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Invitation Booklet

Invitation Booklet HIT 2018 Table of Contents Welcome Message


Welcome Message from the OC


About HelMSIC


About HIT


Discover Greece




Venue & Accomodation




Registration Process


Useful Information


Visa Requirements


Meet the OC


Contact information


Welcome Message HelMSIC - Hellenic Medical Students’ International Committee invites you with great pleasure and honour to HelMSIC Internatinal Training - HIT 2018! Four years after the last HIT, HelMSIC strikes back with HIT 2018 that will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece, this spring from 12th to 15th of April 2018. This year it includes 3 workshops, approved by IFMSA - International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations, that aim to educate and empower medical students worldwide! Don’t miss the chance being part of HIT! Register here!

Message from the OC Dear IFMSA friends, 4 years later from our last SRT (HIT 2014) and 2 years after hosting the European Regional Meeting, it is our great honour to welcome you back in Greece for HelMSIC International Training - ΗΙΤ 2018! If you are a passionate active member of your NMO, ready to explore new fields and excited of living unique experiences, HIT is the chance you are looking for! What makes it so special, is the combination of international interaction, quality education, thorough organisation and greek hospitality. In the middle of spring, between 12 and 15 of April, the second biggest city in Greece seems ideal to host an event like this. Thessaloniki is famous for its natural beauty, amazing local tastes, as well as international accessibility and multiple facilities. It is the best place to meet people from all over the world, learn about topics that concern all medical students and enjoy the greek way of life and entertainment. Including TNT, PRET and TMET, HIT will provide peer education on essential skills of future health professionals like leadership, group dynamics, advocacy, intercultural understanding and external representation. It is an opportunity for each and every participant to develop on personal and social level by learning, discussing, thinking and practising. Let HIT show you how a 3-day workshop can turn into a life changing experience! Recognising the importance of organising a Sub Regional Training, the OC is highly motivated, creative and productive and works tirelessly in order to offer you the most wonderful training you have ever been part of. We tried to comprise all the necessary information in this invitation package and we really hope that you will find it useful. We are looking forward to seeing you in Greece! On behalf of the Organising Committee, Anastasia Chatzistamati, Chair of the Organising Committee

About HelMSIC HelMSIC - Hellenic Medical Students' International Committee is an independent, non governmental, non profit organisation founded in 1958 and run by medical students in Greece. HelMSIC and is an active member of IFMSA and EMSA representing Medical Students from Greece abroad.

Our activities are centered around six fields of action: Professional & Research Exchanges, Medical Education, Public Health, Human Rights & Peace and Sexual & Reproductive Health incl. HIV/AIDS that are represented by the IFMSA Standing Committees: SCOPE, SCORE, SCOME, SCOPH, SCORP and SCORA respectively. Our projects aim to train medical students on topics that are not fully included in our curricula, to develop their skills, to raise awareness about health issues and to promote the international cooperation between medical students.

About HelMSIC HelMSIC collaborate a national level with Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF), Medecines du Monde (MDM), Hellenic Center for Disease Control & Prevention (HCDCP), Therapy Centre for Dependent Individuals (KETHEA) and other NGOs and Governmental Organisations and the academic society.

Participating in HelMSIC gives to each medical student the unique chance to invest their free time in a creative way, to benefit the society, their colleagues and themselves. Our active members develop their communication and organising skills, their leadership abilities, become familiar with project management and get in touch with medical students worldwide.

About HIT HIT - HelMSIC International Training is a peer education training event organized by HelMSIC and addressed to medical students from all over the world. HIT is an Sub Regional Training (SRT) approved by IFMSA - International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations. It • • •

consists of three training workshops: TNT (Training New Trainers) TMET (Training Medical Education Trainers) PRET (Professional and Research Exchanges Training)

All the workshops are held simultaneously and the duration of each one is 3 days. Thus, you can participate only in one of the 3 available workshops.

