September 2021
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Dear swimsa family!
your swimsa EB 21/22

Dear swimsa family, 

With university starting again soon, we are all getting ready for another year full of adventure and new things to learn. While you might have been enjoying the last calm days before the storm, the brand new Executive Board of swimsa has been working hard to prepare for the upcoming year. Meet the 8 individuals putting an incredible effort into making sure your voice is heard: Benedikt, Rémy, Pascale, Rahel, Nadja, Amedeo, Matias and Kate. End of August, the Executive Board met up for 3 days full of preparation and fun. We will keep you posted on news and opportunities within swimsa. We are always happy to hear from you. Should you have any suggestions, inputs or feedback, contact us at

A word from Kate, President 21/22:

Dear medical students, 

Another academic year is starting. For some of you, it might be a year of many firsts – first live lecture, first practical course, first clinical rotation. Others might just be looking forward to another year spent learning new skills and deepening friendships. 

Before the stress of life is bound to restart in less than a week, take some minutes to reflect on what you want to achieve this year. Would you like to not only improve your academics but also contribute to representing your peers as well as future medical students? Working towards improving the quality of medical education and making sure the students’ voices are heard? Or have you always thought of starting a public health project or contributing to an existing one? Let this academic year be the year you find that thing that drives you and motivates you to do better day after day. If not now, when?

Have a great start of the year!


Kate Gurevich
President 21/22

15th-17th of October 2021
Follow us on social media and keep updated on what's to come!

Call for... CoPHR - Commission on Public Health and Human Rights
Do you want to make a difference? Are you interested in Public Health or Human Rights and you want to know more? Are you passionate about topics such as access to healthcare?
Come join our Commission. We want to give medical students the opportunity to discuss, brainstorm, learn about and advocate for topics they think should receive more attention. This semester, our focus will be around the theme of Equity in Healthcare. No previous experience is required.
The first two meetings will take place on September 14th and October 13th, starting at 20:00 via zoom.
We are looking forward to hearing your ideas, since your voice will actively give life to this project. 
If you want to know more, contact us at or
We are looking forward to meeting you!
Nico & Gaia

Call for... Small Working Group on Languages within swimsa

Liebe alle, 
Chers tous, 
Cari tutti, 
Dear All,

The Small Working Group (SWG) on Languages within swimsa, which has been working on reassessing the use of languages within swimsa, needs your help!

Background: Currently, an evaluation of the languages used within swimsa is taking place. Up until now, the two official languages of swimsa were French and German with all official documents of swimsa existing in these two languages. Over the past years, English has been used more and more. Today, most communication with you, medical students, takes place in English. With a newly founded medical faculty in Lugano with some international students not speaking either official swimsa language, a discussion was started as to whether Italian should be included as official language of swimsa, or, possibly, a shift to English should be encouraged as well as to what extent Romansh should be included. The most important function of an official language is having all official documents of swimsa in these languages. Communication with medical students - using swimsagram, journal, website - is only partly in the official languages of swimsa, in most cases English is used.

Input: we would very much appreciate your input into the topic. Please fill out the google Form (German, French, Italian, Romansh) until the 24th of September 2021. Should there be any additional input or ideas you would like to share with us, feel free to contact us at

Thank you again for your input.
SWG on language use within swimsa

Click here to read the journal around the topic of Sexual Health📣🗞
Capacity Building

Call for participants | STARS (swimsa trains leaders)
Deadline: 26th of September 2021

Are you fed up with theoretical lectures and want to learn life skills? Such as leading and developing your own project or communicating your needs? 
You can now apply to be part of this unforgettable soft skills training event on 8.-10.10.2021 in Marbachegg, LU.

1. Training Sessions with international trainers
2. Full boarding (3 meals a day and accommodation)
3. Exchange with medical students from other universities
Link for Registration: Google Form 
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask Valeria (

swimsa Exchanges

Left-over spots April 2022 - March 2023 
Exchange the world!

An up to date list as well as the registration form for leftover spots for clinical exchanges can be found here. It will open on the 15.9.2021 once the regular exchanges spots are distributed.

Exchanges Weekend 

The Exchanges Weekend will take place from the 8th to the 10th of October 2021 in the mountains in Marbachegg, LU. It will involve soft skills and exchanges trainings delivered by international trainers, a fun social program, delicious meals and much more. The registration form for the second call for participants can be found here, Deadline is the 26th of September. Please note that you will need a valid covid certificate in order to participate.




Open positions

The following positions remain open, please contact for further information.

  • NORE-Assistant: Assistant to our National Officer on Research Exchange, directly involved on a national level in the planning and conducting of worldwide research exchanges. Currently, swimsa organizes around 10 research exchanges per year.

  • TSC (Third-State Coordinator): Responsible for providing invitation letters for non-EU students applying for an internship in a swiss hospital, not organized through swimsa exchanges.

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

Chance verpasst – TARDOC noch nicht genehmigt
Goldsponsor - FMH

Am 30. Juni 2021 hat der Bundesrat über eine Genehmigung der neuen ambulanten Tarifstruktur TARDOC beraten. Unbestritten ist, dass der TARMED hoffnungslos veraltet ist und dringend abgelöst werden muss. Nun hat der Bundesrat einen «Nichtentscheid» bezüglich der Genehmigung des neuen Einzelleistungstarifs TARDOC gefällt. Er kam zum Schluss, dass der TARDOC in der jetzigen Form nicht genehmigungsfähig sei.


Occasion ratée. Le TARDOC toujours pas approuvé
Sponsor d’or - FMH

Le 30 juin 2021, le Conseil fédéral débattait de l’opportunité d’approuver la nouvelle structure tarifaire ambulatoire TARDOC. Alors même que nul ne conteste que le TARMED est dépassé et doit être remplacé de toute urgence, le Conseil fédéral vient de rendre une «non-décision» concernant l’approbation du nouveau tarif à la prestation. Il a estimé que le TARDOC ne pouvait être approuvé dans sa forme actuelle, justifiant sa décision par le fait que les exigences matérielles ne sont que partiellement remplies et l’introduction neutre en termes de coûts pas garantie.


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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