Istanbul was a center for discussion of medical education between 12-15 of April!!

Accreditation as an instrument for quality Assurance in Medical Education


From April 12-13th  the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and the Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Medical Education Programs, Turkey (TEDPAD) organized a Conference – Workshop with the title of “Accreditation as an instrument for quality assurance in Medical Education”.

The Conference – Workshop was focussed on the improvement of medical education by the certification of the suitability of medical education programmes and of the competence of medical schools in the delivery of medical education.

During the workshop, IFMSA voiced the importance of student involvement in processes of accreditation.

Various other topics were adressed during the meeting such as, such as “Maintaining standards of quality as medical schools numbers grow” or “How to decide how many medical students?”. They can be accessed through following link:

Another highlight of the conference was the future involvement of TurkMSIC in the national accreditation agency. IFMSA congratulates both TEPDAD and TurkMSIC for this future cooperation.


WFME Executive Council Meeting


After this fruitful conference, the WFME Executive Council met from April 14th -15th, also in Istanbul, to discuss the actions of the Federation for the next year.

During this meeting, IFMSA was included in the WFME Constitution as the official student representative inside WFME, also gaining voting rights as well.

The WFME Executive Council also decided to endorse the IFMSA exchange programmes, as it is stated in the WFME Official page ( IFMSA is deeply thankful for this endorsement and we commit to continue the improvement of our exchanges.

IFMSA also requested the creation of a common strategy on Medical Education that unites Government, Non-Governmental and Academic organizations, in order to have a bigger impact in the education of healthcare professionals. IFMSA highlighted the importance to address learning conditions of medical students and to collect evidence about the learning enviroments (e.g. existance of bullying in healthcare education institutions).

IFMSA committed once again to be one of the major players in advocating for the need to quality assurance mechanisms at national level.. We also underlined the importance of students involvement in those agencies, not in a tokenistic perspective but through meaningful involvement, taking their perspective into consideration in order to improve medical education at the local, national and global level.

IFMSA is very thankful for the invitation to participate in the conference by WFME and TEPDAD, the support the students of TurkMSIC during those 4 days and all the fruitful collaborations and discussions with the WFME about the future of Medical Education!


Agostinho Moreira de Sousa

Liaison Officer for Medical Education issues


62nd General Assembly, March Meeting 2013–Washington, D.C., USA (AMSA-USA)

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), the nation’s oldest and largest, independent association for physicians-in-training, has been selected to host the 62nd General Assembly of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) in March 2013, the world’s largest gathering of medical students. More than 2,500 physicians-in-training from more than 100 countries are expected to attend the event, which will be held in Washington, D.C., March 5-15, 2013. AMSA’s Annual Convention will be held March 14-17, 2013.

“The General Assembly is going to be an amazing opportunity for the world’s future physicians to come together on one stage, in the powerful city of Washington D.C., to champion health access, health equality and the social determinants of health for our global citizens,” says Danielle Salovich, AMSA national president, 2011-2012. “As we continue to fight for women’s health rights, access to medicines across the globe and healthcare for all, there has never been a more important time for medical students to join together.”

The theme of the meeting will be AMSA hopes to empower attendees and provide them with the tools they need to improve health care by using their voice to shape the policies that influence the medical profession. Advocacy has increasingly been recognized as a core element of medical professionalism. Due to their role in society and the unique features of the doctor-patient relationship, physicians and physicians-in-training are uniquely suited to advocate with and for patients.

“As part of the General Assembly, thousands of medical students will rally for social justice in the U.S. health care system and across the globe,” says Elizabeth Wiley, JD, MPH, and AMSA president-elect. “We are also looking forward to the hands-on workshops for attendees to gain advocacy training surrounding specific topics of interest: social determinants of health, medical professionalism and conflict of interest, patient safety, mental health and more.”

As a unique post General Assembly option, delegates will have the opportunity to attend AMSA-USA’s 63rd Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. Before the meeting, delegates may travel to NYC, Boston or Philadelphia.

AMSA joined IFMSA and became the United States’ National Member Organization (NMO) in 2008. The last IFMSA General Assembly held in the United States was more than 35 years ago.

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Written by: Kim Cunningham

61st General Assembly, August Meeting 2012–The Indian Experience (MSAI-India)

The next IFMSA General Assembly, August Meeting 2012 will be held in Mumbai, India. The host is one of our most recent candidate members MSAI (IFMSA-India). The theme will focus on universal health care. Need for Universal Health Care

Theme: Universal Health Care – The Time is Now!

