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Dear EMSA members,


Much has happened since the last Euromeds edition!

During the NCM EMSA members also had the chance to take a sip of EMSA’s newest project, the training system! With great guest trainers we held 9 trainings at the NCM in Yeditepe!

EMSA had two very good and important meetings. One of them is the EMS Council 7 which took place in Vienna, Austria. The other one is the National Coordinators and Enthusiasts Meeting (NCM) which took place in Istanbul, Turkey.

In this Euromeds edition you can find an article about the EMSA Taskforce. If you are a local coordinator of your FMO you probably got an questionBoth meetings were very good naire from them. Who are organized by an OC. they and what are they It was fantastic to meet moti- precisely doing? And why vated students from all over is it so important that you Europe at these meetings. need to fill in that quesYou can read more about the tionnaire? Read more about this in their article. EMS Council in this Eu-

This among other great articles in this Euromeds edition. Once again I would like to thank everyone who wrote an article for their contribution. Looking forward to your articles for the next edition! Europeanly yours, Jeetindra Balak Secretary General 2009/10

Me resting in Vienna

ANOUNCEMENTS Call for EMSA Working Group Do you want to be more active for EMSA on international level? If so, our new Working Group might just the thing for you! As part of the EMSA working group you will brainstorm and share ideas with other WG members. Other than that you will also be actively supporting and working on EMSA projects. WG members will very often be project managers as well s coordinators and will work

closely with the EEB on all strategic interests of EMSA. Do you think a position in the EMSA Working Group is something for you, contact the EEB for more information!

Call for Euromeds writer committee EMSA is looking for members for an Euromeds writers committee! As it is hard to collect articles for the Euromeds everytime (even though

people are allowed to write about almost everything), EMSA came up with an idea. We want to create an Euromeds writer committee! As member of the Euromeds writer committee you will write articles about subjects that you like, and articles that suit for example a special edition of Euromeds. If you are creative and if you like to write articles, please mail me at for more information!


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EMSA TASKFORCE 486 kg, 1.220 cm, 7 brains Begotten by the GA„s plenary in Heidelberg in September 2009, born on the 25th march 2010, EMSA is proud of her youngest offspring: The taskforce for the future cooperation with the International Federation of Medical Students„ Associations (short: TFTFCWIFMSA). Lively, committed, savvy and with the wilful intent to have an objective and precisely analysing eye on the relation between our organisation and the IFMSA, five appointed mahatmas from five different countries plus two representatives of the European Board (mahatmas as well, of course!) have started to elaborate recommendations for the EEB regarding EMSA„s positioning towards the IFMSA. Part of the council of the Seven are Ania Dobek , Warsaw, Poland Atanas Banchev , Plovdiv, Bulgaria Christoph Philipsenburg , Heidelberg, Germany Maciek Gryziak, Warsaw, Poland Özge Koc , Istanbul-Yeditepe, Turkey Sietke Postema, Groningen, the Netherlands Verena Thiel, Munich, Germany

In regular, productive AND efficient skype-meetings we agreed to start our job by analysing the organisational structures of both IFMSA and EMSA at the same time as we try to figure out what the situation and the mood concerning the relation of the two is like in the FMOs. And therefore we essentially need your help! Whether you are LC, NC or even an emeritus EEBie, we„ve designed a questionnaire that is to be filled-in online especially for you! We would like to encourage every LC to start a discussion based on this questionnaire in his/her local group and to answer our questions representing the whole group„s opinion, because whatever we recommend in the end and whatever the EEB decides, the success largely depends on if the active members of EMSA are willing to support it. The next step of the masterplan will consist of drafting possible scenarios of cooperation (considering the information you will have given us) and evaluate them. Finally, we hope to be able to present the fruit of our work already at the next General Assembly in Athens.

Background The IFMSA is a world-wide operating organisation representing medical students„ of 97 countries (January 2009), founded in 1948. EMSA, founded in 1991, is active in geographical Europe and currently represents medical students of 26 countries. It is obvious that the fields of action of two similar medical students„ organisations must overlap somehow, e.g. in the question of the justified representative of Europe„s medical students towards the WHO and other organisations as well as similar and parallel-existing projects in the field of medical education and other fields of action. For some time, members of both organisations have been discussing options of collaboration to avoid and resolve this ambiguous situation, yet it has been a difficult process to approach the two organisations. As one step to find out the best way these two organisations can cooperate, EMSA has decided to make up the TFTFCWIFMSA during the General Assembly 2009 in Heidelberg.

