CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Erik Holst MM2017 GA Scholarship


First Announcement

Dear IFMSA medical students worldwide,

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IFMSA GA

IFMSA General Assembly

Are you a medical student and a member of IFMSA?
Are you involved in IFMSA activities locally?
Do you consider yourself a promising leader in your community?
Are you interested in participating in an IFMSA General Assembly (GA)?
Will 500€ enable your participation?
Then, this is your chance! APPLY NOW for the “Erik Holst MM2017 GA Scholarship”

IFMSA GA Scholarship – In particular

Awarded to promising GA attendees from any IFMSA member-country. The award recognizes the contributions the students have made at a local level and their potential to contribute to the activities of IFMSA. Many students cannot attend the GA because lack of financial resources and unfortunately the excitement and inspiration of this conference is therefore closed off to them. The PEHF wants to open the door a little wider for these students. This will help those interested participate in the GA and can only strengthen the spirit of the GA.

Call for Applications

The “Erik Holst MM2017 GA Scholarship” will be 500€ and will be awarded to one (1) medical student, to be used ONLY for participation at the IFMSA GA – March Meeting 2017 in Montenegro.

Those interested, please fill-in the application form online, making sure you provide data for all required questions. Do not forget to provide your CV and motivation letter at the end. These will mostly define the applicant who will be awarded the scholarship. After submitting your application you will receive an e-mail from PEHF informing you of the successful submission of your application. Make sure to visit http://www.erikholstfund.com regularly for updates on the application review process.

DEADLINE for receiving applications: 1 December 2016, 23:59 GMT

The deadline above will be strictly followed, as the PEHF Board must take the necessary time to review all applications, within the time constraints set by the MM2017 Organizing Committee:

Early registration

Opens on Saturday, 5th November 2016 at 00:01 GTM
Closes on Thursday, 15th December 2016 at 23:59 GTM

Late registration

Opens on Friday, 16th December 2016 at 00:01 GTM
Closes on Sunday, 15th January 2017 at 23:59 GTM

PreGA deadline 15th January at 23:59 GMT

Substitutions and cancellations

Cancellations before 20th January 2017—Full refund
Cancellations before 30th January 2017—50% refund
Cancellations after 1st February 2017—no refund

Substitutions before 10th February 2017 at 23:59 GTM

Source: http://www.mm2017montenegro.com

The applicant selected will be informed by e-mail with instructions how to receive the scholarship. Make sure you enter a valid e-mail address. The name of the awardee will also be announced online at http://www.erikholstfund.com

Don’t miss your chance to apply for our scholarship!
Don’t miss your chance to attend the IFMSA GA – March Meeting 2017
Don’t miss your chance to make a difference for you and your local community!

APPLY NOW!

Prof. Erik Holst Fund – “Giving back something for what IFMSA has given us”

On behalf of the Prof. Erik Holst Fund Board of Directors,

Kostas Roditis,

Chair

Questions on the application process?

For any questions you may have on the application process, you may always contact us at Prof. Erik Holst Fund by filling-in the following contact form:

IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS IS JUST A FORM TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS ON THE APPLICATION PROCESS! IT IS NOT THE ONLINE APPLICATION FORM! PLEASE CLICK ON “APPLY FOR A GRANT” FROM THE TOP MENU, OR CLICK ON ANY “APPLY NOW” LINK MENTIONED IN THE ABOVE CALL!

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ANNOUNCING THE WINNER OF THE ERIK HOLST AM2016 GA SCHOLARSHIP!

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Dear applicants for the Erik Holst AM2016 Scholarship,
Dear IFMSA Alumni,

It is with great pleasure that we announce the results from the evaluation of all applications for the AM2016 Scholarship, provided by the Prof. Erik Holst Fund to a promising medical student, member of IFMSA, in order to cover some part (if not all) of the expenses for his/her participation at the IFMSA General Assembly – August Meeting 2016 in Mexico.