As a participant in one of them, you will have a unique opportunity to acquire knowledge and to interact with medical students from all around the world.

TNT Training New Trainers TNT is a three - days peer education workshop that gives medical students around the world the chance to get trained on soft skills and methods of building and delivering a training session to their peers. In peer education trainings, the trainers are qualified students that train others through non - formal education methods on different fields of interest. This type of education allows the training to take place within an environment of acceptance, common background and similar level of knowledge, which can help the educational process. Soft skills include time & crisis management, leadership or presentation & communication skills and intercultural learning. All of these skills are essential tools for every medical student and future healthcare professional, that make everyday life easier and the medical care more considerate. By the end of this workshop the trainees will not only have developed their own skills, gained knowledge and exchanged ideas, but they will be able to train other medical students in similar workshops.


Training Medical Education Trainers TMET (Training Medical Education Trainers) is a 3-days capacity building workshop devoted to Medical Education, developed by IFMSA back in 2014. Since then, more than 30 TMET workshops have taken place worldwide and graduated more than 500 Medical Education Trainers. Through TMET, participants gain knowledge and skills on topics such as Creating a medical Curriculum, Social Accountability, Evaluation & Assessment, Students’ Involvement etc, using a variety of methods, such as debates, interactive presentations, simulations and drama-based trainings. At the same, participants have the opportunity to develop some soft skills such as leadership and facilitation. Ultimately, TMET aims to empower medical students to take on an active role in their education as they represent the major and immediate stakeholders of Medical Education. The workshop seeks to give participants the ability to become informed advocates, confident leaders and most importantly inspire action on a local and national level.


Professional and Research Exchanges Training PRET workshop aims at educating medical students on topics regarding Professional and Research exchanges.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the organizing process of the Exchanges Program and to be trained on topics addressed by Professional and Research Exchanges, such as Intercultural Learning, Academic Quality and Global Health. This workshop will be an unforgettable experience for those who are active or interested in the field of exchanges, as they will have the opportunity to interact with students from all over the world and to communicate ideas about the exchange program.

Discover Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, historically also known as Hellas, is a country in South - Eastern Europe, on the southern end of the Balkan Peninsoula, lying at the meeting point of three continents Europe, Asia and Africa. The country is surrounded by the Aegean, Ionian, Cretan and Mediterranean Sea. Athens is the nation's capital and largest city, followed by Thessaloniki. the population of Greece is around 11 million people. Greece is considered the cradle of Western civilization, being the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, Western literature, historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles and Western drama. Many greek words and understandings have enriched various languages and inspired different civilizations. Greeks have a long history of achievements in various fields like medicine, philosophy, literature, playwright, politics, architecture and sculpture. Greece is home to the first advanced civilizations in Europe beginning with the Cycladic civilization on the islands of the Aegean Sea at around 3200 BC, the Minoan civilization in Crete (2700–1500 BC), and then the Mycenaean civilization on the mainland (1900–1100 BC).

Discover Greece Greek mythology plays an important role in the history of Greece. The numerous gods of the ancient Greek religion as well as the mythical heroes and events of the ancient Greek epics (The Odyssey and The Iliad) and other pieces of art and literature from the time make up what is nowadays referred to as Greek mythology. The Greek mythology served a cosmological role as it was meant to explain how the world was formed and operated. Hospitality is a virtue that has always characterized the Greeks. Greek people are friendly, eager to welcome and treat visitors the best way possible. They are also cheerful and they totally enjoy gathering together to celebrate any occasion.

Greek cuisine is characteristic of the healthy Mediterranean diet. Greek cuisine incorporates fresh ingredients into a variety of local dishes such as moussaka, pastitsio, classic Greek salad and souvlaki. Some dishes can be traced back to ancient Greece like skordalia (a thick purée of walnuts, almonds, crushed garlic and olive oil), lentil soup and pasteli (candy bar with sesame seeds baked with honey). Throughout Greece people often enjoy eating from small dishes, called “meze’’, with various dips such as tzatziki, grilled octopus and small fish, feta cheese, dolmades (rice, currants and pine kernels wrapped in vine leaves), various pulses, olives and cheese. Olive oil is added to almost every dish. Retsina (white or rosé wine sealed with pine resin), ouzo and tsipouro are traditional greek drinks.

