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European Medical Students’ Association OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER



























Dear EMSA members,

article about CPME.

In front of you there is a new edition of Euromeds! The first edition of 2010!

In this Euromeds there is also an article from SDS Foundation, whose mission statement is “To unlock the real potential of people through education and entrepreneurial development of an underprivileged community in need”. Curious what this is all about, be sure to read the article.

2010 started great for the EEB. We are extremely active, we have been sending over 2700 mails in January and February! Nevertheless I’ve found time to create this Euromeds for you all! In this edition we have some truly interesting articles!

Last but not least you can also read some more information about important upcoming EMSA events! The EEB thopes to see you there. I would like to thank everyone that wrote an article! I’m looking forward to your articles for the next Euromeds edition! Europeanly yours, Jeetindra Balak Secretary General

Do you, for example, know what CPME is and what CPME does? The EMSA Permanent Officer (David Herr) has written a nice

Picture: 2nd EEB meeting London FLTR: Tin Knezevic, Jeetindra Balak, Tim W. Rattay



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EMSA has finally found a host for the NCM. The exact date of this NCM is 12-16 may 2010.

The EMSA GA 2010 will be held in Athens, Greece. The exact date of this biggest EMSA event is 8-12 September 2010!

This event will take place from 21-25 April 2010, and the early registration is already open! The theme of this years EMS Council will be: “Healthcare in Europe: European Health, links to education, cooperation, prevention and equity”

Be sure to keep this date free in your agenda, as the NCM is going to be held in Istanbul, Turkey! The OC is very busy with the organisation of this great EMSA event, so keep an eye out for further updates regarding this meeting!

Be sure to read more about Athens and the EMSA GA and EMS Con in this Euromeds. For more information and updates visit their website:

For more information and registration visit the EMS Council website:


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CPME—DOCTORS’ VOİCE İN EUROPE An introduction to the work of CPME and to the EMSA „Permanent Officer“

Brussels is the capital of Europe. Although the health related decisionmaking authority of Brussels is actually limited, there is still a number of important health topics on EU level that are highly relevant. Brussels is also the capital of interest groups and lobbyists. In order for the doctors' opinion to be heard as well, they have founded representations in Brussels, too. I want to highlight CPME in this context. The Standing Committee of European Doctors (French: Comité Permanent des Médecins Européens) is composed of the most representative National Medical Associations (NMAs) of 27 countries. These 27 do not completely coincide with the 27 EU Member States, as three (namely France, Italy and Spain) have unfortunately recently resigned from CPME membership due to internal disputes. On the other hand, Switzerland, Iceland and Norway are also members of CPME. Because of its composition of National Medical Associations, CPME benefits from a certain representivity. Due to this and its long-lasting political engagement on EU level, it has a quite good reputation at the Commission and other Institutions as well as stakeholders.

CPME mainly works with regard to external relations, but also by coordinating exchange of opinion and best practice between the NMAs. CPME's working structure is dominated by Working Groups which have just recently been introduced as the new way of work. They aim at guaranteeing a targeted, efficient and quick response on topics that have been set on the agenda by the Commission, for example. Yet topics can also be founded by internal approach, of course. In general, CPME works on a wide scope of issues. There are Working Groups dealing with European Medical Workforce, eHealth, Cross-border Healthcare, Health Inequalities and many others. Also issues like Climate Change & Health or Prevention and Non-Smoking are tackled. In order to do so, the working group members, doctors from NMAs and associated organisations like EMSA, elaborate policy documents that are discussed and adopted by the „Executive Committee“ (EC). The EC therefore is the actual decisionmaking body, together with the board. The EC consists of the newly-elected president, Dr. Radziwill from the Polish Medical Chamber, and five other members.

Adopted policy papers are then used in Brussels in order to communicate European doctors' opinion towards the Commission, the Parliament, stakeholders, and the like. Another way to engage is to be proactively involved in joint projects. Important to mention here is the „European Network for Patient Safety“ (EUNetPaS), where CPME is in charge of one working package and of the organisation of the final conference in July. When it comes to the translation of policies into concrete action, the CPME secretariat in Brussels is responsible. It not only coordinates the internal decision making process, but also arranges meetings with EU officials and other interest groups. Furthermore, the secretariat staff attends conferences and keeps track of the relevant developments in Brussels. As Secretary -General, Lisette Tiddens-Engwirda is head of the secretariat. CPME and EMSA have been cultivating an atmosphere of intense and productive cooperation for years – obvious by the fact that EMSA uses the postal address of CPME for its official correspondence. Most important, EMSA is represented in the CPME office personally by the so called „Permanent Officer“ (the name might undergo revision in the future, though). The Permanent Officer is an EMSA student living for six months in Brussels, working at the CPME secretariat.