We received 52 applications in total, which is a big number for our only 3rd call for applications, 52 excellent applications from all 5 IFMSA Regions. After a thorough, 2-rounds-long evaluation that lasted a week, we finally reached to the winner, who is:

Mr. Desire RUHINDA from Tanzania!

Congratulations!

The Board of Directors of the Fund will be in touch with him in the following days in order to arrange properly how the scholarship will be received by its beneficiary.

We would like to take this opportunity and provide you with full details on how the whole evaluation procedure took place, in terms of transparency.

The Fund first announced the call for applications for the scholarship on 24 April 2016 (over the IFMSA General server, Erik Holst Facebook page and erikholstfund.com) and provided a timespan of 2 weeks (14 days) for receiving applications online. The first announcement was also posted on various IFMSA-related Facebook groups, and was followed by 2 reminders as the deadline approached. The deadline for receiving applications expired on May 7th, 2016 at 23:59 (GMT/UTC). The application procedure was done at our website erikholstfund.com by filling in an online application form, which included a CV and a Motivation Letter of each applicant as a prerequisite for application submission. Through these two texts, we would be able to better become acquainted with each candidate and take a thorough look into their aspirations from their possible participation in the GA, their vision of IFMSA and themselves in it, as well as their background and achievements both academic, professional and personal. As the scholarship aims mainly in students who cannot attend the GA due to financial constraints, special attention was given to any relevant information provided by the applicant. Applicants that haven’t attended a GA before, were also seen in a more favorable way.

After the 1st round of evaluation, a ranking list of all applicants was determined. Then, all applicants were arranged according to IFMSA Region and the 2 first of each Region were chosen, which provided us with a list of 12 finalists in total, because we encountered ties in some Regions. Then, a 2nd round of evaluation followed, starting with these 12 finalists, which led us to the final ranking list that gave the winner of the scholarship.

Finally, we would like to thank once again all those who applied, especially those who made it to the list of the 12 finalists. We are sorry that we could not give more scholarships this time, but hopefully we will be able to do so for the next GA, that is the MM2017! We do encourage all of the applicants to reapply next time, when the call for applications is released! We will be happy to receive your applications once again when time comes!

Check our website erikholstfund.com for more news & updates on the GA Scholarships and other upcoming grants, as we will be enriching its content soon, after the scholarship is received, as we shall be following our grantee Mr. Ruhinda and his experience at the IFMSA GA-AM2016!

Kind regards,
Konstantinos M. Roditis
Chair, Prof. Erik Holst Fund Board of Directors

The Prof. Erik Holst Fund Board of Directors: Konstantinos Roditis (Chair), Yon Chong (Secretary), Stefan Buttigieg (External Relations Officer) and Xaviour Walker (Advisor).

BREAKING NEWS: AM2016 scholarship results to be announced soon

Dear Erik Holst AM2016 scholarship applicants,

We apologize for the slight delay in evaluating your applications, the final results will be announced online on http://www.erikholstfund.com and on our Facebook page really soon, by tomorrow Sunday 15 May, 2016 at noon 12:00 GMT.
The winner of the scholarship will be also notified in a personal email, as well as the rest of you who applied.

The PEHF Board of Directors

Applications for AM2016 scholarship closed

As of May 7, 2016 23:59 GMT/UTC, applications for the Erik Holst AM2016 GA Scholarship are closed.

Evaluation of all applications received will follow.

Applicants will be notified of the result during the 2nd week of May, most probably around May 10, 2016.

The winner of the scholarship will be officially announced on
http://www.erikholstfund.com

We thank once again all applicants that submitted their application for the AM2016 scholarship!

On behalf of the Prof. Erik Holst Fund Board of Directors.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE “ERIK HOLST AM2016 GA SCHOLARSHIP”

First Announcement

Dear IFMSA medical students worldwide,

  • Are you a medical student and a member of IFMSA?
  • Are you involved in IFMSA activities locally?
  • Do you consider yourself a promising leader in your community?
  • Are you interested in participating in an IFMSA General Assembly (GA)?
  • Will 500€ enable your participation?

