IFMSA-Quebec forms the international affaires division of the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ). We regroup all medical students in the province of Quebec and aim to raise awareness and mobilize our student body around social, cultural and global issues related to healthcare. Through their projects aiming to raise awareness, their international exchange programs and their position papers, IFMSA-Quebec is devoted to improving healthcare both locally and internationally.
IFMSA-Quebec’s Mission : By the foundation of projects aiming to increase awareness and action, of international exchange programs and of position papers, IFMSA-Quebec allows students in medicine to further understand social, cultural and global issues in health, all while investing themselves in their community.
To do so, the organization is actively involved on the local and national scene within the four medical faculties in Quebec, as well as on the international scene within the International Federation of Medical Student’s associations (
Pour ce faire, l’organisation est activement impliquée sur les scènes locale et nationale au sein des quatre facultés de médecine du Québec de même qu’au sein de la Fédération internationale des associations d’étudiants en médecine (IFMSA) sur la scène internationale.
IFMSA-Quebec’s activities are divided into eight standing committees, each being led by a national officer. Three standing committees propose exchange programs in clinical, research and international cooperation settings, whereas the five others organize projects in matters of sexual, global and public health, as well as human rights and peace and medical education.
The organizational management and governing of IFMSA-Quebec is accomplished by the delegate of International Affaires of the Federation médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ), who also undertakes the role of president within IFMSA-Québec. This member assists in the functions of the federation via an executive board (EB) formed by a general secretary, and vice-presidents in internal and external affaires, finances, communications, capacity building and exchanges. An administrative council also looks over the financial and legal affaires of the organization.
Founded in Denmark in 1951, the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) regroups 136 medical student associations from 124 countries and six continents. Their members represent 1.3 million medical students across the globe. IFMSA is a unique, non-governmental and apolitical platform where doctors of tomorrow can share ideas and projects related to different issues in the field of health.
IFMSA’s mission is to “[unite] medical students worldwide to lead initiatives that impact positively the communities we serve”, to “[represent] the opinions and ideas of future health professionals in the field of global health, and [work] in the collaboration with external partners” and to “[build] capacity through training, project and exchanges opportunities, while embracing cultural diversity so as to shape a sustainable and healthy future.” Members from every member organization within IFMSA reunite every year during two general assemblies, one being held in march and the other in august.
The Pan American Medical Student’s Association (PAMSA) is the reginal organization within IFMSA that regroups the medical students’ associations in the Americas. The PAMSA is made up of 24 member associations from 21 countries. Representatives of these associations meet up one a year in January during regional meetings during which common projects within the region are discussed.
IFMSA-Québec Delegations on the International Stage
At each IFMSA general assembly and each PAMSA regional meeting, IFMSA-Quebec send a delegation of students coming from different campuses and different committees to represent medical students of Quebec on the international stage. Since the general assembly of August 2011 in Copenhagen, IFMSA-Quebec delegates share their experience via a blog.