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:

1st1980ThailandCommunity Medicine in Asia
2nd1981ThailandWater Sanitation and Water-borne Disease
4th1983MalaysiaDrug Abuse
5th1984SingaporeChild Health
6th1985PhilippinesRole of Youth in Population Control: Asian Viewpoints
7th1986Hong KongMental Health in Asia
8th1987MalaysiaMedical Curriculum for Year 2000
9th1988TaiwanPresent Status and Future Prospects of Medical Service in Asia
10th1989JapanPrimary Health Care in Asia
11th1990IndonesiaTowards Promoting Mother and Child Health Status
12th1991South KoreaEndemic Disease of Each Country and Its Control
13th1992MalaysiaThe Role of Medical Students in Primary Health Care
14th1993TaiwanEnvironmental Medicine
16th1995Hong KongLife Styles of Health
17th1996IndonesiaDoctor Professional and Its Challenge Towards the Year 2000
18th1997PhilippinesHand Cross Asia: Work Together For Better Health Care
19th1998MalaysiaThe Challenges of Health Care Management in the next Millenium
20th1999ThailandEffective Use of Health Care Resources
21th2000South KoreaNew Wave in Medicine
22th2001AustraliaHealth Priorities in the Twenty-First Century
23th2002JapanCommunity Medicine in Asia
24th2003IndonesiaThe Advances of Tropical Medicine in Asia
25th2004ThailandTraditional Medicine
26th2005MalaysiaTechnology in Medicine
27th2006Hong KongTobacco
28th2007KoreaCancer in Asia – Incidence, Suffering and Prevention
29th2008JapanNon-Communicable Diseases and Health Promotion
30th2009TaiwanStigmatized Illnesses
31st2010IndonesiaGeriatrics Health
32nd2011Hong Kong*Integrative Medicine: Evidence-based traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) in modern medical practice
33rd2012PhilippinesSurmounting Health Inequalities across Asia as One Region
34th2013MalaysiaThe Incoming Tide of Community Medicine
35th2014(X)Thailand – cancelled due to Martial Law issue – 
36th2015Singapore Geriatric Medicine: Embracing the Silver Tsunami
37th2016Philippines Beyond Our Clinics : The Social Determinants of Health
38th2017Korea Hospital, No longer a safe area
39th2018Malaysia Infection Control: Old Problems, New Challenges
40th 2019Singapore TBA

  *Joint Conference with IFMSA