EUROMEDS At this point I would like to introduce myself to you as the current EMSA „PO“. Since January it is my honour to work for EMSA and CPME in Brussels. My main task is primarily to foster the partnership between CPME and EMSA and to ensure a good information flow from the EU institutions. Ultimately, the heart of EU policy shall beat within EMSA! At the same time, I support CPME in various workings on site. Amongst others, I attend conferences and write reports on them, help at administrative things, at the preparation of presentations, at the organisation of the patient safety conference, or sometimes at writing

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documents like e.g. our „Appeal to the Commission“ a few days ago. Thereby, a good collaboration with the Liaison Officer towards European Medical Organisations (EMO-LO), Luis Machado, is crucial. To introduce myself shorty in person: my name is David Herr and I am a 6th year medical student in Münster, Germany. As I always had a strong interest in health policy, economy and ethics, I am very glad to have the opportunity to assume this exciting task for EMSA – especially during these interesting times, with a new European Commission just elected.

Whenever you have questions or suggestions regarding Brussels or EU related topics, please do not hesitate to contact me! I am happy for exchange and ideas! In this spirit, I hope that we can contribute to EMSA being up to date and involved in all the current policy issues! David Herr EMSA Permanent Officer

EMS COUNCİL—FROM ATHENS TO VİENNA A journey in time…” “The Cradle…”

How true are those words… These days when we think of Athens, we mostly think of tourism… Of ancient ruins… Perhaps even of the economic crisis… But if we let the thought linger there for a moment or two we remember the Golden Time of Pericles, the idea of Democracy and the Cradle of the Western Civilization… The golden age of ancient Athens was long gone when I first set my eyes on the Acropolis… But once I

did it for the third time, another era had begun… A time in which my path and that of EMSA would be entangled in a story most interesting. “The Spark…” It seems many years have passed since the 5th EMS Council… And yet, it was only 2 summers ago… Eager young minds, an interesting subject and an inspiring atmosphere resulted in one of the best experiences of my life! And, of course, in the “Athens resolution on the care for the terminally ill”… A document that would very much influence my

life in the years to come…

“The Flame…” Some would say that the Muses lingered for quite a while… I tend to think that the experience, knowledge and the friends I have made in Athens changed me and that this change is what remained… A passion was born. One that would be my drive in the work for EMSA, in the field of palliative care and in policy making. Call me a hopeless romantic, but something in me still believes that one can indeed leave this world a better place than it was when one was born… “The Squeal…” In just a few weeks time new eager minds will converge on yet another


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challenges as well. Europe is uniting, the public is aging, the economy is changing. How will this effect Europe? How will this affect healthcare? How will this affect YOU? Can we be the catalyst of change? I believe we must!

For more information, visit!

So do not miss this great opportunity! Join us, voice your opinion and be heard!

Eureaopean Medical Students’ Assocaition (EMSA)

Tin Knežević President 2009/10

Registrations for the 7th European Medical Students’ Council are now OPEN!

EMSA GA & EMS CON 2010 ATHENS, GREECE n September of 2010 something wonderful is going to happen in a beautiful city of Greece… Medical students from all over Europe are going to gather in Athens from 8 to 12 of September for the 20th General Assembly of European Medical Students’ Association! Greece is closely related to medicine. Actually medicine was born here! Everyone knows Hippocrates, the father of medicine. Athens is the biggest city of Greece with many historical monuments spread around

its roads. The most popular of all is the Acropolis. Without a doubt, the fact that the annual GA of EMSA will be held out in such a place is something more than special. At the same time the EMS Congress 2010 will take place on the issue of regenerative medicine. During its three sessions lectures will be organized by distinguished scientists in this field. Thus we will have the opportunity to be informed on this rapidly evolving field of medicine. Lastly, we will also express our opinion on both dangers and benefits that arise from the field of regenerative medicine. This is important because it will directly influence us as future doctors. Beyond the scientific part we have also organized an amusing social program, including welcome dinner,

national food and drinking party and many more surprises. We will try to introduce you into the Greek way of entertainment! A tour to the historical center of Athens has already been organized for those who love ancient Greece. Moreover, an excursion to beaches nearby and a beach party there is a great idea since the weather in Athens is still warm in September. Are you sure you want to miss this unforgettable experience? Waiting to see you all in Athens! For further information visit our website or contact us at On behalf of the OC, lou Niki



