The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), founded in 1951, is one of the world’s oldest and largest student-run organizations. It represents, connects and engages every day with medical students from 133 NMOs, 123 Countries around the globe.
Our work is divided into four main global health areas: Public Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Medical Education and Human Rights and Peace. Each year, IFMSA organizes over 13,000 clinical and research exchanges programs for our students to explore innovations in medicine, healthcare systems and healthcare delivery in other settings. IFMSA brings people together to exchange, discuss and initiate projects to create a healthier world.
IFMSA General Assemblies are among the biggest youth-led events around the world. Held twice a year – once in March, once in August – they are attended by over 800 medical students from 100+ countries! FMS-Taiwan is elected one year prior to the meeting by the National Member Organizations (NMOs) of the Federation as host countries, giving the organization committee plenty of time to put together the optimal settings for medical students to learn, discuss, meet and exchange.
The IFMSA’s General Assemblies hope to inspire the next generation of future physicians to become leaders and advocates through the exchange of ideas, networking and learning from the various programming sessions. They feature namely: meetings of each Standing Committee; governance and decision-making sessions; training opportunities for self-skills development; inspiring activities and projects presentations.