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It is my pleasure to announce that EMSA e-Autumn Assembly will take place on Zoom online during the following dates: 11-13 September and 2-4 October. 

The theme of the assembly will be Adjusting to Life with COVID-19

We look forward to having an informative symposium, soft-skill trainings, working sessions of the EMSA pillars, engaging discussions and fruitful plenary debates, elections of the EMSA European Board 2020-2021 and much more. On 11-13 September sessions except for the plenaries will take place and on 2-4 October plenary will take place.

The participation to this event if free of charge for all EMSA members.

To join our event you only need to register through this form. Please note that only the participants whose names are delivered to EMSA by their Faculty Member Organization will be allowed to join the plenary sessions which will take place on 2-4 October.

Medical Ethics and Human Rights Pillar:

  • Climate Change and Human Rights

COVID-19 grabbed all of our attention so far, but the multiple emergencies happening at the same time shouldn’t be neglected. We’ve been hearing for a long time that climate change is a problematic situation that should grab our attention. We are witnessing year after year meteorological phenomena that were not observed before, that cause destruction and make living in some places unbearable. Rising sea levels and desertification might seem important, but people losing their homes due to that is horrifying. Is it a human-made problem and how can it be causing human rights violations if humankind gave rise to it? Has COVID-19 played any role in this? What can we, as Medical Students and future healthcare providers, do about it, especially when it comes to the protection of fundamental Human Rights?

  • Racial Discrimination and Health Disparities

2020 seems like a year full of lessons. #BlackLivesMatter movement was one of the most important, shedding light on the topic of racism and how it has affected in countless directions, suppressed minorities, and especially people of color. One of the fields people of color have suffered not only racism but violence essentially is healthcare. Also, it is commonplace that people of color are given different medication, wait longer in emergency rooms, or don’t get the same reproductive options as their white fellows. BLM or overt tries to bridge the gap isn’t a sponge that erases the history of exclusion and racist value system that existed overall. We have the duty of showcasing it more and have the chance to do so by discussing with medical students the disparities people of color face in the healthcare sector, both as patients and as healthcare practitioners. It’s a matter of Human Rights violations that existed through the years and now, as it is getting more attention, it shouldn’t slip our hand, but rather be used as an opportunity to have this discussion.

Health Policy & Public Health Pillar:

 

Health Policy and Public Health are teaming up to bring you two joint sessions lasting 3 hours in total, on changes in the European Union budgets and priorities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be looking at positive and negative disruptions to the pre-COVID-19 EU and how these changes will likely affect the future goals set for and by the citizens of the EU, as well as of course taking the time to identify any new goals which have emerged as a result.

European Integration and Culture Pillar:

  • Stigmatization of Individuals with HIV:

We all know that as medical students we have many types of vulnerable populations that we are going to be coming in contact with in our future careers – some of them will be our colleagues and some, our patients. Since we as physicians work in a battleground of life and death any ounce of prejudice or hesitance may turn out to be lethal. This dilemma is especially underlined when it comes to individuals who are HIV + and may have developed AIDS because there are doctors who refuse to treat or to operate on these people, let alone work with them in a clinical setting. The session will focus on delivering distilled and scientific information to its participants to examine some of these prejudices and obstacles – and talk about how we will be overcoming them as a future generation of doctors.

  • History of Medicine in Regards to Sexual and Reproductive Health

In celebration of our cultural heritage as medical students in Europe, we wanted to dedicate a session to the History of Medicine hosted by an esteemed professor from the John Hopkins University – Prof. Marta Hanson. We will be digging into an unusual aspect of medical history, focusing on sexual and reproductive health in retrospect, with a very interactive lecture and a Q&A at the end with our dear host. How did we use to approach the discipline? What were some of the prejudices that used to exist in the past that we managed to overcome now? 

Medical Education Pillar:

  • Student Engagement in Decision Making During Emergency

COVID-19 has surely affected our lives. One of the dramatic changes in our lives has been from the faculty side: We are “physically” away from faculty. We are now in an extraordinary situation, everyone is in a hurry to keep the education at the best level possible. Emergencies require a fast and result-orientated approach to problems and well-established communication can be at risk. Our efforts on recognition as a decision making stakeholder might get damaged or with smart tips, we can “profit” for our further initiatives. In this session, we will be talking on good practices to use during emergencies to achieve well-applied decision-making processes

  • Zoom Burnout: Dealing with extensive on-screen learning experience

After the COVID-19 pandemic introduced itself to our lives, we started to experience a very important field in education: e-Learning. Beginning from March 2020, various platforms have taken place in our computers, tablets, and mobile phones. With the help of them, we managed to continue our education, but in an overwhelming way. Long hours of sitting in front of a screen, catching up with the context in home settings drove ourselves into a burden. This “burden” is now called “Zoom Burnout”.In our session, we will talk about how we can get the most out of e-Learning, ways to cope with “Zoom Burnout” and prepare ourselves to possible scenarios on e-learning and blended learning.

Medical Science Pillar:

  1. A.I. and Health Informatics during COVID-19

Years later, humanity is struggling with another pandemic: COVID-19. Health professionals are having a hard time dealing with the excess amount of patients and more are on their way. During the age of high technology, it is not the best way to let Artificial Intelligence out of the way and only use human power to fight against such an enormous problem. In this session, we are going to focus on how medical science can help health professionals to develop a more compact system by using health informatics and data science.

 

  1. Consciousness: Existence and Extinction

“To be, or not to be, that is the question” says Hamlet in the famous tragedy written by William Shakespeare. After 400 years, the question remains the same for cognitive neuroscience. What is the very first memory that you can remember? Can you unquestioningly prove yourself that you exist? What is reality anyways, and how is the sense of it formed? And most importantly, when is “death” really “death”? Once again, join us in this journey to the centre of the human brain; the consciousness, and let’s explore together the secrets of existence and extinction.