Christoph Philipsenburg EMSA Taskforce

FLTR: Ania, Atanas, Christoph, Maciek, Özge, Sietke and Verena


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BEST BUDDY PROJECT —EMSA MACADONİA Imagine being blind and not being able to see all the beautiful things the world has to offer…Close your eyes and just for a moment put yourself in a position of an orphan, a child with no one out there in the world, except his roommates, sharing the same destiny. And now besides all of this, think of yourself as someone who is continuously unwelcomed everywhere and also often part of the others‟ people jokes. The life can be very cruel and unfair sometimes… Trying to convince this kind of children that the world isn‟t such a bad place to live in, a group of medical students, members of EMSAMacedonia, after finishing their training lesions with professionals (the main teacher of the school and also the school a psychologist), organized a project named “Best Buddy Project”. This project had only one major aim, to improve these children‟s life and socialization, as well as to increase their self-esteem. In order to achieve this, the students started visiting the children twice a week or sometimes even more, on a regular base, in a period of two months. I was also part of the team and directly involved in the project. Therefore I would like to share mine and the others‟ experience, trying to make you feel the energy and emotions we all experienced and developed during that period of time. We worked with a group of around 20 children, all of them attending primary school, for people with disabilities in this case-sight impairment. I remember as it was yesterday the first day we went to the

school. A group of smiley faces welcomed us as we entered the school yard. Little frightened and excited at the beginning, the children didn‟t need a lot of time to start communicating with us. Each of the students chose his/her buddy among the children. In fact, it was more a spontaneous two-way matching than a oneway choice. The first day we all introduced ourselves and they did the same. They were so happy. I am really not capable of describing the feeling, so sincere, so pure, and so special in any way. Our mutual connection and understanding were becoming deeper and more promising with every additional visit. We organized their outdoor and indoor activities, trying to offer them something new and interesting all the time we spent together. Once we took them to the city moll, where they all could have a nice and relaxing evening in the main candy store, having the chance to taste some of the newest cakes and sweets. And all of this was completed by the music produced by store‟s band, dedicating a song specifically to our new friends. There was also a time we took them to the new and trendy Action Park in our city, where they could enjoy all the games and activities provided there and maybe for the first time experience the happiness of being entertained just like other “normal” kids. Besides the social program we also had a plan of how to fulfill their school time. We organized classes of reading, singing, studying, and in that way we tried to make their regular everyday life more interesting. We also managed to improve their creativity skills by organizing lessons of drawing, painting and creating some products. The time passed and the end of our project arrived. For the closing day we arranged a small theatre where the main actors were our little friends. Some of our colleagues, professors and friends also took part in the event, all of them surprised, happy and

satisfied from all what we had done. That was maybe the end of the project but at the same time a great beginning of a beautiful friendship, which brought many new perspectives in our lives. We still arrange visits and try to spend at least part of our free time playing with the children and proving them they matter to us. I hope that the story won‟t end here, only on this piece of paper. This at the same time is a message to all of you medical students, to use your knowledge and background providing support to this kind of children in your countries. Believe me, you won‟t regret it and you‟ll have an experience you will never forget. Vera Stankovic EMSA-Macadonia


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Dreams New regulations within Europe make it increasingly easier to work and live in other countries of Europe. This ensures that for many people "their dream" can come true by buying a house in a vivid village in Italy where the sun shines even brighter and longer...or a small cottage in the mountains in Austria, where life is more quiet and nature is magnificent ...or maybe a houseboat at a beautiful lake in France... Doctors are also having dreams and for them it is easier to earn more money in wealthy European countries. Besides that, "city life" is very appealing, with nearby restaurants, cosy bars and shops and of course the enhanced career opportunities! However, these dreams do have a downside, because while many doctors leave for more prosperous countries and for the exciting city life, there is a risk of a shortage in poorer European countries and rural areas! As a consequence of this, "Access to Healthcare" might be limited in some situations. The EMS council in Vienna was all about the right of 'Access to Healthcare ". Some of the topics discussed included "free movement of doctors in Europe" and "unregistered migrants and rights to Healthcare."

