Budapest Medical Students’ Association
Who are we?
The Budapest Medical Students’ Association (BMSA) is a non-governmental, non-profit medical student organization based at Semmelweis University. This means that we are completely run and organized by medical students only. BMSA has more than 500 members, making it one of the largest associations at the university. Previously, BMSA has largely been organized and made available to Hungarian students only. However, this year we are working very hard to involve students of the English and German programs as well! The international students have been underrepresented at Semmelweis thus far, in terms of having a student organization which they can be a part of. BMSA feels that it is important to bridge the gap between the Hungarian, English and German programs to provide opportunities to more medical students as well as to offer help to more people.
BMSA was founded on three main principles: Preventative medicine, charity, and student exchanges. We believe that in order to have a healthy society, it is important to focus on primary prevention. We organize classes in high schools where we teach children about their health and how they can prevent non-communicable diseases. In 2016 we organized more than 600 classes – with these reaching out to more than 18,000 students. We plan to increase these numbers by introducing prevention lessons in English-speaking high schools and classes. You do not have to worry if you do not speak Hungarian, everything you do will be in English! This is a unique opportunity because it gives you the chance to truly make a positive impact on others’ lives before you become a physician. You gain experience and help others in the process!
Our main topics are:
- Sexual and reproductive health
- Public health
- Health and nutrition
- Cardiovascular and cancer prevention
- Drug, tobacco and alcohol abuse
- Human rights and Peace
- Children’s health (Teddy Bear hospital)
- Basic life support
- Organ and tissue donation
- Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)