As future doctors we all have the idealism to help others. “In public health, you can impact more than one person at a time. The whole society is your patient” (Tom Frieden). But in order to actually do something you need skills, knowledge, support… That’s why we organize the SCOPH Day.

SCOPH Day is a one-day training with many workshops about public health and the skills necessary to start or to lead (a) successful project(s) or to lead a group of project responsibles. Whether you are a total newbie to BeMSA or an old dinosaur. There are trainings suited for everyone. Each workshops is given by experienced trainers (also students just like you) certified by the IFMSA. To learn more about the different workshops you can check out the info below.

Practical information

When? Saturday October 20th 2018 from 9h00 till 17h45

Where? Maria-Theresiacollege (Sint-Michielsstraat 6, 3000 Leuven)

How much will that cost? € 6

How can I register?


9:00 Welcome – arrival – payment
(Junior Skills)
Management: 1
Mental Health
Extra session:
topic to
be confirmed!!
14:00 Project
Management 2
15:30 Break
16:00 Public
17:30 Closing

More information


Since you’re reading this introduction, you probably already heard about BeMSA, SCOPH and/or IFMSA. But what do you really know about us?

During this session we will introduce you to how BeMSA operates. The many abbreviations, which can seem as clouds covering the sun will disappear, so you will finally be able to follow all those conversations the BeMSA members are having.

You will also be introduced to the many international opportunities the IFMSA (the international federation where BeMSA is part of) has to offer. And who knows: maybe you will be joining us at the next WHO Simulation of the IFMSA (or maybe even an internship?)?

Project Management 1+2

Projects with a social impact are the main weapon of our organisation. Whether a project stands or falls, the impact it has… it all depends on how prepared the project responsible is.

During these 2 sessions of Project Management you will learn the base skills needed to successfully organize a project (and combine it with your daily life). In the first part you will learn how to approach the selection of a project topic (NEEDS assessment) and the creation of a project (Vision, Mission and SMART Objectives). While the second session will focus about time management (what do you do first when you have tons of things to do? How do you choose your deadlines?).

Mental health

Burnout, depression, suicide, negative self-esteem… None of these words will be new to you. But what matters most is that –even when we do know the importance of this pertinent problem– we hardly ever discuss the issue. What makes people vulnerable? What strengthens them? How can we overcome the burden of a brain that keeps on thinking in a negative way? How can you help a friend?

In this session we would like to dig deeper into the human brain and the fundamental aspects of mental health. Our aim is to make you stronger and to hand you some tools to help others - friends and the society in general.

Antimicrobial resistance

Exactly 90 years ago, the first antibiotic (penicillin) was developed by Alexander Fleming. This milestone in human history marked a new era of health care. Nowadays, we cannot imagine a person dying from a sting of a rose or an abscess…

Unfortunately, the development of new antibiotics decreased, while the development of antimicrobial resistance increased tremendously. Not only in humans, but also in livestock. Not only in our hospitals, but also on the other side of the globe. What if the antimicrobial resistant malaria spreads? Will there be a moment when we cannot perform any surgery again, as we cannot overcome the risk of bacterial infections by using a correct antibiotic?

What can we do to avoid this doom scenario to happen? Is there a chance that we will discover new antibiotics? You’ll hear all about it during this session!

Conflict management

Conflict is something that everyone of us faces on a weekly (if not daily) base. And yet the cause is often nothing more than simple miscommunication. For example, you have a group project and you're used to working alone, but you have a really bossy person in you're team who follows your every step. Or maybe someone is never on time while you are very punctual. These things can lead to conflict and if conflict is not handled correctly it can self-destruct the team.

For that reason we will give a entire session which consists of a theoretical part and a part where some cases will be discussed, to get the hang of everything you learned. During this session we want to give you the knowledge and skills necessary to approach a conflict and easily resolve it.

Public speaking

Some love it, some hate it, but everyone needs it!

No matter whether it is for a BeMSA activity, for your New Year’s speech or for the defence of your thesis, it is always important to know how to present something. You’ll learn how to be confident in front of a crowd, how to convey your message clearly and how to convince your audience.

Public speaking is an art, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t practice it. During the session you will get useful tips and tricks to become a master!

Team dynamics

Everyone is unique! And together we can create something tremendously big! But everyone is different and this can cause some friction when working together…

In this session we will dig deeper into the different stages of group development. How does a group form? What is the difference between a team and a group? What are the benefits of both?

Secondly, we will introduce you to the world of anthropology. What kind of persons are there? How do they function in a team? What are their strengths and their weaknesses?

Lastly, we would like to give you some insights into teambuilding and its usefulness.