Greetings, People of Tomorrow!
To actualize AMSA-Indonesia 2021/2022’s vision to make every member reach their utmost potential that align with the three philosophies of AMSA (Knowledge, Action, and Friendship), the Asian Medical Students’ Exchange Programme (AMSEP) has proved to be one of the best of its implementations. As one of AMSA International’s programmes, AMSEP is a place for members to connect with various chapters with diverse cultural differences, educations, and others through boundless of academic and socio-cultural activities. Moreover, through AMSEP, it allows members to collaborate with other chapters to have community service activities to manifest the action philosophy of AMSA in order to be impactful to the society.
AMSA-Indonesia has always been one of the most active chapters in AMSEP. We have conducted numerous of exchanges with other chapters including Japan, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, India, China, and more to come. In the previous tenure, we also collaborated beyond AMSA and conducted exchanges with several European Medical Students’ Association (EMSA) chapters including Romania, Turkey, Rotterdam, and Ukraine. And in this year, we are going to have more collaborations not only with EMSA, but also with Federation of African Medical Students’ Association (FAMSA) chapters.
Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19 that still affects all sorts of activity, unfortunately, all physical exchanges need to be suspended for an indefinite period of time. However, this transition opens a door full of experiences that has led us to more innovations and creativity in today’s digitalization as Virtual AMSEP. This new way of conducting and experiencing the essence of AMSEP provides us to create an everlasting memory from the safety and comfort of our home.
All things considered, let’s amplify our courage and advance our capabilities through AMSEP!
“Amplifying Courage, Advancing Capabilities”
Asian Medical Students’ Exchange Programme (AMSEP) is one of AMSA International’s programmes, which was established in 2003 to facilitate exchange programmes between students of AMSA. The first AMSEP was between Indonesia and Japan in November 2006 and January 2007. As the only exchange programme approved by AMSA, AMSEP provides an opportunity for all AMSA members, both pre-clinical and clinical, to experience a glimpse of medicine in other chapters. The programme varies according to the university of the hosting chapter that organizes the schedule. All participating students will experience all AMSA philosophies (Knowledge, Action, and Friendship) in AMSEP. They will experience healthcare systems in other countries, medical education, as well as the country’s distinctive culture. All in all, the memories and friendships made through AMSEP will be unforgettable.
Every year, the participation of AMSA members in AMSEP continues to grow with AMSEP International continuing to add new members every year. Currently, chapters that are involved in AMSEP are Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Bangladesh, India, Egypt, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Mongolia, Pakistan, China, and Nepal. AMSA International also bridges AMSA with European Medical Students’ Association (EMSA) and Federation of African Medical Students’ Association (FAMSA).
With the development of AMSEP International each year, AMSA-Indonesia strives to actively contribute and participate in all AMSEP activities. The number of hosting universities in AMSA-Indonesia also increases by the year. Although all offline exchange programmes have been postponed and replaced with e-Twinning programmes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AMSEP continues to make wonderful memories virtually. This new approach has been expected to give a new euphoria while maintaining AMSA philosophies for all participants. Hence, this Guidebook serves to maintain the excellent quality of AMSEP, both physically and virtually.
CORE VALUES OF AMSEP
Knowledge is actualized through AMSEP’s Academic Hours, which are conducted in English.
Action is actualized through AMSEP’s Social Hour (Community Service), which follows the Ministry of Health’s Gerakan Masyarakat Hidup Sehat (GERMAS).
All the activities throughout the AMSEP should centre around creating an everlasting bond with each other. Sociocultural programmes such as city tours, ice-breaking games, and others can help enhance this bond.