International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)

Fédération Internationale des Associations d'Etudiants en Médecine
Federación Internacional de Asociaciones de Estudiantes de Medicina

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History

Leading up to foundation, a Student International Clinical Conference (SICC) was held, 1948, UK, at the initiative of 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. EU Transparency Register: 431215415539-52.

Aims

Unite medical students worldwide to lead initiatives that impact positively the communities served.

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Activities

Networking/liaising; advocacy/lobbying/activism; capacity building; events/meetings; training/education.

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Languages

English.

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Financing

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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Consultative Status); World Health Organization (WHO) (Official Relations); Council of Europe (CE) (Participatory Status).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 8 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 36 non-governmental organizations.
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Publications

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Members

Members in 122 countries
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

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

UIA Org ID

B1956

Last News Received

11. Sep 2016
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