“Free movement of Medical Doctors in the EU" A new European law to accomplish the statement "New European Labour Markets, Open to All, with Access for All" makes this mobility possible. Since the 70s, the EU has worked hard to equalize Medical Education for medical students and to make certificates and diplomas

valued in different European countries (Bologna process). Primarily, physicians from Central and Eastern European countries are attracted to the rich Western and Northern European countries. Western Europe has already caused a "brain drain" from countries of the continents Africa and Asia in the l a s t f e w d eca d e s . Currently there is no absolute shortage within poorer European countries due to the emigration of doctors. One of the reasons for this is the present language barrier. Yet, this situation might change in the future... Motives for migration can be attributed to various push-pull factors. Push factors which may cause health professionals to leave their country are low payment, poor working conditions, lack of health care resources, limited career prospects, economic instability, a hazardous work environment and the prevalence of infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS. Pull factors which make a country attractive to health professionals are better payment (and thus the possibility to provide for relatives), better working conditions, a wellequipped health care sector, good chances for further qualification, positive career prospects, and political and economic stability (1)”” LIkewise, limited access to Healthcare could exist in rural areas, which are less attractive due to reduced career prospects and less facilities.

Solutions: Opinion dr. Jörg Pruckner- Vice President CPME (Austria) During the EMS Council, Dr Pruckner, Vice-President (Austria) of the

Standing Committee of European Doctors attended our discussion. Dr. Pruckner also works as a GP. His advice regarding the impending shortage of professionals in rural areas was that it should be more possible to combine working in a rural area and living in the city. For instance physicians could work for a few days a week in a rural area and the other days they could live in the city or even work there. He also claimed that the rural areas should be enriched with more social facilities to make them more appealing. Also he pleaded that doctors who worked in a rural area should receive a higher wage. "In Austria, doctors who are visiting patients in the mountains receive a higher salary. The mountains can not be reached by car, only by foot, therefore there salary is only fair, because they work harder." In addition, a fund within Europe was also discussed. More wealthy countries could support poorer European countries with this fund, to equalize the salaries of Healthcare professionals and to guarantee the quality of Healthcare in whole Europe. Dr Pruckner stated as well, that momentarily there is no crucial "brain drain" within Europe. However, we have to be prepared for this in the future.

Unregistered Migrants The Global Commission on International Migrants estimated in 2005 that most likely there are between 4,5 and 8 million unregistered migrants living in Europe. Problems arise when they are seeking for medical help. Patients do not dare to visit a doctor because of their fear of being emigrated and

EUROMEDS because of the high costs, which they can not afford. This brings situations with terrible consequences, not only for adults, but also for children. Doctors of the World, better known as Médecins du Monde, initiated in 2008 an European network, called „HUMA network‟. It aims to improve access to Healthcare for unregistered migrants

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and asylum seekers. They contacted EMSA to support their declaration. This declaration will be discussed during the General Assembly of EMSA. During the EMS Council we discussed how Europe can improve „‟access to Healthcare‟‟ for these under-exposed patients (

During the General Assembly of September in Greece, we will vote upon the resolution of the EMS Council. When approved, it will be presented to our partners.

Micky Las van Bekkenkom Medical Ethics Director 2009/10

References: 1. Buchan J. Migration of health workers in Europe: policy problem or policy solution? In: Dubois CA, McKee M, Nolte E, editors. Human resources for health in Europe. Maidenhead: Open University Press; 2006. p. 42-62. 2. Gerlinger T, Schmucker R. Transnational migration of health professionals in the European Union. Cad Saude Publica. 2007;23 Suppl 2:S184-92.

HOW TO BE A KICK-ASS STUDENT some actually have a doctor waiting for you, eager to tech you, others are surprised to see students and leave it up to you how to pass the time. Anyways here are some instructions on how to make your stay during clinical clerkships as comfortable as possible… Gender

A guideline for clinical clerkships

There comes a time in the life of every medical student when rotations in the hospital are due. In Germany you get matched up in teams of two to five students and then you are sent to a ward to spend your morning there. How you spend the morning depends from the commitment of the ward,

First of all be a male. I know emancipation and equal rights are supposed to be long passed issues of the late 60‟s, but let‟s face the fact: Nothing makes you seem as competent as being male. Your position gets even better if you happen to be the only man in your student group and finds its perfection if the women surrounding you are pretty blondes. To put it in a nutshell - no studying whatsoever could ever make you seem as smart as such a lucky catenation of facts.

