Brazil (IFMSA Brazil) - Sao Paulo - UNISA
Internal Medicine, General Surgery
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In addition to health insurance, our hospital requires medical liability insurance from foreign students. Your vaccination card must be with you at the first day of clerkship and must contain vaccine against hepatitis B, MMR vaccine and DT vaccine.
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São Paulo is a Brazilian municipality located in the southeastern part of the country. The metropolis is an alpha global city — as listed by the GaWC — and is the most populous city in Brazil, South America, the Southern Hemisphere, and the Americas. It is also the world's 9th largest city by population.

The Greater São Paulo ranked as the most populous metropolitan area in Brazil, the second in the Americas, the Southern Hemisphere, and the world's 10th biggest metropolis by population. The city is the capital of the state of São Paulo, Brazil'smost populous and wealthiest state. It exerts strong regional influence in commerce, finance, arts and entertainment and a strong international influence. The name of the city honors Saint Paul of Tarsus.

Having the largest economy by GDP in Latin America and Southern Hemisphere, the city is home to the São Paulo Stock Exchange. Paulista Avenue is the economic core of São Paulo. The metropolis is also home to several of the tallest buildings in Brazil, including the building Mirante do Vale, Edifício Itália, Banespa, North Tower and many others. The city has cultural, economic and political influence both nationally and internationally. It is home to monuments, parks and museums such as theLatin American Memorial, the Ibirapuera Park, Museum of Ipiranga, São Paulo Museum of Art, and the Museum of the Portuguese Language. The city holds events like the São Paulo Art Biennial, the Brazilian Grand Prix, São Paulo Fashion Weekand the ATP Brasil Open. São Paulo hosts the world's largest gay pride parade. It is headquarters of the Brazilian televisionnetworks Record, Band and Gazeta.

São Paulo is a cosmopolitan, melting pot city, home to the largest Italian, Arab and Japanese diasporas, with examples includingethnic neighborhoods of Bixiga, Mercado and Liberdade respectively. People from the city are known as paulistanos, whilepaulistas designates anyone from the state, including the paulistanos. The city's Latin motto, which it has shared with the battleship and the aircraft carrier named after it, is Non ducor, duco, which translates as "I am not led, I lead." The city, which is also colloquially known as Sampa or Terra da Garoa (Land of Drizzle), is known for its unreliable weather, the size of its helicopter fleet, its architecture, gastronomy, severe traffic congestion and skyscrapers. According to a report from 2011, São Paulo was expected to have the third highest economic growth in the world between 2011 and 2025, after London and Mexico City. São Paulo was one of the host cities of the 1950 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Additionally, the city hosted the IV Pan American Games and the São Paulo Indy 300.

University History

The Universidade de Santo Amaro (University of Saint Amaro - UNISA), founded in 1968, is a private institution and currently has a grade 4 in ENADE (national exam).
The Faculdade de Medicina de Santo Amaro (Faculty of Medicine of Santo Amaro - FMSA), in turn, has the differential of being a pioneer in the training of humanized physicians because, since its foundation, it was already spoken of in an integral treatment, which considers the biopsychosocial and spiritual spheres in the care of the patients.

Academic organizations

The Local Committee UNISA (LC UNISA)
The local committee UNISA is the most recent student organization of the university, founded in 2014 and linked to IFMSA an international NGO of medical students recognized by UNESCO, UNICEF, UN and WHO. The IF, as it is called, is currently present in 95 higher education institutions, spread across all Brazilian states. It has three main areas of activity: local administrative, social activities and projects and promotion of national and international exchange programs.
The LC UNISA currently has a partnership with the University Extension, with the Rede de Medicos Populares de São Paulo (São Paulo Popular Network of Physicians), with the Center, Congress and Academic Leagues of the university, and has already carried out actions in partnerships with the Red Cross - São Paulo and other committees of the city of São Paulo.

Academic Center Rubens Monteiro de Arruda (CARMA)
At the beginning of the history of the Faculty of Medicine of Santo Amaro, the academic and athletic centers were part of the Academic Directory Gaspar de Oliveira Viana (DAGOV). In a short time it was understood that they were two institutions with different objectives, and these student organization were separated in 1976. After this split, CARMA appeared in honor of one of the founders of the faculty, Dr. Rubens Monteiro de Arruda. Currently, CARMA is the representative body of the students, that is, its main spokesman in front of the coordination of course and rectory. It also fosters discussions and debates in a democratic way for all who wish to participate. In addition, it acts in the coordination of our Academic Leagues, and encourages research with them; Promotion of social actions; Sales of products; Organization of events and representation in front of other academic centers.

