Recent IFMSA Report: Attacks on Medical Education

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International Federation of Medical Students AssociationsThe International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) recently published a pilot report exploring the impact of wars and violence on medical education and health care, titled Attacks on Medical Education. The report focuses on attacks on medical education in seven countries: Libya, Palestine, Ukraine, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. It examines the impact of violence on specific components of medical education, such as facilities, teaching hospitals, libraries, academic staff, and students; as well as the consequences these attacks can have for health care delivery and the sustainability of health care systems.

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IFMSA is a non-profit, non-governmental organization representing associations of medical students worldwide. Founded in 1951, IFMSA currently maintains 137 National Member Organizations from 127 countries across six continents, representing a network of more than 1.3 million medical students. IFMSA is recognized as a non-governmental organization within the United Nations’ system and the World Health Organization, and works in collaboration with the World Medical Association. IFMSA also supports the Health Care in Danger (HCID) project, an initiative of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement aimed at addressing violence against patients, health workers, facilities, and vehicles, and ensuring safe access to and delivery of health care in armed conflict and other emergencies.

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IFMSA Named Honorary Sponsor of the World Directory of Medical Schools

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International Federation of Medical Students' AssociationsFAIMER and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) are pleased to announce that the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) has been named an Honorary Sponsor of the World Directory of Medical Schools, a database managed jointly by WFME and FAIMER.

The World Directory is used by medical regulatory authorities to verify the existence of medical schools and the qualifications of their graduates. It is also a source of information for both current and prospective medical students, which is why the student point of view is of great importance to WFME and FAIMER. With its wide network of members, IFMSA has been instrumental in the efforts to keep the database up to date, and its involvement is expected to be even more significant in the future.

Currently, there is a rotation of full-time IFMSA interns in the WFME office in Ferney-Voltaire, whose task is to seek new information and contacts that could be helpful in ensuring that the World Directory holds the most current and reliable data possible. IFMSA also takes part in the World Directory Senior Advisory Committee meetings and therefore has a direct impact on how the World Directory functions and what strategies are put in place to maintain it as a useful tool for all stakeholders.