Punctuality I know rotations in the hospital start early… but yet it is not always the early bird that catches the worm. As studying medicine in a quite demanding task calculate your powers well. Only a well rested doctor who is alert and a awake is a good doctor. Therefore sleep as long and as much as you can. If that means you will be running late, don‟t worry- you just have to do it right. Never arrive at the ward only five minutes late; you might bump into the last doctors leaving the changing room just while you storm in. If you run late go ahead and allow yourself to have an extra cup of coffee. So if you arrive round about half an hour late the morning conference will be just over and you wait outside and just pretend to you were the first one exit the room. Another possibility is to pretend that you were at the restroom, or an even better option is to carry around a tablet with blood ex-

EUROMEDS aminations and pretend you just came out of the patient‟s room. During the ward round This is a great opportunity to impress the chief resident. If you not happen to have any extraordinary knowledge, do not worry you still can make a good impression. It is quite easy, listen to what the chief talks about with the other residents. Then pick up a difficult expression you overheard during their conversation. (That is a crucial point where most mistakes can be made so caution!) Choose a word that is for sure a medical ex-

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pression which was not discussed during lectures or classes, and ask a question about it. E.g. “What does ECF-A mean?” You can be sure the chief resident will give you an extra credit to be soooo interested in the eosinophilic chemo -tactic factor of anaphylaxis…. The name tag You want to be remembered…. But only for the good things. So here is the trick: wear a name tag , a big name tag, so that your name is easily readable even for a nearly blind

professor. Whenever you ask an “intelligent” question, accomplish some work or bring some cake, be sure to wear it. But if you ask a critical question, stumble in late or messed up a procedure and have to confess it now, flip the nametag to the inside of your pocket. You see clinical internships are not so hard as they seem. Just behave right and everything will go well. Vroni Koeppen EMSA NC Germany

EMS COUNCIL 7 From dusk till dawn It was... Different. Coming to the venue was an adventure in itself. Arriving second was strange. Being ne of two participants that actually arrived for the next couple of hours was funny. The rest of the day was cool. Shifted the opening ceremony, had a short EEB meeting, had some laughs... Mostly at the expense of Ejafjolajokul. Island should enforce a „No smoking“ law... Many of us had to... Adjust our travel plans. But those of us that made it to Vienna, had an amazing experience! If I were asked to pick my favourite day, it would have been the first working day... The brainstorming sessions, the fear of the enormousness of the subject, the games we played

trying to keep it... Fun. :-) And the Roman Night as the crowning jewel of the day! Wow! Location, location, location Or... Work, work, work... The second day was more... Challenging. One is supposed to form what he/she wants to say... It's like a surgery really. Can be ugly, but it has to be done. ;-) Now that I think back, the surgery was kinda fun... As Frankie would, more or less, put it: „We've worked, we've laughed and cried, we've had our fill, our share of writing, but now with those days gone, we find it all so amusing!“ Well... At least I do... :-) Hamster Olympics The third day was the day when we realized we did 80% of the work in 20% of the time (first day)... And we needed the remaining 80% of the time to finish the remaining 20% of the workload... It started, if I remember correctly, with plenary sessions. After all, one has to talk about the quorum (which we did not have), the future (which is a blur) and the IR

(which is a mess)... Fun! No... Really... Fuuun... Ok, ok... You got me. I live sarcasm... To be honest, though, the session in which we talked about the vision of the future of EMS Council was a rather fruitful one. I remain in hope that the ideas will in time become reality... We spent the rest of the day debating... Words. Should it be „should“ or „might“ or „have to“? Do we „kindly ask“ or do we „strongly support“ or do we „demand“? What is the definition of Europe? (Which is much more difficult to answer then one thinks... I thank Catharine the Great for her definition! hehe) In the end it was all about the Hamster Olympics... Or was that on the second day... Hmm... Well... It really makes little difference now... The important thing is that an amazing document was created! Through blood, sweat and tears, but created nevertheless! :-) And with everything said and done, with this report write, all that is left to write is that… It was an EMSastic experience! Tin Knezevic EMSA President 2009/10