Then, this is your chance! APPLY NOW for the “Erik Holst AM2016 GA Scholarship”

IFMSA GA Scholarship – In particular

Awarded to promising GA attendees from any IFMSA member-country. The award recognizes the contributions the students have made at a local level and their potential to contribute to the activities of IFMSA. Many students cannot attend the GA because lack of financial resources and unfortunately the excitement and inspiration of this conference is therefore closed off to them. The PEHF wants to open the door a little wider for these students. This will help those interested participate in the GA and can only strengthen the spirit of the GA.

Call for Applications

The “Erik Holst AM2016 GA Scholarship” will be 500€ and will be awarded to one (1) medical student, to be used ONLY for participation at the IFMSA GA – August Meeting 2016.

Those interested, please fill-in the application form online, making sure you provide data for all required questions. Do not forget to provide your CV and motivation letter at the end. These will mostly define the applicant who will be awarded the scholarship. After submitting your application you will receive an e-mail from PEHF informing you of the successful submission of your application. Make sure to visit http://www.erikholstfund.com regularly for updates on the application review process.

DEADLINE for receiving applications: 7 May 2016, 23:59 GMT

The applicant selected will be informed by e-mail with instructions how to receive the scholarship. Make sure you enter a valid e-mail address. The name of the awardee will also be announced online at http://www.erikholstfund.com .

  • Don’t miss your chance to apply for our scholarship!
  • Don’t miss your chance to attend the IFMSA GA – August Meeting 2016!
  • Don’t miss your chance to make a difference for you and your local community!

APPLY NOW!

Prof. Erik Holst Fund – “Giving back something for what IFMSA has given us”

On behalf of the Prof. Erik Holst Fund Board of Directors,

Kostas Roditis,

Chair

 

Questions on the application process?

For any questions you may have on the application process, you may always contact us at Prof. Erik Holst Fund by filling-in the following contact form:

 

AND THE ERIK HOLST FUND MM2016 SCHOLARSHIP GOES TO…

By DR. KONSTANTINOS RODITIS, MD, MSc, Chair, Prof. Erik Holst Fund Board of Directors & HALEEMA MUNIR, medical student, President, IFMSA-Pakistan

Haleema Munir

Haleema Munir, IFMSA-Pakistan, Erik Holst Fund MM2016 awardee

The Past, the Present, the Future: this year’s IFMSA March Meeting Theme echoes also Prof. Erik Holst Fund’s short, but promising history… Initiated back in 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark, by an enthusiastic team of IFMSA Alumni, the Fund has already stepped in its 4th year of existence. So far, among many hardships and drawbacks, it finally started giving back to IFMSA “something for all that IFMSA has given” to its Alumni when they still were medical students…
After Surendra Sapkota from Nepal last August, who attended the IFMSA GA in Ohrid, FYR Macedonia with the help of a Prof. Erik Holst Fund Scholarship, time has come for the 2nd Scholarship which has been awarded to a very promising medical student-leader from Pakistan, Ms. Haleema Munir! Listen to her story, as she describes her aspirations about her upcoming participation in the MM2016 in Malta:

“While applying for this scholarship, I was very well aware of the tough competition that I would be facing by very competent applicants from all over the globe and so all I could do was to hope for the best. Seeing the email announcing the winner was one of the most exciting and memorable moments of my life. I was overjoyed at the very thought of meeting my IFMSA family from all around the globe.
Being the winner of Prof. Erik Holst Fund Scholarship for attending the March Meeting 2016 in Malta is all very exciting and thrilling, so much so that sometimes it even seems unreal. But more than that, it is an honor to have been selected by core IFMSAians-for-life to attend the hub of IFMSA magic. I am extremely thankful to the members of the Fund for selecting me and considering me worthy of this honor.
Since my selection as the recipient of this scholarship, the members of the Fund have been in regular contact with me and they have been extremely cooperative to ensure smooth working of the technicalities.
This opportunity for me to attend MM2016 will not only help me as an individual and enhance my skills as a culturally-aware professional, but it will also help my NMO, IFMSA-Pakistan, as I intend to spread out the training, wisdom and learning I’ll gain from this GA among the hundreds of members IFMSA-Pakistan who are unable to attend IFMSA General Assemblies.
I would urge all true IFMSAians who wish to experience IFMSA firsthand to keep applying for Prof. Erik Holst Fund Scholarship. If you didn’t get selected the first time, you might get selected the next time you apply, just like me!”

