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Blog post from MM21

Glossary:
GA = General Assembly, IFMSA:s international meeting to be held in March (MM)
and August (AM) every year.
OGA = Online General Assembly
MM21 = March Meeting 2021.
NMO = National Membership Organization, t.ex. IFMSA-Sweden or NMSA-
Norway.

The digital March meeting 2021, first planned for Northern Macedonia, went off
stack 26 February to 14 mars. It was the federation's second digital GA after
AM20 which would have been in Panama. More information can be found in the report!

When one normally goes to GA, it is as part of a tagged and inspired
IFMSA-Sweden gang. The journey goes to some exciting place that is full of
Students from around the world, where many have interests similar to one's own.
The week that follows is an intense experience with IFMSA from morning to late
Evening (or early morning), large and strong community, cool meetings and
memories for life. Many also participate in social activities a few days before
and after the meeting and thus get to experience part of the host country.
Or yes, I have at least read that in previous blog posts. MM21 was arranged
digitally as OGA and to say that we in the delegation got a different one
experience would be an understatement. As you know, however, is no different
synonymous with boring!

"We" in the Swedish delegation were 12 members from IFMSA-Sweden with
all localities and working groups represented. The amount of experience was
mixed and routine like Adeleine, Chantal and Elin contributed (15+ GA:n
in total?) was invaluable, not least when the rest of us got lost
among candidatures, reports, policy documents in endless Drive Folders.
Like the other participants in the March meeting, we were faced with the challenge of spring
everyday would roll on while the meeting was going on. For several of us, it came
to involve constant clashes with mandatory seminars and VFU. We
did, however, as one always gets to do, the best of the situation and puzzled
with who was to participate was, read candidacies in advance and sat on NMO-
hour from coffee room, including.

The Discord server was in the digital center of the meeting, nicely composed of it
international team with different channels for working groups, social events and
a channel entirely devoted to memes (according to information from meme connoisseurs in
the delegation varied the meme quality from "really sharp" to "meh").
The enthusiasm in the various Discord channels was striking and a big reason why OGA was experienced as fun as it still was. Creativity like that
the international team and various NMOs took on the meeting with impressed, the
applies not least to the digital exhibition hall, more or less
professionally composed videos and a plethora of virtual backgrounds to
Zoom.

26 February was the start date of the meeting. The day included a plenary simulation (read:
test of technology) and Presidents' sessions, where the material for the plenary was up
for discussion. That pattern then continued in the usual order throughout
the meeting – reports, raid, policy documents and other were discussed through on
Presidents' sessions and was then formally decided in plenary. With more
artiga "thank you for that" than possible to count, the discussions went anyway
reasonably smooth, it is noticeable that there is an established structure to
meetings must be effective. Among swaying connections and robot voices broadcast
I, however, several times a grateful thought to the stable Swedish fiber network,
appreciate it far too rarely!

Day two continued the discussions, an event was held for Speed
Networking and SCORA were the first working group to hold their own plenary session.
In this way, the March meeting then rolled on for the remaining two weeks.
Presidents' sessions and plenary continued, the working groups had theirs and here
and social activities such as Game Night were held there, Powerpoint Party and Meme
Challenge. The various activities are described in more detail in the OGA report.

On four occasions, the delegation had NMO hour, thus time set aside for discussion
about activities that have been and to talk to us about voting before the plenary.
As we went through candidacies and other things, fatigue rose and
the vagueness and laughter with it so I could not help but think
how fun it would have been to go to Northern Macedonia and participate in a physical GA
Together. The journey itself, all activities… in short, we are probably many who are a little
sad that the mentioned situation did not allow a physical event.
Men, as the fast Swedish proverb reads - no evil that does not matter
good with him! Students, especially from low-income countries, which normally does not
have the financial opportunity to participate in GA could now connect and be
with. To be in the same Zoom room as participants from Honduras, Tadjikistan,
Zimbabwe and over 100 other countries were cool to say the least
of community and togetherness despite widely differing conditions.

Differences in conditions, and. On several occasions I sat in the Zoom room
along with many of about the same age, which reads about the same
things and who think it's about as much fun with biochemistry as I do - the list
with similarities can be made long. What struck me was that the list of how ours
conditions differ can also be made very long. In the Zoom room sat
students from countries where a regular Love Emergency lecture carries the risk of imprisonment, where corruption does not threaten the system but is the system and where non-profit
commitment is anything but encouraged by the state. In the middle of
the discussions I became grateful for the chance to gain some kind of understanding
for how incredibly different worlds we live in, even though it's a few hours flight
only that which is physically between us. Useful perspectives to say the least!
This is where my experience of MM21 lands - much of it is normal
GA means was missing, but much was also there. Not least
the feeling of how big and unique the organization is. Hats off to that
the international team and all the NMOs who did their best to do this
different meeting was as good as it got!