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This fall let HelMSIC … LECTU













This year HelMSIC gives you one more reason to visit Greece. So this year apart from the beautiful beaches, the sea, the ancient sites and the greek frenzy way of entertainment an oneweek summer school focused on Regenerative Medicine waits for you in Athens from 6 to 12 September 2010! The last few years more and more advances in regenerative medicine are achieved. From enabling the regeneration of damaged tissues and organs we have reached to the level of trying to make permanently damaged organs to function again. As the years goes by more clinical applications have been set in use and hopes for curing previously untreatable diseases have been raised. From all the above it is undoubted that in the near future –when we will be doctors- its use will be expanded. Being a medical student it should be one of our first priorities to try to be up to date with new advances in medicine since we will have to use them in the near future. If this is one of your priorities then this summer school is the one you should attend this year! Given that you are an undergraduate medical student (2nd year or above) with a good knowledge in English and having an interest of exploring the fascinating new world of Regenerative Medicine then visit our website and APPLY! Apply and be one of the 40 lucky participants that will have the chance to unveil the mysteries of stem cells by not only attending lectures given by experts covering all the aspects and uses of regenerative medicine, but also by visiting labs in Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens and learning what working with stem cells is like. In our website you can already find a preliminary educational program.

Don't miss the chance to be part of this event! But as the saying goes “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” so except of all the theoretical and practical educational events there are a lot of social program „s events scheduled for you. Beach party, traditional greek night with folk music and dances, tours, clubbing, national food and drinks party are just some of the events that will take place ;) In addition to this it is obvious that the main goal of this summer school is to be good doctors for years but in September we are not going to learn just about medicine but also get ready to learn about a different country, a different culture and civilization.

Dare you to miss this event?

We can’t wait to meet you in Athens! For more information and applications, just visit our website: www.rmss. or contact us via email : On behalf of the Organizing Committee, Georgios Tsaknias


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MY MEXİCAN TRİP Ever since I started medicine I imagined myself studying for some time in a Latin American country. And finally, after having passed every exam and absolving all required internship, I planned my last year of Medical studies. In Germany, the last year consists out of twelve month practice in Internal Medicine, surgery and one elective. The day of my departure drew nearer: In the beginning of December I was finally sitting in the plane to Mexico via New York City. Unfortunately, one of the cursed snow storms crossed my way in NYC and so I was crammed together with other passengers in the boarding area at Newark Airport waiting for another Job‟s messages of delayed flights. Although I might have been a desperate waiter for the next flight, I was also a fortunate traveler that was booked for a five star hotel with a consuming voucher by the airline. One day later as presumed I arrived in Monterrey. The next day my internship started and before I could throw over my white coat, I had to present myself at the University‟s office for International Programs. I was fairish provided with information how to get to the hospitals and what to do or what not to do in the city. And this Monterrey should be my new place of living. The city is located in the North of Mexico and its surrounding has approximately 7 million inhabitants. Conclusion: It was the biggest city I have ever been living in and it was amazing… big, dirty, crowded, to make it shortMonterrey is not a LatinAmerican beauty. Working in the hospital was also so much different from Germany. Every Morning I got up at five and I started working at six. Every morning I controlled the vitality signs and the operating

wounds of my patients, wrote their indications anew and finally presented them to my resident and later to my doctor- the so called “Externos”. Externos are the doctors are the “real” doctors. Everything below an “ E x t e r n o ” t h e “Residentes” (residents) and “Internos” (students in their last year of medical education) and “Pre -Internos” (…) is still considered to be a student and learns. And does the work… The Internos do the paperwork- taking ECGs, ordering Xrays and runs, runs, runs. The Residente operates and makes his Interno run. Another thing that was slightly different to all of my internships I had before was that I suddenly had to stay every third night in the hospital for a night shift. Night shift always meant working in the ambulance or guarding our patients in the operating room. In these nights I saw knife wounds, amputations and everything was every time accompanied by purulence. But these were the nights. In the daytime I cared about the diseases that were born out of violence and obesity. The basic diet consists out of dead cow, tortilla and Coca Cola- carbohydrates, proteins and tons of sugar. And people didn‟t have to struggle only with carbon dioxide and sugarinduced hick-ups and temporary