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SDS FOUNDATION The ordinary student organization arranges social drinks and organizes parties for its members. At times, the party is tremendously successful, everyone says it’s super cool, and whoever absent is considered to be a fool. Inebriety level is often used to gauge the successfulness of such event, which makes the line “I don’t remember what happened last night, but I know I had great fun.” very common the morning after a memorable party. However, the one discussed here is not your ordinary student organization. The name is Sustainable Development Solutions (SDS) Foundation and, yes, it is actually a foundation. Over a year ago six business students from six different countries decided that they want to contribute something to the society aside from their full-time job as textbook-readers and/or formula-memorizers at Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) Erasmus University. The main goal is to put the knowledge learned in class into practice (Well, that is one reason, another is perhaps because there was some kind of electrical fire in their brains that made the number of assignments they’re having oblivious for a moment). This goal is best expressed in their mission statement: “To unlock the real potential of people through education and entrepreneurial development of an underprivileged community in need.” The most important component from SDS Foundation lies in sus-

tainability, but not the treehugger kind of sustainability, this one refers to sustainable economic activity. Hence, they neither fancy Al Gore, nor lose any sleep because of the leaked Climategate emails, but they do put Muhammad Yunus’ Banker to the Poor in between the latest FHM Top 100 and Tiesto’s Elements of Life CD. They aim to break a cycle of poverty by funding

education and start-up costs of young people who are less fortunate; they believe that teaching them how to fish, instead of giving them fish, is the way to go. At present, they are collaborating with Romanian Orphanage Ministries (ROM), a non-profit foundation that provides shelter and education for orphans in Oradea, 435 km from the capital city of Bucharest. During the reign of Nicolae Ceausescu, the birth rate exploded, partially due to the ban on contraception and abortion. After a few decades of poverty, many of these children were abandoned by their parents. The current government regulation forces these orphans to get out of the orphanage once they reach the age of 18. Many of them are still unable to survive on their own at that stage

and this is where ROM serves its purpose. ROM bridges the gap between the time they have to leave the orphanages and the time they are ready to contribute to the economy and SDS Foundation is working with them to achieve this goal through various fund-raising events. SDS Foundation organized an event called “Run around the World” on the 15th of November 2009. In this event, people from practically all around the world ran for a specific distance and got someone to sponsor them for every kilometer they covered. The runners covered the kilometers in Sydney, Milan, Rome, Munich, London, New York, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Beijing and, of course, Rotterdam. This event turned out to be a huge success in terms of both marketing campaign and financial gain. “Run around the World” is one event out of many others these students have in mind. Future projects can be as cool as the trailer for Iron Man 2 and conducted in various locations at once, and the number of locations is aimed to exceed the number of Tiger Woods’ alleged mistresses. To achieve the latter, SDS Foundation is looking for possible cooperation with EMSA to enhance the scope of future projects using EMSA’s broad network across Europe.

So feel free grab a pen and a piece of paper to jot down any wonderful ideas you have in mind and contact or visit our website at for more information!

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FORENSİC MEDİCİNE Because of my curiosity towards the work field of forensic medicine, I’ve interviewed dr. Kees Das, he is head of the department of forensic medicine in Amsterdam and started his career as forensic doctor.

What contains the work field of a forensic doctor? When a forensic doctor is on duty, he waits until he gets calls. The calls can be very divers, for example a prisoner, who needs a doctor. This is not really forensic, but a great amount of the work load. Real forensic work contains external post-mortem examinations and research of sexual offenses, the simple blood test for drunken drivers, assessment of people under the influence of various substances. Office hours for injuries or statements for injuries. Besides, you also have other forensic doctors, such as forensic pathologists, toxicologists and psychiatrists.

Wat was your motivation to choose forensic medicine? Actually this was pure coincidence. At that time I had heard little of this work field as many. I started this work in ’86. When I graduated, I first studied general medicine and I worked as a General Practitioner for ten years in Amsterdam. At one point, I wasn’t able to find a practice, there were 800 seekers at the time. By chance, I heard that people were needed within this work field. And I thought, I’m an observer already, so I will apply myself for it. I was not gripped by the work immediately, on the contrary, I found it rather disgusting. But this work field also has interesting aspects. I do not regret it, else I wouldn’t be here.

In this work field you are dealing with cases and you think, what is going on? Together with the police you find out what happened. That is quite some detective work and it is never boring… In the past, we were called police doctors and there was little knowledge about this discipline only in the United States and Germany. But slowly but surely forensic medicine was also built up in the Netherlands.

