Welcome to SCORE!
Unfortunately several times we dont have the opportunity as medical students to have a research experience while in the medical school. Research is essential for the development of medicine and without it the medical fields could never have reached the stage they are right now with innovative methods of diagnosis and treatments. Join the experience of improving the research skills with an unforgettable cultural learning and you have the Standing Committee on Research Exchange (SCORE)!
SCORE was founded in 1991 with the objective of giving students an opportunity of improving their skills in research in other learning settings. Presently, SCORE involves more than 65 active NMOs, offering over 3000 research projects to provide over 2400 medical students worldwide the opportunity to participate in IFMSA research exchange program and learn the basic principles of medical research such as literature studies, collecting data, scientific writing, lab work, statistics and ethical aspects related to the medicine. It is important to mention that all exchanges are initiated and coordinated entirely by medical student volunteers.
Our mission is to offer future physicians an opportunity to experience research and diversity in countries all over the world. This is achieved by providing a network of locally and internationally active students that globally facilitate access to research exchange projects. Through our programming and opportunities, we aim to develop both culturally sensitive students and skilled researchers intent on shaping the world of science in the upcoming future.
- To provide research projects in medical curricula in order to medical students worldwide to take responsibility for their own curriculum according to their interest and to introduce them to the basic principles of medical research.
- To increase the mobility and widen the horizon of medical students worldwide providing them with the possibility to experience different approaches in medical research, education and treatment by partaking in research projects in other countries.
- To enhance the academic quality of the medical student curricula and the theoretical knowledge in the field of medical research either on basic science or on clinical science with/without lab work.
- To facilitate collaboration and partnership between different medical universities/schools, research institutions and allied medical students across the globe in order to share and spread new achievements in the field of medical research.
- To maintain affordable research exchange tuition through its governing body to insure that medical students within the National Member Organizations can participate in the exchanges without any financial burden.
The Definition of IFMSA Research Exchange
The IFMSA Research Exchange is a research project that provides medical students with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the specific area of their research interest. This program is officially recognized and supported by the medical school/university and is guided by a mentor who introduces exchange students to the basic principles of research, including literature search, data collection, scientific writing, laboratory work, statistics and ethics. Upon completion of the program, students may be required to prepare a written scientific report or an oral presentation.
Types of research projects:
- Basic laboratory research project.
- Clinical research project, combined with basic research in the lab.
- Clinical research project.
- Global Action Project (GAP)
How the SCORE Exchanges Work
All exchanges are initiated and coordinated entirely by medical student volunteers. Every university is represented by a Local Officer on Research Exchange (LORE), who facilitates projects at the local level and arranges for the exchange students preparations such like housing and boarding. Every exchange student is assigned a local contact person who serves as a guide, resource, and social liaison, the thing that strengthens the intercultural communication, understanding, and unity among medical students worldwide.
For more information about IFMSA Exchanges, visit Exchange the World Section.
Example of recent achievements
Exchanges Profile Book: SCOPE and SCORE international teams created the Exchanges Profile Book, which will shortly be available in four languages, in addition to its original english version. The Profile Book provides readers with a comprehensive overview of the exchanges system within the IFMSA and give statistics on the programs.
Endorsement of exchanges: The World Federation of Medical Education, the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA), and the Federation of European Neuroscience societies (FENS) – among others – recognizing the academic quality and the professional organization of our program.
Global Action Project (GAP): GAP aims to fill that void in knowledge and awareness. It encourages future health professionals to learn the necessary skills for the prevention, detection and treatment of endemic diseases worldwide. Through a four-week intervention program, students reinforce basic research abilities in special circumstances and experience the way these endemic diseases are handled in their native environment. Students are also involved in the development of health promotion programs.
Creation of an International PRET Manual: A manual was created to support national member organizations to host international professional and research exchanges training, with the objective of increasing the quality and quantity of such capacity building events.
If you are a National Officer on Research Exchange, please ask the SCORE Director for access to the NORE Folder containing all documents for NOREs.
- The Manual on Research Exchange (MoRE)
- SCORE Regulations
- How to establish SCORE in your NMO
- Exchanges Profile Book
- Academic Quality Logbook
International Team 2015-2016
SCORE Regional Assistant Africa: Elise Tirza A. Ohene – Kyei (FGMSA Ghana)
SCORE Regional Assistant Americas: Mauro Camacho (IFMSA-Brazil)
SCORE Regional Assistant Asia-Pacific: Yi-Chieh Wu (FMS-Taiwan)
SCORE Regional Assistant EMR: Saif Ghishan (IFMSA-Jo, Jordan)
SCORE Regional Assistant Europe: Ester Penalver (IFMSA-Spain) and Ana-Maria Dogaru (FASMR Romania)
SCORE Development Assistant on Academic Quality and Recognition: Tara D’Ignazio (IFMSA-Quebec)
SCORE Development Assistant on Database: Chiheb Chammem (Associamed Tunisia)
Supervising Board (SB) member: Basak Sinem Sezgin (TurkMSIC-Turkey)
Supervising Board (SB) member: Erick Marcelo Torres Gonzalez (IFMSA-Mexico)
Supervising Board (SB) member: James Janani (IFMSA-Sweden)
Supervising Board (SB) member: Xiya Ma (IFMSA-Quebec)
SCORE Director: Koen Demaegd firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a student and have questions about your exchange, please contact the responsible Exchange Officer for IFMSA Exchanges in your university or country.
Join Us Online
If you are a medical student that want to get involved and learn more Subscribe to ifmsa-score mailing list by sending a blank email to email@example.com.
You can also join our Facebook Group: The Official IFMSA-SCORE.