As a conclusion to this blog post, my strong impression is that IFMSA-
community after 70 year, despite pandemics and internal challenges, continues
contribute to many awesome experiences, friendships and lessons learned. With the light in
covid tunnel in sight, i hope the next blog post is written from a physical
meeting and thanks for the confidence to represent the association at the March meeting
2021.

John Hall

Survey on exchange for next season

Where would you like to go on an exchange?
Now you have the chance to influence which countries Sweden will enter into exchange contracts with, before signing the contract for the next exchange season at AM.
The exchange group has together created a survey to check the interest of our members. Take the chance to influence this decision. The more people who respond, the better!
The deadline for responding to the survey is 1 June.

Election election to the national board

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Dear members!

Filling elections now open for three exciting positions on the national board; Nationally responsible for capacity building, Vice-Chairman for International Affairs and Exchange Manager for incoming doctoral students.

The application is open to all members! Experience of local involvement and association work is an advantage. Of course, it is possible to search for several items. In such a case, we want an application by post.

You will find the application here.

The application period is open until 18 april kl 23:59. After the selection is completed, you will be notified regardless of notice of results. If you are elected, you will be ready to start after a handover period already this spring! You can of course search multiple records. In such a case, we want an application by post.

Below is a brief description of the items;

Nationally responsible for capacity building (NIGHT): For those who are passionate about development! When someone asks for a training you can keep track of the trainers we have, and what can be offered. You also stimulates new trainings, and makes it easier for members to prepare themselves. That itself to be trainer is a plus.

National exchange manager for incoming doctoral students (NORE-in): NORE-in is responsible for IFMSA-Sweden's contact with foreign exchange students who are planning an exchange here in Sweden and our exchange managers on the premises. A very stimulating post where you learn a lot about other cultures and have contact with many people! You work in a team together with the exchange group, where you together develop Sweden's exchange activities going forward. In this role, you get the opportunity to help shape our pre-departure trainings, sponsorship and much more.

Vice-President for International Affairs (VPIA): Are you passionate about international cooperation? Then this post is perfect for you! VPIA is responsible for IFMSA-Sweden's contact and cooperation with other member organizations in the international IFMSA Federation. He also leads our participation in plenary during international meetings. Previous participations at GA, EuRegMe and FINO are meritorious.

In case of questions or nomination of candidates, do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

Welcome with your application!

Greetings,

Election Committee 2021 – Sara and Matilda

 

Participate in an international training

IFMSA:s European region organizes ourns first training, now take the opportunity to submit an application. As a participant, you get the chance to dive deep and develop your knowledge in topics such as climate health and sustainable development.. Under these 4 intense days you meet, discuss and exchange experiences with students from all over the world. No previous knowledge is required to participate. The trainings offered in April are:

– YAS: Youth, Advocacy and the Sustainable Development Goals
– European Climate Change Advocates
– F(a)I(nteresting)In(formative)E(ngaging) Online Facilitation

date: 16-18 April and 23 april 2021
Place: Online
Deadline for application: 4 april 2021 23:59 GMT
Information & registration: https://forms.gle/NAvc9Gt4KKY5M8sX7
Cost: Free

If you have questions regarding the event or want more information about IFMSA's international trainings, contact [email protected]

Document for FUM-2021

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Here you can view all FUM documents:

-FUM2021-

Become part of the Swedish delegation to digital EuRegMe 2021! DEADLINE 31/1

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It is still possible to participate in the Swedish delegation to digital EuRegME 2021, which this year is held digitally, the 23-27 april. During EuRegMe, students from almost all European countries meet to discuss issues such as. global health, exchanges, refugee policy, mental illness, sexual and reproductive health and human rights. You involved the chance to share experiences with students from Europe, learn more about how IFMSA works and deep dive into interesting topics!

We urge you to seek, new and old, regardless of previous experience. Applications will be reviewed by a selection group, and ranked among other things with regard to the earlier commitment and personal goals of the meeting. Valgruppen also trying to bring a delegation to an even distribution between local resorts.

No meeting fee will be required for the digital meeting.

