Exchange Conditions of IFMSA-Panama

Working Conditions
Languages
Spanish
(Good)
Required
English
(Excellent)
Required
Languages Remarks

FULL SPANISH: Oncology, Gynaecology Oncology, General Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine Pulmonary, Internal Medicine Cardiology, Internal Medicine Nephrology, Internal Medicine Gastroenterology.

All our Doctors understand and speak English, but if you want to communicate with patients, you must at least understand Spanish. 

Clerkship Type
- Clinical Clerkship
A clinical clerkship is defined as the rotation of a student in a clinical department of a hospital or clinic, such as Dermatology and Pediatrics.
Required level of studies

3 years minimum and have coursed the subject of the department you are applying to.

Graduated students allowed
yes

Even if accepted by the hosting country, students must be still enrolled in university by the time the Application Form is sent.
Clerkship Duration
4 weeks, 8 hours a day, 5 days per week
Dress code
Casual
What to Bring
- White coat
- Stethoscope
- Lamp
- Reflex Hammer
- Surgical Scrubs
Academic Quality

At your arrival, you will be asked to read and sign an incoming contract detailing your duties and rights for the exchange period.

Also, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is MANDATORY for all incomings upon arrival to participate in an academic session on: Covid-19, personal protective equipment and healthcare-associated infectious diseases provided by our hospital's staff.

The dress code must be all white (white shirts, pants, and shoes)

To obtain the SCOPE certificate you must:

  • At least 90% of the assistance is required: We know that Panama is beautiful and you want to know it all, but we invite you to make the visits of the other provinces AFTER OR BEFORE the exchange. Don't skip the rotation days. 
  • IFMSA Evaluation form must be filled in by the end of the rotation.



Nightshifts
No
Special Remarks

IT VARIES DEPENDING ON THE TUTOR

You will be presented to the Head of the Service who will you assign you a Tutor ("Preceptor"). All exchange students will be in the clerkship with Panamanians students and the tutor will demand the same as the Panamanian students 
- All procedures you might perform must be under the supervision of your Tutor.

Night Shifts are NOT MANDATORY, but if you want to do night shifts you can ask your tutor.

Towns
Calendar

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Cities Remarks

You can't apply for Panama City the three times, you should include Chiriqui in your options.

Calendar Remarks

ALL THE EXCHANGES LAST 4 WEEKS, YOU BEGIN  THE FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH AND FINISH THE LAST FRIDAY OF THAT MONTH. (If you want to send to your student in the middle of a month, please email us first)
In some months, we may start the second Monday of the month, but don't worry, you will know in your CA.

If any student is accepted in the middle of the week, we will explain the reason. 

WAIT FOR YOUR CARD OF ACCEPTANCE BEFORE MAKING EXTRACURRICULAR PLANS!

Please don't send your student in the middle of the week :)

Panamanian carnivals vary each year (somewhat between february and march), so it will depend on the year whether we will be available to accept incomings or not because of the free days.

In November and December, we have Panamanian festivities so we have many free days.

Disciplines
Disciplines

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Disciplines Remarks

ENGLISH AND SPANISH: Gynaecology Obstetrics, Surgery, Paediatrics, Otorhinolaryngology, Neurosurgery

FULL SPANISH: Oncology, Gynaecology Oncology, General Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine Pulmonary, Internal Medicine Cardiology, Internal Medicine Nephrology, Internal Medicine Gastroenterology.

All our Doctors understand and speak English, but if you want to communicate with patients, you must AT LEAST understand Spanish.

General
Pocket money
No PAB
Boarding
- Host family
Lodging
- Host family
Social Program

NATIONAL SOCIAL PROGRAM
MONTHS: JANUARY, JULY AND AUGUST 
Each student has to pay for every activity and the social program is OPTIONAL
We offer incredible activities that include not only gastronomic and cultural experiences but we also adventure in the nightlife!
We usually offer San Blas trips, Chiriqui tours, Panama Canal, Goodbye china, and more.



Student with disabilities
No
Couples
No
Link to ExPlore Page
Special Remarks

Panama is waiting for you!!

Application Form
Deadline
4Months
Unilateral fee
450 USD
Payment details for unilateral fee

TO BE PAID IN PANAMA THE FIRST DAY OR WITHIN THE FIRST WEEK OF THE EXCHANGE.

