February 2022
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  • March 01-07, 2022  | March Meeting
  • April 08-10, 2022     | SMSC Lugano 2022
  • May 14. 2022          | swimsa DV/AD
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Dear swimsa family!
your swimsa EB 21/22

What is swimsa to you? Even though swimsa is the voice of the Swiss medical students, did you already have to explain to other medical students what swimsa is and does? If this is the case and if you would like to contribute to swimsa’s future and awareness, you can learn about an inspiring brainstorming session in this newsletter. Moreover you will find other events and you will even have the opportunity to win 3x2 tickets for the movie “De son vivant”!

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

​​It’s time to wake up! SMSC Lugano is approaching!

Only two months to go until the very first SMSC in Ticino. We’re already looking forward to a weekend full of interesting workshops and presentations with you.

As already mentioned, “consciousness” is a broad topic, and everybody understands it in a different way. We hope to address your understanding of consciousness during this weekend. Here’s a little sneak peek on our program:

“Climate consciousness” is a very present topic in our minds and affects us also as medical students. Professor Pietro Majno-Hurst will talk about climate, its connection to medicine and our role as future doctors in advocating for change.

But we also want to address topics such pharmacology and the interplay it has with our mind. Dr. med. Andrea Saporito will give you an insight in different ways on how to modulate consciousness with drugs.

More details will follow soon!

Your SMSC Lugano OC

Training Disaster Medicine Trainers

Are you interested in playing an active role in emergencies and disasters? Do you want to learn how to deliver healthcare when the needs exceed the resources?

· The Training Disaster Medicine Trainers (TdmT) is an international program developed by the IFMSA together with CRIMEDIM, the Center for Research and Training in Disaster Medicine, Humanitarian Aid, and Global Health at the University of Piemonte Orientale in Novara, Italy.

· It aims to provide medical students with theoretical knowledge and basic skills in the field of Disaster Medicine, empowering them to share the knowledge gained with their peers and in their communities.

· The course will consist of a three months online self-paced phase and a live participation period, held virtually in July.

You can apply through the following application form. The deadline is the 18th of February 2022, 23:59 GMT.

For questions contact

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!

Brainstorming session on swimsa's accessibility

Is swimsa just this distant organisation to you? Have you ever read a statement from swimsa and felt you and other medical students should have been consulted? If this applies to you, this is the perfect opportunity for you. 

We would like to invite everybody who has the motivation and time to join our brainstorming/design thinking session. The purpose of this in-person meeting would be to identify the problems that create this gap between swimsa and medical students. 

The meeting will take place on the 20th of March from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. in Bern. It will take place in person under certain COVID-19 safety measures according to the situation at that time. 

Sign up for the meeting via this Google form.

Do not hesitate to contact or if you have any questions.

All the best

Valeria & Nico

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

swimsa has an opinion on the upcoming votings!

On the 13th of February, the people of Switzerland will vote on several initiatives, including the initiative on protecting children against tobacco advertisement and the initiative on animal and human testing. 

swimsa recommends all medical students vote against the initiative on animal and human testing, as the consequences would be immense on our future as medical students and doctors. We have spoken out on the topic, in our statement, which you can find on our website as well as during a press conference organised by swissuniversities.

Over half of smokers report starting their smoking career before their 18th birthday. Tobacco advertisement has been proven to have a direct effect on the early start of tobacco consume. As future doctors aware of the vast consequences smoking has on the health of our future patients, the medical students are strongly in favour of the initiative on protecting children against tobacco advertisment. The full statement can be found on the swimsa website.

Medical Education

VSS: Umfrage zur Wohnsituation

Für Studierende wird es in gewissen Städten der Schweiz immer schwieriger eine bezahlbare Wohnung oder ein WG-Zimmer zu finden. Die Sozialkommission (SoKo) des VSS macht sich Sorgen um die Wohnsituation der Studierenden und hat daher eine Umfrage erarbeitet, die den Umfang der Problematik erfassen soll. Das Ausfüllen der Umfrage benötigt ca. fünf bis zehn Minuten. 
Wir bedanken uns für eure Unterstützung!

UNES: Enquête sur la situation logement

Dans certaines villes de Suisse, il devient de plus en plus difficile pour les étudiant·e·s de trouver un appartement ou une chambre en colocation à prix abordable. La Commission sociale (CoSo) de l’UNES s’inquiète de cette situation et a donc créé un sondage afin de mieux cerner le problème. Le sondage prend environ 5 à 10 minutes.
Nous vous remercions pour votre aide !

Medical Education

NEO-NORE Weekend in Krakow, Poland

From the 4th to the 6th of February, a large part of the National Exchanges Team of swimsa participated in the annual NEO-NORE Weekend, hosted by IFMSA Poland in Krakow. It was the first European event since before the pandemic, marking it the first time most of the European Exchange Officers met in person. 

During the sessions, we discussed how to increase the academic quality of our exchange programme, prepared for the upcoming March Meeting 2022 in North Macedonia, shared best practices with each other, talked about mental health issues and what makes us better officers. 

