Founded in 1951, IFMSA is one of the world’s oldest and largest student-run organizations. It represents, connects and engages with medical students from 130 national members organizations in 122 countries around the globe. IFMSA is recognized as the official voice of the medical students worldwide within the United Nations, the World Health Organization and the World Medical Association. It envisions a world in which all medical students unite for global health and are equipped with the knowledge, skills and values to take on health leadership roles locally and globally.
IFMSA brings people together to exchange, discuss and initiate projects to create a healthier world. It gives its members the skills and resources to be health leaders. It advocates for pressing issues that matter to shape the world we want. And it does deliver: the projects, the campaigns and the activities positively impact the physicians-to be and the communities they serve.
The IFMSA experience shows students that they are not merely passive subjects in a rapidly globalizing world, but rather valuable individuals with a potentially powerful role to play in global health. IFMSA hence offers medical students a taste of the real and pressing health issues worldwide, and help them learn that their idealistic goals can be achieved with readily attainable knowledge and commitment.