hyper agility but also with diabetes and disease related diabetic feed, obesity, hemorrhoids, cholecystitis. During my stay in Mexico I changed my hospital after two months. The first one was a hospital for the working class, the second for the people without any income and the poor. In the second hospital I had to learn that many of the patients came from far away. Some of them took the burden to travel for more than seven hours by bus just to have a doctor look at his or her wounds again. I also had to experience that some operations couldn‟t be performed because of the lack of instruments or material. One night, when I had a night shift again, I was operating with a traumatologist. Before us on the operating table was a twenty year old young man with a fracture of his radius. He had broken his arm in a car accident- of which he couldn‟t be blamed. So the two of us were standing in the middle of the night before this young man- the wound was really severe and the only thing we could do for him, was cleaning the wound with water mixed with antibiotics and close the wound again. There was no material to stabilize his radius, because this young man basically couldn‟t afford to buy it. The Mexican government guarantees a basic health insurance for the poor. They have the right to receive treatment against conditions that threaten their lives; anything that goes beyond has to be paid by them.

Another aspect that was totally new for me was that one member of the family always has to stay with the patient in the hospital. Every minute of the day there was one person around the sick; in the night they


spread out their camping mattress or a blanket on the ground next to the sick person‟s bed. During the meal times they fed the sick, they helped us – the Internos- curing their wounds and they kept the spirits of their beloved person alive. Some of the patients were lying in the hospitals since weeks and so it happened quite often that we not only got to know our patients very well but also their relatives and friends that

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were around. For me it seemed that they do not only care for their sick person but also for the ones that are there for curing- doctors, nurses and students.

The four month in Mexico were loaded with work, I had periods when I slept only 24 hours a week. But every minute I was awake work-

ing in the hospital or getting to know people and country was worth it.

Constanze Born Liaison officer towards WHO_europe 2009/10

ZIMS ZIMS - Zagreb International Medical Summit is a student lead project, run as a section of EMSA Zagreb, that brings together medical students and young doctors, worldwide, but mostly from Europe. It is a place of constant exchange of knowledge, presentation of scientific papers and acquisition of new knowledge from colleagues and invited professors in medical science. ZIMS is the only conference where young students and not yet affirmed scientists have access to the world of publishing, thus becoming the only conference in Europe where the book of abstracts is published as a supplement to a prestigious medical journal,

'Liječnički Vjesnik', which is however indexed in EMBASE / Index Medicus. Not to mention that the best works are published as a full texts! Consequently, the highest quality of an abstract, which goes through strict criteria process, is mandatory. As we know how important presentation of a project is, we expect you to represent your work either orally or as a poster. Further on, general idea of ZIMS is to promote city of Zagreb as a cultural and youth centre, and therefore field trip, workshops and evening gatherings are important part of the programme. ZIMS 9 took a place from November 12-15th 2009. 164 students and young doctors from 20 countries participated. 250 abstracts were submitted and 70 of them accepted and presented. ZIMS 9 organizing committee had 21 member. 14 distinguished doctors, scien-

tists and professors formed Scientific Jury. After exceptionally successful ZIMS 9 we are very proud to invite you to participate in ZIMS 10 which will take place in Zagreb, Croatia from November 11-14th, 2010. This year ZIMS will last four days – three full days of scientific presentations, poster sessions and workshops and one-day field trip. 10th ZIMS offers more scientific papers, more posters and more fun than any ZIMS before! Allow us to be a part of your new, plentiful, life experience; to help you to acquire medical knowledge, bound with colleagues from all over the world, enjoy Croatian beauty and hospitality. Come to Zagreb and experience science! We are looking forward seeing you at ZIMS10!


