Canadian Federation of
Medical Students

CFMS/IFMSA Opportunities

See below more detailed descriptions of these global health opportunities!

  1. Represent Canada at the IFMSA meeting in Tanzania!
  2. How to WHO Manual
  3. Symposium webcast: Fulfill Young People’s Sexual Rights
  4. Summer School Opportunities in Angers, France
  5. Pan American Health Organization contest
  6. Call for IFMSA Delegation to the STI and HIV World Congress in Rio de Janeiro
  7. Call to join the Small Working Group on World Refugee Day 2017
  8. Medical Peace Work MOOC Online Course


1. Represent Canada at the IFMSA meeting in Tanzania!

The Canadian Federation of Medical Students is inviting applications to join the CFMS Delegation to the IFMSA General Assembly in Arusha, Tanzania, August 1-7, 2017. CFMS will select a small and effective team, and provide partial funding to help support the cost of their travel.

For interested parties, please complete the following application.

Applications are due Sunday, April 30th, 2016 at 23:59 EST.

Questions can be directed to Jessica Bryce at [email protected]


2. How to WHO Manual

The IFMSA is pleased to share their new How to WHO Manual.

This resource was developed by leaders with extensive experience in hosting and organizing WHO simulations and conferences – providing you with a comprehensive and complete introduction to the rules and procedures of a WHO Simulation –to inspire you and encourage you to host a WHO Simulation in your country! Manual available here:


3. Symposium webcast: Fulfill Young People’s Sexual Rights

Participate in this livestream hosted by The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) in partnership with the Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC).  

Translating the sexual rights of young people into practice not only involves raising awareness among young people for them to claim their rights, but working with duty bearers, such as health providers, educators and policy makers for them to fulfill these rights in law and in services. As adolescence is a time of gradually gaining responsibilities, implementing the rights of adolescents specifically involves a dynamic process of striking a balance between protecting them while respecting their autonomy and promoting their empowerment. With this in mind, IPPF and WAS developed Fulfil! A Guidance Document for the Implementation of Young People’s Sexual Right (2016). Join us in this exciting Symposium with experts on adolescent’s health and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Date and time: Friday April 21st 2017 from 4:00-5:30 pm

Link: email [email protected] for livestream link


4. Summer School Opportunities in Angers, France

The University of Angers is pleased to announce the opening of registrations for their summer programs, which will be held from the 26th June to 7th July. 6 different options are available, including: research, simulation in healthcare, bioinformatics, vascular, tourism, éthiques et santé, enfance et bien-être, plant science. Each includes conferences by international and renowned researchers, workshops, hands-on activities, visits to research facilities and biotech companies, and attractive social activities.

For more information, as well as videos from previous summer school sessions:

Question? [email protected] 

Deadline: April 16th, 2017


5. Pan American Health Organization Contest

The Health Promotion team of the Special Program on Sustainable Development and Health Equity at the headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is pleased to announce that the Contest for Significant Experiences in Health Promotion in the Region of the Americas: Areas Municipalities, Schools and Universities/Higher Education Institutions  will launch on 10 April 2017. 

Does your city/municipality, school or university/higher education institution have any experience in Health Promotion? Have Health Promotion activities been carried out in your setting by working in a network, doing intersectoral work, offering health education with a comprehensive approach or by building knowledge in Health Promotion?

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is pleased to invite you to apply to the Contest for Significant Experiences in Health Promotion in the areas of Municipalities, Schools and Universities/Higher Education Institutions.

Winners will receive recognition from PAHO/WHO for their practices in Health Promotion with respect to healthy settings. Twelve experiences will be recognized in the Region of the Americas.

Applications will be accepted between 10 April 2017 and 12 May 2017 (11:59 p.m. EDT).


6. Call for IFMSA Delegation to the STI and HIV World Congress in Rio de Janeiro

It’s with great pleasure that the IFMSA is opening the call for the IFMSA Delegation that will participate in the “STI and HIV World Congress” in Rio de Janeiro.

  1. When: 9th-12th July 2017
  2. What: 20 registration fees for IFMSA members with an 80% discount.
  3. What: The Congress represents the biennial joint meeting of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research (ISSTDR) and the International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI), in partnership with their local organizer, the Brazilian Society of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (BSSTD-Rio de Janeiro). The event brings together the most prominent researchers in the field of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, to present new work, hear the latest interpretations of new data from world experts, and discuss the implications of these findings for health policy and delivery of patient care. (

General Remarks:

Selection Criteria: The preliminary selection criteria used is the one that can be found below. Individual scores and comments will be shared to the applicant upon request after the selection.

Call for input: If you are interested in providing input regarding the activity of IFMSA before and during the STI and HIV World Congress, please provide it through the input for external meetings form. There will be more information sent via IFMSA communication servers prior to the meeting.

How can you apply?

Should you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact me via [email protected].


7. Call to join the Small Working Group on World Refugee Day 2017

The IFMSA is seeking members to join their Small Working Group on World Refugee Day.

Aims and objectives

The main goal of this SWG is to brainstorm, draft and develop the campaign for World Refugee Day - both to be done on an international level, and to inspire member locally and nationally.

You will also contribute to the World Refugee Day Manual, which we intend to update (based on the content of the 2015 manual). Moreover, you will be able to create materials such as videos and infographics, as well as to help with the publications.

Who can apply?

We encourage all IFMSA members who have experience in the field of Human Rights and Peace to apply for this working group, as well as members with a keen interest in Refugees’ Health and Rights! Out of the applicants, we will select 4-6 motivated individuals who are willing to dedicate their time to help facilitate the process of drafting and updating the Manual and developing activities for World Refugee Day. We will also take into account regional and gender representation, as we are looking to have a balanced group bringing different perspectives to the table.

For more info, check the WRD Campaign Introduction document: [here]

Note: The first OLM of the SWG will take place on April 21st, so state your availability in your application for the dates!

How to apply?

Please fill in the Application form available here.

Deadline for application is April 17th, 23:59 GMT.


8. Medical Peace Work MOOC Online Course

Medical Peace Work MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) seeks to increase understanding of the role of healthcare in maintaining and building peaceful societies.

What is Medical Peace Work: overall, you learn how war and human right violations affect health. It is an emerging field of expertise in health work, violence prevention and peace building. It is a partnership of medical organizations and teaching institutions committed to the development of this new field of expertise. It is also seven online courses and a collection of teaching resources for medical peace education

Violence affects health in multiple ways. Medical peace work is an important and emerging field of expertise in health, violence prevention, and peace-building. This course will introduce you to some of the key concepts, opportunities and dilemmas in the field through six case studies on causes, responses, roles, and duties of healthcare practitioners in dealing with violence and building peaceful societies.

When: basically, you can start this course anytime. However, there will be a moderated version providing you the possibility to interact with the other learners and to discuss further questions with the teachers. This version starts on Monday, May 1st. It will only take you 2 hours per week, lasting for 6 weeks in total – and afterwards, you will be one step closer to become an expert in violence prevention and peace building in your society!

Where: this course is accessible via the FutureLearn platform. And it is completely free!

How: this course employs interactive learning strategies such as videos, quizzes, assignments to offer you a sustainable and fun learning experience! It is not about learning textbooks by heart ;)

During the six weeks of this MOOC, we will cover six topics: