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National Coordinators Meeting Report

European Medical Students‘ Association August 2013


Content Message from the President

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Reports

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DIA Joint Session

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Journey to the world of Ethics

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Cultural Intrusion

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Project Management Training Medical Education and TBH

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Antimicrobial Resistance

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Training on Creativity

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Access to health

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Alcohol: Policy and Advocacy

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Public Health and EMSA: Road to 2015

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SWG: WHSS 2013

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SWG: External Relations of EMSA

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Medical Education Pillar Session

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Communication Skills Training

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European Integrations Pillar Session

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Being human and Defending Human Rights

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Appendix

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Message from the President Dear Friends of EMSA, dear NCM participants, This May we had another amazing National Coordinators and Enthusiasts’ Meeting (NCM 2013) in Tbilisi, Georgia! We were delighted to have this meeting organised in cooperation with EMSA - Tbilisi, with support of EMSA - TSU, EMSA - Sdasu, EMSA - Tma. The OC has showed outstanding organisational capabilities and professionalism which resulted as productive and joyful event for all of us. On the next several pages you might find short descriptions and the outcomes from all the pillar - sessions, NC - sessions, Small Working Groups and Trainings that took place during this event. We would like to thank each participant for their input and contribution to the sessions and the event in general and the Organizing Committee for organizing yet another great EMSA event! Thank you all! I invite you to read this document and if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us. On behalf of the EMSA European Board 2012/13, Borislav Manev President of EMSA 2010/2013

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REPORTS

DIA Joined Session By: Goknur Topcu

11.05.2013, 14:30 – 16:00

Agenda:

- Ice Breakers - Energisers - Reflection Time

Main aim:

To break the ice between all the NCM participants To gather all the DIA participants outdoor To learn the thoughts and the feelings of the NCM participants about the 1st day For pillar directors to understand the feedbacks for their pillar sessions and make changes in their next session if needed

Outcomes:

All the NCM participants apart from national coordinators attended the session. There was a good feedback of having icebreakers and energisers as a whole group. Almost everyone reflected the day before and all the NCM participants had the chance to learn how the other sessions went or how the EMSA members in their session went. The pillar directors and the pillar sessions were evaluated.

Conclusion:

Every person can have a different point of view to the same things. What we saw there altogether in this session was that there were a lot of different ideas on the same subjects. As a result, the NCM participants gave each other feedback to be more open minded. It was a very proactive and constructive session for the pillar directors as well as NCM participants.

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Journey to the World of Ethics

Cultural Intrusion

Short introduction to “Moral Competencies” by Tin Knezevic Discussion on a contemporary ethical issue Brainstorming on ethics projects

Update & promotion of Cultural Injection project Cultural trivia contest with prizes to the winners Promotion of Herbal Home Remedies project

By: Utkucan Acar

11.05.2012, 15:00 – 17:00

Agenda:

Main aim:

Give participants an insight of the topic “moral competencies” and “morality”. Give participants a chance of engaging in an ethical discussion and comment on an ethical issue

Outcomes:

18 participants attended to this session. A vibrant discussion was held on “Euthanasia, Life & Death, Coping with Death”. The project European Week of Ethics, was introduced to the participants. Many ideas for the project emerged from the brainstorming and participants stated willingness to attend to an EWE event if it is held. EMSA Marmara volunteered for hosting the first EWE. An EWE ESD group is formed in which discussions/preparations will continue.

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By:Utkucan Acar

11.05.2012, 17:30 – 19:30

Agenda:

Main aim: Introducing some “culture” to the participants and showing them that culture can be so much fun.

Outcomes:

18 participants attended to the session. Participants gave very good feedback on the contest being both fun and informative. Cultural Injection and Herbal Home Remedies projects introduced to the participants. Serving a real herbal home remedy (mint & lemon tea) to all NCM participants was planned but could not be executed due to time constraints.

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Project Management Training

ME Projects & Teddy Bear Hospital

What is a project? Why do we need project management? How to create a new project?

Ice Brekers Introduction of Medical Education Projects Teddy Bear Hospital

By: Orkun Kopaç, Safa Canşi 10.05.2013, 15.00 – 16.30

Agenda:

Main aim:

The main aim of the session was to give the basic project management skills that the participants may use in their local organisations/future careers by both theoretical and practical ways.

Outcomes:

The training session had 6 participants from Germany, Macedonia, The Netherlands and Turkey. The session started with the introduction of the trainers and then continued with a game which aims ice-breaking and also to learning the names of the group. After the introduction phase, we moved on to the basics of the project management such as the definition of the project, project management and the skills a project manager should have. In the next part of the training, we covered the phases of the project by using the pictures we have drawn in advance of the training and used plenary and brainstorming techniques. After covering the phases, we had started the practical part of our training; divided the participants into two groups and asked them to create a project. In fifteen minutes, they prepared their projects and made a presentation. The projects created by our participants were “Money Management for Students” and “EMSA has no Borders”.

