Theme Event

Social Accountability – Health Beyond the Hospital

To truly make a difference for health, future doctors should be prepared to become leaders and collaborators beyond the healthcare framework, using inter-professionalism as a powerful tool for impact. How can we provide our patients with high quality care that goes beyond the medical center? With this in mind, “Social Accountability: Health Beyond the Hospital” is the chosen theme of the IFMSA August Meeting 2018.

Social accountability has been defined by the World Health Organization as “the obligation of medical schools to direct their education, research and service activities towards addressing the priority health concerns of the community, region, and/or nation they have a mandate to serve”. Based on equity and quality, social accountability allows us to direct our questions and decisions toward the ones with the greatest impact on health, using available and community resources, while working with all relevant stakeholders.

Participants at the IFMSA August Meeting will be asked to think, debate, reflect and discuss about what health and healthcare means for them – outside of the hospital. We are therefore opening the discussion on health to policy-makers and environmentalists, economics and lawyers, teachers and patients, academics and lobbyists, political advisors and technology experts, as well as to change makers with a valuable perspective on health to share. We have selected four sub-topics to further explore:

Health x Environment
Health x Media
Health x Politics
Health x Innovation


Our innovative approach to including this theme in the agenda will, by its structure and content, engage future healthcare professionals to think outside the box. Innovative theme event sessions are designed to take place during the AM2018:

  1. An IFMSAx event where experts and medical students will come together to tell short and powerful pre-selected stories about social accountability in health. Speakers will each share a 10 to 20 minutes personal story or anecdote during the session.
  2. Multiple parallel streams of 60 to 120 minutes each will be held at least twice during the conference. These sessions are built to meet the interests of a diverse participant pool, and will focus on one of the four priority sub-topics. 
  3. A global health networking event, an hour-long meet-and-greet, will allow participants to get to know speakers and other local organizations in order to exchange ideas. 
  4. The Pre General Assembly, in Quebec City, will have a 3-day workshop dedicated to social accountability. Sessions will be tailored to a smaller group of participants and will be very dynamic. 
  5. Standing Committee sessions regarding medical education, public health, sexual and reproductive health, human rights and peace as well as medical exchanges, will also engage participants regarding the theme event. 
  6. The Health Symposium, designed specifically for alumni, will include key sessions on social accountability and effective leadership in healthcare.


Speakers will be announced shortly!