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IFMSA GA – March Meeting 2016 in Malta

We all in the Fund’s Board of Directors, with the kind assistance of our Board of Trustees, will keep on fundraising for our Fund, only to be able to deliver more Scholarships to IFMSA members all over the world as well as the first-ever Erik Holst micro-grants to IFMSA projects.
And of course, we will be for ever thankful to our wonderful Alumni colleagues for their incoming donations!

ANNOUNCING THE WINNER OF ERIK HOLST MM2016 SCHOLARSHIP!

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Dear applicants for the Erik Holst MM2016 Scholarship,
Dear IFMSA Alumni,

It is with great pleasure that we announce the results from the evaluation of all applications for the MM2016 Scholarship, provided by the Prof. Erik Holst Fund to a promising medical student, member of IFMSA, in order to cover some part (if not all) of the expenses for his/her participation at the IFMSA General Assembly – March Meeting 2016 in Malta.

We received 66 applications in total, which is a big number for our only 2nd call for applications, 66 excellent applications from all 5 IFMSA Regions. After a thorough, 2-rounds-long evaluation that lasted a week, we finally reached to the winner, who is:

Ms. Haleema Munir, final-year medical student from Pakistan!

Congratulations!

The Board of Directors of the Fund will be in touch with her in the following days in order to arrange properly how the scholarship will be received by its beneficiary.

We would like to take this opportunity and provide you with full details on how the whole evaluation procedure took place, in terms of transparency.

The Fund first announced the call for applications for the scholarship on 10 November 2015 (over the IFMSA General server and erikholstfund.com) and provided a timespan of 3 weeks (21 days) for receiving applications online. The first announcement was also posted on various IFMSA-related Facebook groups, and was followed by 2-3 reminders as the deadline approached. The deadline for receiving applications expired on December 1st, 2015 at 23:59 (GMT/UTC). The application procedure was done at our website erikholstfund.com by filling in an online application form, which included a CV and a Motivation Letter of each applicant as a prerequisite for application submission. Through these two texts, we would be able to better become acquainted with each candidate and take a thorough look into their aspirations from their possible participation in the GA, their vision of IFMSA and themselves in it, as well as their background and achievements both academic, professional and personal. As the scholarship aims mainly in students who cannot attend the GA due to financial constraints, special attention was given to any relevant information provided by the applicant. Applicants that haven’t attended a GA before, were also seen in a more favorable way.

After the 1st round of evaluation, a ranking list of all applicants was determined. Then, all applicants were arranged according to IFMSA Region and the first of each Region was chosen, which provided us with a list of 9 finalists in total, because we encountered ties in some Regions. Then, a 2nd round of evaluation followed, starting with these 9 finalists, which led us to the final ranking list that gave the winner of the scholarship.

Finally, we would like to thank once again all those who applied, especially those who made it to the list of the 9 finalists. We are sorry that we could not give more scholarships this time, but hopefully we will be able to do so for the next GA, that is the AM2016! We do encourage all of the applicants to reapply next time, when the call for applications is released! We will be happy to receive your applications once again when time comes!

Check our website erikholstfund.com for more news & updates on the GA Scholarships and other upcoming grants, as we will be enriching its content soon, after the scholarship is received, as we shall be following our grantee Ms. Munir and her experience at the IFMSA GA-MM2016!

Kind regards,
Konstantinos M. Roditis
Chair, Prof. Erik Holst Fund Board of Directors

The Prof. Erik Holst Fund Board of Directors: Konstantinos Roditis (Chair), Yon Chong (Secretary), Stefan Buttigieg (External Relations Officer), Jonathan Schuetze (Liaison Officer to IFMSA) and Xaviour Walker (Advisor).

