What is the AMSC?
The Asian Medical Students’ Conference is an annual conference of the Asian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA International) that involves the participation of hundreds of medical students from as many as 20 local chapters around the Asia-Pacific region.
The objective of AMSC lies in creating a platform for a strong, global network of medical students, who as future medical practitioners, will explore and develop their academic knowledge, cultural appreciation and interpersonal skills.
It comprises of three main aspects: academic, cultural and social programs. This event allows medical students from AMSA chapters to congregate, discuss and present their projects and research which were conducted based on the theme agreed upon for the conference that year. In addition, delegates can also experience different traditions and customs through the cultural events organised throughout course of the conference, and gives students an opportunity to network and build lifelong friendships with future doctors across Asia, regardless of nationality, ethnicity or race.
The conference is held annually in the middle of each year (late June to July period) , and is hosted by a local AMSA chapter in one of their main cities.
History of the AMSC
In 1980, the first Asian Medical Students’ Conference was held in Bangkok, Thailand. Medical students from four countries – India, Japan, Singapore and Thailand gathered to discuss issues of community medicine, nutrition, water and infection. Since then, the AMSC has grown along with AMSA International, involving over 20 local chapters from the Asia Pacific region and beyond, and features different themes from different health disciplines at each annual conference.
The various themes of AMSC conferences are as listed below:
|1st||1980||Thailand||Community Medicine in Asia|
|2nd||1981||Thailand||Water Sanitation and Water-borne Disease|
|6th||1985||Philippines||Role of Youth in Population Control: Asian Viewpoints|
|7th||1986||Hong Kong||Mental Health in Asia|
|8th||1987||Malaysia||Medical Curriculum for Year 2000|
|9th||1988||Taiwan||Present Status and Future Prospects of Medical Service in Asia|
|10th||1989||Japan||Primary Health Care in Asia|
|11th||1990||Indonesia||Towards Promoting Mother and Child Health Status|
|12th||1991||South Korea||Endemic Disease of Each Country and Its Control|
|13th||1992||Malaysia||The Role of Medical Students in Primary Health Care|
|16th||1995||Hong Kong||Life Styles of Health|
|17th||1996||Indonesia||Doctor Professional and Its Challenge Towards the Year 2000|
|18th||1997||Philippines||Hand Cross Asia: Work Together For Better Health Care|
|19th||1998||Malaysia||The Challenges of Health Care Management in the next Millenium|
|20th||1999||Thailand||Effective Use of Health Care Resources|
|21th||2000||South Korea||New Wave in Medicine|
|22th||2001||Australia||Health Priorities in the Twenty-First Century|
|23th||2002||Japan||Community Medicine in Asia|
|24th||2003||Indonesia||The Advances of Tropical Medicine in Asia|
|26th||2005||Malaysia||Technology in Medicine|
|28th||2007||Korea||Cancer in Asia – Incidence, Suffering and Prevention|
|29th||2008||Japan||Non-Communicable Diseases and Health Promotion|
|32nd||2011||Hong Kong*||Integrative Medicine: Evidence-based traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) in modern medical practice|
|33rd||2012||Philippines||Surmounting Health Inequalities across Asia as One Region|
|34th||2013||Malaysia||The Incoming Tide of Community Medicine|
|35th||2014||(X)Thailand||– cancelled due to Martial Law issue –|
|36th||2015||Singapore||Geriatric Medicine: Embracing the Silver Tsunami|
|37th||2016||Philippines||Beyond Our Clinics : The Social Determinants of Health|
|38th||2017||Korea||Hospital, No longer a safe area|
|39th||2018||Malaysia||Infection Control: Old Problems, New Challenges|
*Joint Conference with IFMSA