Catégorie : Regional Meeting 2016

My RM experience has come full circle

The end of any event always fills me up with a bag of mixed emotions; the RM 2016 in Uruguay was not any different.  This time, I felt euphoric, hopeful, proud, inspired, happy, lighthearted, slightly heavyhearted, relieved, content, fulfilled, amazed, pensive, and nostalgic – all at the same time.  All that I had anticipated from…
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SCOPH loves you more

After the whirlwind that was the 2016 Regional Meeting of the Americas, I finally have a moment to write my final blog post. Just a moment, because I still have to make my final RA report and start working on outcomes. I am very satisfied with the entire RM! I wouldn’t have done anything differently.…
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Retour et fermeture

L’école a recommencé, les dossiers empilés devaient être clearés, la vie qui s’était jamais arrêtée »reprend » donc normalement. Comme promis, je reviens sur mes objectifs pour la rencontre: – Soutenir la délégation et leader par l’exemple, en étant à leur écoute et en les guidant au mieux de mes capacités pour que leur expérience soit profitable…
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Post-RM Fever

« When five medical students bring a mysterious South American virus back to Canada, they have no idea of the consequences. Family, friends and colleagues are rapidly infected as the students race against the clock to find answers to their questions. » Sounds like the synopsis for the next apocalyptic zombie blockbuster, doesn’t it? Actually, it describes…
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Post-RM Blues – Stretching our wings for the flight of Icarus

Finally back home, I have started the process of recovering from the RM. We had trouble at the airport: staying overnight in Sao Paulo after a cancelled flight, communication problems between airlines… my luggage is supposed to arrive home this afternoon, and I am looking forward to enjoying the precious Yerba Mate that I received as…
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Derniers jours du RM

Et voilà, le RM a pris fin hier et aujourd’hui, on repars pour le Québec, sa neige, son froid, les études et la bibliothèque. Notre vol à destination de Washington a été annulé, donc on ne sait pas encore ce qui va arriver à Sao Paulo. En espérant ne pas avoir trop d’heures à attendre.…
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Learning from each other

My days have been filled with workshops and training sessions scheduled back to back.  Never a dull moment.  There were two major occasions when delegates from different countries presented their most successful health projects.  One was the activities fair; the other the poster fair.  The former was based on advocacy projects; the latter on health…
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Lost in translation: the RM highlights party mix.

International IFMSA meetings will always be lost in translation. Yes, in a literal way one might say, the event takes shape – for the Americas at least – through English, Spanish, Portuguese and French speakers, with over 160 students from different backgrounds and conceptions of health, medicine and social justice. Then on a more philosophical plane, there are…
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The Little Bit of SCORP in my Life

Last day in Montevideo! Tomorrow we leave for the cold; wonder how the weather is… #blizzard2016 We’ve met amazing people, discussed many topics of interest and constructed lasting memories. I take my hat off to all the organizers and participants of this event. SCORP sessions have been a real eye-opener. Over the past couple of…
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2016 RM Enterprise: The Social Determinants of Health

To pick up where we left off “we can siesta when we’re dead”, at this point of the journey, sleeplessness makes everything hit or miss. Either you rise and immerse and participate radiantly through the RM and social events, or you inadequately “attend” to everything in a daze, a phenomenon some have not hesitated to…
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In the beginning of RM2016….

January 17, 2016.  The first night.  At 20h30, the delegates from Québec went down to the mezzanine to join the other delegates for the opening ceremony.  On arriving, the floor was already full of people.  Everyone was waiting to enter the hall.  As we waited, I made a panoramic mental picture of the mezzanine.  Everyone…
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I’m now a LEADer

Hola [email protected], con permiso porfa. Donc, le pre-RM LEAD s’est terminé en beauté hier, avec nos derniers ateliers et la présentation de notre »entreprise ». La deuxième journée était assez bien quoi que c’était beaucoup de choses que je savais déjà (policy statements que j’ai déjà écrits, project management, etc.). Nous avons eu la chance…
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Analysis of My Daily Life in Uruguay

Buenos dias! Que tal? The Americas Regional Meeting 2016 officially started yesterday evening with the opening ceremony. We were told that dinner would come afterwards. Well… dinner is a strong word: miniature hors d’oeuvres were passed around the room at 10:30 PM as we sipped Coca-Cola and Sprite. As it turns out, Uruguayans typically eat…
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« We can siesta when we’re dead » (first impressions on the Pre-RM workshop)

Context: We arrived two days ago, safely for the most part (« for the most part », i.e. William was taken hostage for 8 hours in Sao Paulo and reached us only around midnight). We are anything but rested, yet thoroughly amazed by the sheer fact that the Southern Hemisphere is bathed in summer. There are greens here,…
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Planes, trains and automobiles

« Libertad O Muerte », meaning « Freedom or Death », is Uruguay’s official motto. It gives a very passionate image to the country and sounds oddly similar to « Live free or die » from New Hampshire… Coincidence? While I have not yet gotten the chance to thoroughly meet locals and confirm this passion,…
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Empezamos con el pre ere eme

Le pre RM a commencé en force hier matin, avec des sessions de 9 à 18 heures, avec peu de pauses. Je prends l’atelier LEAD, donné par la directrice régionale des Amériques, le président d’IFMSA, un ancien directeur régional et un assistant du développement de la region de l’année dernière, tous des gens très expérimentés…
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A home away from home

I am having a great time in Uruguay. We arrived in sunny Montevideo yesterday, and had the day to explore the city and the boardwalk. It feels different coming to the preRM as SCOPH Regional Assistant. I already know all the logistics and agendas; the element of surprise has diminished. Nonetheless, I feel like I…
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On being a delegate for IFMSA-QC at the RM in Uruguay

August 25, 2015: My first day of orientation at McGill.  I walked over to the last booth of what was part of a series of tables that represented various services and student clubs McGill had to offer to its medical students.  The young man in front of the table was wearing a t-shirt with the…
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En route vers le RM2016

Bonsoir chères lectrices et chers lecteurs, Je me présente, David Galiano, étudiant de 2ème année à l’Université McGill et président d’IFMSA-Québec. Si vous remontez dans ce blogue, vous allez quasiment avoir mon CV d’implication des 4 dernières années. Et oui, déjà 4 ans que je m’implique dans IFMSA-Québec, ce merveilleux organisme que j’ai appris à…
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Thoughts on the upcoming RM

In 1 day, 11 hours and 13 minutes, I will be heading to Québec Jean Lesage International airport for the beginning of an adventure. This adventure will take me to the small country of Uruguay (Montevideo, to be precise), where I will take part in the 2016 IFMSA regional meeting for the Americas. But who am I?…
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