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  • March 01-07, 2022  | March Meeting
  • April 08-10, 2022     | SMSC Lugano 2022
  • May 14. 2022          | swimsa DV/AD
National news

Dear swimsa family!
your swimsa EB 21/22

Christmas is already over and the new year rolled in a couple days ago. We wish you all the best for the upcoming year and good luck for all of you who will write their exams during the next few weeks! Whenever you feel like having a small break from studying, feel free to read through our interesting newsletter articles - you’ll find several interesting offers, updates and news from our members throughout Switzerland!

08th - 10th of April 2022
Follow us on social media and keep updated on what's to come!

​​It’s time to wake up!

2022 is already reality and we’re approaching April in big steps. As it will take place for the very first time in beautiful Ticino, the organising committee wants this experience to be special in many ways for everyone.

“Consciousness is awareness of oneself (or one’s own cognitive experience) and the environment.” – William James, The Principles of Psychology

This is one of many ways to define consciousness. As already announced, we would like to give you insights in different aspects of this topic. - “Have you ever been in a critical situation where you had to make an ethically difficult decision? Or do you know how to react if a patient gets unconscious in the emergency department?” - Ethics and emergency medicine are among the topics that we’re looking forward to discussing with you in spring.

More details will follow soon!

Your SMSC Lugano OC

Call for... international opportunities

Call for preMM22 participants 

Great training opportunities in Ohrid, North Macedonia for the period from the 25th of February to the 1st of March 2022. 

Choose between these 7 Workshops:

  • TNT - Training New Trainers

  • TNET - Training New Exchange Trainer

  • TMET - Training Medical Education Trainers

  • TSRHRT- Training Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

  • ITHRE - International Training on Human Rights Education

  • Public Health Leadership Training on Environment, Climate Change and

  • Global Health Advocates -The Future is ours

You can find more details about the workshops here.

For questions or more information contact

Call for preEuRegMe22 participants

Join one of these trainings in Portugal between the 14th and 18th of April 2022

  • Training New Trainers

  • Public Health Leadership Training on Vaccination (PHLT on VAX) 

  • GAME (Global Health Academy on Medical Education)

  • Mental Health Essentials for Future Healthcare Professionals on Migrants Mental Health (MHE on MMH)

For questions or more information contact

Call for... CoSH - Commission on Sexual Health

You are passionate about Sexual and Reproductive Rights, and you want to make things change and evolve? LGBTQ+ community, comprehensive sexuality education and STIs are subjects which are important for you? This New Year's Eve, your resolution was to get involved in swimsa?

Then you are very welcome to join our Commission! This semester will be focused around the topic of Pride Month. We have planned to construct several groups working on different projects and we would be pleased to welcome motivated people.

You are convinced, and you want to know more?  

Contact me at

I am looking forward to meeting you and hearing your ideas. 


Join our new mailing list! 

So many events, workshops, conferences and trainings are happening all of the time, all over the world, for medical students. How to keep track of them? You can join our new mailing lists! Just visit, scroll down, and fill out the form, checking the boxes which correspond to your interests, and you will receive emails concerning events and opportunities. Still not sure what all of this means? Write an email to and ask all your questions.

Join our mailing list here!

Call for... swimsa Website Coordinator

Do you feel at home on the internet and familiar with basic website programming skills? Do you want to contribute to the representation of 9000 medical students in Switzerland and help them to stay up-to-date and to find crucial information? Are you passionate about tackling new challenges?

Then we want you! swimsa is constantly improving our frequently used website and thus we are looking for a Website Coordinator to take care of uploading new content and to further develop this means of communication. Currently our website runs using Wordpress. In the light of our newly accepted official languages (EN, IT), you can make an invaluable contribution to bringing Medical Students from all over Switzerland the information they need and make finding its way through medical studies much easier.

This all takes place in close coordination with our Vice-President for Communication (VPC) - you will also receive a proper introduction. Interested and want to apply? Or do you have more questions to ask? Don’t hesitate to get in contact with our VPC:

Send your application (Motivation letter ± 1 page; Action Plan ± 1 page, CV ± 1 page) to We're looking forward to hearing from you!

Click here to read the journal around the topic of Complementary Medicine! 📣🗞
Medical Education

Deadline prolonged: Master thesis in collaboration with the AK/CoFo

Warum wollen einige Medizinstudent:innen im Job hoch hinaus, während andere sich lieber mehr Freizeit wünschen? Von welchen Faktoren werden unsere Karriere gerichteten Entscheidungen eigentlich beeinflusst? Diesen Fragen widmet sich die Masterarbeit einer Studentin der Universität Bern (Schweiz). Sie untersucht unter anderem, was Medizinstudierende antreibt oder davon abhält Karriere machen zu wollen. 

Die Umfrage dauert nur 10 Minuten und besteht ausschliesslich aus Single-Choice Fragen. Die Deadline wurde bis zum 15.01.22 verlängert die Umfrage ist hier verfügbar.

Alle Daten werden anonymisiert behandelt, so dass keine Rückschlüsse auf Einzelpersonen möglich sind. Gerne bekommst du bei Interesse auch einen kurzen Ergebnisbericht, mit allen Einzelheiten des Projektes. 

Vielen Dank für deine Unterstützung und weiterhin viel Erfolg bei den anstehenden Prüfungen!

