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Schulze, Henrike; Zhang, Danmei; Anderson, Ricardo Patricio Perez; Alhalabi, Obada; Huhn, Daniel; Astfalk, Timo (2018): Symposium "International Medical Students - Support Programs in Practical Application": Networking, best-practice examples and local representation. In: Gms Journal for Medical Education, Vol. 35, No. 5, Doc53
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The new project "International Medical Students" within the German Medical Students' Association (bvmd) aims at connecting local support programs for international medical students as well as the representation of their interests within the bvmd. Within the frame of this project, the first symposium "International Medical Students - Support Programs in Practical Application" took place from the 12th to the 14th of May 2017 at the Hannover Medical School (MHH). Through partaking in different workshops, 31 participants discussed the framework conditions of local work (i.e. curricula, tutorials, social offers, cooperation between faculty members and student body, legal aspects), common problems (i.e. addressing the target group, funding of support programs) and possible solutions (i.e. targeted advertisement, application for public funds). This report constitutes a summary of the results of these discussions. The feedback from the participants on the need for such a regular exchange and the format of the symposium was positive. However, there were requests for further thematic specification. Based on this feedback the next symposium is planned for 2018.