Call for Applications for the “Erik Holst” IFMSA March Meeting Scholarship 2016

IFMSA GA

  • Are you a medical student and a member of IFMSA?
  • Are you involved in IFMSA activities locally?
  • Do you consider yourself a promising leader in your community?
  • Are you interested in participating in an IFMSA General Assembly (GA)?
  • Will 500€ enable your participation?

Then, this is your chance!

APPLY NOW for the “Erik Holst” IFMSA March Meeting Scholarship 2016!

Erik Holst Scholarship – In particular

Awarded to promising GA attendees from any IFMSA member-country. The award recognizes the contributions the students have made at a local level and their potential to contribute to the activities of IFMSA. Many students cannot attend the GA because lack of financial resources and unfortunately the excitement and inspiration of this conference is therefore closed off to them. The Professor Erik Holst Fund (PEHF) wants to open the door a little wider for these students. This will help those interested participate in the GA and can only strengthen the spirit of the GA.

Call for Applications

The March Meeting 2016 “Erik Holst” IFMSA GA Scholarship will be 500€ and will be awarded to one (1) medical student, to be used ONLY for participation at the IFMSA GA – March Meeting 2016 in Malta.

Those interested, please fill-in the application form online, making sure you provide data for all required questions. Do not forget to provide your CV and motivation letter at the end. These will mostly define the applicant who will be awarded the scholarship. After submitting your application you will receive an e-mail from PEHF informing you of the successful submission of your application. Make sure to visit www.erikholstfund.com regularly for updates on the application review process.

DEADLINE for receiving applications: 1st December 2015, 23:59 GMT

The applicant selected will be informed by e-mail with instructions how to receive the scholarship. Make sure you enter a valid e-mail address. The name of the awardee will also be announced online at www.erikholstfund.com .

  • Don’t miss your chance to apply for our scholarship!
  • Don’t miss your chance to attend the IFMSA GA – March Meeting 2016 in beautiful Malta!
  • Don’t miss your chance to make a difference for you and your local community!

APPLY NOW!

Questions on the application process?

For any questions you may have on the application process, you may always contact us at Prof. Erik Holst Fund by filling-in the following contact form:

Kindest Regards,

The Prof. Erik Holst Fund Board of Directors

Prof. Erik Holst Fund – “Giving back something for what IFMSA has given us”

A dream comes true in Ohrid: Meeting our 1st awardee!

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Dr. Konstantinos Roditis, Prof. Erik Holst Fund Chair (left) meets and congratulates Mr. Surendra Sapkota, the Fund’s 1st awarded medical student from Nepal (right). (photo courtesy of Dr. Fehim Esen from Istanbul, Turkey)

Exactly 4 years ago, the IFMSA Alumni who founded the Prof. Erik Holst Fund in Copenhagen had a dream: to establish a concrete platform for collecting contributions from IFMSA Alumni from all over the world in order to finance medical students, members of all IFMSA NMOs, to participate in an IFMSA GA, thus fulfilling their aspirations as young medical activists within the framework of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations. The Prof. Erik Holst Fund was born.

Today, this dream comes actually true. The 1st ever Erik Holst GA Scholarship has been recently awarded to a lucky and promising 5th-year medical student from Nepal, Surendra Sapkota. A few weeks ago, all of you have had the chance to meet him and get to know him better through our website. Surendra traveled all the way from his country Nepal in Asia to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in Europe, to participate in the recent IFMSA General Assembly – August Meeting 2015 (AM2015) that took place in the beautiful lake-city of Ohrid in the beginning of August, thanks to the scholarship he received from Prof. Erik Holst Fund, that covered his registration fee and part of his travel expenses.

