July 2021
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National news

Dear swimsa family!

The SMSC Lausanne 2021 organizing committee is pleased to announce an event on integrative medicine from the 15th-17th of October 2021. You will learn about Traditional Chinese medicine, hypnosis and homeopathy among many other interesting topics. What is the place of these practices in our future medical career? Are they beneficial for the patients and how do we inform them about these options?
We are looking forward to introducing you to different speakers working on these topics and eventually helping you discover some interesting medical paradigms.

We hope to see many of you in Lausanne this fall!
The SMSC Lausanne 2021 organizing committee


Are you looking for an opportunity to be active in swimsa and shape the future of the organisation? For the upcoming term 1st of September 2021 - 31st of August 2022 swimsa is looking for Coordinators:

  • Third State Coordinator
  • Journal Coordinator
  • NORE-Assistant
  • Public Health Exchanges Coordinator
  • *NEO-In Assistant
  • *National Social Program Coordinator
  • *National Exchanges Treasurer
  • *Public Relation Exchanges Coordinator
  • *Mental Health Coordinator
  • *Planetary Health Coordinator
*candidature received

All of these positions are excellent for people who want to get to know swimsa and invest a reasonable amount of time well compatible with their studies.

How to learn more: request more information or a personal meeting by reaching out to

If you are interested in this rewarding experience, send your documents in English:

  • Motivation Letter (± 1 page)
  • Action Plan for your Term (± 1 page)
  • Curriculum Vitae (1-2 pages)
Send it to and by 15.07.2021, 23:59.
We are looking forward to reading your candidatures 🤗
Click here to read the journal around the topic of Sexual Health📣🗞
Medical Education

🗞 Statement on the federal exam 🗞

swimsa, in cooperation with a handful of 6th-year students from different universities, made a survey among all 6th-year students about the impact of COVID-19 on education, mental health and the federal licensing exam. The survey results were presented to the deans of all Swiss universities and to the MEBEKO (Medizinalberufekommission/Commission des professions médicales). In these discussions, swimsa also pointed out mental health problems and the impact of COVID-19 in regard to practical education, especially due to reduced training possibilities during the practical year.

-> read the whole statement in French
-> read the whole statement in German

Check out all of swimsa’s policy papers in French and in German.

Public Health

Call for SWG: Vaccination policy paper writing
Deadline: 10.07.2021

swimsa is looking for motivated students who are willing to invest time over the summer to join the small working group (SWG) for a policy paper on vaccinations. As a new priority of the IFMSA European Region, a policy paper forms the basis of our actions as an association.

  • What would the timeline look like? The plan is to present the policy paper at the next delegate's assembly in November 2021, so the aim would be to finish the paper in September.
  • Do I need much experience? We are looking for anyone who is motivated to write this paper in a small team. A step-by-step explanation will be provided at the start of the writing process.
If this is something that interests you or if you have any further questions, reach out to us by mail:

New Statement released: Planetary Health in the Curriculum

In face of the climate and ecological crisis rapidly escalating, swimsa released a new statement that demands Swiss medical faculties with high urgency to integrate planetary health into their curricula. This statement has been presented to all deaneries at a national meeting. Now, it’s up to us as students to work together with them to achieve meaningful change.

Read the statement here:

Do you think this is important and want to advocate for change at your university?

Feel free to contact – they will help you to contact your deaneries and start a local working group on planetary health!

What is Planetary Health?
«Planetary Health» is concerned with the interconnectedness of human health and the social, economic, political and natural systems of our planet on which the existence of human civilisation depends . Planetary Health thus describes a concept in which the health of the planet as the basis of human civilisation is considered to be the most important factor for human health and all life. The concept uses synergy effects through a holistic view, for example, by simultaneously stabilising the climate, protecting health and promoting a sustainable economy by protecting, preserving and improving the natural foundations of life.
International news

Sub Regional Training (SRT)*
International meeting in Guimarães, Portugal!

Deadline: 12.07.2021

As a participant you get

1️⃣ Welcome Package

2️⃣ Training Sessions

3️⃣ Full Boarding: 3 meals/ day & accommodation

4️⃣ Cultural and Social Program

5️⃣ Transport to and from Oporto's Airport

You can now apply to be part of this unforgettable SRT!

>> Link for Registration.
Check for more information on the website and see terms and conditions.

*A SRT, such as T4All, is a meeting supported by the IFMSA where members and motivated students from a (sub)region or sometimes even further away can meet and participate in trainings, workshops and small working groups.

swimsa Exchanges

National Social Program in Exchanges during July 2021
Get active!

