment (disposable gowns, masks, face shields) should be removed, reusable face shields should be disinfected with 70% alcohol, disposable gowns and masks should be thrown into the appropriate 2 garbage bin that isshown to you in the clinic, aprons should be washed in at least 60 ° C. Do not forget to wash your hands after these procedures.
14. If you feel sick, report the situation to your clerkship coordinator and make contact with the Emergency Service of Acıbadem Hospital where you do your internship. After your case is evaluated, the necessary test for Covid-19 will be done. Share the result with your clerkship coordinator, and/or Prof. Özgür Kurt, M.D., PhD (Phase II / III Coordinator) as well (Mobile Phone: +905326861088). Inform the International Office Specialist Mujde Basar (Mobile Phone:+905322582158)
15. If your symptoms progress after COVID19 (+) is detected, you may go to the Emergency Service of the nearest Acıbadem Hospital. In such a case, inform Prof. Özgür Kurt, M.D., PhD (Phase II / III Coordinator) as well (Mobile Phone: +905326861088). Inform the International Office Specialist Mujde Basar (Mobile Phone:+905322582158)

Recommended "personal protective equipment" (PPE) * to be used during the physical examination of a patient with respiratory symptoms in clinics: Medical mask, gown, gloves, goggles / face shield
Personal protective equipment recommended for use in outpatient clinics during the physical examination of a patient without respiratory symptoms *: Standard precautions **, medical mask, other PPE based on risk assessment
* Protective equipment for COVID-19 recommended to be used based on the health institution, personnel and type of activity (IN TURKISH) (https://dosyahastane.saglik.gov.tr/Eklenti/165051,kisiselkoruyucuekipmankullanimipdf .pdf?0)
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Berat Akif Kaya

Istanbul is the largest city of Turkey on the western-north cost of the country constituting the country’s economic, cultural and historical heart. Istanbul's location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia makes Turkey a country of significant geostrategic importance.  Istanbul is a transcontinental city, straddling the Bosphorus—one of the world's busiest waterways— between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. ( See July 15 Martyrs' Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge) Its commercial and historical center lies in Europe, while a third of its population lives in Asia. It served as the capital of four empires: the Roman Empire (330–395), the Byzantine Empire (395–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin Empire (1204–1261), and the Ottoman Empire(1453–1922). It was instrumental in the advancement of Christianity during Roman and Byzantine times.

Approximately 10 million foreign visitors arrived in Istanbul in 2017, two years after it was named a European Capital of Culture, making the city the world's fifth-most-popular tourist destination. The city's biggest draw remains its historic center, partially listed as a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site, but its cultural and entertainment hub can be found across the city's natural harbor, the Golden Horn, in the Beyoglu district. Considered a global city,Istanbul is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan economies in the world.

Weather: The weather in Istanbul is hard to predict, thus it can be a bit tricky to decide what to bring with you. Most of the time it is very hot and sunny ( about 35 degrees), however during night it is better to have a sweater with you. Sometimes it can be rainy, thus a small umbrella might save your day! For the latest forecasts check this:  http://www.dmi.gov.tr/en-US/forecast-5days.aspx


Acibadem University Kerem Aydinlar Campus located on the Anatolian side of Istanbul in the heart of Atasehir, which draws attention with its aesthetics and creative architecture, is established on an area of 20.000 m2  and has a covered area of 80.000 m2. The Campus is a candidate for the Leed Gold - Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) with its environmentalist and disabled friendly understanding.

The Kerem Aydinlar campus, which has four high tech Turkish and English computer labs, has campus wide wireless internet access available. The intelligent interactive podiums located in the classrooms make use of multimedia support during lectures and presentations. With the Conference and Sports Centres students have the opportunity to be intertwined with social and cultural activities in campus life.

Acibadem University is the educational institution of Acibadem Healthcare Group. The university was found to graduate qualified doctors, nurses and healtcare providers to be employed in Acibadem integrated healthcare service network.  Acibadem Healthcare Group has 19 general hospitals and 13 outpatient clinics in Turkey and 9 of the hospitals are located in Istanbul. The hospitals are provided comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services and equipped according to the recent technological developments in medicine.  You’ll do your internship one of these 9 hospitals. Most of the time students are place in Acibadem Altunizade Hospital.

We currently have 4 projects in 3 different laboratories; microbiology, neurophysiology and biophysics. List of the current projects:
Development and Production of New Peptide Antibiotics- Microbiology
Bioluminescence based Rapid Antibiotic Test- Microbiology
Cognitive Control and Slow Cortical Potentials in Human- Physiology
Investigation of Several Agents on Autophagy and Mitophagy in Damaged PC12 (pheochromocytoma 12 ) Cells - Biophysics

You will be provided one meal/a day in the hospitals’ cafeteria in weekdays.


During your exchange period, you are going to be hosted in newly-opened Acibadem University Student Dormitory. It takes 2 minutes from dormitory to the main university building by walk. In the dormitory, the rooms are in the form of cells. Every cell has 1 single room, its own WC & bathroom, equipped kitchen and small living room. In the dormitory, there is no catering service but you can use the university’s dining hall and cafeteria in the morning, at noon and in the evening. (a meal including a bowl of soup, a main dish and 2 appetizers cost 11 TL ~= 2 €) Boys and girls are going to be placed in separate cells. You are supposed to bring your own cutlery, glass and towel. The dormitory has 7/24 wireless connection. The rooms are cleaned twice a week.


Airports: Istanbul has 2 airports, one in European and one in Asian side.  (Don't worry we will pick you up) Istanbul Airport; European Side/ Sabiha Gokcen Airport: Asian Side. Please fly to Sabiha Gokcen Airport if it is possible.

Turkish Airlines

Pegasus Airlines

Bus Station: Istanbul Esenler(European Side), Istanbul Dudullu (Asian Side)

Public Transportation: Istanbul Card is an integrated system including the buses, ferries, trams, subways, marmaray (subway line through under Bosphorus) and metrobus. It costs 6 TL ( ~1 €). You can put your money (as much as you want) to the card using the automated machines and afterwards, you will be allowed to pass turnstiles easily.

If you need more information:


For the railways in the city:


If you prefer taking a taxi,  check the following website which includes all the taxi stations (Choose 34 for Istanbul and then the place where you are. [Adres: address / Telefon: telephone] Be careful about the prices!):



Every year, we usually try to make a scheduled social programme which includes must see places and must do activities in Istanbul. This schedule could be redesigned according to your wishes and your time table at the hospital. It usually includes an orientation meeting and welcome dinner, sightseeing tours at least once a week, Bosphorous, A famous night club in Istanbul, National Food and Drink Party, beach or aquapark activities once, Princes' Islands tour and many meeting with CPs for daily hanging out activities. 

Furthermore, during the summer, at every weekend, there are organized National Tours in which you can meet and spend some time with the other incoming students from all over the world and explore Turkish culture and natural values of Turkey more. Your LEO and contact person will inform you about scheduled social programme and National Tours. In addition, invitations for National Tours will be sent to your e-mail addresses.


Istiklal Avenue
Maiden Tower
Galata Tower
Spice and Grand Bazaars
Cemberlitas Hamami                                  
Hagia Sophia
Prince Islands
Cité de Pera- Pera Region
Anatolian Castle
Church of St. Anthony Of Padua
Blue Mosque
Camlica Hill
Dolmabahçe Palace
Topkapı Palace

You have to pay 100$ for deposit of dormitory at the beginning of your exchange program which will be given back to you at the end of your exchange program.