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Dr. Konstantinos Roditis (left) and Mr. Surendra Sapkota (right) standing in front of the AM2015 GA Venue in Ohrid, FYROM. (photo courtesy of Dr. Fehim Esen from Istanbul, Turkey)

His enthusiasm knew no boundaries, as his participation at this GA was something he was dreaming for quite a long time, especially since the chance he was given to attend an IFMSA GA for the first time in Taiwan last year. After returning back home from Taiwan, he was already convinced that he wanted to get involved more within the IFMSA structure and leadership, as well as get to know better how the Federation works and how the experience he could gain from his involvement in IFMSA could be helpful to himself and his fellow colleagues Nepalese medical students back home.

We at Prof. Erik Holst Fund had the chance and opportunity to meet him in person in Ohrid, FYROM a few weeks ago, and we talked with him thoroughly about his participation in the GA, his role as Assistant to the Secretary of the GA Plenary, as well as his experiences from meeting with so many fellow medical students from all over the world. We were so happy to determine that we made indeed the right choice awarding him with the 1st GA Scholarship among 75 applicants, as he proved to be a very charismatic person, full of energy and enthusiasm, ready to get involved with IFMSA work both at the international level as well as back home in Nepal, and looking forward to participating again at an IFMSA GA next year, if possible to continue his journey in the IFMSA world.

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Dr. Roditis and Mr. Sapkota again with a panoramic view of the AM2015 GA Venue – Hotel Desaret in Ohrid, FYROM. (photo courtesy of Dr. Fehim Esen from Istanbul, Turkey)

Last but not least, we were able to see how important it is, to continue our work in raising awareness among IFMSA Alumni to continue supporting our efforts by donating to the Prof. Erik Holst Fund in the years to come. Only by doing so, we will be able in the future to award many more GA Scholarships as well as Project Micro-grants to medical students and their IFMSA local projects.

Next stop for Prof. Erik Holst Fund is Malta and the IFMSA General Assembly – March Meeting 2016 (MM2016) that will take place next March in the beautiful tiny archipelago country of the Mediterranean! Until then, stay in touch, and of course, do not forget to visit our “Donate Now” page and kindly contribute to our efforts! Because, as we all know, we really want to “give something back for what IFMSA has given us”!

Thank you very much, IFMSA Alumni!

Meet Surendra Sapkota!

Meet Surendra Sapkota from Nepal. He is the 5th-year medical student awarded with the 1st GA Scholarship of our Fund, and is currently getting ready to travel to Ohrid, FYR of Macedonia for the IFMSA General Assembly – August Meeting 2015 as a member of the Nepalese delegation!

Surendra Sapkota

1st awardee from Nepal

Surendra was chosen among more than 75 excellent applicants for the scholarship, according to his background, expertise and motivation. This was the 1st GA Scholarship ever awarded by the Prof. Erik Holst Fund, and this €500 will partially cover Surendra’s expenses for registering and traveling to the AM2015 in FYR of Macedonia.

Learn more about Surendra, by reading through his CV, as well as his letter of Motivation.

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Surendra at his Medical University

CURRICULUM VITAE

Language: English, Nepali, Hindi

Date of birth: 15th March, 1992

Place of birth: Kusma, Parbat, Nepal

Nationality: Nepalese

EXPERIENCES in IFMSA

August Meeting 2014, Taiwan
• Single delegate(HOD) from NMSS Nepal
• Attended mainly the plenaries and the presidents’ session
• Trainings attended:

1. Leadership Training
2. Financial Management and Fundraising

Pre Asia Pacific Regional Meeting 2014, Bangladesh
• Attended Training New Trainers(TNT) workshop in Pre Asia Pacific Regional Meeting 2014 in Dhaka

Asia Pacific Regional Meeting 2014, Bangladesh
• Facilitated a session on “Hospital Disaster Management” and conducted a SWG session in SCOPH
• Delivered trainings on “Communication Skills” in APRM
• Presented a Poster on “Disaster Risk Management”

International Students Meet on Public Health (ISMOPH), Feb 2015, Kolkatta, India
• Attended “Public Health Advocacy Training Workshop” organized by IFMSA delegation

Others
Member of SWG Medical Science and Research Team of IFMSA since May, 2014
Participated in OLMs, Webinars related to Ebola outbreaks, climate change and Ipas maternal and child health care and safe abortions

