Go for it
The Student BMJ, in partnership with the IFMSA, has launched the new International Experiences section on Student BMJ.com, where students can post a report of their elective and IFMSA exchange experiences. Helen Gordon and Se Eun Jung explain what an IFMSA professional exchange is all about and what it takes to set up the programme in your medical school
Every year nearly 7000 medical students escape from the medical school they know so well to learn something new, which they cannot experience at home-a different healthcare system and a different life as a medical student. This programme is organised for students by students and has run successfully since 1951 and 6600 people world wide participated last year.
The exchanges are facilitated and organised through the Standing Committee on Professional Exchanges (SCOPE), which could be considered the backbone of the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA). Its aim is to