Medical Academic Congress – COACME
The Congresso Acadêmico Médico (Medical Academic Congress -COACME) is the oldest academic congress of the São Paulo city, started in the 80's, its first version was presided over by the academic José Alberto dos Santos and as honorary president of Prof. Dr. Euryclides of Jesus Zerbini. Since then, it has been consecrating this practice in the academic community and increasing research, teaching and extension as pillars of the university. It has lectures, round tables and debates in different medical medical areas, providing, for all these years, symposiums, tables, lectures, workshops, as well as oral presentations of current scientific works for academics and presentation of works in the poster category. However, the congress is not limited to the week of the event, promoting courses during all the year, always broadening scientific knowledge and encouraging scientific production within the university.

Academic Athletic Association Jose Douglas Dallora – AAAJDD
The sports activities of the college was initially responsibility of the DAGOV as it Sports Department, and after the dismemberment of this student association in 1976, it was founded in the Associação Acadêmica Atlética Jose Douglas Dallora (Academic Athletic Association Jose Douglas Dallora - AAAJDD). This is the student association responsible for the sports representation of the college, what include organization of the trainings and participation of sports competitions. Currently, the main goal is to return and stay at INTERMED, a major university sports competition in the Americas, coordinated by the pela Liga Esportiva das Atléticas de Medicina do Estado de São Paulo (São Paulo State Sports Medicine League - LEAMESP). Besides, the Athletics also organize partys throughout the year, sell products and coordinate our beloved battery called CORUBATU.

Courses and Structure

The course of Medicine, as well as courses in biological and health areas take place on campus I. These are: Biomedicine, Biological Sciences, Physical Education, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry and Psychology.
The campus I of UNISA has a large infrastructure with a complex of more than 20 multidisciplinary and specific laboratories, with a laboratory to develop technical skills and clinical simulations.
The medicine course has a partnership with Hospital Geral do Grajaú (General Hospital of Grajaú); Hospital Minicipal do Campo Limpo (Campo Limpio Municipal Hospital); Instituto Dante Pazzanese de Cardiologia (Dante Pazzanese Institute of Cardiology); Instituto de Infectologia Emílio Ribas (Institute of Infectology Emílio Ribas), and also joint work in the Basic Health Units of the region.
In addition, UNISA offers 11 Medical Residency Programs (PRMs) in the areas of General Surgery, Clinical Medicine, Pediatrics, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Orthopedics and Traumatology, Otorhinolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Pediatric Surgery, Psychiatry and the Pediatric Practice Areas - Neonatology And Area of Practice of General Surgery - Videolaparoscopic Surgery.

Ambulatory and Hospital – HEWA and HGG

The Hospital Escola Wladimir de Arruda (Wladimir de Arruda School Hospital - HEWA) is located inside campus I of the University and currently works with the city hall of São Paulo as Hora Certa program.
In it, ambulatory care is carried out in large areas such as Clinical Medicine, Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics and Pediatrics, as well as practice activities in Dermatology, Orthopedics, Otorhinolaryngology and Ophthalmology. In this same unit, surgical procedures are carried out in the areas of General Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology and Ophthalmology.
Address: R. Prof. Enéas de Siqueira Neto, 340 - Jardim das Imbuias, São Paulo – SP.

The Hospital Geral do Grajaú (Grajaú General Hospital - HGG) is currently our main teaching hospital for FMSA students. It is a state-of-the-art medical and hospital unit of reference in emergency and emergency care of medium and high complexity.
With 286 beds, it was inaugurated in 1998, in the south region of São Paulo, which has a population of over 2.5 million inhabitants. Its service area includes the subprefeituras of the Chapel of Socorro and Parelheiros, that represent almost 33% of the territory of the municipality.
About the medical specialties, there are: General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Mastology, Orthopedic and Traumatology, Urology, Pediatrics, Neonatology, Otolaryngology, ICU, Radiology and much more…
Putting in numbers, HGG has:
- 24.296 patients/month
- 1.331 hospital internment/month
- 410 surgeries/month
- 189 childbirth/month

For more information, access the website:
Adress: Rua Francisco Octávio Pacca, 180 - Parque das Nações Unidas, São Paulo - SP.

HEWA and HGG are the main hospitals whose incomings of IFMSA Brazil's national and international exchange programs have access.