EXPERIENCES in NMSS (Nepal Medical Students’ Society)
• Secretary General of Nepal Medical Students’ Society in 2013/14
• Also worked as National Public Health Officer in NMSS in 2013/14
• Attended General Assembly of NMSS Nepal for 3 times in 2012, 2013 and 2014
• Chief Coordinator of “World Kidney Day 2014” observed by NMSS in collaboration with World Kidney Foundation Nepal
• Chief Coordinator of “World AIDS Day 2014” observed by NMSS at national level
• Coordinator of “No Smoking Day 2014” celebrated by NMSS in collaboration with Centre for Heart Attack Awareness in Nepal (CHAIN)
• Conducted a session on “IFMSA: Understanding and Opportunities” to the first year medical students of my university after my participation in GA Taiwan
• Participated and coordinated in various free health camps organized by NMSS in different rural parts of Nepal
• Participated in RHEPAS (Reproductive Health Education Program for Adolescents in School) in 2012
• Conducted a one day training on “Personality Development” and “Monitoring and Evaluation” in Jan 2015 in my NMO

Other International Experiences
• World Conference on Public Health, Feb11-15, Kolkatta India
Attended both the pre conference and the main conference.
Attended plenaries and sessions related to various issues on Public Health
Attended free paper presentations on “Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs”
• Ambassador in Medicalis, International Congress of Young Health Professionals held in Romania in May 15th to 18th, 2014
• Ambassador in ISFiT (International Students’ Festival in Trohindhem), held in Feb, 2015 in Norway)
SKILLS
Having worked as a secretary general, a trainer, a member in SWG Medical Science and Research team I have gained optimum organizational skills, leadership skills, technical skills and interpersonal skills

EDUCATION, SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
2011- …. 5th /final year medical student at Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University
Expected Date of Graduation: 2017
2009-2011 Higher Secondary education at Golden Gate International College
2004-2009 Secondary schooling at Siddhartha English Boarding School
• Full Scholarship Awarded by Institute of Medicine for Bachelor in Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
• $1800 Scholarship from Embassy of India (Golden Jubilee Scholarship) in Kathmandu ($360 given each year for 5 years from 2011)
• Received Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship awarded by Indian Embassy in 2009/10
• Higher Secondary Education Board(HSEB) 2nd in Nepal
• Honoured with gold medal from Siddhartha English Boarding School for achieving highest percentage in School Leaving Certificate (SLC) Examination

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Surendra at his Medical Faculty in Nepal

LETTER OF MOTIVATION

First I would like to express my appreciation to the organising committee for providing me this opportunity to apply for The Erik Holst Fund.

I am Surendra Sapkota, born and raised in a small village of Nepal called Parbat and currently a final year medical student at Institute of Medicine. I became the member of IFMSA as I became the member of Nepal Medical Students’ Society about three and a half years ago. It was on August 2013 I got elected as a general secretary of my NMO and I understood how NMO and IFMSA work and I also got to organize various events at national level. After being selected in the SWG Medical Science and Research Team in IFMSA on May 014, I was zealed by the utmost passion to work in IFMSA.

As a full time executive board member of NMSS Nepal in 2013/14, I got the chance to – identify problems, find creative solutions to them, build capacity and work in a team with full dedication, time and energy. International experiences in IFMSA have helped me learn and grow as a leader and a trainer and I am sure it will help me evolve as a global health doctor in the future. I have achieved till date whatever it be, through a constant struggle and exposure in the local, national and international arena.

Because of financial constraints, I bet I can’t attend the GA at any cost. This AM 2015 can bring a great change in my career and significant impact in my life. But total expenses will amount to 1000 Euros which people like me can’t afford because there are many other priorities in the family. A partial support will help me to attend the GA. As I am a trainer, I can actively contribute in the GA by facilitating the training sessions. I am planning to attend one more GA next year in my intern when I get a little salary and submit a candidature as well in IFMSA. So this GA is a most for me to keep my pace in IFMSA. I assure you that I can substantially contribute to my NMO with the experiences from the GA.