Standing Committee on Research Exchanges (SCORE)

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National Officer


NORE: National Officer on Research Exchanges

I’m the officer in charge of coordinating the assignment of both national and foreign students who want to carry out an exchange on a research project; helping our outgoings out the possibility to travel, providing them the opportunity to obtain an international outreach, expanding their knowledge with regard to another culture at the university, and to the chosen project. Moreover, accompanying and allowing the entry of students (incomings) in order to carry out their exchange at one of our universities, on high-quality projects. Finally, the committee activities are coordinated aimed at improving aspects needed for our plan, such as academic quality, international mobility, projects and agreements.

What is SCORE?

The Standing Committee on Research Exchanges (SCORE), promotes, coordinates and supervises the participation of Colombian medical students on research projects at both national and international level, and of those foreign students wishing to come to Colombia to do a research exchange through IFMSA.
Mission: Providing opportunities of international outreach within the researching margin, to future doctors, promoting in the same way, cultural and scientific exchange for the different NMOs belonging to IMFSA. This is achieved by assigning a network of national and international medical students with well-developed aptitudes for the management and execution of research projects that contribute to train culturally enriched and qualified students to investigate.

The objectives of our committee are:

Providing research projects from different universities linked to ASCEMCOL for students in the medical and biomedical fields to achieve the following items:

  • Allowing them to take responsibility for their own learning according to their personal interests in the research field.
  • Supplying them information and the practical implementation of the basic principles about medical research.
  • Spreading their perspectives and possibilities to experience different approaches to research in health care, ethical research, medical research, education, and treatment.
  • Expanding the curriculum of medical students, in order to improve academic quality and contribute to the practical and theoretical research professional training.
  • Facilitating teamwork and association among universities, research institutions and allied medical students in Colombia with the world, to share and disseminate new achievements on medical research.

We carry out many activities based on the following topics:

  • Research Exchanges
  • Interculturality

Some of the activities we carry out at the national level are:

  • Announcement for ASCEMCOL Exchanges: The ASCEMCOL Call for Exchanges is held annually in order to offer the available places in other NMOs for students linked to ASCEMCOL. Currently, places are offered in Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Slovenia, Italy, Mexico and Poland. With a sum of 15 research places available.
  • Exchange Week: is carried out jointly between SCORE and SCOPE committees, as established by IFMSA calendar. This week we focus on different features of the exchange program, with a different topic every day: "why should I join an exchange" answered by students and tutors; activities to increase academic quality and promotion of the different regions, showing every one’s specialties and strengths. One of the things that prevent students from making an exchange with IFMSA is that they do not know about the existence of the local association or our NMO ASCEMCOL, therefore it is done to increase our visibility with the ultimate goal of increasing our participation all around the world. (Photo 1) SCORE -1 ExWeek 2018 IFMSA
  • Professional and Research Training (PRET): it is an international IFMSA meeting, where NOREs, NEOs, and students who are motivated to learn about a region exchanges topic, can meet and participate in training, workshops and Small Working Groups (SWGs).

The main PRET targets are:

  • Motivating the participants, making them feel part of IFMSA and SCOPE/SCORE team.
  • Sharing experiences, projects and problem-solving techniques
  • Training in different subjects.
  • Discovering ways to collaborate with other NMOs in the region.
  • Providing LEO/LORE with further information about IFMSA and participating NMOs.

What is a Research Exchange?

This one is carried out within IFMSA, where a research project is developed, which gives medical students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in their specific interest area. This program is officially recognized and endorsed by the Medical School/University and is guided by a tutor who introduces basic principles of research to exchange students, including literature searching, data collection, scientific writing, laboratory work, statistics and ethics. This work is carried out in the foreign country chosen by the student, where this last one will develop his/her experience over four weeks involving six hours as the minimal hourly intensity. Upon completion of the program, students may be asked to prepare a written scientific report or an oral presentation.

How do SCORE exchanges work?

The exchanges are organized through a national and international working group. The National Research Exchange Officer (NORE) who is in charge of national and international relations, and each university is represented by a Local Officer on Research Exchange (LORE), who facilitate the projects at local level and do the arrangements for incomings, such as housing and accommodation. Every exchange student is in charge of a personal contact, who is responsible for the social, tourist and cultural aspects, in a way that strengthens the cultural exchange and empathy among medical students from all over the world.

Types of research projects:

  • Basic laboratory research project.
  • Clinical research project with laboratory work.
  • Clinical research project without laboratory.
  • Global Action Project (GAP)

SCORE - ASCEMCOL Research Projects

Currently ASCEMCOL offers six research projects for students from other countries to have part of their international experience in Colombia.

  • Project name: Characterization of infections produced by enterobacteria resistant to third generation cephalosporins in Manizales, Colombia 
    University: University of Caldas, Manizales
  • Project name: Clinical characteristics and evaluation of diagnostic tests for Colombian children with congenital toxoplasmosis 
    University: University of Quindío, Armenia
  • Project name: Clinical characterization of polytraumatized patients entering the intensive care unit of a health institution in the city of Montería-Córdoba, Colombia. 
    University: University of Sinú, Elías Bechara Zainúm, Montería, Córdoba
  • Project name: Molecular determination of the dengue virus serotype in clinical samples 
    University: University of Sinú, Elías Bechara Zainúm, Montería, Córdoba
  • Project name: Nutritional effect of hospitalized children in the pediatrics unit of the Hospital Universitario San Ignacio 
    University: Universidad Pontificia Javeriana de Bogotá, Bogotá
  • Project name: Validation of the bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) for prediction of fat mass in healthy men between 18 and 24 years of age in Manizales. 
    University: University of Caldas, Manizales

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