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Who we are

Did you know that from the moment you become a student of Rīga Stradiņš University, you automatically become a member of the European Medical Students’ Association? But how many of us really know what this organisation is and how it can benefit us as students?

The European Medical Students’ Association, or EMSA, was first thought of and established in the year 1990 in Leuven, Belgium. The idea behind the association was to create a bond between medical universities and their students throughout Europe, and to create a European medical student family. It is now 27 years since that first moment and EMSA is a thriving student organisation with over 100 faculty member organisations.

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Our primary aims

The aim of the association was to ensure a united front in Europe where medical students actively promote the importance of health. Students are encouraged to take an active part in promoting human rights and to take a role in shaping the medical education system throughout Europe. They are invited to participate in exchange programs between the different countries in order to increase intercultural understanding.  

In Rīga the main port of call for EMSA is at RSU. We host a variety of events such as medical movie evenings, lectures and will soon be starting up a journal club where students will be able to present their chosen research topics as a path towards research opportunities. The most important part of EMSA is that it is open to all medical students, from both Latvian and International faculties.

What we do

We organise educational activities and twinning projects for students, as well as displaying RSU on a more European network and platform.  

Executive board and employees

Local Coordinators: Dārta Paula Sveisberga and Pia Emilia Bach

Activist members: Margi Patel and Naleef Mohamed

Get in touch

If you’re interested in getting involved on the EMSA board or learning more about it, get in contact with us via our Facebook page, EMSA Riga or email us at rigaatemsa-europe[pnkts]eu