Over the past decades, IFMSA has realized a fair number of special achievements, which have marked the development and continuous growth of the Federation. Below, you can find some of the most recent ones:
- IFMSA Exchanges Program, which includes 4-week professional and research exchanges, have been endorsed by the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME), World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA), the Federation of European Neuroscience societies (FENS) and the European Society for Emergency Medicine (EuSEM), recognizing the academic quality and the professional organisation of our program.
- In October 2014, IFMSA has won the the Health Systems Global Award – Civil Organization Category. This award was given to the organization that best employs social media to engage civil society in health systems-related dialogue.
- In November 2014, IFMSA co-founded the World Healthcare Students Alliance (WHSA) together with the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation and the International Association of Dental Students (IADS). The WHSA, which now includes the International Veterinary Students Associations (IVSA), is a coalition of international health student-run organizations aiming to strengthen interdisciplinary healthcare-related advocacy; to commonly contribute to the advancement of global health; and to develop and implement improved health policies together with multi-sectorial stakeholders. The Alliance has a reach-out capacity of over 1.8 million health students in more than 100 countries worldwide.
- In December 2014, at the 20th UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP20), IFMSA successfully advocated for a greater recognition of health considerations within climate change negotiations. The concept of health co-benefits, which was originally not included in the draft text, was integrated in the final version of the Lima Call for Action.
- For the year 2015, IFMSA was granted financial support from Erasmus+ Program, under Key Action 3, to support the core operations of the Federation.
- In April 2015, IFMSA co-signed a letter, which was published in the Guardian, calling on top charities to drop their fossil fuels company interests. IFMSA recognized that it shares a responsibility to our future patients to address unmitigated climate change, the biggest health threat of the 21st century, and to advocate for a transition to a healthier, more sustainable economy.
- In May 2015, IFMSA has signed an historic agreement with the World Medical Association (WMA), after a fruitful collaboration of over fifty years. Both organisations agreed to strengthen and mutually support their respective work, so to increase the collaboration between the future and current health professionals.
- IFMSA has received, for two UNESCO Participation Program in a row (2012-2013 and 2014-2015), financial support to organize capacity building activities around the world, mainly in the field of sexual and reproductive health and youth leadership in Africa. In the early 2000s, IFMSA also received a substantial grant to develop the leadership training program.
- For four years now, IFMSA has run a 3-day youth-oriented capacity building event in global health advocacy, governance and diplomacy prior to the annual World Health Assembly. Each edition has welcomed over forty students from various fields, including health, law, politics and economics.
- Over the past decades, IFMSA has been able to secure internships for medical students in various United Nations Institutions, such as the World Health Organisation. Those fruitful partnerships have enable generations of medical students to receive training in the highest governance bodies, and to understand better the global health political landscape.
- Each year, IFMSA organizes two general assemblies and five regional meetings, which welcome over 3000 medical students. Those meetings give future leaders an inspiring space to meet, discuss and exchanges brilliant ideas and projects.
- In June 2012, IFMSA took an active leadership role in the drafting of the Rio+20 Process on sustainable development. The Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr Margaret Chan, has stated in several occasions that without IFMSA efforts, health would have not be given such a high level of considerations in the final declaration.
Going back in time
- In 2000, IFMSA received a Gold Medaille dExcellence from the International Human Rights Consortium for the creation of a kit entitled HIV/AIDS and Human Rights: Young People in Action.
- In 2002, IFMSA and the World Health Organization jointly conducted a Global Survey on Geriatrics in the Medical Curriculum. The results were compiled in a short publication.
- In 2003, IFMSA published a report with the Council of Europe on health and human rights of Refugees, immigrants and minorities in Europe.
- In 2004, the World Health Organization, the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME) and IFMSA, as an executive member of the WFME, launched a strategic partnership to improve medical education worldwide by setting up an international task force on accreditation. The results have been formulated in a set of guidelines for accreditation of basic medical education institutions and programs that were launched in 2005.
- In 2005, IFMSA created the first students task force of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) conference. It has been successfully existing ever since.
- In 2005, as IFMSA was celebrating its 50th anniversary, Kofi Annan, the then United Nations Secretary General, wrote in a letter to the Federation: As Medical students committed to sharing your knowledge and skills internationally, you are a powerful source of hope for the future. I commend your determination to use your medical training to benefit all members of society.