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Testimonials from 2016 What was the impact that this program had in your life as a medical student, a healthcare professional or simply as a human being?
It opened my eyes to a lot of realities. It made me more open minded, and more knowledgeable about a lot of topics and concepts. It helped me build international connections with people that can really benefit me in the future. It will help me in organising and sharing a lot of good ideas and concepts back in my country, and i have gained some information for myself that will help me a lot as a physician in the future.
Do you think that this activity should continue to be organized in the future? Of course. Everybody deserves a chance to experience this amazing adventure.
Did the program meet your expectations? Exceeded them!
SCORA X-Change Portugal 2017 Organizing Committee (OC) Meet the OC:: - Head of the OC, Rita Lopes; - Lisbon Coordinator, Francisco Ramos; - Porto Coordinator, Joana Rodrigues; - Registration and Support Coordinator, David Gomes.
Message from the OC Dear SCORAngels, It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I, as the Head of the OC for SCORA X-Change Portugal 2017, present you with our proposal for what will be the third edition of this amazing project. Over the past two years, ANEM/PorMSIC has organized SCORA X-Change in an endeavour to provide sexual and reproductive health advocates and enthusiasts all over the world with an opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge on these subjects. We have received excellent feedback from both the international and local participants of the past two editions, which made us want to continue organizing this program, offering medical students important tools to use in their future careers and helping to increase and spread awareness on these topics in a global scale. In PorMSIC we believe that youth should have a leading role in spreading awareness about the subjects concerning Sexual and Reproductive Health. We are the leaders of tomorrow and therefore we have the obligation to fight the stigmas perpetuated by previous generations and the responsibility to educate ourselves to become better doctors and better citizens of the world. We hope participants will come out of this experience with a new and more complete perspective on the issues discussed and that they will be able to use that knowledge in their home countries and have a positive impact in their communities. Furthermore, by opening spots for national participants we will increased the number of Portuguese students with knowledge in these subjects, and weâ€™ll be able to work with them in different national projects, which will have a very positive impact in our NMO. In sum, I am sure that this will be a wonderful experience to everyone involved, and I hope you feel as enthusiastic about this project as I do. Best regards,
Rita Lopes ANEM/PorMSIC - NORA 2017
About Portugal “With its mild climate, 3000 hours of sunshine per year and 850 km of splendid beaches bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is the perfect holiday destination all year round. This is a country that has the oldest borders in Europe, with an exceptional range of different landscapes just a short distance away, lot of leisure activities and a unique cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend together in perfect harmony. Its superb cuisine, fine wines and welcoming people make this country a tourist paradise of the highest quality. Situated in the extreme southwest of Europe, just a few hours from any of the other European capitals, Portugal attracts visitors from all over the world. Portugal has a population of about 10 million. The population density is at its greatest in Lisbon, the capital, and its suburbs, where about 1.9 million people live. The second largest city in Portugal is Oporto in the north. There are, in general, more people living in the country’s coastal regions than in the inland areas.” in www.visitportugal.com
With this SCORA X-Change, you will live the true Portuguese experience while learning more about Sexual and Reproductive Health.
About ANEM Portugal Our Federation
ANEM Portugal is the Federation that aggregates the local Student’s Associations of all eight Portuguese Medical Schools, legally representing more than 12.000 medical students of Portugal. ANEM, across borders known as Portuguese Medical Students’ International Committee (PorMSIC), also represents the Portuguese medical students internationally being, since its foundation in 1983, a full-member of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA). The main activity of ANEM is related to the problems of Medical Education that affect medical students. Besides this major goal, we also envision projects that tackle issues related to Public Health, Reproductive Health and AIDS, Human Rights and Peace, Science, while we organize more than one thousand short summer medical clerkships in hospital departments, fertility clinics and NGO’s.
About SCORA X-Change
SCORA X-Change is an international training program for medical students on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) issues organized by SCORA groups in several medical schools in the hosting countries. The aim of the project is to raise awareness and increase knowledge about SRHR as a global health issue among medical students and future doctors, as well as to offer medical students from different parts of the world an opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas about the topic, promote discussions and develop transnational collaborations. Medical students from all over the world are selected to participate, and the program focuses on seminars with several clinicians and other professionals, at the same time that visits and discussions on some given themes connected to Sexual and Reproductive Health take place. 8
Objectives and Expected Outcomes By organizing SCORA X-Change Portugal 2017, we hope to achieve the following goals: • Improve and increase the participants’ knowledge in the following subjects: o HIV/AIDS epidemics in Portugal; o HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and social support for patients; o International recommendations to improve Sexual Health curriculum in Medical Education; o Peer Education on Sexuality training skills; o Sexuality and Gender issues; o The Portuguese LGBT+ community and the existing social support network; o Women’s health and abortion in Portugal; o Clinical Practice in Assisted Reproduction Department; o Domestic Violence epidemiology in Portugal; o How to recognize physical abuse signs; • Promote intercultural dialogue and the discussion of different realities concerning the subjects stated above; • Promote the exchange of ideas and possible solutions for Sexual and Reproductive Health problems; • Incite medical students to have an active role in advocacy in the Sexual and Reproductive Health field.
