The Hospital Prof. Doutor Fernando Fonseca is a General Hospital, integrated in the National Health Service, responsible for providing health care to a social and culturally diverse population of 600,000 people. The department of psychiatry, opened in 1996, was one of the first community-based psychiatric departments to be created in Portugal. The clinical activity is developed by multidisciplinary teams, both in the general hospital and in community mental health centers located throughout our catchment area, alongside General Practitioners and Public Health teams. This organization enables the proximity with several community structures, facilitates the access of patients to the outpatient consultations and the outreach of Community Mental Health Teams. The department also takes part in pre and postgraduate training of medical students and psychiatry trainees


Amadora, Lisboa

Unit / hospital:

Department of Psychiatry, Hospital Prof. Doutor Fernando Fonseca, E.P.E

Address, website:

IC 19, 2720-276 Amadora, Portugal‎

Available programmes

  1. Community Psychiatry Programme
  2. Acute Inpatient Psychiatry + Electroconvulsive Therapy Programme
  3. Partial Hospitalization Programme
  4. Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry Programme

2 – 4 weeks.

Periods available:

January to July and September to December


language – basic Portuguese

Travel information
  • VISA needed: check with embassy
  • Travel and health insurance needed: Yes
  • With host: No
  • 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 coordinator: Dr Sara Castro