Conclusion:

By: Goknur Topcu

10.05.2013, 10:00 – 13:30

Agenda:

Main aim:

To introduce the Medical Education pillar session and the members in the session To introduce Medical Education projects to members To get the members involved in the session by letting them share their experiences To open a discussion on members’ experiences to have the whole group in the same page in a project To go to a Georgian kinder garden and do an International Teddy Bear Hospital (TBH) To evaluate how the TBH went and how can it be improved at the end of the session

Outcomes:

All the participants who attended to the Medical Education pillar session were very active and engaged with the topics. All of them shared their ideas and experiences with the projects. All of them were eager to learn and take responsibilities. After the discussion of the projects, we have went to the kindergarden where the TBH took place. Every participant had 1 or 2 local EMSA member with them for translation and help. The reflection at the end of the session was very motivating, creative and constructive.

Conclusion:

The participants took different responsibilities of different projects of medical education pillar. They also bonded very well due to the session and they were participating in all the medical education sessions, discussing the sessions after the sessions even in the social program, a good steps for an active European Support Division were taken by this session.

We have covered the basics of the project management in our training in theory. The participants expected more of a theorical knowledge but because of the limited time we couldn’t cover more than the basics. The practical part, project creating helped the participants the see the bigger picture of the project management and also made the session more memorable.

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Antimicrobial Resistance The invisible enemy

By: Olga Rostkowska, Dominique Monnet (ECDC) 10th May 2013, 15:00 – 17:00

Agenda:

What is the role of European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)? // What is Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)? // How can students promote the prudent use of antibiotics? // When is the European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) held? (18th November) // How and why to keep your hands clean? // Some pure facts about hand sanitizers.

Main aim:

The aim was to educate the participants on how to provide hand hygiene for themselves and to prove that the germs in our environment spread more easily than we might think. Also the goal was to encourage young doctors to use their status in educating their patients – preventing the inappropriate use of antibiotics and self-medication which are factors leading to the increase of AMR.

Outcomes:

The session was interactive and included diverse ways of approaching the audience (different materials were used – presentations, movies, hand-washing practices, conversations with the guest speaker, active exercise on the model of spreading bacteria). There were 10 participants who were all giving active contributions, providing the stories from their own universities on how hospital hygiene is being taught and implemented. Furthermore, we measured what is the level of knowledge of students on the prudent use of antibiotics and which steps should be taken by external institutions (e.g. ECDC) to enhance it. Eventually, we spoke about the proper techniques and facts on providing hand hygiene – including hand sanitizing gels (e.g. the gels should not contain less than 60% of alcohol).

Conclusion:

See also EuroMeds 2013 NCM Edition – with special focus on AMR and prudent use of antibiotics, featuring an article by Mr Dominique Monnet (ECDC). http://www.bluemist.eu/euromeds2013-ncm-edition-its-here/

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Training on Creativity By: Olga Rostkowska, Ivana Kolevska 10th May 2013, 17:00 – 19:00

Agenda:

What is creativity? // Why creativity is important in the doctor’s work? // How to enhance it? // Why some people are more creative than others?

Main aim:

The main goal of the session was to prove together that creativity and thinking outside the box is important in everyday life as well as team-work and professional career.

Outcomes:

The session had 6 participants. We started with an exercise which was meant to wake up creativity, bind people as a small temporary team and have fun! The task was: build a chair out of a pile of balloons. This is how the process looked like: Other elements of the training included watching short movies in which there was a relation to creativity Fun Theory videos, an extract from Silver Linings Playbook, TEDx talk. During the training participants were also encouraged to solve the following riddle: A man is approaching the middle of the field. He knows that he will die once there. He reaches it and dies. How come? In order to explain the riddle, one has to question his/her immediate assumptions and get out of the box of common thinking to find a theory according to which this could’ve easily occurred. The theoretical basics of creativity were delivered by Ivana Kolevska.

Conclusion:

The session stimulated discussion regarding ‘What influences – hinders/boosts – one’s creativity?’ and largely the theoretical part covered that aspect. It’s been also proven that through games and individual exercises one learns better and memorizes more. Sharing real-life stories / individual experience is also a good way of carrying the message and sticking it to the participants’ memory.

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Access to health: research and development of essential medicines By: Rok Hržič, Kristin Sophie 10.05.2013, 10:00 – 13:30

Agenda:

Quiz and input by Kristin on Access to essential medicines Discussion and debate by participants Input on Access to research Planning FMO activities and actions

Main aim:

Inform and introduce patients to the concepts of essential medicines, research and access gaps and the policy structures that determine them. By using active participation methods: debate, discussion and action planning, the members got involved in these topics in depth and in a practical sense.

Outcomes:

The feedback given was great and overwhelmingly positive and the attendance was more than 20 members. There was a google group formed for the participants that aims to serve as a support mechanism for putting the planned activities into action.

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Alcohol: policy and advocacy By: Rok Hržič, Sofia Ribeiro 11.05.2012, 15:00 – 17:00

Agenda:

Input on policy making and policy advocacy Planning policy advocacy by the participants

Main aim:

Educate the participants in the strategies and tactics of policy advocacy and introduce them to a framework of planning advocacy actions using the example of alcohol policy. Reinforce the knowledge by getting the participants to use the knowledge in practice in planning their own projects.

