EMSA Vıce president of internal affairs and vice president of capacity ıntervıews

Cristina Fogas

EMSA Vice President for Internal Affairs 2017-2018

Tugce Cetin

EMSA Vice President of Capacity 2017-2018

1. please tell us about your work ın emsa:

Cristina:

Internal Affairs mostly means that I am in charge of the Department of Internal Affairs and its beloved directors. What does being in charge actually mean? From the very beginning of the term we set out the plan for the upcoming term, focus areas, needs of our members and opportunities for EMSA to get involved in. The pillar directors are the bridge between the European level and the local level, meaning that they set the tone for the projects to be implemented and other activities to be carried out. During the EMSA events I am in charge of the Twinning and Projects Fair and for the good organisation of the pillar sessions.

Tugce:

As the Vice President of Capacity, I am responsible of coordinating EMSA European Board’s efforts on public relations, coordination and assistance on EMSA publications, including EuroMeds, developing promotional material for EMSA, overseeing the functionality of EMSA platforms (Website, social media, intranet), organization of EMSA events and meetings, developing the capacity building of the organization, maintaining the corporate identity of EMSA, and development of EMSA Trainings System with EMSA Trainings and Events Officer.

2. what is your favourite moment in emsa ?

cristina:

This is very hard question as I more than one favourite moment, but since I have to pick one I would choose the one I was presenting my candidature for the VPI position. For me the decision to take over this role was a very important one. What make this very specific moment the favourite one is the feeling of being empowered, the feeling that can do a lot more than you have thought, that it’s not a lethal thing to go there in front of those people and to speak your mind and at the end of the day be genuine. This a one of my favourite moments in EMSA because I felt alive and because I was given the chance to serve the members in the best way possible.

tugce:

There are so many to choose from! I think I will go with the entire Autumn Assembly 2017 in lovely Budapest. I admit, it is not a moment, it is a collection of many but AA’17 is special for me in so many different ways. First of all it was the first international event that I worked in its coordination, so it was absolutely amazing to see everyone assembled in the Opening Ceremony and everything working out according to the plan, due to the immense efforts of the amazing Organizing Committee of EMSA Budapest. It is also the event I gave out my first workshop, which was a blast. Furthermore, it is the assembly where I was reaffirmed for the past term and got elected for my position this term, and it was a truly humbling and surreal moment in which I felt the support of EMSAi, and feel acknowledged for the work I was involved in.

3. what do you dream to do in future ?

cristina:

Whatever I do, I want to make a difference. I want to become a pediatric hematologist and to be challenged each and every day. Travel. That’s something I constantly dream to do. There are times when this world deserves to be explored :))

Tugce:

I would like to pursue two seemingly different, but important goals for me. Advocacy and policy making has always been a passion of mine since high school, in which I was involved in student organizations such as Model United Nations. I would like to work in and contribute to public health by working in an international health organization. Besides this, I have always been intrigued by the human brain and its capabilities. Therefore, before getting involved in the Global Health platforms, I would like to do my residency in Neurology and get involved in research projects that will hopefully have an impact on our understanding of it.

4. do you have a motto, ıf yes, what ıs ıt ?

cristina:

Do what’s valuable. You can always do more than you’ve ever thought of.

tugce:

Anything is better than nothing. Usually, the hardest part of developing something is to start the process. I feel that it is easier to reach from 1 to 10, than from 0 to 1. Therefore, I try to suppress my perfectionist tendencies when starting a project from scratch, and only begin to edit and improve after I have come up with significant amount of ideas, good or bad, to start from.

5. What is the definition of emsa blue spirit to you ?

cristina:

Friendship towards making an impact in the life of a medical student or the local community. EMSA gives you the power to believe in yourself more than any therapist could have ever given you. EMSA can bring what’s the best in you. May the Blue Spirit be with us!

Tugce:

EMSA Blue Spirit is the magical combination of motivated and inspired people who have come together to work on a common goal, and improve the world around them, one step at a time.

6. describe emsa in just three words (Health, europe, together is not allowed):

Crıstına:

Support. Fun. Empowerment.

Tugce:

Vision, Future, and Empowerment.

7. now some fun questions. How do your frıends describe you ?

Cristina:

A crazy volcano to whom you can always have a good conversation and the one listens to you almost all the time. The crazy one that does all sorts of random useless things.

Tugce:

The girl with the phone/the laptop. No matter where I am going, I always try to bring along my laptop, in case I need it. I bring it to even Gala dinners. I know it is weird, but the reason for that is most of the work I do for EMSA and my other responsibilities is through a computer, so I feel uneasy without one. I take it to classes (which is really not a common practice in my university), to shopping, virtually anywhere I go. My amazing friends are usually very understanding of this obsession, and they mostly don’t mind if I ask for five more minutes to send a mail before we go to lunch, or go out. That way, I don’t have the business on my mind when we are supposed to be out having fun.

8. final question: coffee or tea ?

Cristina:

Always coffee. Please coffee all the time!

Tugce:

Definitely a coffee person. I have to confess that I am a bit of a coffee snob, and cannot drink any of the instant coffee blends. The coffee has to be either freshly brewed from coffee beans on my order, or at least be from a freshly opened 100% coffee bean capsule. I wake up a few minutes early every day to make my coffee through my beloved coffee machine at the dorm, and have it in my favorite travel mug to take it to the first lecture in the university. When I go out with friends, and cannot find coffee that complies with my expectations, I usually drink tea as a hot beverage.

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