SCORA X-Change Portugal 2015 July 5 th – 25th

SCORA X-Change
Portugal 2015
July 5 – 25
“Sailing and colouring the world”
Message from OC
Confirmation letter from NMO
SCORA X-Change Portugal 2015
Goals & Objectives
Proposed agenda for Educational and Social programs
1. Lisbon
2. Porto
Proposed Social Program
Program Evaluation & Report
Participation & Conditions
Proposed accommodation & transportation
Proposed fee and financial details
Visa information
Other important informations
Coordinators & Contacts
Message from OC
Dear SCORAngels,
It is with great pleasure that, as the National Officer on Sexual and Reproductive Health
including HIV/AIDS, I invite you to participate in SCORA X-Change Portugal 2015,
between the 5th and 25th of July in Lisbon and Porto.
It is an amazing feeling to present you, and for the first time, an ANEM/PorMSIC
proposal for the SCORA X-Change program.
The SCORA X-Change Portugal 2015 is an unique opportunity for the participants and
also for our Standing Committee. We have been working hard along the years to create
rich and worthy activities within our NMO. Based on all that experience, this year we
can open them externally and provide you a wide, rewarding and true SCORA project.
It is very important for us to harbour and facilitate debates on Sexual and Reproductive
Health issues, receiving participants from different cultural backgrounds that share with
us the same passion and vision to improve population’s health, each step at a time.
And of course, we couldn’t forget about the social program. Portugal is a country well
known for its people and the warm welcoming that characterizes us, and believe that
that is true for all the SCORAngels that are part of the Organizing Committee.
Let’s sail and colour the world together!
Warm Regards,
Lucas Rocha Lopes
Confirmation letter from NMO
About Portugal
With its mild climate, 3000 hours of sunshine per year and 850 kms of splendid
beaches bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is the perfect holiday destination all
year round. This is a country that has the oldest borders in Europe, with an exceptional
range of different landscapes just a short distance away, lot of leisure activities and a
unique cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend together in perfect
harmony. Its superb cuisine, fine wines and welcoming people make this country a
tourist paradise of the highest quality.
Situated in the extreme southwest of Europe, just a few hours from any of the
other European capitals, Portugal attracts visitors from all over the world.
With this SCORA X-Change, you will live the true Portuguese experience while
learning more about Sexual and Reproductive Health.
ANEM/PorMSIC is the Federation that aggregates the local Student’s
Associations of all eight Portuguese Medical Schools, legally representing more than
12.000 medical students of Portugal. ANEM, across borders known as Portuguese
Medical Students’ International Committee (PorMSIC), also represents the Portuguese
medical students internationally being, since its foundation in 1983, a full-member of
the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA).
The main activity of ANEM is related to the problems of Medical Education that
affect medical students. Besides this major goal, we also envision projects that tackle
issues related to Public Health, Reproductive Health and AIDS, Human Rights and
Peace, Science at the same time that we organize more than one thousand short summer
medical clerkships in hospital departments, fertility clinics and NGO’s.
DSRS – Our Portuguese acronym for SCORA
ANEM/PorMSIC’s Standing Committee on Reproductive Health and AIDS
(DSRS) emerged to promote and raise awareness among medical students about Sexual
and Reproductive Health and AIDS, therefore organizing activities, exchange of ideas
and projects that empower medical students to be active promoting information,
awareness and community advisory in these matters.
This Department believes that the medical students, doctors of the future, must
begin now, during their training, an active and constructive role in society.
It is intended that one of the strengths of the Department should be based on the
possibility that by working together at the different medical schools, with campaigns,
gatherings, promotion and awareness of important issues such as safe sexual behaviour,
HIV prevention, contraception, domestic violence, gender equality, among others, and
encouraging students to take an active part, we will achieve a positive impact on society
and also in the students who participate.
SCORA X-Change
SCORA X-Change is an international training program for medical students on
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) issues organized by SCORA
groups in several medical schools in the hosting countries.
