The International Federation of Medical Students’ Student Association Jordan Annual meeting 2012 Report August 2012 in India 14 Jordanian Medical students attended the annual meeting for IFMSA in Mumbai, India and were divided according to their interest in committees. The following is summary of what they have faced and the experience that they have been exposed to.
SCORA (Standing Committee on reproductive health and AIDS) Sessions: The first session was about” about Comprehensive nsive sexuality education, what is SHAPE” (Sexual health and peer education) –formerly formerly called “Sexperiece”-; “Sexperiece” It is anticipated that peer-to-peer peer health education will help reduce Sexually S Transmitted Infections and unwanted pregnancy rates through empowering students to take control of their own health, and establishing social norms at the school that encourage practicing safer sex. sex Several surveys veys found that teaching students at an early age about sex sex does not increase the percentage of premarital sex but actually decreases it. Another session “Women and children’s health state around the globe” globe was demonstrated by a video taking us to Africa-Ethiopia Africa to reflect the poor status of the health-providingg centers and health services in the area. In this demonstration we saw an Ethiopian mother felt obliged to walk three hours to the nearest health-providing providing center carrying her sick baby to provide him with the needed medication. In the session we mentioned mentione the importance of
mother education and awareness, awareness we also discussed the role ole of Medical students in helping the development of underprivileged areas. “Female Female genital mutilation” mutilation presented by Egypt;; surveys were provided to show what was going on around the world in both original and Diaspora D (Migration) countries. Original countries are the countries in which female circumcision is practiced,, preferred and forced to be part of religion and culture. The highest rates were recorded in Egypt then Sudan. Diaspora D countries are the countries that suffer this issue through immigrants from the countries of origin that ask for FGM. We also discussed solutions to abolish practicing FGM due to its negative impact on woman’s health physically and psychologically, what are the responsibilities of the Diaspora Diaspora countries and most important what is our role as medical students. Regarding topics related to LGBT (lesbian, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) transgender are not of any concern for SCORA Jordan. This was the first time that SCORA holds holds a project fair of its own and IFMSA-JO IFMSA got the privilege to show our yearly project “Pink For October”. We got samples of booklets that were handed to the women, and we showed pictures of our previous projects. Other countries showed mainly peer education projects about sexual relationships, using of condoms and AIDS. Germany showed their transnational project “for a homophobia free world” which talked about accepting homosexuals. Other countries showed their projects related to distributing condoms to schools and talking talking to children about sexual sex relationships. IFMSA-Jo Jo was the only team that participated as a breast cancer can related project in the fair! SCORA Small working group discussed the challenges in the Eastern E Mediterranean Region.. We reached a conclusion that our region, region including Jordan, share similar obstacles that need to be solved; including discriminating HIV patients, people with different sexual orientation and substandard peer-topeer peer education in schools and for targeted age groups. However North Africa especially Egypt and Sudan have hav obvious rates of FGM.
SCOPH (Standing committee on Public Health) Report: Welcoming session by SCOPH director (Anna Klicpera) and got to know other SCOPHians from different National N Member Organizations. Then we discussed different erent health care systems and got the chance to talk about the Jordanian health care system in front of students as we were divided in groups of ten, Anna was the facilitator as well. Afterwards wards we had a presentation of APYN (Alcohol Policy Youth Network) Netwo by the APYN representatives. They T discussed the proposed Alcohol IFMSA Policy Statement, we should have done this on the day of arrival but they postponed it due to the registration problems that that came up at the day of arrival. We had an introduction about Substance abuse then brain storming and planning for the IFMSA anti-alcohol anti campaign, n, they divided us according to regions and through the Eastern Mediterranean Region we planned for the campaign, Our team with Lebanon represented the Eastern Medeterranian Region in front of all SCOPHians. Then there was two parallel sessions held at the same time,, one was about Palliative caree and the other about Ageing youth. Our team attended Palliative care session; it was a prolonged session through which we discussed many Palliative care issues “methods, what we can do as doctors, who should provide it, what is the situation of palliative care in your country” and we got the chance to talk about Palliative Palliative care status in our country. Took part in the Small Working Group about “Antibiotic Resistance”, and talked about the aims and the effects of raising the awareness about the unreasonable and excessive use of antibiotics. antibi
