For several days in 2020, Vilnius will become a meeting point for medical students taking part in the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association’s (IFMSA) annual European Regional Meeting (EuRegMe). The event, which will be organised by the Lithuanian Medical Students’ Association (LiMSA), will be the first event of its kind in the Baltics States providing diverse development opportunities for medical students.
The annual EuRegMe attracts over 300 students from more than 40 European countries. On a global scale, IFMSA unites more than 1.3 million medical science students representing some 133 associations. Lithuania beat out IFSMA-Serbia to host the 2020 edition of the event.
“The IFMSA works in cooperation with the World Health Organisation, the United Nations, the World Medical Association and many other organisations working in the field of healthcare and medical education. This gives medical students the chance to participate in the activities of these kinds of organisations and submit their candidacies to become direct representatives of the IFMSA,” says Aurelija Martinonytė, National Coordinator of the Medical Sciences Committee of the LiMSA.
Go Vilnius, the city’s dedicated development and tourism agency played a key role in supporting the LiMSA application. “This event is important both to the community of medical students and to Vilnius. Cities actively compete to organise and host international events of this nature, which are a great opportunity for them to gain valuable exposure among international audiences. In addition, events of this type provide an opportunity for knowledge-sharing, making new connections and developing new projects,” says Go Vilnius Director Inga Romanovskienė. According to her, international conferences and other events associated to the medical sector are extremely popular; many events in this field are organised both in Vilnius and across Europe.
The main topics for the 2020 EuRegMe in Vilnius include the workforce in the global healthcare sector and social responsibility. According to LiMSA representatives, these topics were chosen because of their relevance to Lithuania and the rest of Europe.
“According to the United Nations, there will be a shortage of 18 million healthcare workers by 2030. We constantly hear discussions in Lithuania about the uneven distribution of medical staff between the country’s larger cities and its rural areas, which has had a significant impact on residents of the latter areas. Another topic – social responsibility – is also relevant to all of us. The principle aim of treating this topic is to ensure that healthcare systems can respond to the constantly evolving needs of contemporary societies,” continues A. Martinonytė.
During EuRegMe’20, these topics will be treated in the context of the medical sciences, human rights, public health and reproductive health rights. Medical students will share their experiences in improving the level of health protection in their countries, and develop both professional and humanitarian competences. New regional priority business trends, as well as critical regional-level decisions will also be presented and discussed.
The event will take place in Vilnius at the end of April 2020.