Did you ever want to show foreign students around your city or take them on your favorite hike? Are you interested in meeting medical students from all over the world? Then here is the opportunity for you!
For 17th/18th of July and 24th/25th of July, we are still looking for people who would be interested in organizing a social program for our three incoming students from Belgium, Portugal and Estonia.
What we offer: full compensation for all meals and entry fares, transportation (half fare tickets) for the students and you, as well as the opportunity to connect with medical students from other countries while having a fun time.

If you are interested, you can contact us with your phone number and idea at and until 8th of July.

From left to right:
Joana from Portugal, Ana (NEO-In Assistant), Christian from Belgium, Valeria (VPG), Aline (NEO-In), Elina from Estonia and Zuen (NORE)

SCOPE Newsletter Vol. 1
International news!

Dear SCOPEople around the world,

In the SCOPE Newsletter Volume 1 2020-2021, you will find announcements, themed articles, narratives, poems, artwork, and photographs. We wanted to collect the voices of SCOPEnthusiasts around the world, which are made up of you, the people who make this possible.

Left-over spots
Exchange the world!

You can apply for an earlier SCOPE exchange in any month between December 2021 and March 2022. Fill out the following google form and check out which countries are still available.

Here you can find the exchange reports from previous SCOPE outgoings.

We have one Research exchange (SCORE) spot left for Romania for a month between December 2021 and March 2022. Send an email to to get more information about it.

First come, first serve!

News from the swimsa family

SHAPED is being formed

The interprofessional team in SHAPED is still growing, expanding their reach and improving the established projects: Once again we had ten participants of four different healthcare professions in two groups caring for Ms Sommer who was very shaky and slow in her movements. She was sent to the hospital by her family doctor but somehow some drugs got forgotten to be administered and the team was forced to overthink the given diagnosis and make sure Ms Sommer can leave the hospital to her home safely.

Don’t miss our next clinical discussion. Are you finally finished with your exams and some spare time to explore another profession in the health care sector?

Register right now for our Shadowing program and follow a trained health care worker through their daily life in a hospital or ambulant practice!

Stay tuned on our websiteinstagram and facebook accounts to not miss out on great opportunities!

“The stereotype about occupational therapists doing handcraft all day long is definitely not true - at least in the Schweizer Paraplegikerzentrum. They are experts in making splints, fitting wheelchairs and other aids such as seat cushions. I had no clue that there were so many different wheelchair models and you need to measure and figure out many details about the patient to find the individually suitable model.”
Gina Bärlocher - visiting the Schweizer Paraplegikerzentrum, Nottwil

Students actively engaged in elections of new
Dean and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine

fvmed, University of Zurich

On June 2, the elections for the new Dean and Deputy Dean at the University of Zurich were held. Since for us as students it is of particular interest who is holding this position, we intensively prepared the elections, organised student hearings with all candidates for the Dean position and asked them questions about their visions and plans. We then presented a statement at the Faculty Assembly. Important criteria from our side were:

  • Meaningful student participation and inclusive decision-making from the very beginning
  • Equal opportunities, diversity & sustainability in the faculty not just as big words, but the implementation of effective measures
  • Innovative redesign of teaching in view of the PROFILES curriculum revision
  • More transparency and open, effective communication channels

The faculty was very pleased by our engagement and welcomed our input. Prof. Frank Rühli was elected as the new Dean of our faculty for the next four years and Prof. Hanns Ulrich Zeilhofer was elected as Deputy Dean. We congratulate both of them warmly and are looking forward to cooperation and more student participation in our faculty! We would also like to thank all the candidates for their great commitment.

We now plan on writing a letter to our new deans in which we want to compile the most important concerns of all students. We can only encourage our fellow student representatives at other universities to also use their voices when it comes to faculty elections!

Sunny greetings from Züri <3
your fvmed

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

MEDIfuture 2021 - Es geht wieder los!
Platinsponsor - mediservice vsao-asmac/strong

Studieren Sie Medizin oder sind Sie junger Arzt/junge Ärztin? Dann sollten Sie sich den 6. November 2021 unbedingt frei halten! Denn für dieses Datum planen wir die neuste Ausgabe von MEDIfuture, unserem Laufbahnkongress mit dem vsao. Ab jetzt können Sie sich für den beliebten Anlass – wie immer auch mit attraktivem Wettbewerb – im Stadion Wankdorf in Bern anmelden.

MEDIfuture 2021 - C'est reparti!
Sponsor platin - mediservice vsao-asmac

Vous étudiez la médecine ou êtes jeune médecin? Dans ce cas, vous devez absolument réserver le 6 novembre 2021! En effet, nous avons prévu d'organiser à cette date la prochaine édition de MEDIfuture, notre congrès de carrière avec vsao. Vous pouvez dès maintenant vous inscrire pour cet évènement très populaire qui se déroulera au Stade du Wankdorf à Berne et sera comme toujours agrémenté d'un concours doté d'un prix attrayant.

register now


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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