Becoming part of a worldwide community is not as difficult as you think, say Victoria Wykes and Michael Moneypenny
- By: Michael Moneypenny, Victoria Wykes
Have you ever wanted to travel the world, have fun doing things that you believe in, and still get a medical degree? The Medical Students International Network may be the opportunity you've been looking for.
MedSIN is an independent organisation run by medical students for medical students. Our aim is to increase awareness of humanitarian issues and health inequalities nationally and internationally. Since its foundation in 1997, MedSIN has grown rapidly. There are 18 MedSIN groups in UK medical schools. Our slogan is “Think globally act locally!”
Many MedSIN groups collaborate with local organisations to provide additional services. Some have worked with general practitioners who operate schemes for homeless people or refugees, and many also volunteer at soup kitchens and shelters, such as Crisis at Christmas. Others have befriended refugees to help them orientate themselves in their new environment.