The aim of the project is to raise awareness and increase knowledge about
SRHR as a global health issue among medical students and future doctors, as well as to
offer medical students from different parts of the world an opportunity to exchange
experiences and ideas about the topic, promote discussions and develop transnational
collaborations. Medical students from all over the world are selected to participate, and
the program focuses on seminars with several clinicians and other professionals, at the
same time that visits and discussions on some given themes connected to Sexual and
Reproductive Health take place.
SCORA X-Change Portugal 2015
In 2015 ANEM/PorMSIC is presenting you - and for the first time - the
Portuguese SCORA X-Change, for all medical students. PorMSIC’s SCORA X-Change
will be organized in two cities, Porto and Lisbon, during three weeks from the 5th and
the 25th of July. The maximum number of international participating students will be 4.
The main topics of this exchange, to discuss and learn more about, will be:
 HIV and other STIs
 Comprehensive Sexuality Education
 Sexuality and Gender Issues
 Maternal Health & Access to Safe Abortion
 Gender Based Violence
Goals & Objectives
We are delighted to present you our very first SCORA X-Change program in
Portugal. We worked very hard to give you the most extended experience on Sexual and
Reproductive Health issues, focusing on relevant discussions at a Global level and on
Portuguese reality.
Hence, we created an outcome-based educational program to foster interactive
and peer facilitated learning:
Improve knowledge on HIV/AIDS epidemics’ in Portugal
Improve knowledge on HIV/AIDS treatment and social support for patients
Improve knowledge on international recommendations to improve Sexual Health
curricula in Medical Education
Get some Peer Education on Sexuality training skills
Improve knowledge on Sexology and Gender issues
Get to know Portuguese LGBT community and the existing social support network
Improve knowledge on Women’s health and abortion in Portugal
Improve knowledge on Clinical Practice in Assisted Reproduction Department
Improve knowledge on Domestic Violence epidemiology in Portugal
Get some practical orientation on how to recognize physical abuse signs
Promote the notions, ideas and solutions exchange to reproductive health issues
with health workers, medical students from the hosting cities and the participating
students from different countries
The program integrates informal talks and debates with clinicians and other
healthcare professionals, with visits to NGO’s working close to the community and
clinical classes on hospital departments.
Proposed Agenda for Educational and Social Programs
1. Lisbon
The program begins in Lisbon on Monday, July 6th 2015. So, the participants are
required to reach Lisbon on the 5th of July. The students will be lodged in Lisbon for the
first and second weeks, from July 5th to July 17th.
First week: 5th to 11th July
During the first week of the program, students will focus on the following topics:
HIV and other STI’s – students will have the opportunity to learn more about
the HIV/AIDS epidemics in Portugal, share knowledge on HIV/AIDS epidemics
in their own countries, talk openly with expert physicians about their experience,
get some clinical practice and visit a HIV/AIDS association that creates a
fundamental social network to support HIV positive patients. Additionally, we
will have a SCORA Movie Night to enlighten even more this topic.
Comprehensive Sexuality Education - students will have the opportunity to
acquire skills on Sexual Education and debate the international recommendations to
increase the presence of sexual health in medical schools curricula.
This is the detailed program, including the social program, from 5th to 11th July.
Second week: 12th to 17th July
During the second week of the program, participants will focus on the following topics:
Sexuality and Gender Issues – students will have the opportunity to discuss
concepts and ideas on sexual orientation definitions and improve knowledge on sex
exchange surgery and sexual dysfunctions diagnosis and treatments with expert health
providers; visit recognized LGBT Associations that work to improve LGBT rights
recognition, one of that being the right to health care with quality. Another SCORA
movie night will focus the spotlight on this topic.
Maternal Health and Safe Abortion – students will have the opportunity to
have clinical classes on a Medical Assisted Reproduction Clinic and debate
Contraception and Fertility.
This is the detailed program, including the social program, from 12th to 17th July.
The city – Lisbon
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest city in Western
Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome, by
hundreds of years. Julius Caesar made it a municipium called Felicitas Julia, adding to
the name Olissipo. Ruled by a series of Germanic tribes from the 5th century, it was
captured by the Moors in the 8th century. In 1147, the Crusaders under Afonso
Henriques reconquered the city and since then it has been a major political, economic
and cultural centre of Portugal and Europe.
