Panama (IFMSA-Panama) - Panama City
LC GENERAL INFORMATION
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- Oncology, Internal Medicine- General, Internal Medicine- Cardiology, Paediatric, Surgery - General, Gineco - Obstetrics, Internal Medicine - Nephorology, Otorhinolaryngology, Internal Medicine-Neumology, Surgery-Neurosurgery, Female Cancer, Traumatology
ALL YEAR
60 SCOPE STUDENTS
8 SCORE STUDENTS
Hosting familiy
Hosting family/Student flat
The Local Committe is the same as the National Committe  so there isn't any Specific Exchange Conditions. They are the same as stated in our Exchange Conditions.
We don't have one by the moment
LEOs
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OVERVIEW
The metropolitan area of Panama City or also known as metropolitan area of the Pacific, is the urban area that conforms by the Panama City, San Miguelito and other bordering towns. They present the largest population nucleus of the Panama Republic. The core of the Panama city includes the cities of La Chorrera, Arraijan and San Miguelito.
The metropolitan area is distributed paralllel to the Gulf of Panama and crossed by the Panama Canal.
The metropolitan area of Panama City currently extends from San Miguelito to La Chorrera in a distance of 60 kim long, while its width is on average less than 9 km. 
Instead of almost circular form, like the great majority of the cities of the world, the capital has a stretched form
UNIVERSITY AND HOSPITALS
As Panama City is the capital city of Panama, we have 5 Universities that offers the Medical Career. Of these 5 university, we have 1 public university and 4 private universities
1. University of Panama
2. Latin University of Panama
3. Columbus University of Panama
4. American University of Panama
5. UIP  
These five university have local commites in their own and participes in our convocatories of exchanges. Also our incomings have the change to be host with one student of one of these universitys

HOSPITALS
1. Hospital Santo Tomas: It is the main public hospital of Panama and is one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country,also is the biggest hospital ruled by the Ministry of Health. His history dates back to 1703. In addition, the olf Santo Tomas Hospital rooms evolved to become indepent hospitals, the pediatric ward became the Hospital del Niño hospital and the oncologycal ward became the National Center Institute.
It is the hospital where the incomings go to do their clinical clerkships, except Pediatrics and Oncology
http://www.hospitalsantotomas.gob.pa/

2. Hospital del Niño: another big hospital ruled by the Ministry of Health. It is the best Pediatrics hospital of Panama, and it is where our Pediatrics clerkship take place.
http://hn.sld.pa/

3. Oncological Reserch Center: it is an Hospital and Reserch center, dedicated to research and cure cancer in Panama.
http://www.ion.gob.pa/

RESEARCH PROJECTS AND LABS
1.Evaluation of the immune response in T. cruzi infection transmitted by Rhodnius pallescens with Wolbachia species. And without Wolbachia species using an animal model. Microbiology. Universidad de Panamá.

2. Molecular diagnostic of Trichomona vaginalis in Pregnant and non pregnant women from Pedregal District, Panama
BOARDING
Your hosting family will provide you one meal per day.
Near the hospitals Santo Tomás and Hospital de Niño you have some options for lunch.
LODGING
You will enjoy your clerkship in Panama with a Panamenian Medical Student and his or her Family. Great time for get to know a little bit of our culture and traditions.
Also if you come in january, june, july or august we will have for you a national social program, where you will enjoy meeting a lot of medical student of all around of the world and the awesome panamenian exchange team.
TRANSPORTATION
Public Transportation
  • Metrobus: these buses travel across the main streets of Panama City. It cost 25 cents per ride, which has to be paid using a rechargeable card.
  • Metro: this is the brand new way of transportation we have in our Capital. The first line goes from San Isidro to Albrook and back. Soon the second line will be available too from Nuevo Tocumen to San Miguelito. It cost 35 cents per ride. You need to buy a rechargeable card to use it (the same from the metrobus)
  • Diablo Rojos buses: the old buses that still travel across the city, they are not very secure and this must be the last choice you have in order to take one. It cost 50 cents per ride and you can pay in cash. 
Private Transportation
  • Taxi: All the taxis are painted in yellow so they are unmistakable. There are private taxi companies where you can call and the taxi picks you up wherever you are. You can also take a taxi wherever you are in the street.
  • Uber system: you can download the application and their function almost as a taxi, its more expensive but better and more secure 

