Word from the Chair

A few years ago, I concluded my term as an IFMSA Board member with these words,

“We are too young to realize that certain things are impossible, so we will do them anyways”.

To this day, I still can’t find better words to describe what my journey in IFMSA has been, and continues to be. To say that IFMSA has been a life-changing experience would be an understatement. I will never forget the chills and feelings I had at my first ever IFMSA General Assembly. It was chaotic, it was beautiful, it was overwhelming. I was amazed by the brilliant minds, the energy, the spirit, the willingness, the openness, the diversity, and the obvious commitment to the Federation and its standing principles.

In IFMSA, I have found friends for life, I have seen true desire for change. I have been inspired over and over again. I have learnt, questioned myself, and started an endless journey towards a better-self. I have given a lot, but have received so much more. And it  all started at my first ever IFMSA meeting.

This – this spark, this magic, this sense of home – is what my team and I are dedicated to create and give during the August Meeting 2018. This is what we want delegates to come back home with.

Our decision to host the General Assembly was not taken lightly. We firmly believe that we can give all delegates one of the richest, fullest and most thrilling experiences of their lifetime. We are well aware of the event’s complexity, but we are ready and experienced enough to take on that challenge, and to provide the best platform, ensuring that IFMSA keeps flourishing through its members and their ideas.

We are driven by the spirit that first brought us together as a group of medical students, hyperactive and inspired by a better and more equitable future. We are guided by meaningful change, international connections, and the world’s beautiful diversity. Most importantly, we are inspired by your potential.

Thus, on behalf of the Organizing Committee, I am extremely proud to introduce IFMSA-Québec’s candidature to host the August Meeting 2018. We are sharing with you the best of our beautiful home.

IFMSA – for everything that you have given us, this is our way to say thank you.

With love,

Claudel P-Desrosiers
Chair of the AM2018 Organizing Committee
IFMSA-Québec President, 2012-2014
IFMSA Vice-President for External Affairs, 2014-2015