Universal health care – sometimes referred to as universal health coverage, universal coverage, universal care or social health protection – describes health care systems organized around providing a specified package of benefits to all members of a society with the end goal of providing financial risk protection, improved access to health services, and improved health outcomes (World Health Report, 2010).

Last year, our Federation renewed its commitment to the vision of Alma Ata – a world where health is a fundamental human right, a universal societal goal, and a state of well-being enjoyed by everyone. In short, health is for all.

Our tracks…

  • In March Meeting 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia we looked into the gross disparities in health that continue to afflict the majority of the world’s peoples.
  • Our 60th anniversary General Assembly in Copenhagen, Denmark last August Meeting 2011, we imagined the future of health and looked into various ways towards achieving a healthier and more just world. Image
  • March Meeting 2012 in Accra, Ghana, we recognized action on social determinants of health as the key intervention for achieving global health equity.


Beginning by addressing health inequalities through action on social determinants of health?

The WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health identified the health system as one of the crucial determinants of health within countries, and proposed that universal access to health care as a starting point. Today, nearly 100 countries are investing huge resources, establishing agencies, commissioning researches, and holding consultations as they all rush towards the finish line of universal health coverage.

In line with IFMSA’s commitment on this, Universal Health Care will be the theme for the IFMSA General Assembly this August Meeting 2012.

India is a great place to collaborate, share, exchange and build efforts surrounding universal health care. India is a country experiencing a transition towards provisions of easily accessible and affordable health care to all Indians by 2022. A national health-insurance scheme geared towards increasing access for the poor started rolling in April 2008, and so far it has enabled 100 million to have cashless, paperless, portable access to inpatient health care provided by more than 8,000 public and private hospitals across the country. India is more than willing to share its universal health care journey to IFMSA, and to learn from other health systems through IFMSA’s medical students from around the world.

Through the theme events of IFMSA-India and the OC, they hope to gather in one room the leaders of the Universal Health Care movement in India and the amazing medical student-advocates of IFMSA, and spark dynamic discussions about how universal health care can be a reality – and how we doctors-in-training can play our part.



Mumbai being the hosting city for IFMSA’s 62nd GA – AM 2012 India is, known as the commercial capital of India. Before 1996, Mumbai was known as ‘Bombay. Its original name ‘Bombay’ emerged from the Portugal term ‘Bom Bahai’ meaning good bay/harbor. It is also known as Manchester of India. With the opening up of the Suez Canal in 1869 the city’s future as India’s primary port, was assured. Now, it is the second biggest city in the world.


India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the south-west, and the Bay of Bengal on the south-east, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west, China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east; and Burma and Bangladesh to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives; in addition, India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.

ImageHome to the ancient Indus Valley Civilization and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires, the Indian subcontinent was identified with its commercial and cultural wealth for much of its long history. Four of the world’s major religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism—originated here, whereas Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam arrived in the 1st millennium CE and also helped shape the region’s diverse culture. Gradually annexed by and brought under the administration of the British East India Company from the early 18th century and administered directly by the United Kingdom from the mid-19th century, India became an independent nation in 1947 after a struggle for independence that was marked by non-violent resistance and led by Mahatma Gandhi.

The Indian economy is the world’s tenth-largest by nominal GDP and third-largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). Following market-based economic reforms in 1991, India became one of the fastest-growing major economies; it is considered a newly industrialized country. India is a federal constitutional republic governed under a parliamentary system consisting of 28 states and 7 union territories. India is a pluralistic, multilingual, and multi-ethnic society.


MSAI – The Medical Students Association of India is India’s largest represented Medical Student Organization & the offical organization that represents IFMSA – India


To be a forum for medical students throughout the world to discuss topics related to health, education and medicine; to formulate policies from such discussions and to carry out appropriate activities; To promote humanitarian ideals and medical ethics amongst medical students; To act as a mechanism for medical students’ professional and scientific exchange and projects; To be a body through which cooperation and contacts with other international organizations are established; To act as a mechanism for member organizations to raise funds for projects recognized by the IFMSA.


India finally joined the IFMSA family and today Medical Students’ Association of India is also known as “IFMSA INDIA.” Our mission is to improve the medical education and public health care management in India & our vision is to enhance medical education, facilitate & establish communication between student organization, not to forget organize rural health programs in the country.

Author: Roopa Dhatt, IFMSA VPE 2011/12


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