Medical Education should be a concern of every medical student as it shapes not only the quality of future doctors, but also the quality of healthcare.
The International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) has a dedicated organ which aims to implement an optimal learning environment for all medical students around the world – the Standing Committee On Medical Education (SCOME).
As medical students are directly exposed to medical curricula, they are the first quality check of medical education and they should rightfully have an influence on the creation of new curricula and curriculum development. The second check of medical education is if the graduates are able to meet the standards of the medical profession, of their healthcare systems and the needs of their communities. From IFMSA's experience, it is often the medical students who are the strongest proponents for adapting their education to the needs of their community.
We are concerned of facing the needs of healthcare in a modern society and are willing to commit to make sure our education prepares us for them. Scientific data show that modern medical curricula are a lot more likely to teach students in an appropriate way in order to create doctors equipped with various skills and knowledge.
Some of the committee projects all over the past years:
- Intravenous Access & Hand washing Workshop
- Aim of the project: Improving the clinical skills of the medical students.
- Trainers: Assistant lecturer at the Surgery Department, in ‘Ain Shams University
- Topics covered:
How to insert, When to use, How to choose the size, How to manage the complications & When to remove.
How to take samples, How to inject drugs, Which route & How to manage complications.
- IV Lines:
How to connect and disconnect, How to manage problems & What are the different types of lines and IV sets.
- Hand washing:
How to wash hands & disinfect before medical procedures. How to protect yourself & the patient
- USMLE seminar
Aim of the project: Providing the medical students with information about the USMLE and the Learning & Training opportunities in the USA.
- Instructor: Rohayma Rateb, AMIDEAST Advisor.
- Physician-Patient Relationship session
- Aim of the project: Open discussion about the relationship between the doctors & the patients, The factors affecting it & how it can be controlled.
- Instructor: Eman ‘Ewais & Ahmad Hamed
- Welcoming the 1st year medical students “A Tour in the Faculty”
- Aim of the project: Welcoming the 2st year medical students & making them familiar with the faculty.
- Talking with the students about their first year covering a lot of points. For example, the source of their study, the hostel & others.
- Answering their questions about the methods of Assessment & learning.
- Tour in the faculty
- Medical Terminology Course
- Aim of the project: Increasing the knowledge of the 1st year medical students regarding the medical terms, in order to be familiar with them.
- Procedures: The following book was used in preparing the presentation”Medical Terminology: An Illustrated Guide" by: Barbara Janson Cohen”.
- Introduction to Research Methods
- Topics covered:
- What is Research
- Formulation of Research Question
- Formulation of Research Designs with emphasis of cross sectional design & data collection tools
- Instructor: Dr. M. ‘Essam, a researcher at the Social Research Center in the AUC & an Ex-President of MSSA
- Wrong Medical Beliefs Workshop
- Aim of the project: Correcting some Wrong Medical Beliefs that medical students take for granted.
- Procedures: Interactive session, where the instructor discuss some chosen wrong beliefs with the attendees till they are convinced with the right ones.
- Students and Research
A protocol between IFMSA-Egypt-SCOME & the National Research Center in Cairo to train 20 medical students from all Egyptian Medical Faculties on the Research Methodologies