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68TH IFMSA GENERAL ASSEMBLY MARCH MEETING 2019 SLOVENIA

Invitation Package

It starts with you


CONTENTS

Welcome message

Meet the OC

About Slovenia

Venue and Accommodation

Transport how to get here

Registration information

Visa Guide

Social Programme

Bee in Slovenia bee sustainable

Useful information


DEAR IFMSA FAMILY, DEAR NMOS, DEAR ALL,

WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE OC 4

As we are writing this letter, imagining all you inspirational, motivated, proactive colleagues reading it with interest, it all still seems so unreal - we, the medical students of Slovenia, a young country of two million people, have been lucky enough to earn your trust and have been granted the opportunity to share all we have and all we are with you. Ever since, we have made it our mission to live up to all expectations, those set by ourselves, and of course those set by you, IFMSA members, those who have entrusted us and those who we have vowed to serve. The upcoming year marks an important milestone – a hundred years of medical education in Slovenia, as 1919 is the year when the first medical faculty in Slovenia was founded. We, as the generation of Slovenian medical students a hundred years after the first generation got to study in our own language, in our own country, feel a certain duty to commemorate this occasion by remembering and honoring the opportunities we have been given, as well as appreciating everything we have built and achieved from then on. SloMSIC has been around since merely a year

after the foundation of IFMSA, and since then we have grown to have more than 2000 members today, uniting students of both Slovenian medical faculties. We are overjoyed, as we can think of no better way to do the founders justice, celebrate this jubilee and crown our achievements through the years, than working harder than ever to prepare this event for you and invite you all to celebrate with us. Taking on this challenge to provide you with the 68th General Assembly March Meeting that you deserve has required us to truly reflect on who we are as an NMO, what we stand and strive for and what we are. But the most important figure for us are you, our IFMSA friends and family. And we have created the slogan of this March Meeting with you in mind - IT

STARTS WITH YOU!

See you in Slovenia. Žiga, Iza and Boštjan OC coordinator and vice-coordinators


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DEAR IFMSA MEMBERS, IFMSA envisions “a world in which all medical students unite for global health and are equipped with the knowledge, skills and values to take on health leadership roles locally and globally.” Have you ever wondered how do we do this? How does our vast network of 1.4 million medical students connect, collaborate and come up with ideas and new initiatives? If you want to have a glimpse of how we shorten the distances that separate us, debate and exchange our ideas, and unite our voices, then you should make sure to attend IFMSA’s General Assembly!

WELCOME MESSAGE FROM IFMSA PRESIDENT

It’s only few months that separate us from one of our biggest events that happens every year, the General Assembly March Meeting , where hundreds of IFMSA members, from all over the world, will gather in one place to discuss global and health issues, exchange expertise, present their voluntary projects and activities, sign exchange contracts, create policy documents on behalf of medical students worldwide, train each other and improve their skills and knowledge, and most importantly connect and create everlasting friendships.

IFMSA believes in Meaningful Youth Participation at all levels, and has adopted it as one of its main Global Priorities. This March Meeting will ensure the best participation of IFMSA members, and utilization of their ideas, efforts and collaborations to advance our organization in local and global levels. It will also serve as a chance for each one of us to improve ourselves, gain new skills and enlighten our vision for the future! Please be assured that the March Meeting 2019 Organizing Committee and the Team of Officials 2018/2019 will spare no efforts in ensuring that this will be one of the best and most fruitful General Assemblies our Federation will have. We look forward to meet you in Slovenia! Warm Regards, Batool Al-wahdani IFMSA President 2018/2019

