International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)
The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) was founded in 1951. It is the world’s oldest and largest independent organisation representing associations of medical students internationally. IFMSA unites medical students worldwide to lead initiatives that impact positively the communities we serve. IFMSA represents the opinions and ideas of future health professionals in the field of global health, and works in collaboration with external partners. IFMSA builds capacity through training, project and exchanges opportunities, while embracing cultural diversity so as to shape a sustainable and healthy future. The IFMSA’s vision is 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. It currently maintains 123 National Member Organisations from more than 100 countries across six continents and 1100 medical schools.
IFMSA is recognized as a non-governmental organisation within the United Nations’ system and the World Health Organization and as well, it 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 a 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.