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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 It is old and outdated, and getting a new one has been something that has been in the works for a long time.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 leaving all my AMSA and IFMSA friends but definitely ready to be home and sleeping in my own bed again! Most importantly, attending this GA gave me a much needed energy boost – after being a NEO for 1 1/2 years, I am leaving Mumbai with so many great ideas and improvements for the upcoming exchange season. It reminded how much I love being a part of IFMSA and SCOPE and how sad I’m going to be when my term ends this spring.

Finally, it wasn’t until I was sitting in the airport waiting for my flight back to the states that I realized how quickly March Meeting 2013 is approaching — it is the next time that all of IFMSA will come together, and I’m so honored that AMSA will be hosting what could potentially be the largest gathering of medical students ever. I’m proud of the OC team for all of their hardwork thus far, and I can’t wait to show off Washington, DC and AMSA to all of the international medical students that will be attending!

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