Walking: In Panama City everything is close, so you can walk to several places. The only thing is that you should not miss your sunscreen lotion because even if it cloudy you will receive a lot of sun radiation and your umbrella, in case it rains.
SOCIAL PROGRAM
In Panama the panamenian exchange team will organize you  the National Activities Program if you COME IN JANUARY, JUNE, JULY or AUGUST.  
We provide a calendar of activities for a full Panamanian experience that includes: transportation, cost, time, location and place they will visit if they confirm their participation.

THE SOCIAL PROGRAM IS OPTIONAL: YOU DON'T HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN EACH ACTIVITY BUT YOU MUST CONFIRM YOUR PARTICIPATION IF YOU WANT TO DO IT. 

Also your host will give you some tours appart of the social program.

If you come any other month of the year the exchange panamenian team will give you a welcome dinner and one or two tours of the city

Another remark: between june and july panamenian students are in finals so we wont have the opportunity to go out a lot with you guyss, but at least we will try it to go to much activities we can.

MUST SEE
  • Panama Canal: Coming to Panama without visiting the Panama Canal is like going to Egypt and not seeing the Pyramids. Your visit to the Canal will be more interesting than you expect. The best place to visit is the Canal Visitor Center at Miraflores Locks Miraflores. Only 20 minutes from downtown Panama City. The center includes a museum with interactive exhibits about the history of the Canal, heroes, the ecosystem, as well as an excellent film about the construction of the Canal.
  • Casco Antiguo: A walk in the morning or noon in the Casco Antiguo , an area that stands to the Bay of Panama, the historic buildings of the colonial era and the construction of the Canal, Panamanian demonstrate the shared history with Spain, France and the United States. Highlights include historic buildings, churches of the seventeenth century as the Church of the Golden Altar, the ruins of the convent of the seventeenth century sixteenth century dungeon, a memorial to the 22,000 French who died in the construction of the canal and a museum Panama Canal in an elegant building that was the headquarters of the French who tried to build the canal before.
  • Panama la Vieja Ruins: Panama la Vieja Ruins is the remains of the first out of three Panama Cities. Was found in 1519 and destroyed in 1671 by it inhabitants in order to maintain its treasures away from the English pirate Henry Morgan. It was the first Spanish city in the west coast of the Americas, functioning as the main town for the conquest of Latin America.
  • The Amador Causeway: The Amador Causeway was created to connect four small islands using rocks extracted from the construction of the Panama Canal and serves as a breakwater for the Panama Canal´s Pacific Entrance. Today, these small islands, bathed by gentle breezes, have many good restaurants at prices to suit different budgets, bike paths or running (you can rent bicycles for $ 2 per hour), an Smithsonian Tropical Research aquarium, shops crafts, a port for cruise ships and a yacht marina.
  • Ancon Hill: 654-foot hill that overlooks Panama City. Adjacent to the township of Ancon, this area in Panama that was used for administration of the Panama Canal.Largely undeveloped, the area is now a reserve. The hill includes the higest poin in Panama City. The summit of the hill can be reached by a 30 minute hike or driven up by road.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Panama City has never experience a big earthquake, or tsunami or hurracane.
We had a very variated climate, in the morning can be sunny and in the afternoon can be rainy, so be prepared for any of that.
It is a beautiful city with an active nightlife and a mix a various cultures.
Panamenian are very warm and sociable people. They talk a lot, fast and very loud, so you may think we are yelling at you but don't worry, that is our tone of voice.
We like party and go for a beer (a lot of beer). 
THE PANAMENIAN HOUR: You will hear a lot of this around here. Panamenian are famous for being late at everything...but not after 10 minutes late...instead 1 hour late. So dont be surprised that in the social program, we come late to the activities we have organized.