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Think Global
Project/Activity details
Project/Activity title Think Global
Type Initiative
Level International
Project Affiliation with IFMSA Standing Committees
Parties involved
IFMSA NMOs involved IFMSA-NL, AMSA-USA, AMSA-Australia, Medsin-UK, IMCC Denmark, FiMSIC Finland, IFMSA-Quebec, CFMS Canda, and others
Countries of implementation
Partners Access to IFMSA partners via the Liaison Officers. Potentially partnering with Global Health Education Consortium (GHEC) or Global Health Workforce Alliance re. the global health survey.
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Details of the Project
Aim - To provide IFMSA members with core knowledge on global health issues

- To promote the importance of all medical students learning about global health issues

- To empower participants to act as advocates for global health education

- To provide participants with skills training for organising their own activities to raise awareness and promote action on global health

- To provide a forum for students interested in global health to network, exchange ideas and learn about each othersí experiences of health
Description Global health education aims for students to have an understanding of the broad determinants of health and healthcare delivery. Think Global aims for all future healthcare professionals to have an understanding of global health.

Think Global works with students involved in the IFMSA (International Federation of Medical Studentsí Associations) and provides them with opportunities to learn about global health in the context of their clinical and extracurricular activities.

These opportunities include global health workshops and theme events at IFMSA General Assembly and regional meetings. Students attending this training are encouraged to organise global health events in their own countries.

Think Global aims to include global health education in medical curricula. The project empowers students to act as advocates for global health through training them in global health issues and advocacy. It also aims at building a network of students interested in global health.
Final comments and follow-up Think Global hopes to ultimately change medical student culture so that all doctors in the future are able to consider their practice of medicine in the context of the local, national and global situation. Doctors should recognise the economic, historical, cultural, political, commercial and environmental factors that determine the health status of individual and populations.

We want medical students to have an opportunity to learn about global health within their medical curriculum. Education should be offered at both a basic level, as a part of the core curriculum, and at an advanced level as elective courses.

The project seeks to influence the knowledge and attitudes of all IFMSA members.

We encourage, empower and support individuals to ensure that the lessons they learn are passed to their national member organisation. In time, the national organisation can become a vehicle for raising awareness amongst the medical student population at large. Activities in the U.K. over the past five years demonstrate how global health issues spread from being the priority of a minority interest group to being recognised as a subject for everyone, relevant to virtually all activities. We hope this example will be followed in other countries, and the importance of global health education will be realised by medical students, their organisations, and medical faculties.
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