BeMSA, the "Belgian Medical Students' Association," is a Belgian organization founded in 2009 by a few enthusiastic medical students. BeMSA is an umbrella organization with Ghent as one of its branches. Our mission: a platform for social engagement and quality international opportunities for students in the Ghent health sector.
We have both national and local projects such as Teddy Bear Hospital, Heart for Life, Healthy Food, Sexual Education in Schools and many other projects. We also organize international internships for both research and experience.
BeMSA Ghent grew out of SWISS (Student Working Group on International Cooperation and Internships), a working group that focused on the combination of "medical students and abroad," both practically and more informatively and sensitively.
In 2009, medical students from Ghent (SWISS), Antwerp and Leuven decided to unite, creating the national organization BeMSA (Belgian Medical Students' Association), which became a candidate member of IFMSA (International Federation of Medical Students' Associations), providing access to a global network of contacts and unique opportunities. Therefore, as an organization, we decided to step into the BeMSA story from the beginning and change our name to BeMSA Ghent.
Through the election of national board members and General Assembly seats, we contribute to the development of BeMSA's vision and positions. These national positions have an impact at the international level through the presence of BeMSA Ghent delegates at IFMSA international meetings.
Due to the many challenges faced by our board in recent years, it was decided to adopt the structure of IFMSA as BeMSA Ghent. A reform was made to a platform with the following pillars (Standing Committees).
For more info be sure to click on the logo of one of the Standing Committees.
More detailed information about BeMSA Ghent and the meaning of the different functions can be found below: