students from Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar (WCM-Q) and the College of
Medicine at Qatar University (QU) travelled to Morocco to attend the
14th Congress of the International Federation of Medical Students
Associations (IFMSA) of the Mediterranean and East Region.
The IFMS Regional Assembly, held in Marrakech, brought together over 300 delegates from more than 20 countries and was an opportunity for medical students to share news of national and local projects, such as clinical and research internship exchange programmes.
For the students - two each from WCM-Q and QU who attended as members of Qatar Medical Students Association (QMSA), the event was also an opportunity for cultural exchange with fellow medical students from across the region.
The regional assembly offered a week of training, conferences and workshops on the themes of public health, human rights and peace, reproductive health and medical education.
Delegates also benefited from special sessions on adolescent health with the participation of internationally renowned experts, such as Dr Hateem Alaa of the World Young Doctors’ Organisation, Dr Kamal Alami, president of UNAIDS Morocco, and Dr Jan Peloza of the World Health Organisation Venice Office.
WCM-Q students in attendance at the event were Aballah Tom of the Class of 2021 and Priyamvada Pillai of the Class of 2020.
Tom, QMSA member and president of the WCM-Q Medical Students Executive Committee, said, “To attend this important regional conference, with WCM-Q and QU College of Medicine students represented side by side, was an important moment for Qatar Medical Students Association. We are a young organisation and it was therefore very encouraging for us to be able to make a positive contribution to such an important event. We look forward to many more positive collaborations in the future.”
Established in 2017, QMSA is the first student medical association to be formed in Qatar through a collaboration of medical students from WCM-Q and the College of Medicine at QU. The organisation exists to promote humanitarian issues and public health initiatives among medical students in Qatar and seeks to contribute to the development of responsible future physicians.
Founded in 1951, the IFMSA is one of the world’s oldest and largest student-run organisations. It is recognised as a non-governmental organisation by the United Nations and the World Health Organisation and brings together 1.3mn medical students from 136 national members organisations in 127 countries around the globe.
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