Dear Exchange Student,
ANEM-Portugal - Portuguese Medical Students' International Committee - is the National Federation that brings every Portuguese Local Committee together and represents all 12.000 students from 8 different Medical Schools, at both national and international levels.
We organize exchanges every year driven by the passion of capacity building, sharing, learning and the vision that we are helping the Federation to increase its impact by engaging more members and bringing it closer towards reaching their goal of an improved Global Health.
The Federation's main focus for about 35 years of existence has been advocating for quality medical education, as well as providing students with helpful tools and formative opportunities that can complement their fields of expertise.
One of ANEM-Portugal's most esteemed and highly regarded activities is our SCORE/SCOPE Exchange Programs - largely known for its remarkable scientific and clinical practice, lodging conditions and unique cultural experience.
In case you are looking for an adventure of a lifetime, we naturally invite you to explore this page, join us and experience a fantastic time amongst a fully committed team, that works all year round on a local and national level, that will welcome you with their arms wide open, for a hug at first glance!
We are ready for you, but are you ready for the best month of your life?
See you soon!
Portugal is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, situated on it’s south west point, on the Iberian Peninsula, and includes the Atlantic Madeira and Azores Archipelagos. It is bordered on the East and North by Spain and on the West and South by the Atlantic Ocean.
Mainland Portugal occupies an area of 88,889 km2. It is 218 km wide, 561 km long, 832 km of Atlantic Coast and a 1215 km border with Spain.
It is split by its main river, the Rio Tejo (Tagus river).
The northern landscape is mountainous in the interior, with plateaus indented by river valleys. The south, between the Tejo and Algarve (with Alentejo in the middle), features mostly rolling plains.
Portugal is a EU member since 1986 and, at the end of 2017, was elected World's Leading Destination at the World Travel Awards!
You can find more information regarding our exchange programs and our Local Committees in this link.
Our health system is characterized by three coexisting systems: the National Health Service (NHS), special social health insurance schemes for certain professions (health subsystems) and voluntary private health insurance.
The NHS provides universal coverage. In addition, about 25% of the population is covered by the health subsystems, 20% by private insurance schemes and another 7% by mutual funds.
The Ministry of Health is responsible for developing health policy as well as managing the NHS. Five regional health administrations are in charge of implementing the national health policy objectives, developing guidelines and protocols and supervising health care delivery.
- Mean Life Expectancy: 80.9 years
- Natality Rate: 8.4%
- Child Mortality Rate: 2,8%
- Doctors per 1.000 inhabitants: 521,8
- Number of hospitals: 230
- Number of hospital beds: 35.429
In Portugal, to become a doctor, you have to complete 6 years of Medical Studies. The first three years consist of the “basic sciences” (subjects such as anatomy, physiology and biochemistry) that provide the student with enough basic knowledge to undertake the clinical years later on the degree. The last three years focus mainly on studying the different specialties and clinical practices.
The most recent Medical School (in Algarve) has a different methodology as its teaching method is Problem Based Learning. In this school, only students with previous degrees can enter and the course duration is of 4 years. This course methodology also exists in Braga, in parallel to the traditional course.
After graduating from medical school, it is required that you take an exam in order to access any residency. Completing the residency can take you from 4 to 6 years, depending on the speciality you choose.
The journey between Lisboa and Porto on the Alfa Pendular train (the fastest and most comfortable train) may vary between €31 and €44 (2nd or 1st class) and on Intercity trains the price varies between €25 and €37, and they both stop in Coimbra. From Lisboa to Faro the fare is between €23 and €30 on the Alfa Pendular train and between €22 and €28 on the Intercity train.
From Lisboa to Covilhã the train fare varies between €18 and €25.
From Porto to Braga the train fare is about €3.
Don't forget to ask for student/youth discount when buying the tickets so you can have a 25% reduction on the prices above.
More information at: www.cp.pt
There are regular connections between the main Portuguese cities.
The journey between:
- Lisboa and Porto - €16
- Lisboa and Faro - €16
- Lisboa and Covilhã - €14
- Lisboa and Coimbra - €12
- Lisboa and Braga - €18
- Porto and Faro - €26
- Porto and Covilhã - €15
- Porto and Coimbra - €10
- Porto and Braga - €6
The prices above already have Youth Discount, don't forget to ask for it.
More information at: www.rede-expressos.pt
TÁXIS AND OTHERS:
Taxis are painted mostly cream with a roof-light to identify them. However, there are still some taxis which keep the old colours, green and black. In the urban service, the minimum charge (initial price) during the daytime is €3.25 and €3.90 at nightime, weekends and public holidays. The final fare will be determined in function of the distance travelled and the time. It is normal to give a tip of 10% on top of the fare. Ordering a radio taxi results in an additional cost of €0.80 and transport of luggage requiring use of a roof rack or car boot implies a supplement of €1.6. For transport outside urban areas, the service is paid on a per kilometre basis, and the cost of the return journey is also calculated, regardless of whether or not the passenger makes the return trip. Normally the price is agreed at the beginning of the respective journey.
There are also many phone mobilitty apps that you can use to travel inside some cities (uber, cabify, kapten, bolt, among others).
There are 3 airports in mainland Portugal: Porto, Lisbon and Faro.
More information at: www.ana.pt
Coimbra - Cathedral / Oldest University in Portugal / Mondego River
Braga - Braga's Cathedral / Bom Jesus Sanctuary / Sameiro / Natural Park of Peneda-Gerês
Covilha - Natural Park of Estrela
Portuguese people are known to be very welcoming and friendly. A good way to greet someone you don’t know can be through a handshake accompanied by direct eye contact, but once a personal relationship is established, greetings become more personal (men greet each other with a huf and women kiss twice on the cheek).
Fado is the most traditional music style in Portugal and part of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Football is obviously the most loved sport in the entire country.
Most Portuguese people are catholic (88% of the population).
Hierarchy is very respected in Portuguese culture, therefore people should be treated according to their age and professional status.
In terms of gastronomy, Portugal is known for its mediterranean diet, providing tourists with a varied array of choices it terms of food. The number of international cuisine restaurants has also been increasing in recent years.
There are two fundamental aspects to the pleasant Portuguese climate: the Atlantic, felt more in the north, especially the northeast, and the Mediterranean which dominates the south.
The climate in Portugal varies considerably from a region to another and is influenced by the relief, latitude and proximity to the sea.
On the coast, winters are particularly mild. In the North area, particularly inland, winters are colder, although the temperatures are still mild when compared to the rest of Europe. There is some snowfall, mainly in «Serra da Estrela» («Star’s mountains»), the highest point in continental Portugal (1993m) and where it is possible to ski! The South is warmer, especially the Algarve, which enjoys a Mediterranean climate.
Summers are hot and dry, especially in the inland areas («Trás os Montes» and «Alentejo»), while autumn and spring can be rainy but also warm and sunny.
Most parts of Portugal are sunny. Daily hours of sunshine average from eight to ten in winter and thirteen to fifteen in summer.