Brazil (IFMSA-Brazil) - Curitiba/PR - Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Parana (PUCPR)
Neurology, Pneumology, Paediatrics, Orthopedics, Nefrology, Intensive Care, General Surgery and Trauma
March, April, May, June, August, September, October, November
One meal per day offered by the host.
Student's house or host families.
As for the surgery department the student must have attended the discipline "Surgical Technique" or any similar. Do not forget to bring your white coat.

Curitiba is the capital of the state of Paraná, one of the 3 states located in the southern region of Brazil. With 1,917,185 inhabitants. The city was graced by the arrival of European immigrants throughout the nineteenth century, mostly Germans, Poles, Ukrainians and Italians, who contributed to the current cultural diversity. Curitiba has a temperate climate, with average temperatures below 18° C in the winter months, sometimes falling to near 0° C, on colder days. The urban transport of the city is integrated through the local terminals. There are mobile applications and the city hall itself makes bus schedules and itineraries available on the URBS website. Taxis are standardized, orange in black chess on the sides and some black details on the bumper. The city also has transportation services like UBER, CABIFY and 99POP. The local bus terminal integrates interstate and state services. From there you can go to the beaches that are more or less 150km away in the state of Paraná and a little further to the beaches of Santa Catarina. The air access to the city is given by the Afonso Pena International Airport (CWB), located in the municipality of São José dos Pinhais, wich is part of the Metropolitan Region of Curitiba. This is the main international air terminal in the southern region of Brazil.

The Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná - PUCPR was found in 1960. It is a private, not-for-profit Catholic university.

For more than 60 years, the PUCPR Medicine course has prepared professionals to act with excelence in one of the most prestigious professions.

The theoretical qualification for medicine is added to the practice since the beginning of the course: from the first year the academics have contact with real patients and improve their knowledge with essential values such as eye-eye interaction and the development of skills such as leadership, empathy, communication and conflict resolution.

The medical practice occurs in some of the best hospitals in the Southern Region, such as Hospital Universitário Cajuru e Hospital Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Curitiba, and in the university ambulatory. As for the pediatrics department, it occurs in Hospital Pequeno Principe, a hospital dedicated to infants, with 370 beds. 

Inaugurated in 1958, the Hospital Universitário Cajuru (HUC), since June 2013, exclusively serves the patients of the Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS), wich is the public and free medical care system in Brazil. It has the largest Emergency Department, specialized in trauma in Paraná, the hospital serves as a training camp for the PUCPR Medical and Bio-sciences Schools courses. It also receives doctors from across the country in their residency and specialization programs. Reference in orthopedics, neurosurgery and general surgery, the HUC conducts approximately 4,500 emergency cares, 970 surgical procedures and 1,078 hospitalizations monthly.

Inaugurated by Emperor Dom Pedro II, on May 22, 1880, initially with 160 beds, the Hospital Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Curitiba could be considered a large hospital, and was for many years the only hospital in Curitiba.  The cooperation and joint action between the Santa Casa, the Medicine School of the Catholic University and the Madre Léonie Nursing School began in 1957. From that date, the Santa Casa began to welcome students from PUCPR. The alliance sealed with PUCPR strengthened the bond between the two institutions and implemented the transformations necessary to expand its mission as a school hospital, consolidating the teaching-research-assistance trinomium.

Hospital Pequeno Príncipe (PP) is one of the largest pediatric hospitals in Brazil, fulfills its motto of love for the child in the humanized, integral and equanimous care. PP is a reference in medical specialties and areas of practice, as in cardiac surgeries in infants, including newborns. It has performed more than 400 organ transplants in the last decade, and in kidney transplantation it is equivalent to the best in the world in patients' survival. More than 1,500 pediatric doctors, anesthesiologists, orthopedists and pediatric surgeons from all over the country have already completed their training and specialization in internships and medical residences at Hospital Pequeno Príncipe.

PUCPR also has the biggest simulation center of Brazil. 
Located in the complex of Hospital Nossa Senhora da Luz, the Simulation Center allows medical students to develop their clinical thinking and capabilities in safe and realistic scenarios. It is a special environment where undergraduate medical students, physicians and other health professionals in continuing education activities can practice critical skills and develop those skills to save lives and improve the quality of life and safety of their patients.
The host student or family will provide at least one meal per day.
The Incomings are allocated in Students' Flat House or Family Houses. They will have their own bed or mattress, and also will be provided a bathroom that can be shared or not. The Incoming always will be given internet access.
Curitiba's public transportation consists entirely of buses. It opened the world's first bus rapid transit (BRT) system, Rede Integrada de Transporte, in 1974. Some 1,100 buses make 12,500 trips every day, serving more than 1.3 million passengers, 50 times the number from 20 years ago. Eighty percent of travelers use the express or direct bus services. Curitibanos spend only about 10 percent of their income on travel, much below the national average.

It is easy to move around by bus, and you can also take a Taxi, or an Uber/Cabify/99POP. It is not expensive to move around by those transportation apps. And depending on where your clerkship is going to happen, our students can give you a ride.
The Local Comitte will plane several activities for the incomings. There are many tourist attractions on the city, as parks, museums and squares to be visited during the day. As for the nightlife, Curitiba has a diverse variety of places to go out in different parts of the city that can please every urban tribe.

In the cultural part of Curitiba there are a wide range of options such as cinemas, libraries, museums, national and international bands concerts, symphony orchestras, shopping malls and you can find everything by the city website. In soccer, Curitiba has three clubs, among them the Clube Atlético Paranaense (whose stadium is the Arena da Baixada), the Coritiba Foot Ball Club (whose stadium is Couto Pereira) and the Paraná Club (whose stadium is Vila Capanema). All of these teams, when in game season, offer the sale of tickets ranging from R$25 to R$150 reais depending on the game, day, and if you have the student card. In the part of tourist attractions, Curitiba presents several options, such as those listed: Praça Tiradentes, Rua das Flores, Rua 24 Horas, Museu Ferroviário, Teatro Paiol, Jardim Botânico, Mercado Municipal, Teatro Guaíra / Universidade Federal do Paraná, Paço da Liberdade, Memorial Árabe / Passeio Público, Centro Cívico, Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Bosque do Papa / Memorial Polonês, Bosque Alemão, Universidade Livre do Meio Ambiente, Parque São Lourenço, Ópera de Arame / Pedreira Paulo Leminski, Parque Tanguá, Parque Tingui, Memorial Ucraniano, Portal Italiano, Santa Felicidade, Parque Barigui, Torre Panorâmica and Centro Histórico.