See below what our student says about her ”General Assembly of IFMSA in Malta” experience

Carolina Ivanciuc,2nd year student

” I have been given the opportunity to attend the 2016 General Assembly of IFMSA in Malta. The acronym IFMSA stands for the International Federation of Medical Students Association, a student-run organization founded in 1951. Currently there are 116 countries from all around the globe enrolled. General Assemblies are one of the biggest events led by students. They are held twice a year, once in March and once in August. The purpose of these meetings is to establish a platform that encourages the exchange of ideas. Also, they feature training opportunities for self-skills development, exciting activities and project presentations. IFMSA has six standing committees which focus on major health topics: Public Health (SCOPH), Sexual and Reproductive Health –including HIV/AIDS (SCORA), Medical Education (SCOME), Human Rights & Peace (SCORP), Professional Exchanges (SCOPE), Research Exchanges (SCORE).

The motto of this organization is “Think Global, Act Local”. I have attended the SCOPH sessions, which managed to widen my horizons when it comes to developing a project. I’ve met people from all around the globe and talked to them about the health issues that they are currently facing in their countries. For me, it was really inspiring to see the extremely high level of motivation concerning the implementation of the projects. Some of them focus on bone marrow transplant, blood donation, breast cancer prevention, LGBTQ community rights, etc. Attending this GA has changed my perspective on my career. I can happily say that I made myself some friends amongst students from different countries but also friends from OSM (Medical Student’s Organization from Cluj Napoca) and FASMR (Federation of Medical Student’s Association Romania). I realized that it is absolutely essential for us, as public health students, to collaborate with people who share our vision from all around the world. This multidisciplinary approach can help to attain the idea of Global Health. I encourage each and every one of you, bachelor students, masters’ students, PhD students, to collaborate as much as you can and get out of your comfort zone, think outside the box, be open to innovative approaches. ”

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