Wat are the interesting aspects of forensic medicine? Of course I have seen a lot of remarkable cases, but what if you have to do the external postmortem examination of Pim Fortuyn (ed. important Dutch Politician shot in 2002), this is something you would not forget easily of course. I haven’t done this examination, because it occurred in another town. But it are often those cases which are complicated. With which you look at a wound and then you have to combine certain aspects and score out other aspects and then you think okay this is what probably happened. The best part is when the police is there and says “there is nothing wrong, he just naturally deceased. And you look at it and think critically.. “mmm I have a different view on that..”

With which other disciplines does a forensic doctor cooperate?

Especially the police, because often when someone is found dead, the police are called first. If someone dies at home and the General Practitioner can’t decide if it is a natural death, then he can call us as well. You have to receive information of the medical and social history of the GP. You also work with the General Department, but more on a distance. You have to report to the Justice Department and sometimes you have to show up for questioning in courtroom. You also deal frequently with employers of the ambulance, they where the first ones who were present and can often tell you what happened and how the setting was, when they arrived. And the pathologist, in some cases the body goes to The Hague for an autopsy. You get the report later, sometimes there was a gun or a knife involved and then the report is rather obvious, but sometimes there may be something that is not seen on the outside, for example a bleeding of the brains, thorax or abdomen.

Regarding the cooperation what goes well and which aspects need improvement? In general it is good. But to give an idea, in the Netherlands about 150.000 people die each year and with only 10.000 people there is a coroner involved. With the other 140.000 people an external postmortem examination is done by the treating physician or General Practitioner among others. It isn’t unimaginable that something will


be missed. And with the 10.000 cases a year at which there is a coroner, an autopsy is done with nearly 500 people, which is very low. This amount could be much higher if it were for me. Because there are many cases for which you can’t decide with the naked eye what happened. But when police and Justice Department are thinking, well, it is not a crime, then they often let it be, what is a pity. I am convinced that when more cases would be examined, more could come to light, especially in the field of toxicology. It is often not even acknowledges that there is a criminal case. For roughly half of all murders an offender is never found, these are a lot of unsolved cases

How do you feel about the cooperation with the General Practitioner? When we have contact, the cooperation is alright. But I think a General Practitioner should involve a coroner more often. It happens much too often, that GP’s doubt the cause of death, but they are thinking, whatever… That is much too easy.

Do you think there should be more education about forensic medicine? Training on forensic medicine should be treated more during the education of general practice. Often it is only an afternoon, that is not much. There is also too little education on this field in the medical curricula. Spectacular images are entertaining of course, but the work field involves a lot of thinking. It is not that you can see everything on the outside, on the contrary. In many cases you have to think about what actually happened and if the data you’ve received fit. For example a case of someone of 50 who is found dead, and has dia-

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betes. It is interesting that someone has diabetes, but you do not simply die on this disease, so there has to be more…

How do the police reacts to your cooperation? Sometimes, the police take control and they want to tell us how it all fits together and sometimes you have people with little experience and we take control. Mostly both sides are experienced. You need the skills of both work fields, when you combine these together you become wiser. That's in general the idea. If a police officer says “here you have the corpse on the table, we have already stripped it for you, can you tell us what happened.” Then you obviously don’t have any clues, because you have to know the setting and the medical history of the patient. You have to know what someone has been drinking, been sleeping, been doing to draw a picture. At first, it is mainly gathering information, exchanging and then you can structure a logical story.

Does forensic medicine in the Netherlands diver with this discipline in other countries? I know this for certain, because every country arranges this discipline in its own way. As we have arranged it with a civil coroner, others have not. In England or Germany, any doctor could perform an external post-mortem examination, and if he says I doubt about the cause of death, then the police will bring the body to a pathologist who performs an autopsy. So an intermediary coroner with experience in the field of forensic medicine doesn’t exist.

How does the family reacts to a section? If there is a reason for it, then the family doesn’t bother, but if it would be done like a standard procedure, then you will receive a lot of protests. It isn’t hard to imagine this. For example a man of about 80, who is found dead in his bed, then you also don’t know the cause of his dead. When you tell the family we have to take him to a pathologist for a section, just to be sure. Then you would also say if you were family “hell, no””.

Do you also cooperate with other countries within forensic medicine? Not often, occasionally there are international conferences in Germany, Belgium and England. But real structural cooperation doesn’t really exist. I have the impression that the pathology is at a higher level in England and United States than in the Netherlands. The Netherlands could learn from these countries. This is mainly caused by the amount of pathologists in the Netherlands, when you are having a few it is hard to find good pathologists. In England and the United States, there are people who perform about 2 autopsies every day and have a lot more experience and knowledge. It lies mainly in large numbers. Which qualities should medical students have to become a forensic doctor? It is important that you can easily perform a diagnosis, therefore work as a GP at first for a few years or at the emergency department. The most important part is, but that applies for every doctor, that you have to trust your own opinion. At first, every doctor doubts his opinion, but at some point you have to


trust that it is how you think it is. But a couple of years will pass before you will get this feeling. Besides this, criminals are not the most reliable types and are inventing a lot. Some can fool you around easily and you must be able to look

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through it, human knowledge is important. I always say: General practitioners and company doctors are easily fooled around, but don’t notice it, they are buying too much of their patients..

