Brazil (IFMSA Brazil) - Montes Claros/MG - Unimontes
Mental Health, Women's Health, Family & Community Medicine, Biotechnology, Parasitology, General surgery
July, September, August
Host family or Student Flat or Hospita
Host family or Student Flat
Victoria Spinola Duarte de Oliveira

Montes Claros is located in the North of Minas Gerais, at a distance of approximately 430Km from the capital of the State, Belo Horizonte. Its population is, nowadays, account for more than 400,000 inhabitants.

The climate in Montes Claros is a transition between tropical and semi-arid areas, and the city is known for its heat (average temperature of 24,2ºC in the whole year) and its dryness (rain is a really rare phenomenon here). Fauna and flora here are a mixture of Cerrado and Caatinga.

One can easily get to the city by earth and air means of transportation. The BR-135 and BR-251 highways take to Montes Claros. The city has a small airport 30 minutes away from the city centre (by car) that offers regular flights to many national destinations.


UNIMONTES plays a major role in the recent history of the North of Minas Gerais. Established in 1962 as FUNM – Fundação Norte-Mineira de Ensino Superior –, UNIMONTES stands out as a great contributor of regional economic, social and scientific development, extending its influence over other areas of the State of Minas Gerais to the south of the State of Bahia. The University has 13 campi in 13 cities near Montes Claros, while the main University Campus Professor Darcy Ribeiro, is located in the city of Montes Claros.

The activities of the medical school take place mainly at the Biological and Health Sciences Building, ancient Faculty of Medicine (FAMED) Building. Since 1969, alumni from the former FAMED have contributed for local and regional health care, establishing many of the hospitals and other health services of all levels of complexity in Montes Claros and surrounding cities; besides, UNIMONTES alumni participated of the creation of our National Health Service, called SUS – Sistema Único de Saúde.

The Clemente de Faria University Hospital (HUCF) is the main hospital where UNIMONTES medical students have their practices. It is also very important regionally, as it provides 100% SUS-covered health services for the population of the North of Minas Gerais. HUCF has a great number of wards, besides two intensive care units (neonatal and general), surgical theaters and emergency care. It is the regional reference for infectious and parasitary diseases, sexually transmitted infections, accidents with poisonous animals and assistance to victims of violence. Moreover, HUCF also has the Maria Barbosa Maternity, specialized in the assistance of high-risk pregnancies and deliveries, offering great quality services to the pregnant women and their new-borns.

Planned to be a site of medical education, HUCF offers specializations on Orthopaedics and Trauma, General Surgery, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, besides health multiprofessional training. At last, in HUCF most of the activities of the Academic Leagues take place.

Moreover, HUCF complex includes structures as the Eny Faria de Oliveira Geriatrics Reference Center of North Minas, an ambulatory medical center called CAETAN (Centro Ambulatorial de Especialidades Tancredo Neves) and Health Science Lab Complex.

UNIMONTES Medical Students professional experience also takes places at the great Santa Casa de Misericordia Hospital, wich offers many specialities, Doctor Hermes de Paula Clinics and Basic Health Care Units.


Screening for antibiotic resistance genes between nosocomial isolated bacteria.
Tegumentary & Visceral Leishmaniose prognostic factors: clinial and laboratorial associated changes.

The host student or family will provide at least one meal per day / the hospital will provide it.

Our local meal consists in bread and coffee with wilk in the morning, and lunch and dinner with rice, red beans, some kind of meat (beef, eggs, chicken, pork or fish), vegetables and salad. Also, there are lots of italian, german, french and japanese culinary references.


The incomings are alocate in students flat house, family houses or republic houses, where students share a house and create a family bound. They will have their own bed and will be provided with one bathroom that can be shared or not, and internet acess, on the house or on the college.

You can get in Montes Claros by plane or bus. The plane usually comes from São Paulo city or Belo Horizonte- the capital of Minas Gerais.

The public transportation isn't very efficient, but you can always count on other ways, like Taxi (Cars and Motocycles). Also, the university is very central, so many places you can get  on foot.
You will sure have enough opportunities to enjoy GREAT experiences.
Montes Claros, as many Minas Gerais towns, has a lot of Bars (also known as Buteco), parties, cultural events and places and also natural parks ( in fact, we have one of the biggest urban park of the world)
You will definately be enchanted by our local food (really, believe me! Minas food is very famous).
If you want to travel, you can go to very beautiful cities arround Montes Claros, as the famous Diamantina, and admire their waterfalls, caves and rich history.
There's so many options, not only in our city or state, but in the whole country. We'll be glad to present you to our local and national options.

And NFDP, a party with all incomings, where we exchange some typical local foods and drinks. At The Food and Drink party you get to try some Brazilian dishes and share with us your culture! We organize the NFDP with students from two other LCs - Funorte and FIPMOC. 

Besides that in Montes Claros you can also find Clubs, Pubs, Bars.
Do you like what you've read till now? You can know more about our city and university: get our Local Booklet.

Bring your own white coat and stethoscope. You have to respect Brazil's norm NR 32: do not use accessories, wear closed shoes and tie your hair.
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