The Association of Medical Students in Bulgaria (AMSBulgaria.net) is hosting an event called "Trainer Madness" in cooperation with the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA.org) from 15.07.2017 to 22.07.2017 in the Chaika Resort near Kabakum Beach. We expect over 116 medical students from all over the world to attend the event. The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) is a non-political and non-profit organization recognized as one of the oldest and largest student-run organizations in the world. IFMSA was established in 1951 after the end of World War II to serve as a platform for unity, collaboration and peace among medical students. Trainer Madness offers 4 streams of workshops. The first stream focuses on educating students on topics of Medical Education (ME). The second stream educates students on topics regarding Human Rights and Peace (HRP). The third stream educates students on comprehensive sexual education (CSE). The fourth stream educates on Public Health with the focus on Mental Health. The students will finish the course certified as official IFMSA-Trainer and therefore will be able to educate peers in their home towns and home countries to increase the quality of healthcare within their community.
Trainer Madness is a first of its kind event. Unlike previous Capacity Building events it will last for 6 working days instead of 3. The increase of the duration leads to more time and space to focus not only on the development of the individual but supports the development on “How” to deliver training sessions and a better understanding on “What” to deliver. Some of these topics will include Advocacy, Public Health Management, The role of Society in CSE, Curriculum Assessment, Students Engagement regarding the Refugee situation and more. Additionally, to the knowledge that will be transmitted, Trainer Madness will give a platform for students from around the world to interact with each other to forge long lasting friendships that hopefully lead to future interaction on professional and personal base. The distribution will therefore be a mixture of two events which were held previously as separate. On the one hand a “Training New Trainers” from which content is taken on the “How”. On the other hand, trainees will acquire the “What” in Standing Committee specific training. This will be done in three simultaneous groups with each group including a different theme for the “What” part, which correlate with three of the four Standing Committees that the IFMSA currently has. Therefore there will be one stream focusing on HRP, one on CSE and one on ME. The fourth standing committee of the IFMSA: Public Health is addressed in a fourth parallel workshop entitled “Public Health Leadership” focussing on Mental Health. This special separate workshop is designed with extensive content on the theory and workings of public health. It focuses on leadership, project management, and empowerment. Unlike previous workshops its duration is longer. This gives the opportunity to go in depth of the topics. The aim of this is to produce active agents in the realisation of global health worldwide, supplying medical students of different nationalities and backgrounds with the tools to affect policy and action, combining with the long history of collaboration that the IFMSA has with both the World Health Organisation and the World Medical Association. Additionally it brings students together to share visions and ideas in global health. In this way the event empowers medical students into affecting the world around them.
The reason we’re hosting an event like this is, that health professionals worldwide are expected to possess certain soft skills such as leadership, communication, public speaking, facilitation and so on. Although our studies can take up to 6-7 years, most of us never learn these skills during university. These skills, which are arguably essential, are either learned the hard way or, sadly, never properly learned at all. IFMSA offers training events for medical students. During these events, which are named Training New Trainers (TNT), a range of soft skills are taught, practised and implemented. We organise to conduct a prolonged training event where the TNT and the training for specific Standing Committee of IFMSA trainer is combined. In this way, the medical student will gain knowledge about a specific topic within our healthcare system needing attention, and receive proper training on how to become a trainer and hence acquire relevant soft skills. With this training event, we hope to equip the newly formed trainer with skills and knowledge to conduct peer-to-peer education with a certain level of quality.