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SSMU entered the International Federation of Medical Students Associations IFMSA


A nationwide IFMSA conference devoted to the issues of academic mobility was held in Tomsk for the first time on the basis of our University.

IFMSA conferences are traditionally held twice a year in different cities of Russia. The General Assemblies, bringing together teams from 116 countries take place all around the world. In 2015 5-year students of the department of General Medicine won the right to hold the conference in Tomsk. Students of medical universities in Moscow, Saratov, Volgograd, Belgorod, Kirov, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Samara, Chelyabinsk took part in the conference. Ufa, Samara, St. Petersburg, Chelyabinsk and Arkhangelsk joined the conference online.

- Conferences of this level help to enhance academic mobility at the university, making it more effective due to the experience we share with the colleagues. Last year students of SSMU visited Portugal, Brazil and China in the framework of the student mobity programs, more than 20 internships are planned this year. Students participating in the exchange programs go to the selected country for one month, where they meet with the English speaking tutor. There they ungergo practical training in clinics, take part in research projects and write scientific papers. It is a great opportunity for the students to learn from the experience of foreign colleagues as well asto build useful contacts for university-level collaboratons and joint research projects, - said Maria Netaeva, Head of SSMU International Relations Office.

IFMSA (international federation of medical students associations) is a student organization endorsed by the World Health Organization. IFMSA has more than 60 years of history, its main objective is to share experiences and discuss current health issues of students from different countries. IFMSA official representative in Russia is the National Union of Students in Medicine.