NiMSA 2021 Standing Committee appointments by the President.

This is a run down of what the different Standing committees are meant to do in UNMSA. Read through them carefully to have a good understanding of what each Standing Committee has to offer.

These abbreviations are used frequently in the organization. All start with SCO (Standing Committee on) and end with the abbreviation of the Standing Committee itself (PH – Public Health).

Each Standing Committee is headed by a Director.

The MSA local liason officer assume majorly the communications with the National Officers. They are in charge of the standing committees sessions at their Regional Convention, and can be asked, by the Director, to contribute to general tasks related to the development of their standing committee.

The work of each standing committee is complemented by several activities, such as trainings, campaigns and advocacy efforts, offering youth the space to learn in both formal and non-formal educational settings.

Welcome to SCOCB

UNMSA SCOCB

i Organise capacity building trainings for medical students in UNMSA

ii. Shall ensure partnership with organisations that can train medical students.

iii Shall facilitate projects that can generate funds for UNMSA

iv. Shall be responsible for the review and keeping of the working document or bye laws of his office

Welcome to SCOPI

i. Shall be in custody of the laws for all other standing committees.

ii. Shall ensure all policies are duly implemented.

iii. Shall be responsible for the review and keeping of the working document or bye laws of his office

Welcome to SCORA!

UNMSA SCORA

Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV and AIDS is a gathering of passionate individuals who are committed to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights and are arduous about creating positive change in their local communities.

History

The Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV and AIDS was formed in 1992, driven by a strong will to take an active part in interventions concerning HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and to support people living with HIV/AIDS through working to decrease stigma and discrimination. It constitutes one out of the six Standing Committees of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association which serve as the Body of all Medical Students worldwide. SCORA with a large number of members-SCORAngels as they are called, have grown wide in its work, centeredon five focus areas strongly related to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. In 2014, the name of SCORA changed from Standing Committee on Reproductive Health including AIDS to Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS as it is adequate in terms of topics and problems that SCORA is targeting in its actions. In 2019, the full name of SCORA was changed to Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV and AIDS, to better reflect the work developed by the Committee and distinguish the differences between HIV and AIDS.

Vision: A world where every individual is empowered to exercise their sexual and reproductive health rights equally, free from stigma and discrimination.

Mission To provide our members with the tools necessary to advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights within their respective communities in a culturally respected fashion. This has been accomplished through building the skills and the knowledge about, providing trainings on Comprehensive Sexuality Education other respective reproductive health issues, exchanging ideas and projects, as well as drafting policies and working with our external partners in order to create change in local, regional and international level.

Objectives

  1. To raise awareness on topics related to HIV and AIDS and sexual and reproductive health.
  2. To decrease the stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS.
  3. To raise awareness and increase knowledge about facts, scientific research, global agreements and documents concerning sexual and reproductive health.
  4. Promote positive sexuality and healthy sexual life.
  5. Advocating for policies concerning sexual and reproductive health and represent medical student worldwide
  6. Collaborate and facilitate joint actions concerning medical education, public health, and human rights.
  7. Provide tools for capacity building for future healthcare professionals in terms of sexual and reproductive health and rights

SCORA Focus Areas

1. Comprehensive Sexuality Education: SCORA is highly committed to raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health through education. We have immense experience in training new peer educators through International Peer Education Trainings and Advanced Peer Education Trainings. This has subsequently lead to a network of peer educators who are actively working to organize events at local, national, regional and international level.

2. Maternal Health and access to safe abortion: Our aim is to raise awareness among our members about maternal and newborn health issues including topics like obstetric violence, family planning, access to antenatal care and ending stigma and discrimination towards abortion collaborating with our external partners like Ipas to train medical students as advocates for access to safe abortion.

3. Gender-Based Violence: SCORAngels are committed to fight against violence(physical, mental or social) including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), sexual harassment and domestic violence.

4. HIV and other STIs: advocacy and community awareness with screening and sharing of condoms

Welcome to SCOME!

UNMSA SCOME

Medical Education should be a concern of every medical student as it shapes not only the quality of future doctors but also the quality of healthcare. The Nigerian Medical Students’ Associations (NiMSA) has a dedicated organ which aims to implement an optimal learning environment for all medical students around the world the Standing Committee on Medical Education (SCOME). Through all our joint efforts we work to create sustainable changes around the world, for ourselves as medical students, for the generations to come and for our future patients and our communities who are in fact the final beneficiaries of our education.

History: SCOME was one of IFMSAs first standing committees from the beginning of its foundation in 1951. It acts as a discussion forum for students interested in the different aspects of medical education in the hope of pursuing and achieving its aim. Today, SCOME works mainly in medical education capacity building. SCOME provides several platforms and methods to educate medical students worldwide on various medical education issues. Through this knowledge, it empowers them to advocate to be a part of the decision-making chain. SCOME believes in medical students as important stakeholders in creating, developing and implementing medical education systems.

Vision Medical students attain an optimal professional and personal development to reach their full potential as future doctors for better healthcare nationwide.

