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 […]

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 our situation […]

Learning from each other

Poster fair

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Analysis of My Daily Life in Uruguay

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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 […]

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, I feel like I have partly […]

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 […]

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? […]