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Gemma Whyatt's IFMSA thoughts

The suitcase I packed for Mexico was a little different to what I’d pack for a normal trip. Beneath the clothes and shoes were seven union jack flags, shortbread, digestive biscuits, retro sweets and various files and folders. I came home with more ...READ MORE

IFMSA - Passionate People Committed to Change By Kamil McClelland

It is only now, back in London but still on Mexico time, that I can finally reflect and absorb what a crazy, memorable, fantastic week IFMSA’s August Meeting has been. Set in the historic city of Puebla, a couple of hours east of Mexico ...READ MORE

A Medsin exchange in... Palestine

Earlier this year, Christian, now a 5th year medical student at Barts and the London, embarked on a month-long adventure to Palestine through Medsin Exchanges (the UK branch of the IFMSA's Professional Exchange program. Christian also spent the year in ...READ MORE

'A fight on all fronts' - the global call to save the NHS

This is the seventh post of a blog series written by delegates to the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), March Meeting 2016 (MM16) in Malta. Stay tuned to this blog series to hear about Medsin’s work at the most ...READ MORE

Exchange The World: March Meeting 2016 Malta

This is the sixth post of a blog series written by delegates to the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), March Meeting 2016 (MM16) in Malta. Stay tuned to this blog series to hear about Medsin’s work at the most ...READ MORE

My experience of the IFMSA March Meeting 2016

This is the fifth post of a blog series written by delegates to the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), March Meeting 2016 (MM16) in Malta. Stay tuned to this blog series to hear about Medsin’s work at the most recent ...READ MORE

The best three things about MM2016

This is the fourth post of a blog series written by delegates to the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), March Meeting 2016 (MM16) in Malta. Stay tuned to this blog series to hear about Medsin’s work at the most recent ...READ MORE

SGA 2016 Applications Guide

At our Spring General Assembly (SGA), our electorate votes on a number of applications for positions and roles to be forfilled to serve the Medsin network for the following year. The deadline for applying for of these positions is 09:00 Saturday 26th March. ...READ MORE

Contagious Corporate Influence: Should the IFMSA partner with Pharma-Influenced organisations?

This is the third post of a blog series written by delegates to the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), March Meeting 2016 (MM16) in Malta. Stay tuned to this blog series to hear about Medsin’s work at the most recent ...READ MORE

IFMSA March Meeting 2016

This is the second post of a blog series written by delegates to the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), March Meeting 2016 (MM16) in Malta. Stay tuned to this blog series to hear about Medsin’s work at the most ...READ MORE

What can students actually do? Why I became National Secretary

“What can students actually do? Isn’t our role just to learn so we can be useful in the future?” For me this was the question that made everything click. I was chatting to a group of medical students from around the world when it was ...READ MORE

Being brand new to Medsin International

This is the first post of a blog series written by delegates to the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), March Meeting 2016 (MM16) in Malta. Stay tuned to this blog series to hear about Medsin’s work at the most ...READ MORE

Being National Director in Final Year

Most people say I’m one of: crazy, superhuman, ridiculous, insane, brave. “How do you do it?” comes up a lot too. This is the blog to solve the biggest of all mysteries, how to be National Director of Medsin and a Final Year Medical ...READ MORE

Should we be celebrating or commiserating the high level agreements of the UN from 2015?

2015 has been a big year for international development- well... depending on who you ask. 12 months ago in December 2014, a lot of the papers and pundits in intl dev were looking ahead to the big year of 2015 and the many high level discussions that were to ...READ MORE

The start of the year for branches

I’m on an early train back from Liverpool, having spoken at Medsin Liverpool’s first event of the year last night. Liverpool was Branch number 5 in a very-mini-tour of a few Medsin Branches. Bristol committee was the very generous host of National ...READ MORE

So we have the next set of Development Goals- What now?...

WATCH THE UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT LIVE USING THE VIDEO STREAM BELOW! This week (beginning 21st September) is an important week for the international community. The culmination of 3 years worth of consultation, negotiation, investigation, ...READ MORE

The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World

Read on for a Q&A with Michael Marmot, author of the new book "The Health Gap", and find out about a host of exclusive offers for Medsin members...  'The poor not only die on average seven years sooner than the rich, but they can expect to face becoming ...READ MORE

Medsin's new leadership!