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MEET THE OC

ŽIGA BARBARIČ

BOŠTJAN KRAPEŽ

JAKA ŠIKONJA

Chair

Vice Chair

Treasurer

chair@mm2019slovenia.com

vicechair@mm2019slovenia.com

finances@mm2019slovenia.com

IZA KORPAR

MARTINA MIKLAVČIČ

BORIS PODOBNIK

Vice Chair

Visas & Registrations

Logistics & Transport

visas@mm2019slovenia.com

logistics@mm2019slovenia.com

vicechair@mm2019slovenia.com

registrations@mm2019slovenia.com

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SARA GRDINA

GITA MIHELČIČ

Sponsors & Fundraising

Social Programme

PostGA

office@mm2019slovenia.com

social@mm2019slovenia.com

postga@mm2019slovenia.com

NEŽA SOFIJA PRISTOV

DANAJA PLEVEL

KLEMEN PETEK

Public Relations

PreGA

Student Council President of the Medical Faculty,

media@mm2019slovenia.com

prega@mm2019slovenia.com

LENA LAPANJA

University of Ljubljana klemen.petek@mf.uni-lj.si

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ABOUT SLOVENIA

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lovenia is a small country, situated in Central Europe and surrounded by Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. It encompasses highly different terrains, the Alps, Mediterranean Sea, Karst and Pannonian Plain, and therefore offers you countless rich experiences, reachable within a day. We pride ourselves in our efforts for sustainability - Slovenia was the first country to be declared a green destination based on the Green Destinations Criteria and our capital Ljubljana was awarded with the European Green Capital 2016 title.

SLOVENE RIVIERA MM2019 will take place directly by the Slovene Riviera, our coast by the Adriatic sea. The venue complex lies in between two towns, Portorož and Piran. The latter is regarded as the most beautiful coastal site and is protected as a cultural and historical monument. This picturesque town, which developed under the influence of the Venetian Republic, boasts a deep-rooted tradition of salt panning, established in 804 and still active today. Immerse yourself in Piran’s calmness, roam through its narrow streets, follow town walls up the hill to enjoy a magnificent view of the coast, let your mind wander as you eat ice cream and sit around in romantic cafés. Feel free to enjoy the events prepared in Piran’s center all year round and visit the Aquarium and Maritime Museum. If you prefer a more active vacation do not forget to include hiking, biking and horse trails on your to-do-list. Salt pans in Strunjan and Secovlje offer guided tours to learn more about traditional salt producing and thalassotherapy for your health and well-being. Portorož on the other hand is the more lively of the two towns, so spend your day at the beach and party your night away in clubs and casinos.

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VENUE and ACCOMMODATION 12

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he PreGA and GA March Meeting 2019 will be held in Hoteli Bernardin Resorts & Convention Center at the Slovenian coast, located between the modern town of PortoroĹž and medieval Piran.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the Hotel Histrion’s Restaurants. Accommodation is only a few steps away from the Congress Center.


HOTEL HISTRION 4* Hotel Histrion is located by the former church of St. Bernardin. It has comfortably furnished rooms and apartments with balconies overlooking the sea or the lagoon. The hotel has direct access to the indoor pools of the Laguna Water Park and to the wellness, which includes saunas, various massages and beauty treatments. The hotel also features the Casino Bernardin, a children’s playground and a mini club. Hotel Histrion has 276 comfortably furnished rooms, including 6 suites, 7 family rooms and 2 rooms for guests with disabilities. All the rooms have balconies overlooking one of the most beautiful parts of the Slovenian coast. In Hotel Histrion you can fully relax and enjoy the delights provided by the Wellness Laguna, the Laguna Bernardin Water Park and the restaurants. The hotel also has a parquet-floor conference hall for up to 200 people, a meeting room, a cyber corner and a children’s corner. Hotel guests can use the hotel parking free of charge.

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HOTEL VILE PARK 3* Hotel Vile Park comprised of five villas is located within the site of Hotel Histrion, just a couple of steps from the sea. It offers a private beach, an outdoor pool and access to the indoor pools of the Hotel Histrion. Rooms of the Vile Park Hotel are built around the ruins of the bell tower of the St. Bernardin church; some of them offer a balcony. The hotel also features a children’s playground and a mini club. Small pets are welcome in the hotel. Hotel Vile Park, part of the St. Bernardin hotel complex between Piran and PortoroŞ, includes 5 villas: Vila Galeb, Vila Galeja, Vila Orada and Vila Nimfa with a total capacity of 216 rooms, and Villa Barka with 21 apartments. The villas are connected by a stylish shopping street with bars and restaurants, which leads to the lagoon with lush Mediterranean vegetation.

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CONGRESS CENTRE BERNARDIN IN PORTOROŽ The Congress Centre Bernardin, the first and the largest Congress Centre in Slovenia, houses 19 multi-purpose halls, offices, rooms for project work, exhibition spaces and spaces for promotional activities, registration terminals, storage facilities and external “Green Halls” for the implementation of a wide range of events.