Mission Our mission is to be the frame in which medical students nationwide contribute to the development of medical education. Students convene in SCOME to share and learn about medical education in order to improve it as well as benefit the most from it on a personal and professional basis.

Healthcare and Medical Education

Healthcare is changing at an unprecedented rate and at multiple fronts. Medical science has increased our understanding of the body and created an explosion of new information. However, medical schools are not or only slowly introducing changes in their curriculum.

As medical students are directly exposed to medical curricula, they are the first quality-check of medical education and they should rightfully have an influence on the creation of new curricula and curriculum development.

We are concerned about facing the needs of healthcare in a modern society and are willing to commit to making sure our education prepares us for them. Scientific data show that modern medical curricula are a lot more likely to teach students in an appropriate way in order to create doctors equipped with various skills and knowledge. Although there are a number of innovative approaches to teaching medicine, partly based on findings of cognitive science, change in medical curricula occurs slowly. The need for change is either not recognized or ignored in many universities.

Welcome to SCORP!

unmsa scorp

The Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace unite students who strive to create an equal and peaceful world and believe in international,
intercultural as well as interpersonal solidarity. We believe in everybody’s responsibility as well as the ability to contribute to creating this world,
as human rights can only exist when it applies to all humans.

History

In 1983, the Standing Committee on Refugees was formed, aiming to call attention to the problems faced by the displaced population and
participate in relief efforts. The committee members soon realized that these efforts were merely palliative, whereas a sustainable solution would have to address the root of the problem – violence, conflicts and human rights violations. In 1995, the committee changed the name to Standing Committee on Refugees and Peace, and finally, in 2005 it became the SCORP that we know today, Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace.

Vision

SCORP has a vision of a peaceful world where the all individuals are entitled to full and equal access to their human rights, where no one is left behind, where priority is given to people in greatest need and where the entire society, including medical students and health workers, unite to support vulnerable groups.

Mission

The mission of SCORP is to empower and motivate medical students to actively promote and protect human rights and peace through advocacy, capacity building, and awareness rising, and by supporting the students in carrying out activities and projects that contribute to creating a fair and peaceful world.

Objectives

● Enhance students’ knowledge on human rights, peace building, humanitarian response, international humanitarian law and violations of human rights;
● Provide medical students with tools and skills to act according to Human Rights and ethics both in clinical settings and in everyday life;
● Support and create activities, such as campaigns, capacity building, and advocacy, aiming to fulfill the vision of the standing
committee.
● Facilitate the Federations policy development on areas related to human rights and peace;
● Provide members with the opportunity to advocate for implementation of policies through inclusion in national and international laws and frameworks;
● Collaborate with relevant partners in the implementation of objectives related to human rights and peace.

Core Concepts

Human Rights: We primarily refer to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 1948 when we talk about human rights without further specification, however, sometimes other international covenants and treaties are also mentioned.
Peace: SCORP understands peace as both the absence of conflict (negative peace) and the presence of equality and harmony (positive peace).

Main Topics

Human rights cover a wide range of topics, not the least the right to health, which can be addressed in a variety of ways. SCORP members all over the world conduct activities in many different areas; here we are only naming a few:

● Refugees: In spite of our name change, the work to support refugees and other displaced persons remain a priority within SCORP. In 2014, there were 59 million displaced persons globally, and they face no fewer challenges than 30 years ago.
● Human Rights and Ethics: All of our activities are founded on the Human Rights, but we also try to teach these to other people – children, medical students, and the general public – as well as to incorporate them in Medical Education and our profession.
● Disasters: When a disaster strikes, may it be man-made or natural; the affected population tend to become deprived of basic human rights such as food, water, and shelter. This cause suffering that can be alleviated and in some cases prevented.
● Vulnerable Populations: Apart from refugees, we often address for example children, elderly people, and people with mental or physical impairments, homeless people and others who often face discrimination, negligence or maltreatment.

Welcome to SCOPE!

UNMSA SCOPE

The Professional Exchange program is a full educational program offering clerkships to medical students abroad.

History The Standing Committee on Professional Exchange (SCOPE) was founded in 1951 and is one of the first standing committees within IFMSA. It started small, beginning with only 8 European countries, but since then has grown into one of the largest student-run exchange programs in the world, with around 13.000 medical students participating every year from more than 100 National Member Organizations. The SCOPE exchange program is a quality educational and cultural experience organized entirely by medical students with the help of their medical faculties.

Mission The aim of SCOPE is to promote cultural understanding and co-operation amongst medical students and all health professionals, through the facilitation of international student exchanges. SCOPE aims to give all students the opportunity to learn about global health, and attains this partly by having its exchanges accredited by medical faculties across the world.

