The International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) was founded over half a century ago and is one of the world’s oldest and largest student-run organizations. IFMSA represents, connects and engages with a network of 1.3 million medical students from 130 national members organizations in 122 countries around the globe. It brings people together to exchange, discuss and initiate projects to create a healthier world and gives its members the skills and resources to be health leaders. IFMSA advocates for pressing issues to shape the world into a better place for everyone. Throughout its history, IFMSA’s projects, campaigns and activities have greatly and positively impacted the future physicians of the world and the communities that they serve.
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is proud to represent the medical students of the United States to help tackle many of the pressing global issues that need our attention. AMSA, founded just one year before IFMSA in 1950, continues its commitment to improving medical training and the nation’s health. With over a half-century history of medical student activism, AMSA is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. While AMSA continues to tackle issues in the United States such as improving access to health insurance for all citizens, it also takes on the endeavor of addressing important issues around the world from reducing mortality due to HIV/AIDS to improving medical education and human rights.
What Are We All About?
As AMSA-USA represents the voice of medical students in the United States, it is of the utmost importance for us to deliver messages that abide by the sentiment of our constituents. Therefore, it is pertinent for you to join us at AMSA to help shape the landscape of health policy and human rights around the world. As AMSA officers that sit on the Advisory Council to IFMSA, we work with leaders from many other countries to define IFMSA’s message and role to society. We are fully engaged in issues on public health, sexual and reproductive health, medical education, and human rights and peace, and we hope you will join us in tackling these important issues to help improve health around the world.
Public Health: SCOPH
The Standing committee aims to promote the development of medical students worldwide regarding public health issues by becoming a reference for training to create future public health qualified leaders. It seeks to equip medical students with the knowledge, skills and values for local and international health care work.
Sexual & Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS: SCORA
It aims to provide medical students and other AMSA members to advocate for sexual and reproductive health where every individual globally is allowed to emphasize their sexual and reproductive health rights equally, free from discrimination. Developed in 1992, SCORA has equipped medical students to develop the skills and knowledge to provide Comprehensive Sexual education, increasing awareness on reproductive health and other related issues.
Medical Education: SCOME
The Standing Committee On Medical Education (SCOME) visualizes medical students reaching their full potential by being important stakeholders in creating, developing, and implementing medical education systems. SCOME acts as a discussion forum for medical students worldwide to contribute to the development of medical education for better healthcare worldwide.
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Human Rights and Peace: SCORP
The Standing Committee On Human Rights and Peace (SCORP) believes in the unification of students to create a more peaceful world. Through this solidarity, SCORP seeks to address issues of violence, conflict, and human right violations. Through different forms of humanitarian action, SCORP’s mission is to empower and motivate medical students to actively promote and protect human rights and peace.
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