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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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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

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

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

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

Posted by Natasha Matthews

Tue, 12 Apr 2016

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 recent General Assembly (GA)! For more information, email international@medsin.org, and join our Medsin ...READ MORE

SGA 2016 Applications Guide

Posted by Matt Quinn

Wed, 16 Mar 2016

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. This blog contains: 1.      How to apply for a role 2.      National theme coordinator role ...READ MORE

Refugees and health inequalities: writing Medsin policy

Posted by Kat Pugh

Tue, 15 Mar 2016

Behrouz Nezafat is co-President of Medsin Liverpool, a previous IFMSA Program Coordinator for Dignified and Non-Discriminatory Healthcare, and wrote Medsin's policy statement on "The United Kingdom's responsibility for refugees", which was passed at Medsin Autumn Weekend in Cardiff last year. Here, he describes the process of policy writing and the importance of policy to the ...READ MORE

Branch successes in Term 1

Posted by Layth Hanbali

Tue, 22 Dec 2015

The following piece has been jointly written by Kati Lestak, Director of Branch Affairs and the Regional Coordinators (Sam Tweed, Clare Greenwod, Laura Myers, Amy Cleese and Laurence Wright). It is incredibly difficult to even begin to try and start to sum-up what has happened this year so far within branches. If I tried to fit in everything, it would probably take up this entire ...READ MORE

Why I Joined Medsin

Posted by Kati Lestak

Thu, 22 Oct 2015

  Every year, I think back on my journey through medicine, through my twenties so far, through global health and then, inevitably, Medsin. I found a blog post I wrote a while back explaining why I joined in the first place, which is something I encourage each Medsin member to do. And, with so many passionate people, there are some cracking stories that come out. Here is my original ...READ MORE

The start of the year for branches

Posted by Layth Hanbali

Wed, 7 Oct 2015

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 Committee for our first meeting; I visited KCL at their freshers’ fair, and have spoken at Sheffield’s, Leeds’ ...READ MORE

The GIANT Medsin Exchanges Training Weekend

Posted by Jess Lugsdin

Tue, 25 Aug 2015

*Medsin Exchanges - GIANT Training Weekend 2015* 10th & 11th October - Newcastle Did you know that thorugh Medsin & IFMSA you have the opportunity to do a 4 week bilateral exchange with medical students all over the world? Sounds intriguing? Read on to find out more about getting involved with Medsin Exchanges! Register Here Now for the Medsin Exchanges GIANT ...READ MORE

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