The bvmd (German Medical Student Association) is the only legitimate representative of medical students enrolled in Germany. As a union of the 38 faculties, the bvmd forms the umbrella organization of all medical students in Germany. In order to coordinate and live the club work, to choose offices, to adopt position papers, etc., three annual general meetings take place. Each medical faculty sends representatives to these who, as so-called local representatives (LV), express their opinions in plenary.
In addition to the plenary sessions, such a MV offers sufficient opportunities to meet interesting people, to inform themselves about bvmd projects, to have a lot of fun and to train through various workshops.
That’s what we did! As guests at the MV in Leipzig we (Becci and Lennart) could spend a well-organized weekend. As students enrolled in Poland, we were not the only guests. Sina, a student of the cooperative study program between the University of Southampton and the Klinikum Kassel, also traveled with us.
After arriving on Friday afternoon, dinner was eaten together on the campus of the University of Leipzig. At the subsequent opening plenary session, the presence of the the faculties was recorded and the organization of the further plenary sessions clarified.
The subsequent nocturnal city tour / Stadtralley through Leipzig began shortly before midnight and provided plenty of opportunities for exchange with other students.
In the early morning we went to the Campus- gym-bed camp where we rested briefly, until then awake early.
After breakfast, the second plenary session was opened. Subsequently, various bvmd projects were presented on the market of possibilities. Here are just two examples:
- Uni hilft: this project is committed to stem cell typing and organizes regular events on this topic at various locations.
- Care & Travel: a project currently limited to Germany. Here, young people get the opportunity to perform short-term assignments (between 2 days to 2 weeks) in nursing homes, thus allowing the elderly of our society a little change in the often dreary everyday life. In return, the volunteers receive food & lodging.
Many of these projects are really interesting, you are welcome to inform yourself on the bvmd website (https://www.bvmd.de/unsere-arbeit/projekte/). Since some projects are not limited to Germany, we can ask for possibilities of expansion abroad if interested. Should you be interested, contact us.
After the market of possibilities, AG times planned. We joined the AG exchange. In groups we worked out pro and contra points on the subject of volunteering in developing countries. The AG Exchange offers students a variety of places for family and public health projects in different countries. Many of these exchanges are coordinated by the IFMSA, which is the association of all medical student national representations worldwide.
After dinner and the following plenary session, the celebratory mood increased! InThe organisors Leipzig had rented a very iconic locatio, in an old wine cellar. We filled it with the best party mood, fun and laughter! When the sun started to raise again, we arrived back on campus, and after 2.5 hours of sleep, we were promptly woken up by megaphone armed students and called to breakfast… yes .. the coffee was even more important than the day before!
Since we still had the long train ride back to Białystok before us, we left the MV already before the end of the last plenary session. However, with plenty of impressions, new experiences and ideas.
Many thanks for the hospitality to the entire bvmd, and of course the organization from Leipzig. It was #teuflischgut!!