Micky Las van Bennekom Ethics Director European Medical Students’ Association


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PWG AND CPME COOPERATİON Dear EMSA members and enthusiasts,


First of all allow me to introduce myself. My name is Luís Machado, I’m from Coimbra, a small but nice university city in Portugal. I’m 24 years old and I’m a 6th year medical student.

Goal – to define working strategy within the network.

Since last April, in the NCM in Bulgaria, I became more and more enthusiast about EMSA and with the opportunity to participate on a European level. In October I was appointed by EMSA European Board for the position of Liaison Officer towards European Medical Organisations. I’d like to share these last months, which have been a wonderful and motivating experience. Working on European level is giving me the opportunity of developing new projects, meet fantastic people and contact with other Medical organisations as well, sharing the same objective: to have an European voice for Medical Students all around Europe. This year we are going to start some cooperation projects with PWG, Permanent Working Group of European Junior Doctors. PWG is a European Medical organisation that represents the interests of t he Eu ro pea n Juni or Doct ors around Europe. It is one of the most important partnership for EMSA and we planned a workpackage of projects to be developed in collaboration! The projects agreed on are: 1. Bologna Process 3rd cycle Goal – joint policy with recommendations on the organisation of the 3rd cycle in Medicine 2. Scientific Research during medical school and PGT Goal – joint policy with recommendations on the importance of medical research during UGT and PGT.

Which working packages to collaborate, sharing of information. 4. EU Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications (2005/36) Goal – joint recommendations as to what to change in the directive when it comes to the revision phase (expected 2011) 5. Workshops Goal – development of a team and a template to deliver workshops to medical students and junior doctors in leadership training and coping with transition between medical student/JD 6. Euromedmobility Goal – have the students part of the project done. 7. Networking between medical students and JDs at the national level Goal - Facilitate the contact between organisations that represent medical students and JDs at the national level. We are looking for some motivated people and manpower to work on some of these projects. You can join our workgroup by sending an email to our Vice-President Ania through the email address You can also just contact me to and work just in one project you’re interested as my assistant and part of the Workgroup as well! Trust me, you won’t regret it! You will have the chance of meeting lots of new people and working on policies on a European level. On the other hand, we are working to keep and improve our good strategic partnership with CPME. Recently, Euro-

pean Medical Organisations (EMO) agreed on Domus Medica, a future platform of cooperation between all EMO’s, in which EMSA is included. This last month CPME constituted the Working Groups for 2010 and EMSA is included as well, with some appointed EEB members in the Working Groups. We are now developing a CPME informative monthly newsletter. You are going to receive the information about CPME policies, adopted positions and papers. More news on this soon, after CPME meeting on 16th and 17th April in Brussels. You will be updated! Don’t forget you can be part of this, just email me to! Europeanly yours, Luís Machado European Medical Organisations Liaison Officer (EMO-LO) 2009/2010 European Medical Students' Association (EMSA) email: msn: skype: luismiguel.machado Faculdade de Medicina Universidade de Coimbra Rua Larga 4º andar 3004-504 Coimbra Portugal


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50 YEARS HELMSİC 10 YEARS HELMSİC-ALEXANDROUPOLİS Making a journey back in time, traveling 5 decades in the past, one meets some medical students at the Medical School of the National & Kapodistrian

University of Athens who had an unprecedented idea: to create a communication network with their colleagues, medical students across the world. A network that had already started to form a few years before, in 1951, the international network that we know today as the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations – IFMSA. It was the birth of the Hellenic Medical Students’ International Committee, the birth of HelMSIC. HelMSIC celebrated its 50-year anniversary in all 7 cities of Greece with a medical school in 2008, 50 years after the first exchange of medical students that left Athens for 1 month and went to practice in Berlin. Last December, it was time for the local committee of

