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August 2012 archive

Potential Untapped

  Potential untapped 1000 medical students. and that’s just those who attend the conferences. Think about the potential…. The situation The first thing needed for any advocacy is a problem to advocate on. Obviously in the world there are plenty, but they have to be realized, noticed, in ...read more

Posted on Tue, 21 Aug 2012

pre-ga reflections (several days late)

  I honestly didn’t know what to expect, this being my first Pre-GA (and GA). Truth be told, I had not even heard of the IFMSA until several months ago, when curiosity compelled me to apply to attend the GA. It had seemed like a good idea at the time; much less so when I stepped into my Pre-GA ...read more

Posted on Mon, 20 Aug 2012

Global Health & Development: Rearing medical minds in Lesotho

  Having returned to the UK after six months in Lesotho on a programme funded by the Department for International Development (DfID), I’ve been given a graduate lesson in the obstacles and opportunities facing health in this corner of Southern Africa. Lesotho’s sole ...read more

Posted on Sun, 19 Aug 2012

Save the NHS... Now I get it.

  This is a totally non-SKIP related blog post (for which I apologise). Instead, it’s based on personal experience that I feel is particularly relevant to Medsin’s recent campaigning. So here goes. I, like thousands of others around the country, ventured out into the ...read more

Posted on Sat, 18 Aug 2012

Post-GA Blues

 Exhausted, weary and worn are a few of the words I would use to describe how I feel following the last 10 days at the IFMSA General Assembly (GA) in Mumbai. With an intense schedule, lots of work to be done, lots of meetings to attend and a virtually obligatory social programme, ...read more

Posted on Thu, 16 Aug 2012

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 ...read more

Posted on Mon, 13 Aug 2012

Why you should apply for the IFMSA General Assembly (GA)

Over the years I have heard a lot about the IFMSA, the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations. For a long time it was a distant organisation which I could not relate to despite its impact and importance in the project I operate within, Sexpression:UK and its relation to ...read more

Posted on Sun, 12 Aug 2012

Dreading the IFMSA General Assembly, and regaining my faith

  IFMSA General Assemblies are a wonderful experience; meeting new friends, developing new skills, gaining knowledge, and being inspired. I’m coming back to the IFMSA after being away for a year, and returning as a general delegate. It will be a new experience, as I have not ...read more

Posted on Wed, 8 Aug 2012

Volun-tourism: Exchange or Transaction..?

  I recently posted a blog article on my experiences of a SKIP project (see http://www.medsin.org/blogs/2012/08/08/not-just-a-summer-holiday-skip-at-the-bal-ashram-india). I wrote this piece over the course of our stay at the Bal Ashram, an orphanage and child labourer ...read more

Posted on Wed, 8 Aug 2012

Not just a summer holiday... SKIP at the Bal Ashram, India

  Setting off for India..   One of the best ways to make the most of travelling is to be open: open to new opportunities, open to new people and open to new environments. On the plane to Delhi, I was asked to swap seats with a young French student who wanted to sit ...read more

Posted on Wed, 8 Aug 2012

Meet the Medsin delegation to Mumbai!

Yes it's that time again... the next biannual meeting of the International Federation of Medical Student Associations (IFMSA) is almost upon us - and this August for the very first time in the IFMSA's 61 year history the General Assembly (GA) is coming to India!   The IFMSA ...read more

Posted on Thu, 2 Aug 2012

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