Name of the research project: Human Papilomavirus and sexual diseases in multiple places incorporea.

Head of the department: Marco Antonio Zonta, Ms. PhD.

Description of the project: Human papillomavirus infection in multiple body sites.

General Purpose Line of Research: Identification of human papillomavirus DNA and its cytopathic effects through cytological, immunocytochemistry and molecular analysis and its relationship with the occurrence of tumors in various body sites in those vaccines and unvaccinated population.

The host student or family will provide one meal per day. Depending of the conditions and space of their homes, they can choose for paying a 1 month boarding house for you. Your meals will be defined by your host. You can also eat at the hospital, at home or at restaurants. Remember that the host student won’t give you pocket money!
Our local meal consists in bread and coffee with wilk in the morning; 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.
You’re going to stay in some host student’s house, who may live alone, with his/her family or with other students.
Transport in São Paulo plays a key role in the date-to-day life of the people of São Paulo. Although lacking in strong infrastructure, various methods of public transport are offered in the city, including a complex bus system run by SPTrans, and various subway and railway lines. A contactless smartcard is used for fare collection for the buses, subway, and railway systems.
São Paulo also has two airports: Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) and Congonhas International Airport (CNH).
Besides that, there are two important bus stations that allow you to go to the coast or other cities near to the capital: Barra Funda Bus Station and Tietê Bus Station.

For more information about flights, bus schedules and transport between stations, access:

If you want to know more about how to get at places in São Paulo, access the website:

IFMSA Brazil has very well recognized national social programmes that happens on July and August.
In addition, our Local Committee commits itself to offer social programmes for the incomings, according to their wishes and our availability. 
São Paulo is known worldwide for its diversity...
Let’s begin with the preservation of the Native Culture!
As seen at the Historical and Pedagogical Índia Vanure Museum.

… and the conservation of its space by the State, especially in coast regions such as Guarujá, Santos, Maresias, Mongaguá and Peruíbe. These are coast cities, relatively close to our university, like a 2 hours trip by car to the get to the beach!
If you enjoy surf and nature, is an excellent opportunity to have fun!!!

... but still here at São Paulo, we have descendants of:
Italian Culture
Cantina Gigio
1900 pizzeria
Famiglia Mancini
Montecatini Trattoria

Japanese Culture
São Paulo is known by the most concentration of japanese out of Japan and our Japanese cultural centre is the Liberdade neighborhood with access by the metro station Liberdade. 
There are typical restaurants of Japanese food, basically one in each corner:
Bakery Itiriki
The South American Buddhist Community Soto Zenshu–Busshinji Temple
The Sunday Fair at Liberdade square, at the Liberdade subway’s principal exit, with typical food and crafts
The Historical Museum of Japanese Immigration

Chinese Culture 
Rong He
SoGo Plaza Shopping

…And so much others, but there’s nothing like the Brazillian Culture!

Municipal Market (“mercadão”) - Typical food, national and imported fruits, The Bologna Sandwich, Codfish’s Pastel and others Brazilian ingredients and spices…

25 De Março Street - "The place to buy cheap items!”

Galeria do Rock - A gallery with five floors of bandstand shops, movies and TV series, tennis, skateboard and basketball accessories, CD and DVDs, piercing and tattoo and more!

To enjoy the view and art…

Beco do Batman - It’s a street with street art and graffiti.
Sé Cathedral
São Bento Square/ São Bento’s Monastery
América Latina’s memorial
MASP - São Paulo’s Museum of Art
Pinacoteca Museum
São Paulo’s Resistance’s Memorial
Tomie Ohtake Institute
MIS – Museum Of Image And Sound

For soccer lovers… You can meet the stadiums!
PACAEMBU (Soccer Museum)

For a good day at the park enjoying the weather and nature…
Ibirapuera Park
Trianon Park
Paulista Avenue
Guarapiranga’s sacred ground
Guarapiranga’s Eco Park

And, finally, to enjoy the night in São Paulo...
MADALENA VILLAGE - Place where there are a lot of bars with music and beautiful people.
AUGUSTA ST. - It’s a street with a lot of pubs and an ecletic public.
COUNTRY BALLADS - Very popular in Brazil!!!
FORRÓ - It’s a national style of music really popular in which people dance together in couples.


Our Local Committee is growing faster every year and counts with almost 20 wonderful members, who waits anxiously for your arrival! 
You can be sure that we'll do everything we can to make your stay here in Brazil the best time possible!