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Having enough space for all the IFMSA activities was our main priority when choosing the venue. Congress Center of Hoteli Bernardin is located in Grand Hotel Bernardin*****, just 300 meters from the accommodation. For our event the following rooms will be fully available for our use: • Europa Hall - 1.100 guests - divisible • Emerald Ballroom - 680 guests - divisible • Aurora Hall - 180 guests - divisible • Mediteranea Hall - 175 guests - divisible • Asteria Hall (Hotel Histrion) - 200 guests • Adria Hall - 100 guests - divisible • Conference room Daphnia - 30 guests • Conference room Nautilus - 30 guests • Conference room Pharos - 30 guests Every hall also comes with a projector and all the halls with more than 50 guests capacity also have a working sound system with 3 microphones included. Some of the smaller halls can be combined together to form bigger rooms, according to our needs. At the same time, the bigger halls

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can be divided into smaller ones. On top of that they also offer a superb WIFI system that can hold up to 3000 devices with the speed of 300/300.

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TRANSPORT HOW TO GET HERE

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lovenia and our venue boast excellent transport connections due to the convenient Central European location.

Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, located North of Ljubljana and 140 kilometres from the venue, is the main international gateway. The closest airport, however, is Trieste Airport in neighbouring Italy, less than 80 kilometres from the venue. At the distance of around 190 kilometres, the two airports in Venice, Venice Marco Polo Airport and Treviso Airport, are also popular and often the most affordable options. To save some money, consider arriving to other airports in neighbouring countries, such as Milan, Bologna, Munich, Graz, Vienna or Budapest. We advise caution when booking flights to Croatia, as you might require an additional visa. Ljubljana’s train and bus stations offer frequent connections to nearby European cities and airports, most notably the many routes operated by Flixbus and GoOpti. GoOpti is a shuttle company that offers custom made transport options, mainly from airports to desired locations on a flexible timetable.

Free transport to and from the venue will be offered on the preGA and GA arrival and departure days from the following pickup locations: Ljubljana main train and bus station, Ljubljana Jože Pučnik and Trieste airports as well as Koper, the closest city to the venue to which international train connections arrive. Keep in mind that transport to the venue will only be arranged from the pickup locations, so whatever trip you book or airport of arrival you choose, make sure you will arrive at one of those on arrival day. If you are arriving or departing outside of arrival and departure days, we will of course help you find a reasonably priced connection to the venue as well. Please do note that you will have to put your arrival/departure details into our registration system at least a month in advance in order for us to be able to help arrange transport for all.

We have secured a discount with Turkish Airlines and are collaborating with GoOpti shuttles and Flixbus. For more information, please stay tuned on our Facebook and web pages.

We will be issuing a transportation guide with detailed information as well as some examples of best ways to get to the venue - in the meantime, especially if you are arriving from far away, be sure to book your flight to any of the airports close to us as soon as possible.

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REGISTRATION INFORMATION

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he registration will be done through our website https://www.mm2019slovenia. com/registration and will open on October 10th 2018. The early registration deadline for the participants is December 15th 2018 and the late registration deadline is January 15th 2018. If you require additional assistance for registration, do not hesitate to contact our team on mm2019slovenia@ifmsa.org. We will be more than happy to help make sure you successfully complete your registration and secure a place in the GA. Each national member organization (NMO) is guaranteed a quota of up to 8 for early fees and up to 8 for late fees. Please note that if a delegate registers after the early registration deadline, they shall be registered during late registration and will be subject to payment of a late registration fee. All NMO delegates need to be approved by their respective NMO President. Later substitutions and changes to the delegation are possible depending on the announced conditions of the Organizing Committee.

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THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE GUARANTEES EARLY REGISTRATION FEES FOR:

THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE GUARANTEES LATE REGISTRATION FEES FOR:

• a minimum of 8 delegates for every NMO, • all IFMSA Officials (TO), • all IFMSA staff members, • 1 representative from each IFMSA Program, • 1 coordinator from each IFMSA Task Force, • 2 members from the AM2019 OC, • 10 support persons appointed by the EB, • 6 support persons appointed by the Standing Committee Directors, • 2 plenary team members, • 3 International Assistants per Standing Committee appointed by relevant Standing Committee Director, • 1 International Assistant per Region appointed by relevant Regional Director.

• up to 8 delegates for every NMO, • 6 support persons appointed by the Standing Committee Directors, • 5 support persons appointed by the Regional Directors, • at least 3 members of the Financial Committee, • 3 International Assistants per Standing Committee appointed by relevant Standing Committee Director, • 1 International Assistant per Region appointed by relevant Regional Director.


