Student exchange has been the core business of the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) since it was created. As many as 8000 exchanges are organised by students for students every year. In addition to the clinical exchange programme, exchange for research is becoming increasingly popular. This year, Fatma Odaymat is in charge and the IFMSA's database has research projects in 1000 universities all over the world (see www.ifmsa.org/score).
Students in the former Yugoslavia celebrated the 50th anniversary of their organisation last month. More than 130 students came to Becici, Montenegro, from all parts of the former Yugoslavia.
One of the organisers, Petar Maras, said “[We] once again show that medical students from this part of the world do not care about diversities of any kind.” In an unexpected reunion, two doctors who had been great friends when they worked for IFMSA in the early 1970s met again for