HelMSIC in Alexandroupolis, northern Greece, to join the celebrations and celebrate at the same time its 10 years of existence, its 10 years of volunteerism and activities. A special event took place on December 16 t h 2009, at the main amphitheatre of the University Hospital of the Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis with the participation of many medical students, Alumni and university professors and staff. A unique photography exhibition took place at the same time, with a collection of photographs dating back 50 years of HelMSIC’s history and 10 years of H e l M S I C Alexandroupolis’ contribution. A 30minute interview followed the event at a local TVstation, where medical students, HelMSIC’s National Alumni Director (NAD) and one of HelMSIC’s Honorary Life Members presented the work being done all those years at

the local committee, offering so much to the local community of northern Greece. HelMSIC-Alexandroupolis is also an FMO of EMSA since its establishment, in 2000 and is active in most EMSA’s pillars, organizing Teddy Bear Hospital, Twinning Project, Anti-tobacco training seminars and medical education activities throughout each academic year. Dr. Konstantinos M. Roditis National Alumni Director of HelMSIC 2006/2010 European Integration Director, EMSA European Board 2006/2007 Post-doc Fellow, Max-Planck Institute for Heart & Lung Research, Bad Nauheim, Germany


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TECHNOLOGY İN MEDİCİNE AND SURGERY (TİMS) Technology in Medicine and Surgery (TiMS) Conference Saturday 13th February 2010 Location: Imperial College London, South Kensington

Have you ever thought of yourself as an inventor? Thought of new ideas which could be at the forefront of medical innovations? Well on Saturday 13th February, I was fortunate enough to go to the first ever TiMS conference organized by Imperial College School of Medicine (ICSM) Surgical Society. Their main aim is dedicated to connecting medical students with extracurricular surgical training and education. I arrived at Imperial College, collected my delegate packs which contained lots of freebies including pens, notepads and 3D glasses!?! TiMS ethos is to inspire the next generation of medical thinkers and innovators and expose them to the frontiers of medical technology and innovation. This event brought together students, doctors, engineers and scientists from many diverse fields and allowed students to pitch ideas to an expert panel

of judges. With a vibrant atmosphere buzzing full of ideas and inventors, the introductory talk was delivered by the prestigious Professor the Lord Ara Darzi via RP7 Robot. The competition entrants included Cambridge University who invented a replacement to the orange stick tongue depressor, University of Aberdeen who invented a new dermatological membrane used in plastic surgery and Imperial College London who invented a new online programme which enabled basic medicine to be instilled in all students. It was amazing to see how much other medical students had achieved and how creative and innovative their ideas were. We also heard from several top inventors including Mr Roger Armour, inventor of the lens-free opthalmoscope, Professor Dale Harrow who designed the new SmartPod Ambulance, Professor Josh Silver who invented self-refraction with adaptive lens eyeglasses for developing

count ries and als o Mr Barry Paraskeva, surgeon at St Marys Hospital who pioneered Single Incision Laproscopic Surgery. We also got the chance to experience 3D anatomy from Primal Pictures which was very educational as you were able to add certain layers, much like dissection but at your own convenience. TiMs was a very enjoyable day where I had the opportunity to meet students and professionals alike from across the country and learn about innovations and their suitability to clinical practice. I hope to attend more conferences like this in the future and hope that you will also be inspired to think of new ideas of your own…….

Kavita Aggarwal

SOCİAL LİFE AND MEDİCAL EDUCATİON GO HAND İN HAND It is a nice thing to dream of being a medical student while lying down on the grass on a bright sunny day and feeling warmth of the sun and soft breeze on your whole body. It is nicer to know that you are actually a medical student when you slowly close your eyes and fall into a sweet sleep on that grass. Nevertheless, between sleep and awake, you have to get up hastily to catch your lesson and that’s the reality itself.

One of the hard conditions that exhausts a medical student is undoubtedly, the Schedule which includes lots of clinical and theoretical lectures. It is a heavy burden to carry, both physically and mentally. One of the most difficult things is feeling connected in. Long and tiresome studies are the most important responsiblities this burden requires; hence, more and more time should be spent on studies and repititions pile up. Adjusting to these time requirement

as a medical student brings sleeping problems on. Think of a sleepless night after a tiresome schedule, it is certainly a dangerous game which pushes the lines’ of the student.

On the other hand, this may not be as drastic if a medical student can go on his/her routines without abandoning his desires. When we take into consideration the necessity of studiying and intensive schedule, the most simply, it is enough to unify his/


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her outer life apart from being student and the necesities of medical education. It is the strong evidence for social life and medical education’s going hand in hand together to see a medical student, by attending medical congress, conquering new cities with tens of new faces also assisting his education within a scientific program, by taking charge in social support projects, gaining experince and knowing many other

students who have the same collage life. Of course it is a requirement to spend time participating cultural, entertainment, sportive activities and paying attention to self development which should be taken independent ly from s tudent requisitions.

such kinds of medical conferences, congresses or meetings, the requirements of this hard education would not have averted the habits and necessities of a human life. Finally, we can find some time for lying down on the grass on a bright sunny day in order not to postpone our study plan.

