IFMSA manages to inspire
After a very negative start I’ve been reinvigorated by the IFMSA. I had previously spent my time in the IFMSA in presidents’ and voting sessions, and the internal fighting, politics and general bureaucracy often made me think whether Medsin-UK should even stay within the IFMSA.
This IFMSA general assembly and meeting has reminded me why I got involved in the first place. The IFMSA, for me, is a forum, space, an opportunity for students from all around the world to come together and share skills, ideas, and experiences.
The project fayre is an excellent example of the brilliant work the IFMSA does. There were about 70 stands from countries from all over the world showing their projects and campaigns, allowing other students to get ideas, and hopefully to get involved. I was truly amazed by some of the great work students do, and there were so many I wished I could bring back to the UK.
I have been sitting in the committee for medical education, and have had the opportunity to do some training on how to use advocacy and campaigning to get global health education into the core curriculum. Running sessions, especially training sessions, are one of the main reasons I attend IFMSA meetings. Not only to share the Medsin vision, but also because I learn so much from the participants, giving me the inspiration for work back home.
I am coming away from the General Assembly with lots of ideas, and projects, in particular I am hoping to coordinate an international small working group on Global Health Education with representatives from around the world. This hopefully will be a great forum to share concepts, best practice, and guidelines on how to advocate for Global Health education into the undergraduate curriculum. There is amazing work in GHE that is occurring, but at the moment we are not sharing our philosophies and plans. If student organisations around the world come together we can hopefully share success stories, and share the vision of Global Doctors for a Global World.
We have the potential to provide positive change as young people, and as representatives of over 100 countries around the world, the IFMSA is an excellent forum to empower students to do so. I am leaving this general assembly feeling challenge, educated, but most of inspired!