Half-way through: review of objectives
My first objective was to learn more about the goals and impact of research exchanges. My meetings with my standing committee on research exchanges definitely helped me gain a better idea of the goals. This was done through talking to students who have been taking part in these exchanges for a long time, and also by looking at the mission and policy statements set by the IFMSA. I was able to really understand what research exchanges were, and in turn, what was expected from students going abroad. Also, I got a chance to see that exchanges were designed in such a way that students were able to get specific insights from their time abroad.
My second objective was to learn more about the organisation of research exchanges. Taking part in standing committee sessions and the application form market allowed me to see all of the organisation that went in to planning these exchanges. I also gained a better understanding not only of how the exchanges were organised, but also the hierarchy of students working to ensure that the exchanges run smoothly.
My third objective was to become aware of other IFMSA projects happening in Quebec and around the world. Through attending the project fair, I was able to gain insight on many of the projects that have had good results. There was a very wide variety, touching upon many aspects of public and global health. All of these were very interesting, and it would be nice to see some of them be developed in Sherbrooke.