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    Namaste from Mumbai, India!

    The AMSA-USA delegation spent this past week at the IFMSA India AM 2012 meeting, fighting off Delhi belly, and promoting our upcoming March meeting (March 9-15) and AMSA National Convention (March 14-17).

    This being my first GA, it was eye opening to learn from such varied perspectives medical students have in different regions of the world. While pointing out major differences in medical education and practice worldwide, the presentations and conversations I had with fellow delegates moreso proved that our experiences as physicians in training are very similar. from frustrations with preclinical years to wanting improvements in community health, patient safety, and health policy, IFMSA provides a collective ground for a worldwide student voice to be heard and help us improve our training.

    AMSA USA came out strong with a presentation and update of MM2013, which everyone in the plenary session was very tangibly excited about:



    We were successful in passing two significant policy statements, one on road safety, and a highly debated measure to improve conflict of interest policies for funding of future IFMSA meetings. Thanks to AMSA, all delegations will now be notified if meetings are receiving pharma funding, in advance, so there can ...

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  • GA Day 5: New Exchange Database, Saying Goodbye, and Looking forward to MM2013

    Sarah Kleinfeld
    National Exchange Officer (NEO)
    American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
    International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)


    My last SCOPE session was an exciting one, because Marianne, our current SCOPE director, introduced all of the NEOs to the new exchange database! Our database, where students fill out their applications and upload required documents, is how we keep track of our exchanges. It is old and outdated, and getting a new one has been something that has been in the works for a long time. The new database should be launched this fall, in conjunction with the revamping of IFMSA’s own website. We will be using it on a trial basis for the next month, working though glitches and suggesting any improvements that we want made. I was excited to see what the format would like and I’m happy to say it’s much better than what we currently have — I think it will be much more user friendly for our students and local exchange officers, and I can’t wait for them to be able to use it this fall!

    Although the GA is running through tomorrow. yesterday was my last full day in Mumbai. I am sad to be ...

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  • GA Day 4: Contract Fair!

    Sarah Kleinfeld
    National Exchange Officer (NEO)
    American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
    International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)

    As the NEO, the most important part of any August GA for me is the contract fair. This is where the NEO and National Officer for Research Exchanges (NORE) sign contracts with other countries for the upcoming exchange season – April 2013-March 2014. Each country sets up a table and chaos ensues — other delegates come to check out the proceedings and man their country’s table as NEOs and NOREs frantically run around to sign contracts It’s a fun but hectic two hours for everyone involved. In addition, most tables give out promotional materials related to their country including pins, flags, and stickers. Sometimes students even wear clothes representative of their culutre – my favorite this year was the Japanese kimonos!

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  • GA Day 3: More SCOPE and Plenaries

    Sarah Kleinfeld
    National Exchange Officer (NEO)
    American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
    International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)

    Day 3 was a busy day as well — it kicked off in the morning with another SCOPE session, regional meetings and trainings in the afternoon, followed by plenary in the evening.

    Plenary is IFMSA’s version of AMSA’s House of Delegates. Each national member organization (NMO) is represented in plenary by their organization’s president or head of delegation. It’s really cool when you first experience it, because many times countries hang their flags on their table, giving it the feel of a medical student’s version of model UN. During roll call, its fun to hear all of the different countries represented, and many times students sitting in the back of the hall will do a country specific cheer when their country is called. Basically, all of IFMSA’s official business is conducted through plenaries, which are held each evening – bylaws are passed or suspended, reports and projects are approved, and candidates for IFMSA offices present their candidatures and are elected.

    Some of the highlights from plenaries throughout the past few days include: presentation of an update on the status of March Meeting ...

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  • Arriving in Mumbai

    Sarah Kleinfeld
    National Exchange Officer (NEO)
    American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
    International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)

    IFMSA’s 62nd General Assembly kicked off for me when I arrived in Mumbai on Thursday night. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to the hotel until after the Opening Ceremonies ended. The first night was spent mostly getting settled into the hotel and trying to catch up on some sleep — I was coming off of 20+ hours in airports/planes!

    Day 2 started early Friday with an AMSA delegation meeting at breakfast. There were 13 AMSA representatives there, including members of the BOT, AMSA Fellows, MM2013 Organizing Committee members, AMSA Action Committee members, and members of the IFMSA Advisory Council (which includes my role as a NEO).

    The rest of my day was taken up with the first SCOPE session of the GA. For those of you who don’t know, IFMSA is composed of six standing committees. The two that deal with exchange are: the Standing Committee on Professional (Clinical) Exchanges – SCOPE and the Standing Committee on Research Exchages – SCORE. SCOPE is composed of an international director, 5 regional coordinators, several other support positions for things like marketing and academic quality, and ...

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