Discover Greece What makes Greece such a popular destination is its unique landscapes that combine mountains, sea and numerous islands with endless coasts and stunning beaches. Picturesque villages, situated close to forests, by rivers or sea, even up on the mountains, offer a breathtaking experience for all visitors. On the other side, large cities provide access to all kinds of contemporary facilities, like theatres, museums and lots of clubs and bars that guarantee an amazing nightlife experience. Notable festivals take place in Greece including Patras Carnival, Athens Festival as well as various local festivals. The city of Thessaloniki is also home of a number of festivals and events. The Thessaloniki International Film Festival is one of the most important film festivals in Southern Europe.

Thessaloniki Thessaloniki is the second-largest city, the co-capital of Greece. It is located on the Thermaic Gulf, at the northwest corner of the Aegean Sea. That’s why it is also well known as “The Nymph of Thermaikos�. The existence of the city dates back to the ages of Alexander the Great. Myths say that it was named after princess Thessalonike of Macedon, the half sister of Alexander the Great.

Thessaloniki is a major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre; it is a major transportation hub for Greece and southeastern Europe, notably through the Port of Thessaloniki. Aside from its commercial importance, Thessaloniki was also for many centuries the military and administrative hub of the region, and beyond this the transportation link between Europe and the Levant. Merchants, traders and refugees from all over Europe settled in the city. A well-known monument and symbol of Thessaloniki is the White Tower. Other remarkable monuments are the Roman Catholic Market, the Arch of Galerius (Kamara) and its mausoleum (Rotunda-Agios Georgios), the chapel of Agios Dimitrios and its Byzantine Walls. Because of Thessaloniki's importance during the early Christian and Byzantine periods, the city is host to several paleochristian monuments. Thessaloniki has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites listed than any other city in Greece. Additionally, the city houses many museums dealing with many different eras in history.

Thessaloniki Thessaloniki is a major center of education for Greece. Two of the country's largest universities are located in central Thessaloniki: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the University of Macedonia. As you understand, Thessaloniki is a lively and colourful city with students accounting for a large percentage of its population. The city is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general and is considered to be Greece's cultural capital. Events such as the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival are held annually. Because Thessaloniki remained under Ottoman rule for about 100 years more than southern Greece, it has retained a lot of its Eastern character, including its culinary tastes. Spices in particular play an important role in the cuisine of Thessaloniki.

Thessaloniki's Ladadika borough is a particularly busy area in regards to Thessalonian cuisine, with most tavernas serving traditional meze and other such culinary delights. Bougatsa, a breakfast pastry, which can be either sweet or savory, is very popular throughout the city and has spread around other parts of Greece and the Balkans as well. Another popular snack is koulouri. Notable sweets of the city are Trigona, Roxakia and Armenovil. A stereotypical Thessalonian coffee drink is FrappĂŠ coffee. FrappĂŠ was invented in the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair in 1957 and has since spread throughout Greece.

Venue & Accomodation The training and the accomodation of HIT 2018 will take place in Stay Hybrid Youth Hostel. With its modern and renovated style and its central location in the centre of Thessaloniki, it is the perfect place for a training event like HIT. The artworks you can see on the exterior building wall, as well as the countless stencil decorations on the interior walls are created by the renowned graffiti artist and mural designer SER. We have booked two of the Hostel’s floors for our training event.The participants will be accommodated in dorms of 4,6 and 8 people. The training workshops will take place in the Hostel’s common rooms too. The Hostel will also provide us free Wi-Fi. For more information about the Hostel you can check its website: To find out more about your accomodation please read this guide:

Transportation This section of our Booklet aims to give you all the information you need, in order to plan your trip to Greece, and arrive to Thessaloniki in time for our training event. You can also consult this section of the Booklet in order to plan your transportation to the Hostel on the day of your arrival, or your departure from it on the last day of our training event. We recommend that you visit this website: or download the OASTH app on your phone, in order to check the lines and routes of the buses.