IMPORTANT DATES REGISTRATION DEADLINES Early registration deadline : December 15th 2018, 23:59 GMT Late registration deadline: January 15th 2019, 23:59 GMT

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f proof of payment is not received by January 20th, an additional fee of 5 % of the total invoice will be added. If by January 31st the payment is not received, an additional fee of 10 % of the total initial invoice will be added. If the payments are not received by February 1st, registration will be cancelled. If NMO owes debt to the OC after the transfer, another invoice will be issued to include the 5 % or 10 % penalty.

PreGA registration deadline: January 5th 2019, 23:59 GMT SUBSTITUTIONS AND CANCELLATIONS PAYMENT DEADLINES Payment deadline for early registration: December 30th 2018, 23:59 GMT Payment deadline for late registration and preGA: January 20th 2019, 23:59 GMT

Substitutions will be acceptable until: February 10th 2018, 23:59 GMT Cancellations before January 31st 2019: full refund Cancellations before February 7th 2019: 50 % refund Cancellations after February 7th 2019: no refund

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FINANCES

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he primary goal of our Organising Committee is to make this General Assembly the most transparent assembly possible. This is why, we will try to inform you about the financial situation, including sharing with you all of our expenses and incomes. At the same time, as the OC we are open to any questions regarding the financial construction of this event.

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Observers and Alumni must pay the late registration fee of their respective country category. Delegates from C, D and E, F category must pay an additional 10 € or 25 € for the Travel Assistance Fund (TAF) respectively. Delegates beyond the NMO Early Quota (8) must pay an additional tax of 25 € for the IFMSA central budget.

Registration fees

Early

Late

Countries from A, B categories

120 €

240 €

Countries from C, D categories

215 €

430 €

Countries from E, F categories

265 €

530 €

PreGA

220 €

PostGA

to be announced


Income PreGa Fees (200 participants)

405.500,00 € 44.000,00 €

Expenses

407.300,00 €

Accomodation

358.460,00 €

General Assembly Fees

314.300,00 €

Accomodation preGA

Early Fee (710 participants)

159.700,00 €

Accomodation GA

Late Fee (340 participants)

154.600,00 €

Boarding (included in Accomodation

0,00 € 0,00 €

Sponsorships and Donations

47.200,00 €

Venue

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine

35.000,00 €

Administrative costs

Ministry of Health

5.000,00 €

Transportation

Unconfirmed sponsors

7.200,00 €

Social programme Other costs 15 % Unforseen costs (without Accomodation)

Balance

35.160,00 € 323.300,00 €

2.100,00 € 11.800,00 € 4.300,00 € 26.200,00 € 4.440,00 €

-1.800,00 €

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PAYMENT DETAILS

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ayments will have to be made by bank transfers. The Organising Committee will send an invoice to every NMO after establishing the final number of participants. Should your NMO have trouble with bank transfers, please contact the OC by November 15th 2018 at mm2019slovenia@ifmsa.org. We will work on a solution to facilitate the process together. For NMOs who are unable to make online or bank transfers, the Organizing Committee will sign an online contract for cash payment after the respective registration deadlines. Please be aware that cash payments on the spot may be subject to an additional tax of 22%. We strongly advise that only one payment covering the early registrations and another covering the late registrations are made. The same is advised for preGA payment as well. You will also have the option to cover all your NMO’s fees in a single payment. This not only makes the job easier for the NMOs and for the MM2019 OC, but also saves money on unnecessary transaction fees.

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BANK TRANSFER: It is important that as soon as you complete your bank transfer, you kindly email us a copy of the transfer receipt (finances@mm2019slovenia.com), together with the list of participants from your NMO whose fee is covered by that particular transfer. Please make sure that your transfer covers any fees under its way from your account to ours. In addition, a bank administration fee of 15 € needs to be covered by all NMOs and will be added to your invoice. Transfer message: “Name of your NMO - Surnames of Participants whose fee is covered with this transaction”. An example of transfer message: ”SloMSIC – Korpar, Barbarič, Krapež. From this we can conclude that Slovenian Medical Students’ International Committee paid the fee for three particular participants.”

