HelMSIC, as an EMSA member organises every year the “Twinning Project”, a kind of cultural and educational exchange between two European Faculty Member Organizations.

Every year, about 10-15 students from each “Twinned” Medical School have the chance to learn about a different health and educational system, experience another european way of living, gain new skills and medical knowledge as well as develop intercultural understanding.

There 3 main stages of the project:

First stage | Students are being selected and prepared in the procedures and “twinned” with the other FMO’s participants. They start contacting each other in order to know each other better and get familiarized before the official beginning of the visits.

Second & Third stage | These stages include the visits that happen between the two Twinned Faculties. For about 7 days, local students provide lodging, boarding, educational and cultural activities for the foreign students with the aim of giving them a multilateral view of a student’s life in their country.

Twinning in HelMSIC

HelMSIC consists of 7 local committees, one in each city where there is Medical School. Alexandroupolis, Athens, Heraklion, Ioannina, Larissa, Patras, Thessaloniki are our seven different FMOs.

Our main goal through this project is to offer a memorable experience in Greece. By preparing a high quality educational program, partnerships with the best-equipped clinics and hands-on exercise to improve practical skills, we try to achieve the acquisition of theoretical and practical knowledge of our participants. There are also educational trainings organized, based on soft skills and current public health issues & socio-ethical aspects of medicine.

Needless to say that cultural interaction and understanding is equally important!

Our active local coordinators are always willing to think new, creative ideas and well organised activities, in order for our twins to live a wonderful experience in Greece that never fade. Each twinning schedule includes:

  • visits to research institutions
  • lectures by health professionals in a particular thematic topic
  • trainings
  • clinical skills workshops (BLS, Suturing Workshop etc)
  • walking tours
  • οne-day trips to famous landmarks
  • cultural activities
  • visits to museums and archaeological sights
  • welcome dinner
  • parties  

Each one of our FMOs has its special academic collaborations as well as environmental and cultural facilities that make them unique and suitable for a fruitful cooperation with a different european Medical School.

Take a look at the moments of out last Twinning Pojects.

“Meeting people from a different culture is always a rewarding experience on a personal level, when you learn how to treat and respect others you also learn how to do it to yourself. Apart from that, I also enjoyed meeting people from my own country, it’s always rewarding finding the few that share the same mentality and interests you have”

“I hope this project will keep being organised so that people can make close friends from all over Europe”

“I enjoyed meeting new people from a foreign country, learning about new cultured and getting an insight in the medical education of other countries, through the Twinning Project”

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