Arriving by plane Thessaloniki has the second biggest international airport of Greece. “Macedonia airport” serves thousands of travellers every day through its frequent, low cost international flights. If you choose to visit Athens before your arrival in Thessaloniki, you will fly to “Eleftherios Venizelos”, our country’s biggest airport.

Arriving by bus MACEDONIA Intercity Bus Station is linked with many European cities such us Istanbul, Sofia, Tirana, Bratislava, Prague and Budapest. Arriving by bus could also be an option for those of you who will visit Athens before the event. Find out more here:

Arriving by train Thessaloniki is linked with Sofia,Belgrade and Skopje by train. For further information visit this website :

Registration Process Anyone wishing to participate in “HIT- HelMSIC International Training 2018” should fill in the registration form: : There are two types of registration: • early registration • late registration All the information is summed up in the following tables: Early






18/01 - 17/02

18/02 - 15/03





by 25/02

by 22/03

Deadline of Payment



Cancellation No.1

15/03 (full refund)

Cancellation No.2

29/03 (50% refund)

Cancellation No.3

30/03 - 12/04 (NO REFUND)

Useful Information Weather: In April, the average temperature in Thessaloniki is around 20°C. The weather is mostly sunny but might also be a little rainy. Therefore, you should basically pack light clothes, but don’t forget to bring a warm jacket as well as your umbrella. Currency: Greece’s monetary unit is the Euro (€) Discounts: Don’t forget your international student ID card (ISIC card) in order to benefit from discounts especially on transportation. Time zone: Greece is the Eastern European Standard Time Zone (EET), which is 2 hours ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +2) Emergency number Medical emergency


Fire service


Ambulance service




Tourist police


The country calling code for Greece is +30 Electric current Current in Greece is 220-240V, as in the rest of Europe. The plug is also the typical for Europe. If you have any device that requires different rate of voltage during charging, make sure to bring with you or buy afterwards an electrical adapter.

Visa Requirements Here is a list of the countries that require visa to Greece sorted by IFMSA’s regions: Europe






Burkina Faso





Bolivia Dominican Republic







Democratic Republic of the Congo

Grenada (visa free for 90 days)













North Korea




















Russian Federation Russian FederationTartastan

Nigeria Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leone South Africa Sudan Tanzania Togo Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe


Visa Requirements The rest of the countries do not require a Visa but here are some notes for: Europe



Bosnia and Herzegovina (1)



Taiwan (6)

Georgia (1)

Moldova (1)

Montenegro (1)

F.Y.R.O.M (1)

Ukrain (1)

Serbia (1,2) Turkey (4)

(1) the visa requirement exemption should only apply to holders of biometric passports (2) the visa requirement exemption is not applied to holders of serbian passports issued by the serbian coordination directorate (in serbian: koordinaciona uprava) (4) the visa exemption applies to holders of service and special passports issued by Turkey. (6) the exemption from the visa requirement applies only to holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number You can find more information here. Please contact your country's embassy as soon as possible in order to avoid any problems regarding your visa.

Meet the Organising Committee Chair


Budget & Fundraising Team




Promotion & Registration Team



Social & Transportation Team



Διατροφή & Logistics Team



Contact Information For any questions do not hesitate to contact us: Follow our facebook page HelMSIC - Hellenic Medical Students' International Committee and the event HIT - HelMSIC International Training.

Publisher Hellenic Medical Students’ International Committee (HelMSIC) General Secretariat Mikras Asias 75 Athens 11527 Greece Phone: +302107462033 E-mail:

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