The Global Priorities are a group of focus areas and overarching concepts in which the internal and external work in IFMSA Standing Committees will be focused on. This will help us to have a streamlined and a strategic approach towards our deliveries on a global level, and act as a guidance to ease up our daily collaboration between the different working groups in IFMSA.
IFMSA started working with this system in August Meeting 2018, by adopting the first proposal for Global Priorities for the term 2018/2019. Furthermore, the Global Priorities were officially introduced to our bylaws in March Meeting 2019, through a set of bylaws which regulates their proposal, adoption and monitoring. IFMSA Executive Board will propose the Global Priorities in the August Meeting, and any NMO and Official may advise the Executive Board of what Global Priorities shall be proposed. Each year, a consultation process is held prior to creating the proposal in all Standing Committees to determine which Global Priorities shall be proposed for the upcoming term, and IFMSA members, Officials, and even partners participate in this consultation process.
The Global Priorities Proposal contains a set of Global Priorities, a theme description for each Global Priority, internal and external goals with at least one indicator for each proposed Goal.
IFMSA Officials are responsible for working on IFMSA Global Priorities as the following:
- Standing Committee Directors coordinate IFMSA’s work on the internal goals and indicators of the relevant Global Priority.
- Liaison Officers coordinate IFMSA’s work on the external goals and indicators of the relevant Global Priority.
- IFMSA President monitors and reports the work on IFMSA Global Priorities internally
- IFMSA Vice President for External Affairs monitors and reports the work on IFMSA Global Priorities externally
The Focus Fields are the main areas of Global Health, in which IFMSA will work during this term.
- IFMSA continues to advocate for the integration of Social Accountability in medical and health professions’ education and prompts its members to do so as well
- IFMSA extends its scope and identifies as a key advocate for patient
safety and patient-centered education
- IFMSA promotes building the competence of medical students in rural
- IFMSA continues to be represented at key meetings and groups pertaining to Rural Health
- Strengthen Advocacy on the importance of Rural Health towards the achievement of Universal Health Coverage
- IFMSA raises members’ awareness on medical students’ rights in healthcare settings
- IFMSA promotes students advocacy actions related to violence
against health workers
- Continue IFMSA’s representation in the Global Health Workforce Network (GHWN) Youth Hub Steering Committee and actively contribute towards its development
- IFMSA continues to advocate for decent working conditions of the young health workforce and the importance of safe working environments
- IFMSA addresses the approach to gender in medical curricula worldwide
- IFMSA continues to be a strong advocate for gender equity in the health workforce