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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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Adolescent Health and Confidence in Who We Are [By Graham Lister, Chair of BoT]

Posted by Adrienne Lee

Mon, 13 Feb 2017

The WHO report "Health for the World’s Adolescents" published in 2014 highlights the fact that worldwide, for those between 10 and 19, depression is the predominant cause of illness and disability and suicide is one of the top three causes of deaths. For those countries where survey data were available, 5% to 15% of younger adolescents (ages 13–15) reported a suicide attempt in the 12 ...READ MORE

Parasite infection and its issues. Why an integrated approach is the way forward? By Diego F Najera

Posted by Liban Ahmed

Sun, 12 Feb 2017

Parasite infection and its issues. Why an integrated approach is the way forward? (By Diego F. Najera) Parasitic distribution and infection is an issue of relevance to global and local health, veterinarians and agricultural economy. Parasites can cause death, overt clinical disease and sub-clinical disease in their hosts.  It is estimated that approximately 1 billion people are ...READ MORE

Letter from our national director, Ben Eder

Posted by Adrienne Lee

Sat, 11 Feb 2017

Dear Medsin, The first thing that I would like to say is a huge thank you to Issy Marks, who, for reasons outlined in this thank you letter, decided to step down from the position of Medsin National Director. Issy is passionate, caring and loves Medsin to its core. She has worked tirelessly this year and amongst all of that work, I would particularly like to highlight her great strides ...READ MORE

A Letter from Issy Marks

Posted by Adrienne Lee

Wed, 8 Feb 2017

Dear Medsinners, It's a bit late now, but Happy New Year! I hope you are all feeling positive, in times of political turbulence we have to work together more than ever, and keep working for the most vulnerable people in the world.  I am very sorry to let you all know that I have stepped down as Medsin National Directer for the rest of the term.  As many of you know, the ND role used to be ...READ MORE

How Will Trump’s Presidency Position the US in the World? [by Stephen Matlin, BoT]

Posted by Adrienne Lee

Tue, 7 Feb 2017

The Global Forecast from the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC here provides interesting background on Trump and the new USA positioning in general, as well as a specific chapter on health (p. 86: Will the Trump administration sustain U.S. leadership on global health? By CSIS head, J. Stephen Morrison). The health chapter reminds us of the many direct and indirect ...READ MORE

NEO NORE Weekend!

Posted by Adrienne Lee

Thu, 2 Feb 2017

Gemma and I found ourselves in Slovenia last weekend, meeting up with other National Exchange Officers (NEOs) and National Officers for Research Exchange (NOREs) from across Europe in preparation for the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA) March Meeting. The weekend was fantastic, with a good balance of work and play. But before we tell you what we actually got up ...READ MORE

How Should We Respond to the Trump Travel Ban? (By Graham Lister - acting BoT chair)

Posted by Adrienne Lee

Wed, 1 Feb 2017

The recent Executive Orders signed by Trump, put in place a 90-day block on entry to the US for citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. It suspends the admittance of all refugees to the US for a period of 120 days, and terminates indefinitely all refugee admissions from Syria. It also caps the total number of refugees entering the US in 2017 to 50,000 – less than half ...READ MORE

Is this the Beginning of the End of Antibiotics? [By. Dr Graham Lister]

Posted by Adrienne Lee

Tue, 31 Jan 2017

September 2016 saw the death in Reno of a woman in her 70s whose condition proved to be resistant to all 26 antibiotics available in US hospitals. She developed a rare infection after treatment in an Indian hospital for a broken femur and was hospitalised with sepsis after returning to Nevada. The news, which was released in January this year, has raised fears that the era of total antibiotic ...READ MORE

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

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