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7. Minutes of the Executive meet- will updated the members about the

On the 16th and 17th of April took place one more CPME board and General Assembly meeting in Brussels. The chosen venue was the Bloom Hotel, a modern and fancy hotel nearby the city centre. Despite the flight problems due to the volcanic ashes I managed to arrive in Brussels for the meeting. Unfortunatelly many delegations were unable to send representatives because of the flight cancelations. After some emails CPME Board decided to go ahead with the meeting, in spite of not having the quorum needed. However, there was one urgent issue to decide and vote upon, the election of the new CPME secretary-general, the substitute of Ms. Lisette Tiddens Engwirda. To solve this situation, most of the absent delegations gave proxies to the present delegations, but just for this specific issue. EMSA representatives were supposed to be the President Tin Knezevic and myself as EMO-LO. Tin flight was cancelled and he couldn‟t attend the meeting.

ing in October 2009, Winchester

As the meeting had no quorum it was short and with no much discussion on the various topics. The meeting started at 8.30h with the agenda:

1. Roll call 2. Procedural matters 3. Approval of the agenda 4. Approval of the minutes of the Board meeting in October 2009, Winchester

5. CPME President‟s report 6. CPME Secretary General‟s report

8. Outcomes of the CPME Working Groups

9. Internal affairs 10. Financial matters 11. President‟s Committee 12. International Calendar 13. Any other business 14. Next meeting Closing As we didn‟t have the necessary quorum many of the topics had few discussion and we ended the meeting as 12h. In what concerns the first 7 topics there was almost no discussion, just some doubts from the members about one or two specific issues. About the WG Outcomes, some of the rapporteurs were present and updated us about the ongoing work of the working groups, however some of the initially proposed WG were not yet working or won‟t work at all. Some of them had meetings already some of them didn‟t. In this period I realized the two most important and widely discussed topics will be the Recognition of Professional Qualifications and the European Working Time Directive. We should be updated about these two particular topics of discussion, as CPME will be working on both. After the coffee-break we reach the most important topic of this meeting, the election of a new secretary general, as Ms. Lisette is leaving CPME. CPME President, Dr. Radzi-

selection process. They interviewed some candidates and Ms. Berger was, according to the CPME secretariat, the most suitable candidate despite being a laywer. She has already worked in other European institutions and is experienced with European lobbying. Her name was approved by the members present and they were using proxies for the missing members, to have the quorum. Also at topic 11 there was an update about the Domus Medica situation. A meeting had been schedule for the 15th of April but it was cancelled some days before because some member couldn‟t attend. We are now discussing the possibility of having a shared building in Brussels for all the European Medical Organisations. The meeting closed by Dr. Radziwill at 12h. During the dinner Friday night and during the Saturday meeting I always try to promote EMSA especially to the EMO‟s (European Medical Organisations). I improve our relations with AEMH (European Association of Senior Hospital Physicians) who invited us to their conference in Lisbon, in May. I also approach UEMO (European Union of General Practicioners) President, Dra. Isabel Caixeiro, and at the end she announced her wish to invite me (as EMSA representative of course) to the UEMO Conference on Primary Health Care Trends. This conference will be in Brussels, was recently postponed to September and will be organized within the Belgian Presidency of the EU. They want the students perspective so this invitation is

EUROMEDS for being a speaker at the conference. Finally I had a small meeting with Bernardo in which we‟ve talked about our changing structure (the WG, website) and I updated him about our work. We also discussed some of our common projects.

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It was a great pleasure to meet David, our Permanent Officer, despite we hadn‟t much spare time. It gave us the possibility of discussing some topics, some of our work and how can we improve.

I returned to Portugal by bus because of the flights cancellations. I must say…. It was also a different experience! Luis Machado Liaison officer towards European Medical Organisations 2009/10


Next EMSA GA is the upcoming event. The hurt of Europe beats in Athens on the 8-12 of September 2010. Our annual general assembly is a great opportunity not only to discuss the important and vital issues of our association, but also to meet each other from all over Europe. It‟s also a chance to share ideas and experiences, to cooperate extensively, to learn and cultivate our skills, and of course a way to have fun and party! So, all of the organizing committee invites you to the Next EMSA GA! Just take the decision to visit Greece and explore our great civilization, from the ancient times through modern history, get impressed by our way of

entertainment and admire the value of our hospitality. The EMS Congress will take place in tandem with the EMSA GA. Related to the Regenerative Medicine, it will present us this foremost field that will prevail in the future. Well-known experts will explain us the fundamental ideas of stem cells and their applications in medicine, both quite challenging and essential subjects to all students who keep abreast of the progress in science. The registration will open soon. Hope to see you all in Athens this September.

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On behalf of the organizing committee, Ioannis Tomos, Niki Oikonomopoulou

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

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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:

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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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