The application is made via this form: https://forms.gle/ag2AsL7VYk7ub5bV8

The deadline to apply for a place in the delegation to EuRegMe is Sunday 31/1 at 23.59.

If you are applying to the meeting, you agree that we store your personal data in order to manage your application and your participation in the meeting. The handling of personal data in accordance with GDPR and erased after meeting. If you have questions about the association's work with GDPR, you can contact [email protected]

For questions about EuRegMe and international involvement, contact [email protected]
The deadline to apply for a place in the delegation to EuRegMe is Sunday 31/1 at 23.59.

If you are applying to the meeting, you agree that we store your personal data in order to manage your application and your participation in the meeting. The handling of personal data in accordance with GDPR and erased after meeting. If you have questions about the association's work with GDPR, you can contact [email protected]

Opportunity to send in a motion to FUM21

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You now have the opportunity to submit a motion to the IFMSA-Sweden Annual Meeting 2021. Fill in the form below and email it to [email protected]

To submit a motion, you must be a member of IFMSA-Sweden.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Lj0tV5U_abgkVTQIWeUBHSt3YGutY4ud/view?fbclid=IwAR0dwVGKDW6Gh1u1MVGeNs2TMfB6WfN2F9OXKFjKOq3Sp5f4B6fcRcVk5Pc

Remaining seats for the Swedish delegation to the digital IFMSA March Meeting 2021

IN THE EVENT OF COVID-19:
-March Meeting 2021 will be converted to a fully digital meeting
-We follow the recommendations of the Swedish Public Health Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to reduce the spread of infection
-The decision is based on national and international recommendations and / or restrictions

General Assembly (GA) is IFMSA:s largest international meeting forum. Here you will meet students from IFMSA:s over 130 member organizations for a week to exchange experiences, decide IFMSA:the future, inspired and socialize. The meeting will be conducted digitally. The meeting will be held in between 26 February and 14 mars, with different dates depending on working group affiliation and possible plenary participation. Basically, the meeting dates apply 1-3 March for all working groups, inklusive NMO Management sessions.

For specific working groups, meeting times are added in the form of:
-26 feb – meeting of the Clinical Exchanges Working Group (SCOPE)
-7 mars – meeting of the working group for research exchanges (SCORE)
-27 feb – meeting of the Working Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (scores)

Please consider your availability when choosing a work group affiliation, later in the application form.

OBS! It is not required that the applicant is available throughout the period 26 feb – 14 mars!

We urge you to seek, new and old, regardless of previous experience. Applications will be reviewed by a selection group, and ranked among other things with regard to the earlier commitment and personal goals of the meeting. Valgruppen also trying to bring a delegation to an even distribution between local resorts.

On the GA working representatives of our working groups to improve their projects and spread them to new countries. Major decisions affecting the entire Federation will be and next year's international Board elected. In accordance with the theme of the meeting is also held lectures and other fun. All this is interspersed with the social program consisting of unbeatable celebrations (previously also in digital format on Zoom) and opportunities to get to know people from all over the world.

No meeting fee will be required for the digital meeting. The visa application will also not be relevant.

-APPLY HERE-

Deadline for applying for remaining places is Sunday 10/1 at 23.59.

More information can be found in this invitation package: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XOvynqOqwlXYrN5zADU_pGCVQU-npo11/view?usp=sharing

For questions about GA and international involvement, contact [email protected]

Residual points for clinical yield 2021-2022

Now we have a number of residual seats for clinical exchange season 2021-2022!

Clinic Exchanges addressed to medical students who completed the semester 5 Before the exchange begins. Deadline to apply is Saturday 16 January at. 23.59. The sites are then distributed according to the priority system.

More specific info on how to apply and the selection can be found at https://www.ifmsa.se/utbyte/ansokningsprocessen/

Our exchanges organized on a voluntary basis by medical students in each country's membership. As outgoing offered you four-week internship at a hospital, at least one meal a day, as well as accommodation in the dorm room or home of a local student. During the internship period organized a social program where you together with other exchange students from around the world get to experience what the host country has to offer!

You can apply to go on exchange during the period 1/4 2021 – 31/3 2022. Unless otherwise noted, the cost of exchange 3000 SEC.

Note it is very important that you read the exchange conditions (Exchange Conditions) for the country you are interested in, before seeking! You must ensure that you meet your desired country to language requirements or terminating affiliation. Here you will find the conditions for the country. In terms can also read about the document, certificates and declarations that you will need to submit your Application Form, and which cities and periods are selectable in the country.

You can apply even if you already have an exchange for this season, but then you only apply with your semester points, and not with the points you used in your application last fall.