The 16th century was Lisbon's golden era: the city was the capital of one of the
first's Global Empires, and was a European hub of commerce between Africa, India, the
Far East and later, Brazil. A devastating earthquake in 1755 lead to the loss of the
empire left the city a little threadbare, but 21st century commerce took a hand, sprucing
the place up for Expo 98 and Euro 2004. And just outside Lisbon, there´s more to
explore: enchanting woodlands, gorgeous beaches and seaside villages.
Places of interest - Lisbon
Torre de Belém (Tower of Belém)
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jeronimos Monastery)
Castelo de São Jorge (Saint George’s Castle)
2. Porto
The students will stay in Porto during the third week, from July 18th to July 25th.
Third week: 18th to 25th July
During the third week of the program, students will focus on the following topics:
Maternal Health and Safe Abortion – students will have the opportunity to
attend Obstetrics and Gynaecology interactive sessions, with the possibility to
learn more about the major issues on Maternal Health and discuss abortion
statistics in Portugal.
HIV and other STIs – students will have the opportunity to have clinical
classes on Infectiology and improve knowledge on STIs management and
Sexuality and Gender Issues – students will have the opportunity to debate
scientific data on homoparenthood and its social and legal reality in Portugal,
with the opportunity to visit a LGBT Association that focus its attention on
LGBT family rights.
Gender Based Violence will be addressed by debates with expert health
providers, giving the picture of Domestic Violence in Portugal. You will also
have the opportunity to learn from an association which mission is help victims.
This is the detailed program, including the social program, from 18th to 25th July.
The city – Porto
Porto was built along the hills overlooking the Douro river estuary. It has been
continuously inhabited since at least the 4th Century, when the Romans referred to it as
Portus Calle.
A lively walkable city with chatter in the air and a tangible sense of history,
Porto’s old-world riverfront district is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Porto was built
along the hills overlooking the Douro river estuary. It has been continuously inhabited
since at least the 4th Century, when the Romans referred to it as Portus Calle. The main
reason tourists or travellers visit Oporto is to sample its legendary Port wine, which is
processed, blended and aged in the various lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia that are
magnificently located by the banks of the great Douro River.
Places of Interest - Porto
Jardins do Palácio de Cristal (Crystal Palace Gardens)
Parque de Serralves (Park of Serralves)
Praça da Ribeira (Ribeira Square)
Proposed Social Program
SCORA X-Change Portugal 2015 offers you a rich, dynamic and fulfilling social
program which consists of a wide range of activities
City tours, from the cosmopolitan capital to the cradle of Portugal, and
visits to major city monuments
Enjoyable afternoons discovering city parks and gardens
Beach trips to the main beaches (Cascais, Matosinhos)
Amazing themed dinners in Portuguese typical restaurants followed by
magical night out’s in bars or discos
We are also trying to team up with the other Exchange Programs that are taking
part in Portugal in the summer months, IFMSA Research Exchange and Professional
Exchange, to enable SCORA X-Change participants to enjoy the National Social
Weekends in Lisbon or Porto, providing you with a wider international experience.
In the two cities you will find a team made of Portuguese medical students
interested in Sexual and Reproductive Health who are at disposal to accompany the
incomings during the whole week. They will actively integrate the educational and
scientific sessions, improving the sharing on the Portuguese status in all the main topics.
They will also be your SCORA X-Change Portugal 2015 Contact Person, helping the
OC to prepare the entire social programme to give you the best Portuguese experience.
We will make sure you have a fruitful month, but we will also give you
free time so you can explore on your own.
All of social program costs are supported by the participants.
Program Evaluation & Report
At the end of each week, participants will be invited to answer specific questions
and to leave comments regarding the week’s agenda and sessions, namely about
theoretical relevance, overall interest and facilitation quality. That will be crucial for us
to improve the entire project, the way we plan the topics approached and overall
After the conclusion of the SCORA X-Change Portugal 2015, you will receive
an online evaluation form of the overall program, the organization and the social
Besides the evaluation, that will be very important to elaborate a report of this
SCORA X-Change Portugal 2015, participants will also constitute a group of medical
students, interested in Sexual and Reproductive Health, coming from different
backgrounds, that will be actively discussing HIV and other STI’s, Comprehensive
Sexuality Education, Sexuality and Gender issues, Maternal health & Abortion
and Gender Based Violence with clinicians, experts and NGO’s. At the end of each
main topic we will try to leave our responses to some questions, like:
Where are we right now?
