AMSC and EAMSC
Asian Medical Students’ Conference (AMSC) and East Asian Medical Students’ Conference (EAMSC) are AMSA-international’s biannual conferences with participation of more than 400 medical students from Australia, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, India, China, Mongolia, Nepal, Singapore, Pakistan, United Kingdom, and Ukraine.
Comprised of academic, cultural and social programs, AMSC and EAMSC provide opportunities for medical students from Asia and Oceania to meet and discuss about their research and current issues in the world of medicine. It is also an avenue to learn and experience in the cultures and traditions of different countries. The conference lasts for a week, a week that transforms strangers into lifelong friends, and thus establishes a strong network among the medical students in Asia and Oceania. This network serves as a support group for these future doctors and a stepping stone for future cooperation in Medical programs.
More importantly, AMSC and EAMSC are important tools to encourage medical students to think out of their text books, to challenge them to be proactive and to speak out, to cultivate social awareness and to help them grow and become a balanced doctor who practices the science as well as the art of medicine. Throughout the years, AMSC & EAMSC has changed the lives of many and contributed substantially to the development of medical students in this Region.
Asian Medical Students’ Exchange Program (AMSEP)
The Asian Medical Student’s Exchange Program – more commonly known as AMSEP – is an integral program unique to AMSA. The program allows members of AMSA to participate in a 5-10 day pre-clinical or clinical exchange to a chapter of their liking. The idea was first established in 2003. After thorough consideration, the first pilot AMSEP was done between Indonesia and Japan in 2006, and that became the foundation of AMSEP ever since. AMSEP utilizes a twinning system, where 2 chapters form a binding contract and perform exchanges bilaterally. Coordinated by their respective Directors of AMSEP, each chapter will take turns hosting and delegating. During the AMSEP, incoming delegates will be accompanied by a group of hosting committee members throughout their stay. The tight-knit relationship and sense of belonging is what makes AMSA distinctive as an exchange program.