ACCOUNT HOLDER Name: SloMSIC - Ljubljana Address: Korytkova 2 Postal code and city: 1000 Ljubljana Country: Slovenia BANK Name: Nova ljubljanska banka d.d. (shorter NLB d.d.) Address: Trg republike 2 Postal code and city: 1520 Ljubljana Country: Slovenia Bank’s BIC/SWIFT: LJBASI2X Bank official webpage: www.nlb.si/en IBAN: SI56 0201 0026 2876 562


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VISA GUIDE

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etting a visa for Slovenia is an easy and reliable process, provided you think ahead, apply early enough and equip yourself with all the necessary information. But since Slovenia is a part of European Union and Schengen area, many of our participants will not even need a visa to enter. We are working closely with the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make sure that everyone enjoys a smooth application process.

Third-country nationals A national of a third country who wishes to enter and reside in the Republic of Slovenia for the purposes of a tourist, business, personal or other type of visit should obtain a visa at a diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Slovenia prior to their entering the country, unless they come from a group of countries which do not require a visa or if they are already in possession of one of the following permissions

ENTRY INTO SLOVENIA: EEA citizens and Swiss nationals A national of another EEA Member State (EEA citizens are nationals of EU Member States, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) or Switzerland may enter the Republic of Slovenia with a valid personal identity card or passport, and does not require an entry permit (visa) or residence permit, regardless of the purpose of entering and residing in the Republic of Slovenia.

Holders of a type C visa, issued by one of the Contracting Parties to the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement may, during the visa validity period, enter the Republic of Slovenia and stay in it as long as the total length of their stay in the territories of all the Contracting Parties, except in the territory of the Contracting Party which issued the visa, does not extend beyond 90 days in any 180-day period, or until the expiry of the visa if the visa should expire before the end of the 90 days period.

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WHO NEEDS A VISA? • AFGHANISTAN • ALGERIA • ANGOLA • ARMENIA • AZERBAIJAN • BAHRAIN • BANGLADESH • BELARUS • BELIZE • BENIN • BHUTAN • BOLIVIA • BOTSWANA • BURKINA FASO • BURMA/MYANMAR • BURUNDI • CAMBODIA • CAMEROON • CAPE VERDE • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC • CHAD • CHINA • COMOROS • CONGO • COTE D’IVOIRE • CUBA • DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO • DJIBOUTI

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• DOMINICAN REPUBLIC • ECUADOR • EGYPT • EQUATORIAL GUINEA • ERITREA • ETHIOPIA • FIJI • GABON • GAMBIA • GHANA • GUINEA • GUINEA-BISSAU • GUYANA • HAITI • INDIA • INDONESIA • IRAN • IRAQ • JAMAICA • JORDAN • KAZAKHSTAN • KENYA • KOSOVO • KUWAIT • KYRGYZSTAN • LAOS • LEBANON • LESOTHO

• LIBERIA • LIBYA • MADAGASCAR • MALAWI • MALDIVES • MALI • MAURITANIA • MONGOLIA • MOROCCO • MOZAMBIQUE • NAMIBIA • NAURU • NEPAL • NIGER • NIGERIA • NORTH KOREA • OMAN • PAKISTAN • PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY • PAPUA NEW GUINEA • PHILIPPINES • QATAR • RUSSIA • RWANDA • SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE • SAUDI ARABIA • SENEGAL

VERY IMPORTANT!

• SIERRA LEONE • SOMALIA • SOUTH AFRICA • SOUTH SUDAN • SRI LANKA • SUDAN • SURINAME • SWAZILAND • SYRIA • TAJIKISTAN • TANZANIA • THAILAND • TOGO • TUNISIA • TURKEY • TURKMENISTAN • UGANDA • UZBEKISTAN • VIETNAM • YEMEN • ZAMBIA • ZIMBABWE

In order to make sure that the visa obtaining process runs smoothly we strongly urge every delegate that needs a visa to apply for it as soon as possible. You can already apply for the visa 3 months before your planned entry so we encourage everyone to apply for a visa already at the beginning of December to avoid problems! Please be mindful of the fact that it can take as much as 60 days to review your visa application. You as a participant are responsible to provide all the necessary documentation and ensure that the application form is filled out correctly and truthfully. Whilst the OC cannot influence the decision processes, we will be in constant communication with the Ministry to ensure that the problems are flagged early on and that we can support you if issues arise. Further information on Visa Applications, required documentation, Visa fees and Visa Application Form can be found on the website of Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http:// www.mzz.gov.si/en/entry_and_residence/). We will also equip you with an informative visa guide as the time to file your applications approaches. The MM2019 OC will be more than happy to help you in applying for a Visa to enter Slovenia. If you need any help or have any questions regarding visas you can reach us on visas@ mm2019slovenia.com.


