Mexico (AMMEF) - Hermosillo
Internal medicine, internal medicine-cardiology, internal medicine-gastroenterology, internal medicine-neumology, ginecology, paediatrics, general surgery, emergency medicine, traumatology, fisiología lab, biochemical lab
January, June, July, December, August, February, September, October
one per day
Hosting family or apartment

Work time: 6 to 8 hours per day, depends of the department.
Edna Amanda Salcido Ochoa

The state of Sonora is the second largest state in Mexico, surrounded by sea, desert and mountains it offers something for everyone, it is the ideal destination for any traveler who wants to mix sports with beach and cultural activities. You can choose between a relaxing holiday, enjoying the beautiful landscapes like a sunset with the amazing colors in the sky and the waves of the Sea of Cortez, or you can have a holiday full of excitement on places that are perfect for extreme sports, like sandboarding. Another attraction is its excellent gastronomy with his famouse “carne asada” and the great variaty of seafood.

 As a local committee, we ​ACEM UNISON of Hermosillo,​ Sonora, are glad to welcome all international exchange students to our state, Sonora, where the desert, forest and beach meet. We can guarantee that our incomings will have a pleasant time at their rotations as well as a lot of fun with the social program. We are expecting you with arms wide open, as Creed would say.

 Hermosillo is located in the center of the state of Sonora, 270 km from the border with the United States. You can access by land and by air to the General Ignacio Pesqueira International Airport. Its coastline on the Sea of Cortez measures 1.208 kilometers, which contemplate beautiful beaches and a great variety of natural species that form part of the Aquarium of the World, as it was named by Jacques Cousteau. Besides being an industrial City, Hermosillo has service and business tourism. Hermosillo reminds us at every moment the beauty of nature with its colorful sunsets, desert landscapes, with its white beaches and gentle blue sea that invite us to introspection and enjoyment of the environment. Is the capital of Sonora and offers a wide range of options for those seeking entertainment, art, culture, history, beaches, national and international renowned hotels, resorts, spas, museums, interesting modern architecture, a rich and varied regional cuisine and a close look at the ethnic groups that still keep their traditions alive.

 The state’s population is clustered around Nogales (border with US), Ciudad Obregon (in the Yaqui River valley), Guaymas, San Carlos (touristic beaches & port for deep-sea fishing).

And your host city; Ciudad Hermosillo, (the state's capital. Its population is 778,000)

Sonora is home to 8 indigenous groups: Mayos, Yaquis, Pimas, Guarijíos, Series, Pápagos, Cucapá, Kikapoo. Seven of them live in their own autonomous regions.

The Yaquis, are the indigenous group with most inhabitants, close to 35,000, most of them live in communities related to Cd Obregon. Our state’s symbol is their Danza del Venado (Deer Dance) and it represents a battle between the hunter and deer. The Series live in a town of Punta Chueca near the beach of “Bahia de Kino”. They are not related culturally or linguistically to other groups and they have a language isolatate. They are famous by their works of carving the wood of Palo fierro or Ironwood.

  • University of Sonora (Universidad de Sonora), the only public school of medicine and biggest university in Hermosillo, Sonora.
  • Hospital San Jose de Hermosillo (private hospital)
  • Hospital ISSSTESON Dr. Ignacio Chávez (for state workers).

Two projects at the Research department of University of Sonora

  • Effects of hyperglycemia in the neurovascular unit of the brain.
  • Chemico-structural, molecular, and biological study of chemopreventive compounds isolated from marine organisms.


The incoming student will be provided with one meal a day. It might be at the hospital or at the host family’s place.


The incoming will stay with a medical student family [hosting family] or in an apartment.


Transportation will depend of the location of the host family’s home or department.

It could be by foot, public bus (that has a cost of 9 pesos), uber or by cab if the student is willing to pay for the service. Occasionally, members of the local committee can give the student a ride. At his or her arrival, the student will be provided with a map of the city or information with the bus lines that he will need to move around.

