The IFMSA is a not-for-profit organisation recognised as one of the oldest and largest student-run organisations in the world. It was established in 1951 to serve as a platform for unity, collaboration and peace between medical students around the world. It began its work facilitating clinical exchanges between countries for students from all over the world.
Today, the IFMSA has a broad representative base, made up of 126 National Member Organizations (like AMSA – they are referred to as “NMOs”) from 119 different countries. The IFMSA is officially recognised by the United Nations and the World Health Organization as the international voice for medical students, and is invited to conferences organised by various UN agencies in this respect.
Each year, there are three official IFMSA meetings
- March Meeting General Assembly
- August Meeting General Assembly
- Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting
The call out for applicants for these meetings will be advertised via the Get Involved tab. There are also numerous other opportunities (World Health Organisation Internships, International Conferences) through the IFMSA to be involved in and which will similarly be advertised through the above page.
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See the IFMSA website here.
The IFMSA revolves around six thematic areas, or “standing committees”:
- SCOPH – Standing Committee of Public Health focuses on connecting medical students to actively engage in public health issues worldwide
- SCORA – Standing Committee of Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS aims to increase understanding around sexual education, gender equality, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/ADS.
- SCORP – Standing Committee of Human Rights and Peace seeks to promote the welfare and human rights of individuals globally
- SCOME – Standing Committee of Medical Education aims to improve medical education systems and learning environments globally
- SCORE – Standing Committee of Research Exchanges organises research exchanges for medical students. AMSA does not currently engage with this aspect of IFMSA.
- SCOPE – Standing Committee of Professional Exchange organises exchanges for medical students interested in a clinical elective overseas. AMSA exchanges are organised by the National Exchange Officers.