Handover day is upon us! The new National Committee now officially takes its place as the next leadership of Medsin. It is a very exciting time for all of us, as we start what has for a while been called “the year ahead”. As soon as we have plans ...READ MORE

A forward-thinking Medsin

What comes to mind when you think “strategy”? Army? Defence? Business? Corporations? Board games? Medsin? Surely not! I think yes. Let me tell you why. There sometimes is, but often there is not, sufficient direction in Medsin. A lot of the time, ...READ MORE

My first day as Medsin National Director

Hello!   Today is a very special day. I am now officially “Incoming Medsin National Director”, as the month-long handover of the National Director position gets underway. By the end of this month, I hope to be equipped to live up ...READ MORE

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What will a Trump Presidency Mean for Global Health Equity? [by Dr. Graham Lister]

Posted by Bristol Conference

Mon, 16 Jan 2017

Trump’s inauguration is an important moment for Medsin Members to consider what this presidency and Republican domination of the senate, congress and soon, supreme court may mean for global health equity. How might aid, trade and global governance of issues such as: human rights to health and protection from climate disruption?  In this brief note I suggest some starting points for thinking ...READ MORE

Why should you attend the next IFMSA General Assembly? By Natasha Matthews

Posted by Liban Ahmed

Sat, 26 Nov 2016

To put it simply, if you're interested in working on global health issues at the international level and would like to learn more about the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), a recognised NGO within the UN system that works on local, national and global platforms towards health equity for all, then this is your chance to get stuck ...READ MORE

Gemma Whyatt's IFMSA thoughts

Posted by Liban Ahmed

Fri, 25 Nov 2016

The suitcase I packed for Mexico was a little different to what I’d pack for a normal trip. Beneath the clothes and shoes were seven union jack flags, shortbread, digestive biscuits, retro sweets and various files and folders. I came home with more strange things including 3 mugs, a papyrus scroll, an indian handbag and many many stickers… The ...READ MORE

Incoming National Exchanges Officer recruitment!

Posted by Abi Deivanayagam

Thu, 24 Nov 2016

Hi there! The Medsin team is looking for a new member to fill the position of National Exchanges Officer (incoming) - aka NEO-in. What is a NEO? The National Exchange Officers – both the NEO Incoming & the NEO Outgoing - are responsible for administering and developing the Medsin Exchanges scheme in addition to supporting the work of the National Committee. The ...READ MORE

IFMSA - Passionate People Committed to Change By Kamil McClelland

Posted by Liban Ahmed

Wed, 23 Nov 2016

It is only now, back in London but still on Mexico time, that I can finally reflect and absorb what a crazy, memorable, fantastic week IFMSA’s August Meeting has been. Set in the historic city of Puebla, a couple of hours east of Mexico City, the second General Assembly of the year, but my first ever, was set to be a unique experience. How ...READ MORE

Simulation on World Trade by Alexandra Oti

Posted by Liban Ahmed

Sun, 20 Nov 2016

“This is like slave labour”.    It was sweltering. Let me repeat that: sweltering. Even if it was only 35ï‚°C, my own body thermometer was at 150, and it was only on the rise. I was sitting on gravel, being given orders as if I was a man with no name. Complaining, but not being heard. In anguish, but not being seen. Sylvia, who sat next to me, equally sans ...READ MORE

Global Priorities - or Regional Ones? By Kavian Kulasabanathan

Posted by Liban Ahmed

Thu, 17 Nov 2016

  INTRODUCTION The sheer breadth and heterogeneity of IFMSA is perhaps its greatest strength and its gravest weakness. The difficulty with an organisation the scale of this is that as the voice of so many, and with such a range of people involved from all kinds of backgrounds and with all kinds of foci, full of zeal for tackling the world’s problems head-on, it is difficult to harness that ...READ MORE

COP22: Days 1,2,3

Posted by Mia Thomas

Fri, 11 Nov 2016

COP22, following on from the historic COP21 which finalised the Paris Agreement, is being held this year in Marrakesh. The IFMSA has a delegation and those here for the first week includes Amine (Morocco), Amr (Egypt), Mia (UK), Omar (Morocco), Sanne (Netherlands) and Skander (Tunisia) (the spectacular six!) These intrepid explorers are traversing the confusing and muddy waters of UN climate ...READ MORE

Global Surgical Frontiers for Students

Posted by Kat Pugh

Thu, 10 Nov 2016

This week's blog comes from Mike Billingsley, Chair of Global Surgery National Working Group. For more information on the Global Surgery National Working Group, as well as our other National Working Groups, please click here Earlier this year I wrote an article in the Advocate as a response from students to the growing inequalities in surgical care globally. Conditions requiring surgical ...READ MORE

Running for Medsin

Posted by Lizzy Morgan

Thu, 27 Oct 2016

As the Medsin Director of Finance 2016/17, I have been thinking a lot about how Medsin should fundraise. Everyone talks to me about it and everyone can see the importance of it in our network. Without it, we simply cannot expand, and finances will remain (as they are now), a barrier between our members and all the opportunities that Medsin has to offer.   But the actual “how ...READ MORE

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