To sum up, medical education requires a qualified social life and a steady studying program. By enabling ourselves to be acitve in

Aylin INALTEKIN Ä°dris TAS From EMSA-Yeditepe

SUMMER SCHOOL ATHENS HelMSIC invites you at a one-week summer school focused on Regenerative Medicine that will take place in Athens from 6 to 12 September 2010. You may all have heard the ancient greek myth about Prometheus, a titan who stole the fire from the Gods and gave it to humans. Zeus then punished him for this crime by having him bound to a rock in the Caucasus mountain while an eagle, sent also by Zeus, was biting Prometheus liver. However, every day the liver grew back to be eaten again the next day. This was a first reference to regenerative power and shows its high importance from ancient years. Today, regenerative medicine constitutes an application of the knowledge gained from regenerative biology in order to enable the regeneration of biological structures such as restoring structure and function of damaged tissues and organs. It is also working to create solutions for organs that become permanently damaged. The goal of this medicine is to find a

way to cure previously untreatable injuries and diseases. What if it was possible to harness the power of the body to heal and then accelerate it in a clinically relevant way? This question shows off why this field is one of the most challenging issues nowadays. So, if you are an undergraduate student of Medicine (2nd year and above) with an advanced knowledge in English and an interest in this promising field, this summer school is a great opportunity not only to get deeply involved with it, but also to gain practical experience from experts and world wide recognised scientists. Lectures will be hold from experts focused on several aspects including stem cell sources, medical applications, stem cell b ank s, scaffolds ,

breakthrough research, future expectations and ethical issues. Apart from this theoretical part, there would be also a practical one with laboratory visits. Little we could say about our social program. Athens is the capital of Greece and an important cultural centre!! It’s also a chance to come in contact with the greek civilisation, culture and of course entertainment. Let us regenerative you in Athens in September 2010! For more information, just visit our website http://rmss. or contact us to


On behalf of the Organizing Committee, Ioannis Tomos


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LEADERSHİP SUMMER SCHOOL—REPEATİNG THE SUCCES This year’s Leadership Summer School (LSS’10) taking place in Ljubljana, Slovenia from the 16th to the 25th of July 2010 will be the third one of its kind, but for sure a truly unique experience for every participant… The LSS is a joint project of different student organisations from the “Informal Forum of International Student Organisations” (IFISO). This network exists in its current form since 2000 and consists of student organisations ranging from technical, psychological to natural subjects. With the project LSS’10 IFISO wants to enable about 80 students to share their knowledge in the field of leadership and improve their skills through workshops given by highly-qualified trainers.

website information is being taken care of. Together, the OC and the CT, want to make this event “unforgettable and enriching for all participants”! To ensure the unique experience comes true the workshops given by trainers from the different organisations will be very diverse, and explore topics like “intercultural communication”, “leadership styles” and “effective meetings”. Additionally a number of team games will be included to strengthen the team development between the participants and make the sessions as interactive as possible.

For more information please: Have a look at the website: You also will find more information about the application process and how you can be a part of this great event. Contact the Coordination Team: Sofia, Vlad, Luka and Timon

For this great occasion the Organisation Committee (OC) in Ljubljana invites students from all over Europe to participate in this week of hands-on practise and learning. Besides the OC, which is responsible for all local work, the event is being prepared by the Coordination Team (CT), which makes sure everything else such as

THE PRESCAN—PREVENTİVE HEALTHCARE Everyone believes that health has a high priority. The phrase “being healthy is all that matters” counts for almost everyone. If you are young or old, if you live in Europe or in India, health is a universal value, and we will do anything to guarantee its quality. A recent development could improve the quality of life increasingly, but raises important ethical questions as well. In the past, we only visited a doctor when we were not feeling well (or had aspecific complaints, like tiredness). Nowadays “prevention” within healthcare is much more important than healing. One of these new techniques for prevention in health care is called

“the Prescan”. The Prescan is a preventive research program, which is carried out in hospitals in the Netherlands, Germany, England and Austria. The preventive check-ups are done by several specialists, who use sophisticated imaging techniques such as CT and MRI scans to examine the entire body. Moreover, an ECG can be performed as well to discover (upcoming) heart defects and laboratory research can be done to measure blood values. With this preventive research program, a patient will have more clarity about his health, possible abnormalities and disorders that could rise in the future.

