The São João’s Hospital (Hospital São João) is the biggest hospital of the North of Portugal. It is a General Hospital with a Department of Psychiatry. And it is also a University Hospital that works side by side with the Faculty of Medicine of Oporto.

Unit / hospital:

Inpatient Unit, Outpatient Unit / Centro Hospitalar São João

Address, website:

Alameda Prof. Hernâni Monteiro, 4200 – 319 Porto, Portugal.


2 – 4 weeks

Periods available:

All year round


language – basic Portuguese

1. São João Eating disorders and Family Therapy Programme

In this programme the aims are:


  • Theoretical explanation on the therapeutic model of the ED Unit (1/2 day)
  • Attending consultation/ Family Therapy of ED patients (2×1/2 day)
  • Acquiring Knowledge about clinical cases on inpatient treatment (2×1/2 day)
  • Group Therapy: attending 2 sessions in a week (2x2hours)20
  • Clinical cases presentation (1/2 day)
  • Attending the multidisciplinary weekly team meeting (doctors, psychologists, social workers)


  • Theoretical explanation on Family Therapy and Systemic Intervention (1/2 day).
  • How to deal with inter-institutional relations (Mental Health, Court, Social Services).
  • Clinical cases presentation of psychosocial problems (2×1/2 day).
  • Attending family therapy sessions (10h/week)

2. São João Liaison Psychiatry Programme

In this programme the aims are:

  • Liaison Psychiatry ambulatory clinics (10 hours/per week)
  • Liaison Psychiatry (hospitalized patients – all medical and surgical Units, except for Psychiatry)
  • Chronic pain with Psychiatry ambulatory clinics (5 hours/per week) and Scientific meeting (once per week)

Travel information

  • VISA needed: check with embassy
  • Travel and health insurance needed: Yes


  • With host: maybe
  • Hospital residencies available: No
  • Hostels and Youth hostels: Yes
  • Affordable hotels: Yes

Useful websites


Amina Nazaralieva (Russia) and the Psychiatry team of HSJ (PORTO):

“Thank you for being very helpful and caring, for sharing your experience, time and ideas. Portuguese people know how to enjoy life, Indeed. Special thanks to those who made my exchange programme unforgettable”

Andreea Cazacu (Romania) with the ECT Team (H. Magalhães Lemos – PORTO):

“Dr. Jorge Mota, who is the supervisor for this exchange program, has a vast experience in ECT treatment. He was really helpful in explaining and providing needed information.”

“This has also been a great opportunity to observe the psychiatric training system in Portugal and in the same time to get in contact with its trainees. They have been really helpful and friendly throughout my stay.”

This exchange program is a socio-cultural experience and I must confess one of the best in my entire live so fare. It is an impressive country that has a lot to offer and Porto is an incredible and unique town.”

“I truly recommend this exchange project. It is an extraordinary medical experience.”

National trainee organisation website:


National coordinator:

Dr Mariana Lazaro

Local coordinators:

Dr Vitor Covelo