Policy & Advocacy
IFMSA has a long history of empowering medical students to tackle health issues that matter to our generation. As an international federation, we are in an optimal position to influence decisions taken on at all levels, collaborating with different organization that go from a global reach to a local implementation. By being a diverse and global organization, that has its roots in its national members, IFMSA is able to discuss and influence policies at regional and global level in a coordinated way that will influence policies in all countries.
In the past few years IFMSA has consolidated its advocacy efforts, since it acknowledges that advocacy and medicine are inseparably intertwined. Discussions at international conferences and reports by eminent organizations have highlighted the ever-increasing need for physicians to be well equipped with advocacy skills. Despite this, medical curricula are generally poor at preparing future doctors in this area. This is why IFMSA is taking the lead.
IFMSA's Policy Documents
It is important to underline that the policies of the Federation are defined by its national members, according to IFMSA democratic and participative principles We use policy statements adopted and revised by national member organizations during our General Assemblies as the official position in different health matters. Our policies come from our roots.