Welcome to the heart of Central America. We are land and sea, we are people, we are culture, we are for you... We are Honduras, a five-stars country!
Honduras, love at first visit!
We guarantee that your research participation or clinical clerkship here will be a memorable experience found nowhere else. Our goal is for you to apply previous knowledge and learn more by practicing. That’s why, with the help of a capable professor and a team of skillful medical students, you will be in direct contact with patients, making real life medical decisions. You will also learn about laboratory work, field work, and the different ways we do research in our country.
Need more reasons to come to Honduras? Our people are warm and friendly, the weather is amazing and our food and coffee is exquisite (we highly recommend you try one of our most iconic dishes, the baleada). Besides, we can assure you that visiting Honduras won’t be as expensive as you think! We are one of the most affordable countries in the region. So, what are you waiting for? IFMSA-Honduras welcomes you with open arms.
Honduras has three health care systems. One is private, which is mostly for people who can afford it or have private insurance plans. Another one is a semi-public, the “social security” system, which is for public and private institution workers and their families (unfortunately, the medical coverage there is not always full). The semi-public system is partially subsidized by the government. The third system is public, which aims to provide healthcare to most of the population, and as exchange student, you will be working in this system. Your clerkship will take place at the biggest hospital in the country, which also receives the most patients. There, you will observe all kind of pathologies in all kinds of people; you will learn to face problems, and most importantly, be part of the solution.
In Honduras, it takes eight years to complete the medical education program; four years of preclinical studies, two years of clinical studies, one year of clinical internships and one year of social service. During the third to fourth year of medical school, students are allowed to start having contact with patients. From the fifth year on, students get immersed in the clinical atmosphere. Here, they get involved in patient evaluation, care and solving their health problems.
Some national airlines are: Aerolineas Sosa, CM airlines, EasySky, Aerocaribe, and Lahnsa.
A driver assigned to you will provide transportation between the host’s house to the hospital and vice versa, as well as for some social program activities or any field work.
2) Cayos Cochinos
There are ATMs nearby the university and all over the city. Many places accept dollars in case you run out of lempiras. You can bring your cellphone, tablet, and laptop and use it during class (for academic purposes only). There is no WI-FI in the hospital, but you will have access to internet at your host family’s house or the restaurants near the hospital, as well as in our Faculty.