SCORP (Standing committee on Human Rights and Peace) sessions report: The sessions kicked off on August the 10th 10 with an icebreaker followed by presentations on human rights and doctors and a discussion of article 29 of the Universal Declaration on Human rights. rights This was followed by Small working group (SWG), the time where the attendees of the session choose cho the subject that they want to attend. The SWGs were: 1. Child Labor and abuse 2. Mental Health 3. GO SCORP 4. Peace test 5. Human Rights day August 11th was more special. specia . A couple of people from UK gave us a short talk on corporate companies and their relation to human rights and a short talk about advocating for human rights by forcing the companies companies to respect humans rights and peace. We also had more SWG time, and the highlight of the day were the joint sessions where we attended a joint session with medical education edu committee on integration of art subjects into medical school curricula given by one of
AMSA-USA’s USA’s medical education representatives where the following ideas where discussed: “Humanitarian approach through art”: Examples from some countries included -A A 4 year elective course applied by AMSA(USA) in some universities in the US -USA: USA: small groups where they could share experiences regarding clinical rotations Canada (elective course lasting for 1 semester) sem -Canada -LeMsic LeMsic lebanon: discussion after specified reading material to improve health system. -Thailand: Thailand: collecting stories and Breaking bad news in the oncology department. On August 12th no major sessions were given, just more SWG time.
On August 13, we held project presentation and wee presented a project on behalf of IFMSA-Jo Jo which was titled Operation Hope. Some of the other interesting projects presented were: -Stories Stories of Refugees(by CFMS-Canada): CFMS This project is basically a book to be printed and distributed among people in Canada containing stories of refugees who came to Canada and the troubles they have faced as well as a short section on the international situation of refugees. - + human (PorMSIC) from Protugal A modified teddy bear hospital is only part of PorMSIC’s project that has been running for a while now. Other things include awareness campaigns and other activities with the aim of promoting humanitarian ideals in medical practice and dealing with people.
- Gauzeball (EMSA-Egypt) The session also involved discussion on different topics including: -Human Human rights crisis and how to handle them with some brainstorming on that topic. August 14th This was the day where the attendees took the floor for five minutes to talk about whatever topic he/she feels like talking about. Some of the topics included: -‘A ‘A talk on torture’ by Fares Al Fares(SCORP-D) Fares(SCORP -‘Syria’s situation’ -‘Moving moments’ -‘People ‘People with disabilities project’ and many others .
SCOME (Standing Committee on Medical Education) sessions report - Medical edical specialties around the world, talking a little about the specialty in which medical students are re interested. Project oject presentation by LeMSIC (Lebanon), the he general idea was about helping medical students to pick the appropriate specialty, and making databases and references about residency requirements in each country. - Student's health: Small working working group discussions about how to avoid exam stress, the bad teaching system, grades, student rights, time management, shortage of material, depression, and the consequences consequences such as failure and suicidal attempts.
- Change management in medical education: teaching peer education for medical students, and the importance of student council and the role of student representatives and elective courses. courses - small workingg groups about some projects: open access: they discussed the issues about how to convince convince researchers to publish in open-access access sites, and how to help students get the access to any research. - breaking the silence: about how to learn sign language and communicate with deaf people and help them get involved in the society. - Policy statement ment presentation: talking about the main policy statements for SCOME, such as rational use of drugs... - Final inal debate and talking about the main NGOs that help IFMSA such as WFME, AMEE, AMSE, WHO, WMA, ECFMGA
SCOPE (Standing Committee mittee on Professional Exchange) Report introductory session to SCOPE committee comm and then introduction ction to the new Exchange website, how to make an account, account, and insert the new contract signed, and how to use it in general. Then, voting session sion on new suggested bylaws, ex. e : disabled students/ Students with Children from the point of view of exchange (SCOPE committee) On the 12th of August 2012 was the Contract fair, where ere we were marketing for ourselves and talking about Jordan and gave out brochures and national sweets from m Jordan. We succeeded in getting 36 Contracts for the year 2013, mainly from USA, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Czech republic ublic and Turkey. Turke