About AMSA-Philippines

What is AMSA-Philippines?

The Asian Medical Students’ Association – Philippines (AMSA-Philippines) is a non-stock, non-profit, non-government association of different organizations from various medical schools all over the Philippines. It represents the Filipino medical students in two of the biggest international medical student organizations in the world: the Asian Medical Students’ Association-International (AMSA-International) and the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA).

Committed to the parallel goals of service and excellence, AMSA-Philippines has always provided different avenues for Filipino medical students in their pursuit to become holistic and relevant physicians of the future. The association also seeks to serve as a platform for advocacy among medical students, pushing for better health care and social justice in the Philippines. It has continuously sought to develop deepened social consciousness and a sense of active participation and contribution among its members, not only in relation to pressing health issues but also to other relevant issues affecting our society as well. AMSA-Philippines’s holistic approach to health and its dynamic knowledge cultivated through education, research, and professional exchange has always been its defining core.


Mission, Vision, Objectives

Vision

AMSA-Philippines aims to promote humanitarian ideals among medical students and seeks to contribute to the creation of responsible future physicians without political, religious, social, racial, national, sexual or any other discrimination.

Objectives

1. It shall exist to empower medical students to have a greater awareness and understanding of their critical role not just as future health care providers, but also as influential leaders of society capable of inspiring change.

2. It shall promote awareness and instil a sense of responsibility among medical students about relevant social issues that affect health, medical practice, and the health care system.

3. It shall serve as a channel for professional and research exchanges with its international affiliates to further expand its members’ knowledge and clinical skills, and for them to be able to apply such knowledge and skills in the local setting.

4. It shall aim to develop a culture of academically competent, global-oriented, culturally-sensitive students of medicine who can serve as role models in the health profession.


Standing Committees (Advocacy Programs)

Standing Committee on Medical Education (SCOME)
SCOME acts as a discussion forum for students interested in the different aspects of medical education. It promulgates advancement on the academic aspects of the medical field through various conferences, forums and workshops. The committee aims to broaden knowledge on health-related issues through several methods including educational seminars.

Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH)
SCOPH provides members the opportunities to contribute to the health of our people, both through health education and directly through supportive projects geared towards sustainable community development. It also seeks to produce advocacies targeting public health and other health-related problems rampant in our country and corresponding actions that may lead to the betterment of the health of our countrymen.

Standing Committee on Reproductive Health and AIDS (SCORA)
SCORA aims to raise awareness and inspire actions to curb the country's increasing prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases and to promote healthy and responsible sexual behavior. It also aims to prevent abortion and to promote appropriate use of contraceptives; protection of women's rights, reproductive rights and gender equality; fighting domestic violence and female genital mutilation; and the uplifting of maternal health.

Standing Committee on Research Exchange (SCORE)
SCORE aims to promote research to medical students and to inspire more students to pursue research work as a valid alternative to becoming a clinical doctor. It aims to uplift the curiosity, innovation, and use of evidence-based medicine to medical students.

Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace (SCORP)
SCORP aims to relieve and prevent the medical repercussions of war and social injustice by promoting tolerance, advocating human rights for internally displaced peoples, ensuring healthcare is provided to indigenous communities, and enhancing the building of peace after a conflict.

Standing Committee on Professional Exchange (SCOPE)
SCOPE provides the opportunity to experience the practice of medicine in a different culture by running the Philippine Professional Exchange Program (Philippine PEP), which is wholly coordinated under the Standing Committee on Professional Exchange of IFMSA. The Philippine PEP is a clinical exchange program opened for medical students on their last year in medical school or equivalent to clerkship/junior internship year. The Philippine PEP aims to widen the perspective and insights of medical students about the different health care systems in the world and compare it to the state of healthcare in our family.

Philippine Asian Medical Students Exchange Program (Philippine AMSEP)
The Philippine Asian Medical Students Exchange Program (Philippine AMSEP) is a program wholly coordinated with its counterpart under AMSA-international and is the type of exchange whose primary purpose is cultural experience. It lasts for one week and has 70% cultural/non-academic activities and 30% academic activities. The exchange can accommodate 5-20 students depending on the host country. More so, Philippine AMSEP is open for any year level and is usually held during school breaks.


International Affiliations

Asian Medical Students’ Association – International
The Asian Medical Students’ Association – International (AMSA-International) is a peak representative organization for medical students from across Asia, the Asia-Pacific and beyond. Training doctors from at least 11 Member Nations (Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines and more) and 2 Associate Nations combine to share knowledge, undertake activities and social services and create international and trans-continental friendships.

AMSA-International was officially founded in Manila, Philippines in 1985 and from this day has been an active, dynamic and exciting student-led, not-profit, non-political organization.

Today, with members and friends spanning the globe, AMSA has an active student-exchange program, regularly undertakes national and regional projects, provides humanitarian assistance at times of need, and coordinates with the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA) and many other international and regional medical student organizations for several projects.

International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations
The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization composed of 92 national member organizations from 88 countries on six continents. It was founded in 1951 as a result of the post war wave of friendship spirit among medical students. It is affiliated with the United Nations system and has since 1969 been recognized by the World Health Organization as the official international forum for international medical students. IFMSA exists to serve medical students all over the world through its member organizations and to promote international cooperation. IFMSA provides a link between members, medical students’ associations and international organizations, and to encourage the cooperation between them for the ultimate benefit of society.