The idea to create a European organization gathering the medical students of Europe was born 20 years ago, at a students‘ symposium at the Catholic University of Leuven.
One could say that the fall of the „Iron Curtain“, the emotions that were sparked by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the sense of a uniting Europe inspired the founders of EMSA to create a student organization of strong regional character.
1990 Leuven, Belgium
A group of enthusiasts gets together at a symposium for medical students sparking the idea of creating a regional association of medical students.
1991 Brussel, Belgium
Under the auspice of the Belgium Crown, the first General Assembly of the European Medical Students Association is held and a new era begins…
Since this time, EMSA has grown and expanded its membership within Europe. EMSA currently has active Faculty Member Organizations in 26 countries throughout geographical Europe. Also EMSA is proud to have strong student partners and professional partners within Europe as well as outside Europe. EMSA's activities have been endorsed by the European Commission in 2005. The European Medical Students' Association seeks to improve the health and quality of care of the citizens of Europe, by acting as a conduit for increased interaction and sharing of knowledge between European medical students in the fields of medical education, medical ethics, medical science and European integration.
Today, after two decades of experience and development, EMSA remains proud of its European identity and its role as a platform for European integration.