Visa requirements

Many of our incomings don't need a visa for Panama, but if you do need a Visa and your country does not have Panamanian Consulate in, PLEASE contact us immediately. 
We can provide Invitation letters and other documents if required. Please inform us at the moment you sent the AF. If it is necessary, you should apply for a TOURIST VISA. If you want to know if you need a visa to enter Panama, you can consult in these links 

http://www.embassyofpanama.org/pdf/consulate_documents/clasificacion_de_visas.pdf
http://www.atp.gob.pa/requisitos-de-entrada-panama


- People from most other countries can easily purchase a Tourist Card upon arrival at the Airport or with the Airline Company during your check-in. Please ask your Airline Company/Travel Agency.

Link to Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website (or any other website that provides official information on visa)
Special Remarks

The AF MUST be sent at least 4 months in advance. Otherwise, we do not guarantee placement for the student.
All documents must be sent with the AF.  See the list below on "Digital documents required".

You must bring one (1) ID-sized photo, copy of passport, and vaccination card to submit at the Teaching Department on the first day of your clerkship.

In order to accept your Application Form, it is compulsory to send a SCANNED copy (PDF FORMAT) of the following documents through the database (as attached documents to your Application Form):

1. Health and Travel Insurance for the period of Clerkship

2. Passport (the page with your name and photo)

3. Recommendation letter SIGNED and STAMPED by the DEAN OF YOUR MED. FACULTY. Must be in English or Spanish.

4. Academic Record from the School Authority SIGNED and STAMPED (to confirm that the student has passed the required courses in his/her Medical School, the student’s record must have each signature of the module or year coursed detailed in the document in order to get a successful approval) it must be IN SPANISH OR IN ENGLISH

***********THE STUDENT MUST HAVE APPROVED THE SUBJECT WHEN SENDING THE AF**********

5. A motivation letter addressed to:
DRA. ORIS LAM DE CALVO
DECANA DE LA FACULTAD DE MEDICINA
UNIVERSIDAD DE PANAMA.
 

Must be in English or Spanish.

6. Immunization records or Vaccine card with the proper vaccination for HBV, MMR, DPT.

7. Curriculum Vitae

8. Proof of Spanish or English Language Proficiency (for non-native Spanish speakers).

9. Approved Subject Card of Certification

WE DONT ACCEPT PRE-CLINICAL STUDENTS


Card Of Documents
Standard documents
- Health Insurance(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Motivation Letter for Department 1(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Passport copy(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Proof of Enrollment(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Curriculum Vitae(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Language certificate(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Motivation Letter for Department 2(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Motivation Letter for Department 3(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Motivation Letter for Department 4(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Recommendation Letter(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Student record (Subjects passed)(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Vaccination Card(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- SCOPE Terms and Conditions(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Proof of Enrollment(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Immunisation Record(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Liability Insurance(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
Special documents
None
Upon Arrival documents
- Photo
Format
- Paper
- Health Insurance
Format
- Paper
The standard documents are the basic documents that the students are asking for and the special documents are less important, as only some Local Committees ask for them. So it's mandatory to upload the standard documents, but not the special ones. (Students do it when asked for by the LEO/NEO.)
The upon arrival documents are hard copies documents that the students are requested to take with them in the host country.”
Immunization requirements

HepB, HepA, Influenza, Neumococo, Tdap, MMR.

As for the pandemic, it is required that ALL incomings must be vaccinated against COVID-19. The immunization record must include Covid-19 vaccine.


Insurance

Health Insurance: IS MANDATORY AND MUST BE SENT WITH THE AF. Please make sure you purchase an International Health Insurance which covers expenses in Panama. A hard copy of the Health Insurance will be asked on the first day of the rotation.

We don't take responsibility for the student who doesn't have a health insurance
As NMO we don't ask for travel, liability, and malpractice insurance, however, the exchange could get those types of insurance.


Deadline
4 Weeks

Special remarks

Your Card of Documents has to be completed at the moment you send the Application Form.
The documents have to be in Spanish or English. We don't accept another language
Please upload 4 different letters of motivation. We need them to place you in the most suitable department, so please take some time to write to them, it's important


IFMSA- Panama accepts graduate students, up to 6 months after graduation and only if they are still in college when sending the AF


Card of Acceptance
Deadline
8 Weeks
Card of Confirmation
Deadline
4 Weeks
Special remarks

You should complete it before the deadline in order to process all the information in the hosting hospital.

Cancellations
Deadline
4 Weeks
Special remarks

In case of cancellation, the money will not be refunded.

Substitutions
Deadline
8 Weeks
Special remarks

Substitute student’s documents should be sent to Incoming NEO
Substitutions must be the same gender, period, and department. 
We must be notified of the replacement student at least 8 weeks before the clerkship starts. The student must provide as well all of the required documents 

Additional Information
Update Date
07/16/2021 20:30
Validation Date
07/16/2021 00:00
Special remarks