9th â€“ 29th July 2017 Number of offered spots for international students: 8
Accommodation: Student residency (in Lisbon and Porto), which has individual bedrooms, a private toilet, a shared kitchen, a laundry room, and internet connection. Located close to a subway station. Boarding: The sessions will take place in the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon and in the Faculty of Medicine of Porto. Lunch will be provided for the participants in weekdays in the cafeteria of the faculties. Transportation: Subway (in Lisbon and Porto) and train (in between cities).
Fee price and what it includes: The fee price is 367â‚Ź and includes accommodation for the 3 weeks of the exchange, one meal per working day, transportation between accommodation and the places where the sessions will occur and the trips Lisbon-Coimbra and Coimbra-Porto, as well a Welcoming Kit (pen + block note).
Social Program SCORA X-Change Portugal offers participants a rich and varied social program, with a wide range of activities, such as: • • • •
City tours in 4 different Portuguese cities and visits to major attractions and monuments; Enjoyable afternoons discovering city parks and gardens; Beach trips both in Lisbon and Porto, with optional surf classes; Amazing themed dinners in Portuguese restaurants followed by magical night out’s in bars or discos.
The detailed social program can be found below, in the “Agenda” section. This table states the cost of each activity: All the activities in the social program are optional and therefore must be covered by the participants.
Extra expenses: The participants will be provided with one meal per working day, so they must arrange the other meals. This table may be helpful to understand the cost of different products in Portugal: Item Bottle of water 1.5L Beer bottle 0.5L Apples 1kg Rice 1kg Chicken 1kg Meal at Inexpensive Restaurant McMenu at McDonalds
Price 0.60€ 0.90€ 1.50€ 0.85€ 4.80€ 8€ 5.50€
The participants may also need to purchase extra subway tickets. The average price for a subway ticket in Lisbon is 1.45€ and in Porto is 1.20€. Prices may vary depending on the length of the trip.
Agenda This year, we present you with our most complete and ambitious program yet, with sessions and workshops in all 5 SCORA focus areas, as well as an extensive and varied social program, which will allow participants to visit our beautiful historical landmarks and explore the nightlife, while enjoying the complete Portuguese experience.
Week 1: Lisbon, 9-15th July The program will start with the participants doing a small presentation about â€œSCORA in my NMOâ€?. This will work both as an ice breaker for everyone to get to know one another, but also as a way for the participants to get a global perspective of the main issues on SRH around the world and the work being developed in other NMOs. The first three days will focus on HIV and other STIs. Participants will have the opportunity to get a theoretical introduction to the subject and to explore the clinical, psychological and social impact this problem has, on both infected people and their communities. They will also have the chance to discover how this issue is developing in Portugal and to visit an NGO devoted to this cause. The following two days will be dedicated to Comprehensive Sexuality Education, with sessions and workshop that aim to give participants with the necessary tools for them to be able to address sexuality in an open and inclusive way.
Week 2: Lisbon, 16-22th July The second week will begin with three full days covering topics related to Sexuality and Gender Identity. While exploring different perspectives, participants will be able to develop a deeper knowledge on the subject through a series of sessions, debates and workshops, complete with a visit to a NGO. The following two days will be dedicated to Maternal Health and Access to Safe Abortion. Once again, the sessions will focus both on the clinical, social and emotional components of the subject, allowing participants to discuss and form new ideas.
Week 3: Porto, 23-29th July In the final week, a different city will provide the perfect setting for a change of subject. This time, weâ€™ll discuss Gender Based Violence, exploring a variety of subtopics that range from prostitution and the health conditions of sex workers to domestic violence and child abuse. This year we are introducing a big innovation: a full day dedicated to Youth Involvement and Advocacy in Sexual and Reproductive Health. This will be an event with speakers who have worked in SCORA and will share their experience with the participants and help them find ways to reach their full potential as SRH advocates. Finally, in the last day, participants will deliver a second short presentation on HIV/AIDS or Gender Based Violence in their countries. Once again, this will help participants to get a more global perspective on these issues but it will also be a way for them to realize how far theyâ€™ve come in their knowledge of these topics and what they can do in the future about them.
