International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)

Fédération Internationale des Associations Étudiantes de Médecine
Federación Internacional de Asociaciones de Estudiantes de Medicina
االتحاد الدولي لجمعيات طلبة الطب
Международная федерация ассоциаций медиков - студентов
國際醫學生聯盟/ 国际医学生联盟

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1951 Copenhagen Denmark


Leading up to foundation, a Student International Clinical Conference (SICC) was held, 1948, UK, at the initiative of U-XB2780 - International Union of Students (IUS). An international congress on the establishment of such a federation was held, Dec 1950, Paris (France), when Denmark was assigned to investigate the possibilities of receiving financial support from the World Health Organization. The rough outline of a constitution was drawn up, 26-28 May 1951, Copenhagen (Denmark), at meeting of representatives of 8 countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK and Austria). A provisional body under British chairmanship was created to investigate establishing a stable federation, and 3 committees were formed: Standing Committee on Medical Exchange (SCOME, under the responsibility of Netherlands), Standing Committee on Professional Exchange (SCOPE, under that of Denmark) and Standing Committee on Students' Health (SCOSH, under Finland). Current constitution adopted, Mar 2000, Kuopio (Finland), at extraordinary General Assembly. General Secretariat originally located in Copenhagen, 1951. Temporarily transferred to Canada, 1962, before returning to Copenhagen, 1963. Moved to London, 1970, Helsinki (Finland), 1971, Vienna (Austria), 1978, L'Aquila (Italy), 1987, and Amsterdam (Netherlands), 1989. In 1999, an agreement was reached with the World Medical Association (WMA) and the General Secretariat was moved to Geneva, in Ferney-Voltaire (France). In 2014, moved back to AMC in Amsterdam; moved back to Copenhagen (Denmark), 2018.


Serve society and medical students all over the world through member organizations by: empowering medical students in using their knowledge and capacities for the benefit of society; providing a forum for medical students throughout the world to discuss topics related to individual and community health, education and science and to formulate policies from such discussions; promoting and facilitating professional and scientific exchanges as well as projects and extracurricular training for medical students, thereby sensitizing them to other cultures and societies and their health problems; providing a link between members, medical students’ associations and international organizations, and to encourage cooperation between them for the ultimate benefit of society.


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General Assembly (twice a year); Supervising Council; Executive Board elected for one-year period; IFMSA Officials; ad hoc Standing Committees, Programmes, Global Priorities and Task Forces; International Secretariat in Copenhagen (Denmark).


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GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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