Global arguments: breaking the borders for medicine
Its time to cut the crap surrounding IFMSA and make things happen, says Navin Chohan
- By: Navin Chohan
Medical students are key in the globalisation of medicine, and can be at the forefront of this change through the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), provided political wrangling does not bring everything to a halt.
The federations 2002 mission statement is: “Our mission is to offer future physicians a comprehensive introduction to global health issues. Through our programming and opportunities, we develop culturally sensitive students of medicine intent on influencing the transnational inequalities that shape the health of our planet.”1
“We are now in a world without walls,” Bill Clinton pointed out earlier this year.2 The former US president labelled the new century an “age of interdependence” and questioned whether it was going to be good or bad for humanity. It depended on us all being able to “understand our obligations and responsibilities to each other.”
Everything is becoming global, including medicine. It is going to be up