Students' organizations

Student Government Council

www.samorzad.cm-uj.krakow.pl

       The Student Government Council at Jagiellonian University Medical College is part of the greater Jagiellonian University Student Government. This organization includes stu­dents from all faculties of the Medical College. The main objectives of the organization are defending student rights and representing the student community at the Jagiellonian University Senate, faculty councils, department councils, and program, didactic, and disciplinary committees. The Student Government Council supports the activities of other student organizations and initiatives (e.g., scientific circles, cultural, and sporting events). It is also in charge of allocating financial support to students at the Medical College.

Student Scientific Society

www.stn.cm-uj.krakow.pl

       The Student Scientific Society is an organization integrating all levels of the Medical College, from all faculties, represent­ing students who wish to expand their knowledge and improve their skills through participation in special interest clubs ("scientific circles") located at different clinics, depart­ments, and chairs. It coordinates and supports the activities of scientific circles, gathering students interested in a partic­ular field of medicine with the aim of increasing their practi­cal skills.        Intensive cooperation with Student Scientific Societies at different universities and organizations which share similar objectives allows for exchanges and joint undertak­ings. In the 2007/2008 aca­demic year, the Student Scientific Society at the Medical College included 102 scientific circles. The govern­ing board of the Society sup­ports the activity of scientific circles, including organizing thematic workshops, training, and scientific conferences.        The Society is supported by the Medical College, which year­ly allocates special funds allowing students to conduct inde­pendent research.        The Society also organizes annual scientific conferences, pro­viding students with the opportunity to present themselves and their scientific achievements on both a national and international level. Authors of the best and most interesting projects are awarded prizes and distinctions, including the chance to publish in select scientific journals.        Each student is certain to find a scientific circle correspon­ding to his or her special interests, giving them the opportu­nity to take the first steps towards a rewarding scientific career. Furthermore, preparing scientific theses and conduct­ing research enables them to acquire skills vital for verifying information and data analysis, essential for publishing scien­tific articles and expanding one's knowledge.        Through work in scientific circles, students have the added opportunity to apply for scientific stipends and conference grants. The allocation of stipends, summer clerkships, or trips abroad is competitive and depends largely on one's partici­pation in activities organized by their respective scientific cir­cle. For many, it marks the beginning of a promising profes­sional career.

International Federation of Medical Students' Associations - IFMSA

www.ifmsa.pl

       The International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) includes 2 million medical students from all over the world, from almost 100 member countries. In Poland, nearly 2000 students have joined the ranks of the IFMSA at its 11 branches, which operate at each medical education institution in the country. It is not numbers that best represent the character of the organization, but the common objective included in the Federation's mission state­ment: "to offer future physicians a comprehensive introduc­tion to global health issues. Through our programming and opportunities, we develop culturally sensitive students of medicine, intent on influencing the trans-national inequali­ties that shape the health of our planet."        The Federation gathers young, ambitious, and energetic peo­ple with a passion for medicine, students who are conscious of social problems and express a desire to change the reality in which they live. For over 50 years, the Federation has been actively participating in the sphere of health services by working shoulder-to-shoulder with doctors to expand med­ical knowledge in local communities with respect to public health, reproductive health, and AIDS. Though mindful of society's needs, the Federation also expands the knowledge of its members by organizing such courses as surgical sutur­ing, Basic Life Support (BLS), Automated External Defibrillation (AED), and numerous scientific conferences, both private and open to the public.        These events are organized in cooperation with universities and non-governmental organizations. The extended program of scientific exchanges and summer clerkships organized by the Federation enables students to familiarize themselves with health services in different countries, improve profes­sional skills, and work on scientific projects in some of the most modern research centers in the world. The IFMSA actions are divided into 5 main programs: SCOME - Standing Committee on Medical Education, SCOPE - Standing Committee on Professional Exchange, SCORA - Standing Committee on Reproductive Health Including AIDS, SCORP -the Standing Committee on Refugees and Peace, and SCORE - Standing Committee on Research Exchange. IFMSA-Poland represents a large group of future physicians who aim to change the allocation of health service for the better, for whom the well-being of their patients represents the highest value. They spare neither time nor energy in fulfilling their passions and ideals for the benefit of others.

Academic Sport Association

www.azs.cm-uj.krakow.pl

       The 2008/2009 academic year was an exceptional year for aca­demic sports in Poland, with the 100 year anniversary of the Academic Sport Association (Akademicki Związek Sportowy) in Poland. A Sports Club, organized as part of the Academic Sport Association, first began to operate at the Department of Physical Education at the Academy of Medicine.        The Association currently has 270 members in 16 sections, including such disciplines as swimming, skiing, basketball, vol­leyball, and soccer. Students of the Medical College participate in matches of the Małopolska Academic League, Polish University Championships, and Medical School Championships. They have consistently held top rankings for the past 20 years, resulting in the University being ranked in the top three of the most sports-active medical schools in the country.        The Association, together with the Department of Physical Education and Sport, organizes sporting events for the stu­dents and personnel of the Medical College, the most notable being the annual Alpine skiing competition. The "Jagiellonian University Medical College Vice-Rector's Cup" is an excellent integration event for students, their teachers, and families.        Deans from different faculties act as patrons of such season­al events as tennis competitions, mountain bike races, and swimming and soccer competitions. In 2007, the Kraków Sports Club hosted the 25th National Medical School Championship in swimming and skiing.        Didactic activities are organized by the Department of Physical Education and Sport, located in Kraków's Prokocim District, where students from all faculties of the Medical College participate in obligatory and extracurricular sporting classes. Classes include team events, musical-motor activities, physiotherapy exercises, and gymnastics.