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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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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

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

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

A Medsin exchange in... Palestine

Posted by Gemma Whyatt

Wed, 12 Oct 2016

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 role as a Local Exchange Officer (LEO), organising the placements for the incoming students. In this post, he ...READ MORE

Medsin Policy in 4 Steps

Posted by Felicia Yeung

Tue, 27 Sep 2016

With Medsin Autumn Weekend 2016 fast approaching, here is how to get involved with Medsin Policy! 1. Join us at our first governance webinar of the year: Governance 101 at 8pm, Wednesday 28th September 2016. 2. A bit of light reading: see our current policy statements at medsin.org/govdocs 3. Discover how to write your own policy: check out medsin.org/PSguide 4. Take action: Want to get ...READ MORE

Medsin Exchanges - Q&A with all the answers!

Posted by Issy Marks

Sun, 17 Jul 2016

Medsin Exchanges are a fantastic way to meet passionate medical students from all over the world, as well as experience either hospital medicine or medical research in a different cultural setting. Run through the IFMSA (International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations) for over 50 years, we are part of a network that runs over 13,000 bilateral exchanges every year. There is lots we ...READ MORE

Recruitment Open for Medsin UK Website Redevelopment Working Group!

Posted by Web Master

Fri, 27 May 2016

Join Medsin Global Surgery Working Group NOW!!

Posted by Issy Marks

Sat, 7 May 2016

After the success of our first conference BeyondBORDERS, the Global Surgery Working group is pleased to announce that it is recruiting for new members! If you are a student studying the UK and are interested in finding out more about the intersection of surgery and global health, please contact medsinglobalsurgery@gmail.com to apply. We don't require previous experience, just enthusiasm ...READ MORE

What roles does Medsin offer!?

Posted by Sheena Carlsen

Fri, 25 Mar 2016

National Director The National Director is responsible for chairing the committee and ensures the committee are accessible, working towards their shared vision for the year, as well as responding to any of the developments in the network and representing Medsin-UK to external organisations. The National Director is responsible for acting as the main link between the NC and ...READ MORE

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