Founded in 1979, the Asian Medical Students' Association is the only representative organisation linking medical students from across Asia, the Asia-Pacific and beyond. Each year medical students from 16 Member Nations and 3 Associate Nations gather at international conferences to share knowledge and culture, undertake activities and social services together and forge international friendships.
AMSA is rapidly expanding its role to reach beyond a conference-based organization. AMSA helps organize international student exchange programs, regularly undertakes national and regional projects, provides humanitarian assistance at times of need, produces quarterly student publications and liaises with the World Health Organisation, the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia and many other international and regional medical student organisations.
AMSA International has become the embodiment of its Vision: Knowledge, Action and Friendship.
The International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) is an independent, non-profit and non-political federation of medical students' associations around the world. The IFMSA was founded in May 1951 and currently has 136 National Member Organizations from 127 countries on six continents, and represents more than 1 million medical students worldwide. It is recognized as a non-governmental organization (NGO) within the United Nations' and the International Forum for medical students by the World Health Organization.
The IFMSA activities ranges from public health, clinical and research exchange programs, to reproductive health and human rights. It promotes medical students' active role in influencing their societies by increasing awareness of public health. Under the IFMSA, active members are grouped into different standing committees serving various purposes. Each standing committee is dedicated towards its working area, promoting country and cross-country projects.
Medical students around the globe gather during the IFMSA General Assembly in March and August every year, discussing global health issues and initiating countries’ projects.