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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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Why don't we know about Neglected Tropical Diseases?

Posted by Nikita Adams

Mon, 29 Feb 2016

What disease affects 6-7 million people and has an annual cost of US$267 million in Columbia alone? Why could owning a dog in Central Africa kill you? What parasite currently infects 140 million people worldwide, disabling 1/3 to an incapacitating level? These statistics are based on conditions The World Health Organisation (WHO) group the umbrella term of 'neglected tropical ...READ MORE

PrEP should be offered on the NHS

Posted by Chris Jenkins

Wed, 27 Jan 2016

It’s been five years since it was shown that being on antiretroviral therapy (ART) contributed to reducing the transmission of HIV.  Since then prevention and treatment have been understood more closely.   Being on ART is good for the patient, allowing the person to live a relatively normal and healthy life.  And being on ART is good for the population, reducing the ...READ MORE

Why We Should Start Paying More Attention To Glaucoma

Posted by Gwen Lewis

Wed, 6 Jan 2016

  Blindness is one of the most common fears in the country, following only heart disease and cancer in polls - and that’s not much of a surprise, given how intensely visual our society is. Unfortunately, many people never stop to pay attention to glaucoma, despite its status as the second-leading cause of blindness in the world. Unlike cataracts, though, the damage from glaucoma ...READ MORE

Health Workers Together Week 1-7 December 2014

Posted by Tim Bekir

Wed, 12 Nov 2014

THET is launching Health Workers Together Week, starting on 1st December. It's an opportunity to stand together with health workers around the world and recognise the vital work they do. We want people to help support health workers in developing countries by donating, fundraising and sharing our message. To find out how you can get involved, ...READ MORE

Cafe Communique - Write for us!

Posted by Jing Ouyang

Thu, 16 Oct 2014

Cafe Communique (www.cafecommunique.org) is an online global health magazine which aims to bring together science, epidemiology, research and the humanities to a dynamic online platform. Our partners include Imperial College London School of Public Health, the WHO Collaborating Centre and the Royal Society of Medicine.  We want to get more people talking about global health; be it ...READ MORE

Scotland and Northern Ireland Regional Weekend

Posted by Lisa Murphy

Thu, 2 Oct 2014

It was 10am on a (rare) sunny Saturday in Glasgow, and I had never seen a group of people more excited about a cup of coffee in my life. Representatives from all the Medsin branches in Scotland and Northern Ireland had gathered for our annual, and always eagerly anticipated, regional weekend. Although many had early starts and long journeys, everyone was rewarded ...READ MORE

Global LGBT Health. International Action!

Posted by Ellen Adams

Mon, 11 Aug 2014

Since the IFMSA March Meeting in Tunisia and the passing of the policy statement on ‘Ending Discrimination to Better the Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals’ the IFMSA has been advocating to achieve the aims of the policy.   In May an international team was sent to the World Health Assembly and received positive feedback from their ...READ MORE

Show some love this Valentine\'s Day and dance the night away for girls\' empowerment.

Posted by Irise International

Sun, 2 Feb 2014

Show some love this Valentine's Day and dance the night away for girls' empowerment. Irise's London fundraiser 'Masquerade' brings you the winning combination of electroswing, facepaint and juggling all in aid of our work to keep girls in school in East Africa. Where: The Windmill, Brixton When: 14/02/14 8PM Tickets: £6 in ...READ MORE

Refutea - a bake sale with a difference!

Posted by Activities Director

Fri, 8 Nov 2013

Crossing Borders are an organisation affiliated with Medsin-UK who seek to reducing the barriers to healthcare faced by refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. They do this by educating the student population on the challenges that migrants face, advocating for change, and taking apart in local community refugee community groups. Below, Jamie Scuffell writes about a recent Refutea ...READ MORE

Universal Health Coverage and Post-2015 Development Agenda

Posted by Kat Pugh

Tue, 29 Oct 2013

  At a time when even the principle of universal access to the NHS is under threat, we believe it is ever more important to promote Universal Health Coverage in the post-2015 development agenda. As a student network engaging with the post-2015 agenda-setting process, we recently signed a letter to the World Health Organisation and the World Bank on Universal Health Coverage and the post-2015 ...READ MORE

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