I myself work part-time in home care and I remember very well that I was nursing a family of which the mother suffered a severe brain tumor. She was in her early 40’s and she had three children aged three to eight. I nursed her in her last days and it was horrible to see what the situation was doing to her young children. They wanted to be with their mother constantly They tried to give her lemonade and played music for her, while she could barely talk or move. Experiencing this, you would wish that the brain tumor was detected at an early stage, therefore these young children didn’t have to say goodbye to their mother they loved so much.


The Prescan could be an important development in medicine, which could improve the quality of live significantly for many patients, but it causes ethical questions as well. In the first place there are the high costs (approximately 1000 euro’s), which will have to be paid by the patient himself and are not being covered by health insurance.

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The next ethical question which rises is, is the Prescan really a

an effect on their health now, or in the future.

positive development? We have to keep in mind that less severe abnormalities and disorders will also be detected in patients. Patients could make a great claim on healthcare, while it could be possible that these small disorders do not have

We have to consider these questions thoroughly.

Mickuela Las van Bennekom

This means that preventive health care is only confined to people with higher incomes; shouldn’t it be accessible for everyone?

INTERNATİONAL WOMANS DAY: FEMALE STEPS İN MEDİCİNE Throughout life women and men contribute every day to society. Both genders are supposed to play different parts to the forthcoming of their society, their family, their career. The last centuries made an extreme change to the traditional gender pictures, but still requirements regarding health and behavior towards risks and risktaking are different. In 2010 EMSA will raise awareness to the different roles women play in society and to their requirements regarding career planning, by celebrating the International Women’s Day on March, 8th. With your help and your creativity we want to set up an annual event that concerns about women in medicine and women health issues in general. The first International Women’s Day celebrated by EMSA will deal with young female medical students and doctors approaching their career, the lack of University’s support of female students, what goes well and what should be improved at the university in Europe concerning female medical students.

Regarding the chosen topic (“Female Steps in Medicine”) we would like to ask you to put all of your creativity and enthusiasms in the International Women’s Day and organize projects such as lectures or a Movie and Medicine. Invite a female doctor and let her talk about her career or a politician that works with gender policies! Show a movie that deals with female issues and start a discussion after the movie! Besides the core action on March, 8th, we ask you to distribute a questionnaire to all of your female medical students and pass it back to us by the end of March (deadline 31.03.2010). This questionnaire will be evaluated and the results will be presented at the first issues of the EMSA Medical Ethics Issue in May! We would also ask you to send us your pictures you made at March 8th, 2010 so that we can publish them in the issues as well. Please fill in the questionnaires (link listed below) or send the filledin questionnaire by mail so that the answers can be evaluated and be used for a position formed by WG-

members, the Director of Medical Ethics and the LO-WHO. Link: You can find the questionnaire as a Pdf-Form and a document with a short résumé of all the mentioned facts in this message at: We thank you for your interest and we look forward to your projects held in our university and to your filled- in questionnaires!!!

Europeanly yours, Constanze Born (Liaison Officer toward the WHO 2009/2010)

Mickuela las van Bennekom (Medical Ethics Director 2009/2010)

WHAT IS EMSA? The European Medical Students’ Association (EMSA) was founded in Brussels in 1991. It integrates medical students in geographical Europe through activities organised for and by medical students and representing EUROPEAN MEDİCAL STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION

them in Brussels. Faculties are members, not the individual countries. Since EMSA’s foundation many medical faculties throughout Europe enrolled with

EMSA – c/o Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) – Rue Guimard 15 – B1040 Brussels Belgium

EMSA. It currently units 50 medical faculties from countries across Europe.


knowledge between European medical students in the areas of medical education,


ethics and science.

EMSA seeks to improve the health and the quality of care of the citizens of Europe by acting as a conduit for increased interaction and sharing of

The objectives of EMSA are: ° To form a network between European medical students to facilitate European integration and develop a sense of European identity ° To represent and voice the opinions of the medical students of Europe ° To act as a forum for all medical students in Europe, to discuss topics related to the fields of medical education, medical ethics, and medical research ° To promote the highest standards in European medical education and ensure the quality of healthcare in Europe ° To promote training, activities and projects related to health in Europe to the benefit of medical students and society ° To facilitate intercultural understanding by organizing social and cultural events ° To cooperate with other student organizations and with organizations representing the medical profession A couple of the activities EMSA organises are: Teddy Bear Hospital, Twinning Project, Eurotalk, EMSA Summer Schools, EMS Council, EMSA-skiing week, JEMSA and many more. For more information about EMSA projects you can contact the EMSA European Board (mailto: or visit our website at:


Acknowledgement Articles do not necessarily reflect the opinion of EMSA. All articles are the copyrights of the EUROPEAN MEDICAL STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION (EMSA). We thank all of you for your contributions.

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