What are our main concerns?
What can we, as medical students, do?
Participation & Conditions
The project is open to all medical students that are part of a National Member
Organization (NMO) of the International Federation of Medical Student’s Association
Selection Criteria
Participants are required to fill in an Application Form which will be submitted online.
The selection criteria include:
Medical students enrolled in a Medical School in the 2014/2015 academic
year (exclusion criteria)
Motivation Letter to take part in SCORA X-Change Portugal 2015: a value
between 0 and 50 points will be given at the discretion of the National
Coordinator and the OC.
Curriculum Vitae (including information about your Sexual and Reproductive
Health experience and all activities within your NMO and SCORA): a value
between 0 and 38 points will be given at the discretion of the National
Coordinator and the OC.
Knowledge of English language: a value between 0 and 12 points will be given
based on the presentation of an English level certificate and the use of
appropriate language in the application form.
The top ranked four applicants will receive as soon as possible a confirmation letter, which
formalizes their selection for SCORA X-Change Portugal 2015. They will be required to
confirm their enrolment in 10 days after receiving the Confirmation Letter. In case of
withdrawal the participants not yet selected will be contacted starting from the ones with the
highest score. Every participant should be prepared to make two short
presentations focusing on HIV/AIDS status and Domestic Violence in their own
country, that may include NMO activities addressing these issues (participants
may use electronic formats if desired).
Proposed accommodation & transportation
Exchange students will be lodged in student residences both in Lisbon and Porto.
You will be given one lunch ticket per weekday. The Faculty of Medicine canteens are
located in the hospital grounds, both in Lisbon and Porto.
Transports - Lisbon
The Lisbon underground works from 6:30 a.m. up to 1 a.m. and the tickets cost around
1,40€ and are valid for one hour (both BUS and METRO Lines). The OC recommends
this transportation option, since it is very cheap, safe and fast.
Transports - Porto
A single ticket for Metro and/or bus costs €1,20. Combined tickets for buses, Metro and
train within the urban area of Oporto cost €7 for one day and €15 for three days.
Proposed fee and financial details
The fee of participation is fixed at 325€ and includes:
Accommodation during the 3 weeks
One meal per working day
Transport for educational programs
Transport between Lisbon and Porto
Welcoming package (Optional: 7 euros for SCORA X-Change Portugal 2015
The fee of participation doesn’t include the social program.
Lodging Lisbon
Lodging Porto
Metro Lisbon
Metro Porto
Lisbon-Porto Transportation
Unforeseen Costs (5%)
4*325= 1300€
380 €
420 €
188 €
130 €
40 €
80 €
62 €
1300 €
Visa information
Portugal is part of the Schengen countries, which means that the following
countries do not need VISA:
Albania, Andorra, Antigua&Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas,
Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia&Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile,
Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland,
France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland,
Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao,
Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands,
New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, San Marino,
Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, St Kitts and
Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States of America,
Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela.
All the others have to apply in Portuguese Embassy for a Visa, according to the rules.
In case you have any doubts or problems please approach the OC.
Other Important Informations
Damage & Responsibilities
Any damage done by participants happening during the event will be of his/her full
Health System
To have access to Portuguese Health System participants only need to hold the
European Health Card, and each participant prior to arrival should ensure its possession.
If you are not from Europe, please contact the OC or your Minister of Health in order to
clarify your specific situation.
Emergency contacts
National Emergency number is 112
Coordinators & Contacts
Organizing Committee of SCORA X-Change Portugal 2015
Lucas Lopes – PorMSIC NORA 2015 (National Coordinator)
[email protected]
+351 913 337 345
Teresa Valido – PorMSIC LORA 2015 (Lisbon Coordinator)
Diogo Costa – PorMSIC LORA 2015 (Porto Coordinator)
Oficial email: [email protected]