Note that the places for the most popular months in each country may have already been filled – check the table for this, and check that according to Exchange Conditions it is not too late to send AF for the month you want to go.

The table reflects the situation on 4 January 2020, for updated info, keep track of https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17bTwXkbVOevENrHiBaJjf4y12KCBrhs4pV_ZuJ0kNyM/edit?usp=sharing

Link to application form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfpPiay1pGDCg3Cn1om9tSmQpt9AQzCuRjV3KdZTauTQ5sHhA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Here is a list of the most traveled places that can be searched:

Land Quantity Month Fully Language requirements ECs (exchange conditions)
Land Quantity Month Fully Language requirements ECs (exchange conditions)
Belgium 1 Only July or August Requirements for French in some LCs https://exchange.ifmsa.org/exchange/scope/explore/conditions/view/101
Brazil (DENEM) 1 July and August full - can not apply for these two months! https://exchange.ifmsa.org/exchange/scope/explore/conditions/view/11
Brazil (IFMSA-Brazil) 2 August full https://exchange.ifmsa.org/exchange/scope/explore/conditions/view/12
Greece 1 July only https://exchange.ifmsa.org/exchange/scope/explore/conditions/view/35
If 1 https://exchange.ifmsa.org/exchange/scope/explore/conditions/view/103
Indonesia 1 July and August full - can not apply for these two months! https://exchange.ifmsa.org/exchange/scope/explore/conditions/view/40
Italy 1 July only https://exchange.ifmsa.org/exchange/scope/explore/conditions/view/44
Catalonia 1 Only July or August https://exchange.ifmsa.org/exchange/scope/explore/conditions/view/18
Kuwait 1 July only https://exchange.ifmsa.org/exchange/scope/explore/conditions/view/50
Malta 1 Only 12 July - 6 August https://exchange.ifmsa.org/exchange/scope/explore/conditions/view/58
Morocco 1 https://exchange.ifmsa.org/exchange/scope/explore/conditions/view/100
Nepal 1 https://exchange.ifmsa.org/exchange/scope/explore/conditions/view/61
Oman 1 July only https://exchange.ifmsa.org/exchange/scope/explore/conditions/view/65
Peru 2 Requirements in Spanish https://exchange.ifmsa.org/exchange/scope/explore/conditions/view/71
Poland 1 August full, cannot be applied for this month https://exchange.ifmsa.org/exchange/scope/explore/conditions/view/73
Portugal 2 August and November full, cannot be applied for these months https://exchange.ifmsa.org/exchange/scope/explore/conditions/view/74
Switzerland 1 July only Very limited number of French-speaking places left in July Only localities with requirements for either French or German available https://exchange.ifmsa.org/exchange/scope/explore/conditions/view/86
Turkey 1 August only https://exchange.ifmsa.org/exchange/scope/explore/conditions/view/93
Austria 1 Limited number of places left in July and August https://exchange.ifmsa.org/exchange/scope/explore/conditions/view/4

Remaining places for research exchange 2021-2022

Now we have a number of travelplaces for research exchange season 2021-2022!

Research exchange is aimed at all medical students regardless of semester. Deadline to apply is Saturday 16 January at. 23.59. The sites are then distributed according to the priority system.

More specific info on how to apply and the selection can be found at https://www.ifmsa.se/utbyte/ansokningsprocessen/

Our exchanges organized on a voluntary basis by medical students in each country's membership. As an outgoing person, you are offered a four-week internship at a research laboratory, at least one meal a day, as well as accommodation in the dorm room or home of a local student. During the internship period organized a social program where you together with other exchange students from around the world get to experience what the host country has to offer!

Research exchange takes place only during the summer. In many cases, you can choose to go in July or August 2021. The cost of the exchange is 3000 SEC.

Note it is very important that you read the exchange conditions (Exchange Conditions) for the country you are interested in, before seeking! You must check for yourself that you meet your desired countries' requirements for language skills or term affiliation. Here you will find the conditions for the country. In terms can also read about the document, certificates and declarations that you will need to submit your Application Form, and which cities and periods are selectable in the country.

You can apply even if you already have an exchange for this season, but then you only apply with your semester points, and not with the points you used in your application last fall.

Link to the application form can be found below:

https://forms.gle/t5VD6tRh7frMxET56

Remaining places that can be searched:

Land
Land
Egypt
Greece
India
Mexico
Oman
Palestine
Portugal
Slovenia
Germany
Ghana
Korea