Caceres, Spain and Mérida, Spain
Please note that locations available are subject to change.
Cáceres is an extraordinary city that transports you back into medieval times. As you stroll down cobblestone streets and ancient corridors, you will see evidence of the city’s vast and varied history. It is situated in the Extremadura region of Spain, originally founded by the Romans in 25 BC. Highlights from the city include the ancient walls of The Old Town (Parte Antigua), the medieval town, and towers from the Islamic period, of which the Torre del Bujaco is the most well-known. The city has a mixture of influences from various cultures, including Roman, Moorish, Northern Gothic, Italian Renaissance, and Islamic, and there is no lack of things to see as you discover palaces, mansions, churches, turrets, and more.
The San Pedro de Alcántara Hospital is located in Cáceres, in the western Extremadura region in Spain. It was opened in 1956, refurbished in 2006, and has around 400 beds. This public hospital orients its services entirely around patients and their needs by promoting comprehensive, personalized, and effective care. This hospital is accredited for teaching, which means that Fellows will get the chance to shadow and learn from both doctors and residents.
Mérida is a destination that brings the old Roman Empire back to life. A short walk through the town will reveal numerous landmarks that serve as a reminder of the town’s past: a temple, an amphitheatre, the circus, the thermal baths, aqueducts, arches.
This World Heritage City boasts a Roman theatre that is over 2,000 years old and is still in use. In June, the “Emerita Lvdica” festival is held, returning the streets of Mérida to the Romans and the gladiators. In the evenings of July and August, the Roman theatre hosts the International Classical Theatre Festival. From Mérida, you can easily visit another of Spain’s heritage jewels, the city of Cáceres.
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All students will book their flights in and out of Madrid, Spain where they will have airport pick up to their assigned site.
Teruel is a small, high-altitude town in the mountainous Aragon region of eastern Spain. Founded in the 12th century, the town's unique architecture found almost exclusively in the region of Aragon makes it part of a UNESCO world heritage site. A 2016 Fellow says "I had such an amazing trip in Teruel Spain! The hospital taught me so much more than I could imagine, seeing first hand consults, procedures and surgery. The other fellows I was located with became some of my best friends and the excursions were absolutely amazing."
Hospital (public, approx. 215 beds)
Hospital Obispo Polanco is located in Teruel, Spain, across the street from the beautiful and relaxing Parque los Fueros. Teruel is located between Madrid and Valencia. The hospital carries out teaching activities at the undergraduate level of nursing and medicine and postgraduate training of MIR specialists in family medicine, MI, general surgery, traumatology, psychiatry and radiodiagnosis. They boast a wide variety of specialties including those listed previously and more.
There is a city bus network in Teruel, as well as transportation by taxi. As a generally safe place, we recommend students use common sense and maintain awareness of their surroundings as they live in Teruel and travel in Spain. The city is in a mountain region with opportunity for hiking, and beautiful cultural heritage is very evident in the Moorish-influenced architecture.