“Skilled healthcare students making a sustainable change
towards social, physical, and psychological well-being for all.”
Who are we?
The Belgian Medical Students’ Association (BeMSA) is a Belgian student-run organisation. As of the 2018-2019 academic year, it represents medical students from 9 of the faculties across the country, while also establishing international connections through the existing network of 137 national member organisations of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA).
Each year we organise a series of events on a local, national and international level, including 100 clinical and research exchanges for our students to explore innovations in medicine, healthcare systems and healthcare delivery in other settings.
BeMSA brings people together to exchange, discuss and initiate projects in order to create a healthier world. It trains its members to give them the skills and resources needed to be health leaders. It advocates for the pressing issues that matter to us to shape the world we want. And it does deliver: our projects, our campaigns and our activities positively impact the physicians-to be as well as the communities they serve.
Our Local Committees:
University of Antwerp (UAntwerpen)
Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Ghent University (UGent)
Hasselt University (UHasselt)
KU Leuven Afdeling Kortrijk (KULAK)
KU Leuven (KUL)
Université de Liège (uLiège)
Université Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain)
How it all started
In 2009, medical student organisations from Ghent (SWISS), Antwerp and Leuven decided to unite and form the Belgian Medical Students ‘Association. BeMSA became a full member of the IFMSA (International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations) in 2013, which gave Belgian medical students access to a global network of contacts and unique opportunities.
Our organisation has been growing ever since, and our newest members for the 2018-2019 academic year are BeMSA Kulak and BeMSA Liège.
What do we do?
Our work is divided in the following global areas:
Public health (SCOPH – Standing Committee on Public Health)
Sexual and reproductive health (SCORA – Standing Committee on Reproductive health and AIDS)
Medical education (SCOME – Standing Committee on Medical Education)
Human rights and peace (SCORP – Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace)
Student internships abroad (SCOPE – Standing Committee on Professional Exchange; SCORE – Standing Committee on Research Exchange)
You may find out more about our Standing Committees by clicking on their respective logos.
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