IFMSA launches new Students Handbook on Exchanges on Obstetrics and Gynecology

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – The International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) has launched the new Students Handbook on exchanges on Obstetrics and Gynecology, which has been reviewed by Professor Hamid Rushwan, Chief Executive of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). The handbook includes skills and competencies that both organizations believe to be essential for medical students participating in professional exchanges in this area.

“Quality assurance of our exchanges is one of our top priorities. Every year, about 700 medical students go on a professional exchange with IFMSA in Obstetrics and Gynecology departments, making it the 3rd most chosen one. Therefore, we are very excited to have a student handbook reviewed by FIGO specifically for these students to guide them throughout their clerkship, ensuring that their learning experience is relevant to their medical curriculum.” – Omar Cherkaoui, IFMSA Director on Professional Exchanges

Every year IFMSA offers more than 13.000 medical students the opportunity to participate in a professional or research exchange, in one of more than 90 countries, making it one of the worlds oldest and biggest student exchange program. The main purpose of the program is to promote cultural understanding and co-operation amongst medical students and all health professionals, through the facilitation of international student exchanges. The new checklist will immediately be implemented in the IFMSA exchange program and will determine successful completion of an exchange in Obstetrics and Gynecology before certification.

The new Students Handbook is publicly available at:


The International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) envisions a world in which all medical students unite for global health and are equipped with the knowledge, skills and values to take on health leadership roles locally and globally. Founded in 1951, IFMSA today represents a network of 1.3 million medical students through its 127 national member organizations in 119 countries. More information can be found at:


Mustafa Ozan Alpay

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