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APPLY now to attend the IFMSA March Meeting in Montenegro 

We write to you at an exciting time - the applications for the Medsin-UK delegation to the International Federation of Medical Student's Associations General Assembly held in Budva, Montenegro from the 2nd to 8th March 2016 are NOW OPEN!

Key information

What is the IFMSA?

The International Federation of Medical Student's Associations (IFMSA) was founded in 1951 as a result of the post-war wave of friendship among international students. The IFMSA is affiliated to several UN Agencies, including the World Health Organisation, and is the platform to get your voice heard on an international level.

To date, the IFMSA is made up of over 100 National Associations of medical students from countries all over the world.

Each academic year, Medsin-UK send a delegation to three IFMSA conferences: the European Regional Meeting (held in Europe) and the March and August Meeting. This call out is for the August Meeting being held in Mexico. There will also be another General Assembly held in Tanzania in August 2017!

What is an IFMSA Conference and where do I fit in?

At these conferences, delegations of medical students from all around the world get together to learn from each other and share experiences on tackling global health issues. For example, one of the issues discussed at the March Meeting last year (amongst many others) was ‘should we hold industry to account when prioritising sugar in the obesity epidemic?' Each country took a stance and discussed the arguments for and against before coming to a conclusion. As a delegate you will apply to take part in a 'stream' run by each 'Standing Committee Director'. These 'Standing Committees' are subunits of the IFMSA and represent a particular field of the IFMSA's work. Depending on which stream you are part of, you will attend workshops and talks surrounding these particular fields. You will also be involved in voting on issues and policies during plenary sessions

.The standing committees that you can apply to are listed below:

Have a think about which best suits the work you have been doing in the UK. There will be two delegates allocated to each standing committee.

·         SCOME: The Standing Committee on Medical Education       

·         SCORP: The Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace

·         SCOPH: Standing Committee on Public Health

·         SCORA: The Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS

·         SCOPE: Standing Committee on Professional Exchanges (spaces usually allocated specifically to National or Local Exchange Officers)

·         SCORE: Standing Committee on Research Exchanges (spaces usually allocated specifically to National or Local Exchange Officers)

This years theme is: Organ and Tissue Donation - Donate Life

What Should I Write About in My Application?

Please have a look at the application form attached.

A points system will be used for marking of applications and will consider the following factors:

·         An applicant’s motivation for attending an IFMSA GA (and particular standing committee)

·         An applicant’s experience of teamwork and leadership, both in Medsin-UK and otherwise

·         An applicant’s aims for the conference

·         An applicant’s desire and plans to contribute to Medsin’s work in the future

·         Years left of study

·         How you will fundraise for the activity

NOTE: the word limit is important - please no more than 200 words per long answer question!

Some examples of why you might apply to the General Assembly could be you want share the work that you have been doing to change your University's policy on access to research, or to learn about other country's ways of tackling HIV education in schools. If you don't have a lot of experience in Medsin, you can still explain why you think it would be beneficial to attend the GA and what you could contribute in future! Please be as specific as possible.

How much will it cost? What are the Deadlines?

Tickets for the meeting cost £295. This will cover all costs during the meeting including food, transport to the hotel and accommodation. The cost does not include flights. Email international@medsin.org and we will advise you on potential ways to get funding. (There is some money out there but it requires time and patience to find it e.g. your university may have a conference grant).

Deadlines:

·         Application deadline: 27th November 2016 23.59pm

·         Total ticket price due: 1st January 2017

·         We will then be in touch to invite you to the training weekend where we will set priorities as a team for the meeting

What Next?

In summary, this is an amazing opportunity not to be missed! Few other opportunities will allow you to meet hundreds of medical students from across the world discussing and sharing ideas they feel passionately about.

IFMSA's vision and mission:

Vision: A world in which all medical students unite for global health and are equipped with the knowledge, skills and values to take on health leadership roles locally and globally.

Mission: IFMSA unites medical students worldwide to lead initiatives that impact positively the communities we serve. IFMSA represents the opinions and ideas of future health professionals in the field of global health, and works in collaboration with external partners. IFMSA builds capacity through training, project and exchanges opportunities, while embracing cultural diversity so as to shape a sustainable and healthy future.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO APPLY.

Final Recap:

Key Information:

·         IFMSA March Meeting 2017 in Budva, Montenegro

·         Ticket: £395 (Accommodation, Food and transport from Airport included)

·         Application deadline: 27th November 2016 23:59pm

·         Total ticket price due: 1st January 2017

If you have any questions, please contact international@medsin.org

APPLY NOW for a role in one of our Operational Teams!

Please complete all applications by Friday 11th November 2016

We're looking for some keen and enthusiastic people with a passion for Global Health to support the National Committee through Operational Teams and help guide the Medsin network on the national level. 

There are number of opportunities, so definitely an opportunity to get further involved with Medsin. The role descriptions are advertised separately here.

You MAY apply for more than one role. Please complete start an additional form for each new role. You may use the same personal details. If you are applying for more than one role, we advise that you adjust your answers to the questions to compliment the role you are applying for.

There are a couple of questions below for you to tell us why you would like one of the roles. If you have any further queries please contact committee@medsin.org with the role and your name in the subject line, and the appropriate National Committee member will be in touch. We look forward to hearing from you! 

To apply, please complete an application form.

 

Get involved.....National Working Groups

Are you interested in getting involved in Medsin focused projects? Why not register now, to get involved in our National Working Groups (NWG). National Working Groups are teams that work on specific areas of Medsin to deliver projects that enact tangible change within Medsin, and in the wider world. More information can be found here

 

Are you Medsin's next Communications Director?

A spot has just opened up on Medsin’s National Committee for the position of Communications Director. Could this be you?

The Communications Director is responsible for the external facing flow of information in Medsin. They will be at the centre of the network, gathering information from all around it and communicating outwards. They are responsible for ensuring that we are managing our social media, newsletter and branding in a way that is promoting our image and supporting our work. They will have a dedicated team around them to ensure the day-to-day is ticking, while managing the overall strategy of Communications and Public Relations. The role will also include contacting our high-profile partners and media to communicate our activities, policies and priorities in order to promote Medsin’s aims.

Sound good? Apply here!

What skills will you gain?

Understanding of Public Relations and Communications, essential skills in any field of work
Strategic planning: you will be responsible for the overall communications strategy of the organisation
Digital skills: you will work with the webmaster to maintain and develop the Medsin website’s content and organisation

What will you do?

Develop a strategy for communications in Medsin
Coordinate a Communications Team that will have officers for social media, blogging, newsletter
Promote the writing of press releases and communicate them to partners and the press
Support the webmaster in maintaining the Medsin website and consider options for its development
Support the development of Medsin’s magazine

Does this sound like something you should be doing? Apply now through this application form!

 

Join Healthy Planet's National Committee!

Want to get more involved with climate + health activism? Build skills in campaigning, advocacy and education? Be part of the global climate change + health movement?

We will be taking applications until 21st October, with a handover day/weekend taking place between November-December, and roles starting beginning of January 2017.

Available roles include:

Full role descriptions available at tinyurl.com/HP-NC2017. Any questions? Send them over to healthyplanet@medsin.org

Apply now!

Please fill out the following form to contact us or email info@medsin.org.

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