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Uniting medical students worldwide

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7085.919n (Published 29 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:919

Dr Luisa Brumana, president of the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations, talks to Pritpal S Tamber about how medical students can make a difference

Fighting the injustices of the world is probably a topic that should be left on the pages of a comic book. Some medical students, however, disagree. In over 50 countries medical students have set up national organisations to deal with issues that affect them in some way–from the disparity of medical education to working in refugee camps in far away lands. These national committees come under the umbrella organisation of the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA), of which Dr Luisa Brumana is the president.

But what makes medical students think that they can make a difference? In her opening speech at their recent international conference in Budapest Dr Brumana said that medical students' “enthusiasm and hunger to learn, combined with the knowledge that one day they will have so much responsibility as doctors” has made senior organisations (like the World Health Organisation) take note of what they are saying. She believes that their “status as medical students is not a weakness but [their] greatest strength.”

Dr …

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