Pourquoi certains étudiants en médecine veulent-ils atteindre des sommets dans leur travail, alors que d'autres préfèrent avoir plus de temps libre ? Quels sont les facteurs qui influencent nos décisions en matière de carrière ? C'est à ces questions que se consacre le travail de master d'une étudiante de l'Université de Berne (Suisse). Elle étudie entre autres ce qui motive ou décourage les étudiants en médecine à vouloir faire carrière.

L'enquête ne dure que 10 minutes, se compose exclusivement de questions à choix unique et est disponible jusqu'au 15.01.22 ici

Toutes les données sont traitées de manière anonyme, de sorte qu'il n'est pas possible de tirer des conclusions sur des personnes individuelles. Si tu es intéressé(e), tu recevras volontiers un bref rapport sur les résultats, avec tous les détails du projet. 

Merci beaucoup pour ton soutien et bonne chance pour les examens à venir !

Capacity Building

Capacity Building: IFMSA Train New Trainers event in Sweden review (November 2021) 

At the end of November I had the chance to participate at the first TNT (train new trainers) event of IFMSA (International Federation of Medical Students' associations) since the COVID-19 pandemic, which was held in Uppsala, Sweden. Capacity Building seeks to empower medical students in a variety of topics and teach them skills that are often excluded from the curriculum of medical schools in order to be able to teach these students what they need to graduate as trainers. During four days of workshops the 20 participants from all over Europe learnt about the principles of adult non-formal education and how to design training sessions. On the last days all participants had to deliver their first session on their own to graduate as official IFMSA trainers.

If you want to be informed about upcoming international events sign up for our mailing list.



Research Exchange in Kazan, July 2021

When I went to Kazan last summer I had no idea what to expect from Russia and its people. In fact I had never heard of this city before. I was quite surprised when I arrived and found out that there are not many English speakers in Russia, and the locals were very spontaneous, as in my first week of the exchange I was almost always on my own. But with time I met new students and I got very busy with exploring and enjoying the city. 

Regarding the research part of my exchange I was rather disappointed for various reasons, for one we did not perform any kind of research as they were moving the lab and for another my tutor was a very bad English speaker. But I was able to tag along with the Professional exchange student and spend a lot of time at the hospital where I had a great time. So all in all I can really recommend Kazan for an exchange, although I advise you to choose a Clinical internship.
Sarah Winistörfer, University of Berne


Leftover Spots April 2022 - March 2023

Curious about going abroad yourself but you missed the opportunity to sign up for an exchange?

More information, an up to date list as well as the registration form for leftover spots for clinical exchanges can be found here.

Our members

Presentation of a new swimsa candidate member: MEDIC

“MEDIC Lausanne (Medical Emergency & Disaster Introduction Courses) was created in September 2020 to promote emergency and disaster medicine in health studies. To achieve our aims, we organize multiple activities throughout the year.

Once per semester, the MEDIC weekend takes place, which includes 15 hours of training in emergency and disaster medicine spread over 2 days. The theoretical part is provided by experienced paramedics or emergency physicians. The practical part, with simulated patients for emergency clinical vignettes, is supervised by a group of experts composed only of residents with a strong interest in emergency medicine.

In addition, throughout the semester we organize various conferences and workshops, such as an introduction to terrorism, organization of pre-hospital emergency care, pediatric emergencies and many more. Moreover, we are delighted to have the opportunity to give “ABCDE” workshops at SMSC and to present our future projects to you!

Do not hesitate to follow us on social networks (@medic_lausanne), we are already looking forward to meeting you!


FluMed: Sewing FluMed’s first Frankenstein

FluMed conducted a sewing event for students from the Lucerne track last autumn. In groups of three the participants received sewing-tools to practice different sewing-techniques. In case they needed support, learning videos (via QR code) and written instructions were available at the sewing spots. After everybody had the opportunity to practice every sewing-technique, the groups held a competition on who could sew the scariest „fruit-monster” with what they had just practiced.

Since the amount of applications was near three times as high as expected (around 30% of all students from the Lucerne-Track participated) we had to rather spontaneously borrow much more sewing-material and create two one-hour-rotations. However, the popularity of this event motivated us to improve and conduct it again in the future. With the generous support from the swimsa fonds we were able to finance additional sewing-sets, so that participants can spend more time sewing and gain even more experiences next time!


Do you want to share your project with the rest of the swimsa family? Send us pictures and texts from your local activities to


Losing track of all the associations?
Here a brief overview:

your local Fachschaft/ association des étudiant-e-s
This is your local association for the med students at your university. They organise social events, parties, represent you to your faculty and fight for your medical education.

The Swiss Medical Students’ Association is the umbrella organisation for all Swiss med students. Her members are all the 7 Fachschaften/associations and projects like Achtung Liebe, marrow, METIS, Teddybärspital etc. Twice per year, she organises the SMSC (= Swiss Medical Students’ Conference) with students from all parts of Switzerland. An event you MUST have experienced at least once! Facebook Instagram Newsletter

The International Federation of Medical Students' Associations is the umbrella organisation for all the national associations of more than 120 different countries worldwide! They gather twice per year in the so-called General Assembly (=GA), where 1000 students come together to discuss on global health issues and exchange ideas. swimsa is always represented by a Swiss delegation.

In case you’re interested to get active in global health topics on a national or international level, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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