The Professional Exchange program is a full education program offering clerkships to medical students abroad. Professional exchanges have been active in the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations since the very beginning, being the first standing Committee of the IFMSA to be formed in 1952. It has been the longest running project of the IFMSA. Annually, more than 13,000 students travel around the world to discover new health systems, cultures and to enhance their cultural and global health understanding.
SCOPE is headed by the National Exchange Officer, who, with his deputies, each year makes sure to sign exchange contracts with other countries at the IFMSA general meetings.
The aim of SCOPE is to promote cultural understanding and cooperation amongst medical students and all health professional, through the facilitation of international exchanges. SCOPE aims to give all students the opportunity to learn about global health, and attains this partly by having its exchanges accredited by medical faculties across the world.