WHO DOESN’T NEED A VISA • ALBANIA* • ANDORRA • ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA • ARGENTINA • AUSTRALIA • BAHAMAS • BARBADOS • BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA* • BRAZIL • BRUNEI DARUSSALAM • CANADA • CHILE • COLOMBIA • COSTA RICA • DOMINICA • EL SALVADOR • FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA* • GEORGIA* • GRENADA • GUATEMALA • HOLY SEE (VATICAN CITY STATE)

• HONDURAS • ISRAEL • JAPAN • KIRIBATI • MALAYSIA • MARSHALL ISLANDS • MAURITIUS • MEXICO • MICRONESIA • MOLDOVA* • MONACO • MONTENEGRO* • NEW ZEALAND • NICARAGUA • PALAU • PANAMA • PARAGUAY • PERU • SAMOA • SAN MARINO • SEYCHELLES • SERBIA* • SINGAPORE • SOLOMON ISLANDS • SOUTH KOREA • ST KITTS AND NEVIS • ST LUCIA

• ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES • TAIWAN • TIMOR-LESTE • TONGA • TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO • TUVALU • UKRAINE* • UNITED ARAB EMIRATES • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA • URUGUAY • VANUATU • VENEZUELA

* The visa exemption applies only to holders of biometric passports.

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SOCIAL PROGRAMME

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e all know that General Assemblies can be intense, but the social programme is what gives us strength (at least metaphorically) to get through it. To make your stay in Slovenia extra spectacular, our team has prepared a wide variety of activities and theme nights that will surely reroute your thoughts away from demanding sessions of the day towards relaxation, adventure and innovation (of wild dance moves) in the night. As always you will get to see an amazing Opening Ceremony, only this time with uniquely prominent guests. Cross your fingers that our president Borut Pahor will join us for it. With a little bit of luck you can even end up on his very popular Instagram account! (@borutpahor) (not sponsored) In addition to the evergreen Closing Ceremony and NFDP you will have the chance to enjoy a latino themed night, a balkan themed night, and most importantly - masquerade ball! As you may already be aware Carneval/Mardi gras/Fasching/ Pust is happening during the MM this year! And we intend to celebrate in style so come prepared.

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THEME EVENT

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FMSA is a strong advocate for #HealthForAll and proudly calls itself a feminist space. To emphasise that, we are happy to announce that March Meeting’s Theme Event will be “Gender in Health Care”. Gender impacts health on many levels, some more visible on first sight than others. In our theme event, we will explore these different levels and how they affect health systems and politics, but also your very individual health care provision in your future career. How does gender influence diagnosis and treatment? How are differences through gender approached in medical research? Can gender be an impediment to health, especially to access to health care and health-related rights, and what can we do to fight this? Where does gender determine public health challenges where we might not expect it? We hope we will give you an answer to these questions and take these important messages home to our universities, our Standing Committees and our future careers, to create one strong joint voice as advocates for dignified and non-discriminatory medicine.

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PRE-GA

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y now you might be asking yourselves, how do we intend to jump-start such an event. And we could not think of any other way than to take care of your NMO’s Capacity building needs! Preceding the General Assembly we will take full advantage of the best trainers we can possibly find and train IFMSAs trainers of tomorrow. The preGA will take place at the Congress Centre Bernardin from Monday 25th of February until Friday 1st of March. 200 knowledge seeking medical students will spend 3 full working days honing their soft skills at various trainings and workshops, which will be held concurrently at our venue’s 19 multi-purpose halls, rooms for project work, exhibition spaces and external “Green Halls”, with the capacity for 30-680 guests. For the accommodation, we will arrange comfortably furnished rooms and apartments, only a mere walking distance away from the venue. Hotel Histrion**** will spoil our participants with access to the wellness centre and indoor pools of the Laguna Water Park and enchant with one of the most beautiful part of the Slovenian coast.

Registrations will be carried out separately from the GA registrations. The specific workshops will be announced and calls opened as per IFMSA procedures, so stay tuned to IFMSA’s as well as our communication channels for more info later in the year!