Get to know: Lisbon Lisbon is Portugal’s capital and the hub of a multifaceted area that appeals to different tastes and senses. In a city that has been influenced by many different far-off cultures over time, there is still a village feel in each historic neighbourhood. Stroll through the Pombaline grid of streets in the Baixa district that opens on to the Tagus in Praça do Comércio, then follow the river to discover some of the city’s most beautiful parts: the monumental area of Belém with its World Heritage monuments, the mediaeval quarters, and the latest contemporary leisure spaces, such as the Parque das Nações. If you continue to the mouth of the river, you’ll understand why we say that Lisbon is the centre of a vast resort. Along the coastal road, you’ll find beaches and beach resorts that combine villas and hotels from the beginning of the 20th century with marinas, terraces and excellent golf courses. Further along the coast you’ll come across world-renowned surfing beaches, but also the palaces scattered across the cultural landscape of Sintra, a World Heritage Site. The wide variety of landscapes and heritage is always close by, whether to the north or south of the capital. With beaches, natural parks, cultural routes, and accommodation for all tastes, it is hard to escape the Lisbon region on a visit to Portugal. Fado is another expression of what it is to be Portuguese that has also been awarded World Heritage status. You can hear it at night in a fado house or in a traditional neighbourhood. But go, as well, to the lively bars and nightclubs, to find other types of music. From reggae to African music, new wave, indie or electronic, there’s a great diversity of sounds and environments, but all are good excuses to have a drink and dance the night away. in www.visitportugal.com
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery)
Terreiro do Paço (Palace Yard)
Castelo de São Jorge (São Jorge’s Castle)
Torre de Belém (Tower of Belém)
Get to know: Porto Porto is one of Europeâ€™s oldest tourist destinations. Its wealth of artistic heritage, Port Wine, open-air leisure spaces and cultural life are just some of the reasons to visit this city. The city unfolds along the river bank and the sea shore, to reveal charming vistas, inviting esplanades and all the pleasures of the outdoors, framed by its green spaces. But setting out to discover Porto means bumping into surprise after surprise. Whilst maintaining its welcoming and conservative nature, the city is, at the same time, contemporary and creative. This can be seen in its streets, its architectures, its museums, its leisure spaces, its esplanades, and its shopping areas which run from the traditional to the modern and exclusive. Portoâ€™s Historical Centre was designated World Cultural Heritage in 1996 and its natural setting and its meandering streets give it a unique charm. Port wine is present in the city in a multitude of forms and sensations: you can get to know it and try it, but never ignore it or forget it. Having witnessed a long history of cultural ebbs, flows and eddies caused by successive waves of occupation, and often surrounded and invaded, but always remaining Invicta (unbowed), the city of Porto is really a living heritage, one that regenerates and reinvents itself, whilst maintaining its core character, grounded in granite and, thus, unshakeable. in www.visitporto.travel
Jardins do Palácio de Cristal (Crystal Palace Gardens)
Parque Serralves (Serralves’ Park
Torre dos Clérigos (Clérigo’s Tower)
Other information VISA Portugal is part of the Schengen countries, which means that the following countries do not need VISA: Albania, Andorra, Antigua Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela. All the others have to apply in Portuguese Embassy for a Visa, according to the rules. In case you have any doubts or problems, please contact the OC.
DAMAGE & RESPONSIBILITIES Any damage done by participants happening during the event will be of his/her full responsibility.
HEALTH SYSTEM To have access to Portuguese Health System participants only need to hold the European Health Card, and each participant prior to arrival should ensure its possession. If you are not from Europe, please contact the OC or your Minister for Health to clarify your specific situation.
EMERGENCY CONTACTS The National Emergency number is 112.
Participation Eligibility Criteria for Participants To be eligible for SCORA X-Change Portugal, participants must meet the following criteria: • Fill the SCORA X-Change Application Form; • Be a medical student enrolled in a Medical School in the 2016/2017 academic year; • Be willing to prepare and present two short presentations about the following subjects: o SCORA in my NMO o HIV/AIDS status or Gender Based Violence in my country Participants must also submit the following documents along with their application: • Signed NORA/NMO President Candidature Form; • Photo; • Motivation Letter stating their interest, knowledge in the area and expectations for the exchange. The letter will be evaluated by the OC and given a score between 0 to 40 points; • Curriculum Vitae containing details of any IFMSA/SCORA experience, or any experience related to the SCORA focus areas. This will be given a score between 0 to 50 points.
Evaluation Methods The evaluation of the exchange will be done using the following methods: • Pre-evaluation survey: to have a clear idea of the knowledge base of participants prior to their X-Change experience. This will be sent one month before the exchange; • • Feedback Form: This form will be sent to the participants within a week after the X-Change finishes and should be completed within the next week. The form will evaluate the following aspects: • Agenda • Social program • Logistics • OC • Follow-up plans; • Post-evaluation survey: to assess the direct impact of the program on the participant’s knowledge base. This will be sent within one week of the last day of the X-Change; • Content survey: for evaluation of both sessions and facilitators. Participants must fill the survey in the end of each week of the exchange.
RITA LOPES NORA, ANEM Portugal 2017 National Coordinator of SCORA X-Change Portugal 2017
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