The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) was founded in 1951 as an organization of medical students, for medical students and by medical students. For more than 60 years, the Federation has not only been a dynamic platform of opportunities for the future physicians but has also served as their voice at the international level.
IFMSA is the world’s oldest and largest independent organization representing associations of medical students internationally. It currently maintains 139 National Member Organizations from more than 129 countries and areas with over one million students represented worldwide. IFMSA is recognized as a non-governmental organization within the United Nations system and the World Health Organization, and also works with the World Medical Association.
IFMSA was created to impact the world and to empower its members in taking their vision and ideas, and making them a reality. IFMSA has inspired generations of medical students to develop the leadership abilities and skills to take on challenges and to improve the world around them in an early yet crucial period of their career. Engaging in IFMSA encourages both professional and personal collaborations irrespective of geographical, social, cultural,religious, racial, sexual and political differences. As a result, future doctors are becoming more culturally aware and sensitive physicians.
MMSA is part of the International Federation of Medical Student’s Association since 1992. Due to that, the medical students from Macedonia are given the chance to be part via it’s biggest IFMSA project- The student exchanges.
Each one of the medical students has wondered if he should leave or he should stay in his country to work. MMSA through IFMSA is giving the students an opportunity to go on an exchange to a country, to stay there for a month during the summer, to learn about their health systems, to be a part of them, to practice there for a month, to meet their culture, way of living, and to make new memories, as a new life long friendships also.