International

Sharing knowledge between nations

The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organization representing 1.3 million students from more than 100 countries and recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO). IFMSA activities are developed by different standing committees, being one of them the Standing Committee On Research Exchange (SCORE).

The Research Exchange Program offers medical students the opportunity to participate in research work abroad. This way, we aim to develop culturally sensitive medical students achieving fundamental research techniques and understanding. Having a network of more than 75 SCORE active countries, students can apply for 3200 projects. Yearly 2.000 students go on Research Exchange, and in total yet almost quart a million students went on an IFMSA exchange, making it the biggest student-runned exchange program in the world since 1951, 36 years before the existence of the Erasmus program. The IFMSA Exchanges are also endorsed by the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME).

The SCORE world map, showing all countries engaged in Research Exchange

BeMSA, the Belgian Medical Students’ Association, also participates in SCORE research exchanges. Therefore, it is our pleasure to invite you to be part of a growing community of research and clinical investigators worldwide, who are actively providing medical students from across the world with unmatched opportunities to expand and strengthen their research-based knowledge.  

The IFMSA Research Exchange Program gives medical students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge on a specific medical topic and to facilitate their access to foreign clinical or basic-science research perspectives. Furthermore, it is a unique opportunity for a foreign medical student to participate in research abroad in order to compare differences in research attitudes, medical education, as well as healthcare in general.  

IFMSA Exchanges provide the student with accommodation, boarding and a social program. The requirement for the tutor is only to ensure the academic quality of the project. The duration of exchanges may vary between 4 and 8 weeks. We work with bilateral contracts, meaning that for every international student that can come to Belgium, also a Belgian student can go abroad. Once again thank you for taking time and be interested on our organization; your collaboration is important for our program.  

How can I define a project?

Defining a project is very easy, we just ask you to fill in the attached project form, which will be added on the database on ifmsa.net. From then on, it is possible that an international student chooses your project. By March, you will receive the motivation letters of all the student interested in the project you offer, and you can decide which student can come to your lab. If you like so, you can ask for a skype meeting with the incoming student to test motivation, then please mention this on the project form, or you can send the student papers as preparation for the internship.

During the internship, the student will fill the Academic Quality Logbook, and in the end we ask you to have an evaluation with the student. Afterwards, both the student and you will receive an official certificate.

You can always contact the LORE (local officer on research exchange) Lars Van Damme and Elise De Sadeleer on lora@bemsa.leuven.be  

Research Exchange New applications for the summer of 2018 will start on the 20th October. You can find the information in this powerpoint.

Deadline will be Wednesday 3th November, 23:59.

Click here for more information.