Aims

  1. To increase the mobility and to widen the horizon of medical students worldwide;
    1. To provide equal chances to medical students to participate in a professional exchange, regardless of subjective, geographical, political, financial, sexual, cultural or religious backgrounds;
    2. To provide medical students with the possibility to experience healthcare in another culture with different health and education systems, and to learn how differences in culture and believes are of influence;
    3. To create possibilities for medical students to learn about global health issues, primary health concerns and basic epidemiology of the host country, and how it differs from their home country;
    4. To contribute to the education of future health professionals with a global vision and to contribute to medical students’ personal development, self-reliance, and openness in becoming future health professionals;
    5. To provide students with the chance to improve their medical knowledge, their vision on medical issues and their practical knowledge depending on the regulations of the host country;
    6. To facilitate the connection between medical students and other health professionals and to provide a platform for future cooperation amongst medical students with each other and with health professionals across the globe;
    7. To maintain affordable professional exchange tuition through its governing body to ensure that medical students within the MSA/NMO can participate in the exchanges with a minimal financial burden;
    8. To make sure students are aware of the ethical aspects regarding their exchange to assure the burden on society, patients, the recourses and the healthcare system is as limited as possible;

10. To promote tolerance towards differences and similarities within health and towards patients regardless of their sex, religion, or beliefs.

How the SCOPE Exchanges Work

All medical students are entitled to participate in a four-week clerkship in a chosen clinical or pre-clinical field of medicine. Clerkships are purely educational and students will not receive a salary. During the exchange, the student has the chance to observe a different health care system and learn from tutors. All students are assigned to a physician supervisor, who acts as a tutor and mentor.

Exchange Contracts are signed between two participating NMO or MSA and are of two types:

  1. Bilateral Contracts: where the participating countries exchange two students (one from each state/country) between themselves.
  2. Unilateral Contracts: where a single student participates in the exchange.

In exchange of a participation fee, the incoming student is offered a one-month clerkship at the hospital and department of his or her choice, lodging at a student facility or with a host family, and at least one meal per day.

For more information about IFMSA Exchanges, visit Exchange the World Section.

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If you are a medical student that want to get involved and learn more Subscribe to ifmsa-scope mailing list by sending a blank email to ifmsa-scope-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

You can also join our Facebook Group: IFMSA-SCOPE.

Welcome to SCORE!

UNMSA SCORE

Unfortunately, many medical students do not have the opportunity to experience research while in medical school. Research is essential for the development of medicine and without it, the medical field could never have reached the stage it is at now with innovative methods of diagnosis and treatments. Put together the experience of improving research skills with an unforgettable cultural learning opportunity and you have the Standing Committee on Research Exchange (SCORE)!

History SCORE was founded in 1991 with the objective of giving students an opportunity of improving their skills in research in other learning settings. Presently, SCORE involves more than 65 active NMOs, offering over 3000 research projects to provide over 2400 medical students worldwide the opportunity to participate in IFMSA research exchange program and learn the basic principles of medical research such as literature studies, collecting data, scientific writing, lab work, statistics and ethical aspects related to the medicine. It is important to mention that all exchanges are initiated and coordinated entirely by medical student volunteers.

Mission Our mission is to offer future physicians an opportunity to experience research and diversity in States and countries all over the nation/world. This is achieved by providing a network of locally and internationally active students that globally facilitate access to research exchange projects. Through our programming and opportunities, we aim to develop both culturally sensitive students and skilled researchers intent on shaping the world of science.

Objectives

To provide research projects in different countries to students in the medical and biomedical fields worldwide in order to achieve the following points:

  1. Enable them to take responsibility for their own learning according to their personal interests.
  2. Introduce them to the basic principles of medical research
  3. Widen their horizons and provide the opportunity to experience different approaches to health care, ethical research standards, medical research, education, and treatment.
  4. Enhance the academic quality of the medical student curricula and achieve educational benefits of practical and theoretical knowledge in the field of medical research.
  5. Facilitate collaboration and partnership between medical universities, research institutions and allied medical students across the globe in order to share and spread new achievements in medical research.

The Definition of Research Exchange

The Research Exchange is a research project that provides medical students with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the specific area of their research interest. This program is officially recognized and supported by the medical school/university and is guided by a mentor who introduces exchange students to the basic principles of research, including literature search, data collection, scientific writing, laboratory work, statistics, and ethics. Upon completion of the program, students may be required to prepare a written scientific report or an oral presentation.

Types of research projects:

  • Basic laboratory research project.
  • A clinical research project with lab work
  • A clinical research project without lab work
  • Global Action Project (GAP)

How the SCORE Exchanges Work: All exchanges are initiated and coordinated entirely by medical student volunteers. Every university is represented by a Local Officer on Research Exchange (LORE), who facilitates projects at the local level and arranges for the exchange students preparations such as housing and boarding. Every exchange student is assigned a local contact person who serves as a guide, resource, and social liaison, the thing that strengthens the intercultural communication, understanding, and unity among medical students worldwide.

Standing Committee on Environment and Population Activities.

Enlighten the populace on ways and means of population control and preservation of the environment. Activities are coordinated by the director and health committees in each member association.  Where they carry out programs in their local MSAs on what health and environmental surveys to carry out each year and make releases to the GA and the Government.

Signed

Rt. Hon. Iferikigwe, Victor Chidera

UNMSA President

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