World Healthcare Students University of Lausanne – Switzerland

As past-president of the FDI, I attended the 5th World Healthcare Students’ Symposium, 8-13th September.

WHSS is the biggest international event for healthcare students. It involves about 300 students of medicine, dental medicine, pharmacy, nursing, chiropractic and other healthcare professions spending five days together in a world wide student congress, which is held every two years.


This 5th symposium helped students identify the future challenges of the healthcare system in order to promote a better interprofessional collaboration. The program included many workshops and lectures on interprofessional studies, the role of different professions, perspectives and strategies, the evolution and outcomes of the healthcare system and its actors, global health and primary care.


Adressing the audience on the topic Interprofessional Collaboration Practice.The role of Dentists and Oral Health…

The symposium was be conducted by many prestigious speakers and representatives of international organizations such as the World Heath Organization (WHO), the World Heath Professions Alliance (WHPA), the World Medical Association (WMA), International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and the World Dental Federation (FDI), Doctors without Borders (DWBand) and several professionals and experts from Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic and Switzerland.


The WHSS is the largest international and interprofessional healthcare student congress. This year’s 5th edition focus on «Demystifying interprofessional collaboration». An audience of about 300 very interested students from different health areas (including dental medicine) from all around the world…


Thank you to the organisers:
– ASEP: Swiss pharmacy students association
– SWIMSA: Swiss medical students association
– ASSIDE University applied sciences (health) students association from the canton of Vaud. (Nursing, Physio, ergotherapy…)
– ADES: Students association of HEdS La source – Lausanne (Nursing)
– AEML: Medical students association of Lausanne.

The WHSS committee benefited from the help of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), many professional associations such as the Swiss Medical Association (FMH), PharmaSuisse and important institutions such as The University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV), the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of UNIL, the Geneva-Lausanne School of Pharmacy (EPGL), the University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Western Switzerland (HES-SO) and the Lausanne Medical University Polyclinic (PMU).

For me, it was a unique experience!

One Response to World Healthcare Students University of Lausanne – Switzerland

  1. Benjamin Bugnon - Swiss Reception Committee of WHSS 2013 says:

    Thank you for your inspiring lecture! It has shown us that we have to learn, connect with other professionals and take action together aiming to become healthcare actors!