For the NFDP (National Food and Drinks Party), we also brought along foods and drinks from our respective countries for the others to try - of course we brought raclette, Rivella and lots of chocolate! 

We said our goodbyes being exhausted, sleep deprived, full of happy memories and thankful for having been part of such a great project, enabling students worldwide to go on clinical and research exchanges once again.

From left to right: Jan (NORE Assistant), Nadja (VPX), Alexandra (NEO-Out), Ana (NEO-In Assistant), Aline (NEO-In) and Zuen (NORE)

Cinema Promotion

De son vivant - die swimsa verlost 5x2 Kinotickets!

Ein noch junger Mann leugnet die schwere Krankheit, welche bei ihm diagnostiziert wird. Seine Mutter, die ihn zu schützen sucht, kann das Unausweichliche nicht ertragen. Zwischen ihnen sind ein Arzt und eine Krankenschwester, die darum kämpfen, ihre Arbeit zu tun und sie zur Akzeptanz zu bringen. Sie haben ein Jahr und vier Jahreszeiten, um zusammenzufinden und zu verstehen, was es bedeutet, lebend zu sterben.

Um teilzunehmen müsst ihr nur auf Instagram eine Nachricht an schreiben, warum und mit wem ihr den Film gerne sehen möchtet. Die Gewinner werden ausgelost und schriftlich benachrichtigt.

DE SON VIVANT - ab 10. Februar im Kino! 

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

Das Lebensphasenmodell von mediservice
Platinsponsor - mediservice vsao

Hast Du dir schon mal überlegt, ob sich etwas an Deiner Versicherungssituation ändert, wenn Du fertig bist mit dem Studium oder wenn Du in eine eigene Wohnung oder WG ziehst? Das Lebensphasenmodell von mediservice vsao-asmac gibt Dir eine einfach zu handhabende Übersicht, bei der Du mit wenigen Klicks siehst, welche Dienstleistungen in den wichtigsten beruflichen und privaten Lebensphasen für Dich relevant sind. Von der Ausbildung bis zur Pensionierung.
Auf Wunsch kannst Du natürlich auch gleich eine auf die Lebensphase abgestimmte Beratung oder einen Versicherungs-Check-up anfordern.
Weiterhin gilt…
Medizinstudierende profitieren als mediservice-Mitglieder von massgeschneiderten Dienstleistungen, die sich an den Lebensphasen einer ärztlichen Laufbahn orientieren. Was vielen nicht bewusst ist: Es lohnt sich bereits während des Studiums Mitglied zu werden, denn die Mitgliedschaft beim vsao ist kostenlos. Studentenmitglieder des vsao werden zugleich Mitglied bei mediservice vsao-asmac. Hier findest Du die Beitrittserklärung.
Wir freuen uns auf Deine Kontaktaufnahme und beantworten gerne Deine Fragen:
Tel. 031 350 44 22, E-Mail an oder per WhatsApp.


Le modèle des phases de vie de mediservice
Sponsor platin - mediservice asmac

T’es-tu déjà demandé ce qui changera pour toi en matière d’assurances quand tu auras fini tes études ou que tu emménageras dans ton propre appartement ou dans un appartement en colocation? Le modèle des phases de vie de mediservice vsao-asmac te fournit un aperçu simple. Tu découvriras en quelques clics les prestations qui seront pertinentes pour toi dans les principales phases de ta vie privée et professionnelle. De la formation jusqu’à la retraite.
Sur demande, tu peux évidemment demander un conseil spécifique et adapté à une phase de vie ou un check-up des assurances.
D’autre part...
En tant que membres de mediservice, les étudiants en médecine profitent de prestations sur mesure qui s’orientent selon les étapes de la carrière médicale.
Ce que la plupart ignorent: il vaut la peine d’adhérer à mediservice pendant les études, car l’affiliation à l’asmac est gratuite. Les membres étudiants deviennent simultanément membres de mediservice vsao-asmac. Un clic sur ce lien suffit pour adhérer.
Nous nous réjouissons de faire ta connaissance et répondons volontiers à tes questions.
Tél. 031 350 44 22, e-mail ou par WhatsApp.


Weil mit uns ganz vieles geht!
Goldsponsor - vsao

An Trümpfen, die für uns und unsere Arbeit sprechen, mangelt es nicht. Manchmal aber noch an der Bekanntheit – auch bei Medizinstudierenden. Eine Kampagne soll dies ändern und zeigen, was wir alles möglich machen. Am 24. Februar geht’s los. Also: nicht verpassen und uns in den sozialen Medien folgen!

Grâce à nous, bien des choses sont possibles!
Sponsor d’or - asmac

Nous ne manquons pas d’atouts qui parlent en notre faveur et en faveur de notre travail, mais souffrons parfois d’un manque de notoriété – aussi auprès des étudiant(e)s en médecine. Nous lancerons une campagne le 24 février afin de mettre en avant nos valeurs et nos offres. Restez à l’affût et suivez-nous sur les réseaux sociaux!



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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