  • We offer a social program during all months. It’s not an established one but this are some places that you could visit with us.
     Musas Cultural Center offers a wide variety of exhibits by Sonora, Mexican and International artists. Museum of Sonora is located in the old penitentiary and offers visitors the passages of Sonora history, as well as samples of the ancient Mexican past.
     The Museum Library of the University of Sonora houses the Regional Museum of Anthropology and History, the Museum of Archaeology, the Emiliana de Zubeldia Theater, the periodical, library, and bookstore, art gallery, university radio and television; it is located in the heart of the city.
     Our time’s square is located at the old part of the city so you can take a look at the traditional mexican architecture. And if you visit at night , there are food vendors where you can buy different kinds of mexican food/snacks.Also some restaurants and coffee shops are close.
     The Ecological Center of Sonora is almost two million square meters and houses a large variety of flora and fauna of the different ecosystems of the state. The zoo and botanical garden is home to some 300 categories of plants and 200 animal species. We can also find here the Astronomical Observatory of the Ecological Center of Sonora.
     Parque La Ruina which offers more than 10 different food trucks plus live music almost everyday!
  • Remember that Mexican cuisine, Mariachi and Charreria have been proclaimed Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, so we could visit the restaurant “Mariachisimo” where you would have the opportunity to listen to mariachi.

We also have a “National Food and Drink Party” in which we offer you Mexican food, drinks and the opportunity to hit a piñata. So, in this party you can learn several things of our culture and you can teach us of yours with a regional food, drink or music of your country.


Kino Bay
Located less than 100 kilometers from the city with pristine beaches of the sea of Cortez and a variety of water activities. Kino Bay is divided into “Kino Viejo” and “Kino Nuevo”
The Santa Cruz estuary (Estero Santa Cruz) is located in Kino Viejo and is a natural ecosystem with distinctive flora and fauna where one can sample delicious fresh oysters and clams taken from the site.
There are visits to Ranches that offer lodging, trekking, hiking, horseback riding, camping, game viewing, bird watching, among others.

San Carlos (Guaymas)
Located at an hour and a half from Hermosillo, this is another great beach near our city, with lots of activities for outdoor people: snorkeling, diving, fishing, hiking, golfing, you can also rent a yacht and admire the beautiful scenery or go to the only dolphinarium of Sonora. If you’re a food lover, there are a lot of nice restaurants and also good nightlife.

A beautiful town that derives its name from de Alamo tree. Is located in the southeastern part of Sonora, and 396 km from Hermosillo, was named “pueblo magico” in 2005 for his natural beauty, cultural riches and historical relevance. In the last days of January, we celebrate a big party in this town that is known as “Festival Alfonso Ortiz Tirado” or FAOT.

The “Gran Desierto de Altar” or Sonoran Desert
Located 6 hours from Hermosillo.The eastern portion of the area contains the volcanic Pinacate Peaks region, and with the western Gran Desierto de Altar area, together they form the El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also, it includes the only active erg dune region in North America.
Follow the link for a view of the desert:

The Shark Island or “Isla del Tiburón”
The largest island in the Gulf of California and the largest island in Mexico, part of the traditional homeland of some bands (or clans) of the Seri people, probably for many centuries if not millennia. It is an uninhabited ecological reserve, ideal for ecotourism, fishing, diving and snorkeling. You can visit with 2 permits issued by the Seri community of Punta Chueca and from the ISLAS office in Bahía de Kino.

Río Sonora Route, “Ruta del río Sonora”
An encounter with nature where you can enjoy the taste and the history of the land of Sonora. This route is a pleasant journey through the culture and customs of towns like Ures, Baviácora, Aconchi, San Felipe de Jesús, Huépac, Banamiachi, Arizpe, Bacoachi and Cananea.
Schedule depends on each department.

Hospital ISSSTESON Dr. Ignacio Chávez.
White clothes and white coat are mandatory.
A copy of the insurance and two photographies children size (2.5 x 3cm).
For surgery, scrubs are needed.

Hospital San Jose de Hermosillo
White coat is obligatory.

In order to accomplish the exchange conditions and acquire the certificate, the student must fill the 80% percent of assistance and the logbook.
The exchange student must bring a blank logbook performed by IFMSA México

Historical weather during summer: 44º - 22ºC
Historical weather during winter: 25º - 8ºC
What to bring in your suitcase? Make sure you should bring a swimsuit, sunglasses, shorts, tennis shoes,
sunscreen, mosquito repellent and a hat.

Here are some web pages showing briefly some of the things to see in Hermosillo and Sonora.
Alamos FAOT:
The exchange student must have a health insurance for any inconvenient, they must give the LEO a copy of his
insurance contract to when he or she arrives; otherwise, we will cancel the exchange according to the International
Exchange Conditions.