Meet Patrick Rene Archimed Djabou!

Meet Patrick Rene Archimed Djabou from Burkina Faso!

He is the 6th-year medical student studying at the University Professor Joseph KI ZERBO/Health Department in Burkina Faso, who has been awarded with the 5th GA Scholarship in the history of our Fund  to travel to Arusha, Tanzania for the IFMSA General Assembly – August Meeting 2017 representing his country and AEM-Burkina Faso, of which he is the current NMO President.

Patrick Rene Archimed was chosen among 49 applicants for the scholarship, according to his background, expertise and motivation. The amount of €500 of scholarship money has partially covered Patrick’s expenses for registering and traveling to the AM2017 in Tanzania to meet with friends and colleagues studying Medicine from all over the world!

Learn more about Patrick Rene Archimed, by reading through his CV, as well as his Letter of Motivation.



Patrick René Archimed DJABOU




Burkina Faso


University Professor Joseph KI ZERBO/Health Department, Burkina Faso


-SCOPH, General Secretary in Burkina Faso’s NMO
-Best African Project at ARM (Addis Abeba) with the project on “Tuberculosis in jail” at Ouagadougou 2013-2014: National public health Officer of AEM/BF
– General Secretary of AEM/BF
28th April – 8th March 2016:
– Attendance to IFMSA March meeting 2016 in Malta
– Participation of Training about Disaster Medicine at Pre GA in Malta -Participation of trainings on capacity building and project management at the march meeting 2016.
– Burkina Faso NMO President
-Communication and Publication Director for African Regional meeting (ARM) 2016
-Coordinator of national preparatory meeting for the elaboration of “Ouagadougou declaration” on climate change
-Coordinator of the elaboration of AEM-Burkina Faso strategic plan 2017-2019
Informatics skills Good knowledge on: Google apps (Docs, Sheets, Forms, Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts), Microsoft Office, Skype


English (speaking and writing) : Level : Good French (Speaking and writing : Level : Very Good Local languages : Gourounsi and Mooré : Level : Very good


The International Federation of Medical Students’ Association is a great family where any medical students can improve his leadership and capacity building.
Despite of this opportunity medical students from africa have difficulties to express themeselves in the federation.Between these difficulties we have the GAs attendance.
My motivation to apply for Erik Holst Fund in order to attend the august meeting is all about passion and responsibility to give back to a region that I bear in my heart.
When I joined AEM Burkina, I could not imagine how far this will take me to. I was passionate about interacting with people and sharing medical knowledge. I quickly started learning how to work in a team to design, plan, and execute a project. Patience, active listening, and open mindedness were core elements I developed.
I was elected National Public Health Officer (NPO), General Secretary (GS), and I am currently the President of our amazing National Medical Organization (NMO). Each stage was again a learning opportunity.
Today, there is a tremendous opportunity to take this experience to world level, to serve our region.
Many reasons explain my appilcation for this fund

  1. I am the NMO President and I want to get more informations about IFMSA and I will share my experience with the others members of my NMO when I will be back in my country.
  2. The worst economical situation of my country
  3. It’s one of rare GA in Africa and it will be very helpful because of the accessibility of the visa.
  4. There are few members of my NMO that have attended to IFMSA’s General Assemblies before and the our NMO had not reprsentative in the two previous GAs.
  5. It will be an opportunity to meet and learn from other highly motivated Medical Students worldwide.
  6. It is with excitement that I am applying, knowing that if I am given the opportunity, I can contribute to make african region and my NMO strong for us and for the next generation.

We have a winner for the Erik Holst AM2017 GA scholarship!

Dear applicants for the Erik Holst AM2017 GA Scholarship,

Dear IFMSA Alumni,

Dear IFMSA members worldwide,

It is with great pleasure that we announce the results from the evaluation of all applications for the AM2017 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 2017 in Tanzania.

We received 49 applications in total, 49 excellent applications from all 5 IFMSA Regions. After a thorough, 2-rounds-long evaluation that lasted 10 days, we finally reached to the winner, who is:

Mr. Patrick René Archimed DJABOU from Burkina Faso!


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 April 17th, 2017 over the IFMSA General server, Erik Holst Facebook page and and provided a timespan of 2 weeks for receiving applications online. The first announcement was also posted on various IFMSA-related Facebook groups, and was followed by 1 reminder as the deadline approached. The deadline for receiving applications expired on May 1st, 2017 at 23:59 (GMT/UTC). The application procedure was done at our website 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, and those who had previously applied for our scholarship programme 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 2 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 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 AM2018! 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 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. DJABOU and his experience at the IFMSA GA- AM2017!

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), Xaviour Walker (Advisor) and Omar Cherkaoui (IFMSA President).

The Prof. Erik Holst Fund Alumni Partners: Ljiljana Lukic, Giacomo Cinelli