Outcomes:

The participants’ feedback was positive and the session was quite successful in terms of fulfilling its aims with 6 members attending. The participants shared their emails with the facilitators and a google group will be formed to aid them in executing the planned policy advocacy activities.

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Public Health and EMSA: the road to 2015 By: Rok Hržič

11.05.2012, 17:30 – 19:30 - CANCELLED

Agenda:

Input on current global health trends Input on strategic planning Planning the development of the PH pillar until 2015

Main aim:

Acquaint the participants with the current trends in public and global health and the tools and methods of strategic planning. Using this knowledge the entire group would then map out the development of the PH pillar until 2015.

Outcomes:

The session was cancelled due to a lack of participants.

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SWG: WHSS 2013 By: Ivana Gjorgjevska 10.05.2013

Agenda:

Have you heard about WHSS? Topic Program, Agenda and short presentation of some of the speakers, Workshops, Poster Session Accommodation and Lausanne, Switzerland Registration periods Promo materials

Main aim:

Introduce the WHSS Attract new participants

Outcomes:

The session did not attracted much participants. Still we have a lively discussion about the whole event. The participants were mostly interested in the agenda and the speakers. We were also taking about the topic and the free time activities.

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SWG: External Relations of EMSA By: Sofia Ribeiro 10.05.2013

Agenda:

External partners of EMSA Internship opportunities Sharing tips and tricks for getting internships Suggestions by EMSAi

Main aim:

Present the external partners of EMSA and respective internship opportunities. Raise awareness about other internship opportunities Collect feedback from EMSAi about EMSA’s initiatives

ME Pillar Session: Career Orientation By: Sofia Ribeiro 11.05.2013

Agenda:

Career orientation

Main aim:

Provide participants with a session where they could reflect on their career goals.

Outcomes:

The session was attended by 5 people in total. We discussed career goals through a priorization exercise, and participants shared their personal thoughts, experiences and fears. The session was considered useful.

Outcomes:

The session was attended by 10 people in total. The participants were participating actively in the discussions, and several lists of internship opportunities were made. Those who had already taken part on an internship shared their experience, as well as tips and tricks for those who are willing to apply in the near future. The session ended with suggestions from participants, which included a link on our website with internship opportunities, an internship handbook and trainings on how to make a CV and motivation letter.

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Communication Skills Training

Pillar Session: European Integrations

Definition of communication , the sender/receiver model , listening process (DO’s and DON’T’s),3 elements of communication – body language , voice , verbal tips –breaking the ice in spite of cultural differences

Twinning Project (why is TP most popular project ,how to organise, what is TP map, how to get grants etc.) Eurotalk – My Favourite!!! (Why?) And one of the most important project for Integration. Presentations about most favourite places

By: Emine Senkal, Kezban B. Avanoglu 10.05.2013, 17.00 – 19.00

Agenda:

Main aim:

This training session aimed at providing participants the elements for enhancing their understanding about communication, developing things they already do well while focusing on what’s wrong or what needs to be fixed.

Outcomes:

We started our training with an energizer which people could know each other and the energizer made them to evaluate about their communication skills. Through the sender –receiver model they had some basic knowledge of communication process and then during the listenin process part we induce participants to think the DO’s and DON’T’s of active listening.We built up the 2nd part of our training for using communication skills for daily life and participants actively involved by animating roles for some hard situations to break ice.

By: Ana Chekurishvili 10.05.2013, 10:00 – 13:30

Agenda:

Main aim:

Present the Twinning project in general (specially for new comers), update TP coordinators list, sharing of experiences Popularisation of the project Eurotalk Sharing a bit of Inner “Selves’’ – presentations about most favourite places

Outcomes:

The participants’ feedback was positive. New Idea of combining Twinning Project with Eurotalk.

Conclusion:

By the training’s conclusion , participants improved how to listen better and ask better questions , choose their words carefully for better communication and deal some challenging situations and have a new set of techniques they are ready to try.

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Being Human and Defending Human Rights

Appendix

By: Utkucan Acar

10.05.2013, 10.00 – 13.30

Agenda:

Presentation on being human, humanity and human rights Discussion on “Do we forget we are dealing with human beings? How to improve the situation?” Updates about human rights projects: Human Rights Webinars, IWD activities, Over the Rainbow project Brainstorming about human rights projects

Main aim:

Attract attention to the fact that doctors may sometimes forget that they are dealing with human beings and make us more aware of what being human means. Create awareness on and sensitize towards human rights issues.

Outcomes:

11 participants attended to the session. Very productive disscussion on being human was held. Participants gave inputs for the human rights projects as well, which resulted in many different topic suggestions for Human Rights Webinars.

EMSA National Coordinators Meeting ©2013 European Medical Students’ Association c/o CPME Standing Committee of European Doctors Rue Guimard 15, 1040 Brussels Belgium compilation: EMSA European Board layout: Demijan Hadzi - Angelkovski EMSA Public Relations Officer 2012-2013 pr@emsa-europe.eu

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