IFMSA (International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations) is an international organisation run by medical students who aim to improve Global Health and to support the development of future doctors and (para)medics.

IFMSA, founded in 1951, is one of the oldest and largest student organisations in the world. IFMSA represents 1.3 million medical students from 119 countries worldwide. IFMSA is recognised by the WHO and works together with, among others, the United Nations, the European Union and the World Medical Association.

IFMSA is present at all eight medical faculties throughout the Netherlands and consists of over 900 active members. IFMSA-Leiden is a local branch of IFMSA and consists of about 100 enthusiastic members, who aim to improve Global Health together.

Projects concerning different themes

IFMSA-Leiden organises multiple projects surrounding 6 different themes to accomplish this.

  • European Integration and Education: Teddy Bear Hospital (TBH), mini-TBH, Twinning Project, Best Buddy Project, Movies & Medicine
  • Medical Education: Medical Spanish, Dying a Human Thing?!, Breaking the Silence, Pregnancy Project, First Aid, Aches & Pains, Mental Health
  • Human Rights and Peace: International Women’s Day, Peacetest, International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, Human Rights Day, projects concerning refugees/refugee rights
  • Public Health: House M.D., projects concerning donation, Move
  • Sexual & Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS: International Focus Days, Sexual peer education for primary and secondary school
  • Research and Clinical Exchanges


There is so much more we have to offer! Take a look at our website for more information about our projects.

Participate or become a member

Would you like to participate in one of our events? You don’t have to be a member of IFMSA to do so. Our projects are intended for (medical) students. Most projects are open to anyone with an interest in healthcare and Global Health.
Furthermore, it is possible to contribute to the organisation of these events by joining as a member. As a member you can take part in a committee (one of the six that were mentioned before) and help organise projects pertaining to the theme of the committee. For more information on how to join, you can send an email to

Like the Facebook page of IFMSA-Leiden for an up-to-date list of the upcoming projects, or go to

Secretaris Samarawet Desta
Penningmeester Elisa Tuinstra
Vicevoorzitter Intern Anouk Bouwmeester
Vicevoorzitter Extern Viren Nitin Bahadoer
Voorzitter Noah Terng