RELEVANT DEADLINES AND FEES Registration deadline: 05. 01. 2019 PreGA registration fee: 220 € Substitutions and cancellations policy: same deadlines and policies apply as for GA registrations.

Regarding the social programme at the preGA, you need not worry, because our OC will make sure that you will have as much fun in the day as at night! To start our blood flowing, we will organise an exciting opening ceremony, continue with various social events in the following nights and conclude the preGA with a closing ceremony, that will tie the event together in a memorable way and leave you wanting more. But to your luck, the GA will be right around the corner and ready to astonish you once again.

Message for the IFMSA Trainers: Because we value your dedication and hard work in making such events as successful and memorable as they are, SloMSIC will strive to provide reduced fees for all our ambitious trainers, who will guide and mentor our participants on the path to excellence.

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POST-GA

OUR PLANNED ACTIVITIES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

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lovenia, a pocket country situated at the junction of the mountainous Alps, sunny Mediterranean and green Panonian plains, offers a little bit of heaven for everyone. We have partnered with a professional tour company to organise exciting post-GA trips that will explore Slovenia’s finest destinations while remaining budget friendly. Should you be interested in joining the MM 2019 post-GA, we invite you to follow the event’s Facebook and web pages to find out more.

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Postojna caves Outstanding cave system featuring beautiful Carst underground and unique animal species.

Predjama castle Picturesque renaissance castle, ingeniously built at a cave entrance due to strategic reasons.


Ljubljana The nation’s capital, rich in culture, history, nightlife and a lovely city with a green soul and a high level of environmental awareness.

Lake Bled Famous worldwide for its charm, island with a church, cliffside castle and mountainous scenery.

Julian Alps East-most corner of the Alps mountain range, where snow lingers long into March and offers opportunities for skiing and sledging.

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BEe IN sLOVEnia BEe SUSTAINABLE!

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lovenia was named the very first Certified Green destination in the world back in 2016. The score was made up with 41 different criteria including air quality, water and waste, ecological systems and green businesses, and our little country scored impressive 96%. The capital, Ljubljana, was named the European Green Capital in 2016, furthermore it has been the top sustainable destinations in the world for a few years now. Slovenia is the third most forested country in Europe with a huge variety of plant species. The forests cover 60% of the country. On top of that, Slovenia’s water is potable and a good quality since the water sources are the lakes and rivers in the Alps running to the Mediterranean Sea. That means you will be able to drink tap water which is even better than the bottled version.

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Slovenia has made a great progress in waste management, in 2015 the European Union had declared that we reuse 54% of our waste, which puts us in the third place in Europe for waste managing. Earlier in the year a campaign against plastic bags has started and most of the shops and catering business have therefore started to offer customers only paper and biodegradable bags. We consequently will be recycling and composting our waste during GA with providing the education of all of the participants. We encourage you to reuse the bags and use cotton bags instead of plastic ones. We will also try to minimize the materials for one use only needed throughout workshops. The last, but definitely not the least, we encourage you that you take buses to get to our green country if possible. We will provide special offer with Flixbus to get you here since the buses leave lesser CO2 imprint than the airplanes. However, we strongly believe that the greatest possible impact can be made by you, the participants of our GA - it is on you to utilise all the options to have a green GA experience. A truly sustainable General Assembly

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USEFUL INFORMATION Language Slovenia is a nation of 2 million, with Slovene as a native tongue. However, since most Slovenes speak English and other foreign languages, communication is never an issue. Currency Euro (€). International bank cards are widely accepted and foreign currency is easily exchanged in banks and exchange bureaus. Mobile network Providers offer pre-paid SIM cards with mobile internet at prices starting from 10 € for 20 GB of mobile data. Important phone numbers: 112 for medical emergencies and firefighters, 113 for police.

Time zone GMT+1, CET Central European Time. Weather and climate February: The temperature is anywhere between -10°C and +10°C and it may still snow (usually not towards the end). Bring your warm clothes and shoes. Inside areas are normally heated so also consider bringing some T-shirts. March: Towards the springtime the temperature is changeable and it might rain more. It is usually between 10°C and 15°C. It is advisable to have an umbrella with you and some warm clothes as well as some less warm attire.

Electricity Plugs type C and F are used at a potential of 230 V.

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