HISTORY OF AMSA
There is something special about AMSA and this is why it has not only survived but continued to thrive and grow for over 30 years, making it the oldest and largest medical student organization in the region.
The Asian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) International is a peak representative organisation for medical students from across Asia, the Asia-Pacific and beyond. Training doctors from 16 Member Nations and 10 Associate/Observer Nations combine to share knowledge, undertake activities and social services and create international and trans-continental friendships.
AMSA was officially founded in Manila, Philippines in 1985 and from this day has been an active, dynamic and exciting student-led, not-for-profit, non-political organisation. Today, with members and friends spanning the globe AMSA has an active student-exchange program, regularly undertakes national and regional projects, provides humanitarian assistance at times of need, produces quarterly student publications and liaises with the World Health Organisation, the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia and many other international and regional medical student organisations.
Since it was first established in 1979 and the first conference was held in Mahidol University of Thailand the Asian Medical Students’ Conferences have been a key focus for the organisation. Now held biannually in January/February and July/August these events see over 700 students from across the world combine to learn from each other, teach their fellow peers and develop lasting friendships.
The AMSA Vision is Knowledge, Action and Friendship. Three areas we continuously strive to further in our members and peers through our organisational missions:
Knowledge: We promote scientific and medical activities to increase and expand our knowledge whilst training to become the medical professionals of the future
Action: As medical students, we are concerned for the community around us and endeavor to do things for the benefit and improvement of our fellow citizens
Friendship: As future doctors, we aim to build and maintain a good relationship among our colleagues of the Asia-Pacific and beyond