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MSANC Board of Directors 2018-2019

Medical Student Association of Northern Cyprus (MSANC), is a non-governmental association which represents all medical students in Northern Cyprus which  includes medical students in Near East University, Kyrenia University and Eastern Mediterranean University.

MSANC is part of a bigger family called IFMSA an abbreviation for International Federation of Medical Student Association. IFMSA founded in 1951, is one of the world’s oldest and largest student-run organisations. It represents, connects and engages every day with medical students from 135 NMOs in 125 countries around the globe. 

It is an officially registered non-governmental organisation (NGO) in consultative status with the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is also recognised by and collaborates with several UN agencies such WHO, UNESCO and UNAIDS.

IFMSA brings people together to exchange, discuss and initiate projects to create a healthier world. It gives its members the skills and resources to be health leaders. It advocates for pressing issues that matter to shape the world we want. And it does deliver: our projects, our campaigns and our activities positively impact the physicians-to be and the communities they serve.

Luckily we have been part of IFMSA and been accept as part of their big family 2 years ago, in the summer of 2017, in August Meeting which was held in Tanzania. By majority voting, we got elected and became candidate members in IFMSA. 

One of the main goals and purposes of this association is to connect local students with the world by exposing them to other cultures through exchange programs which lasts for a month. Furthermore, MSANC also guides medical students on how to improve the health system in their country, teaches students about ethics, human rights, acceptance of others, leadership and self-empowerment. 

Year 2016-2017:

The entire idea was brought up by one of Near East University Medical students’ who now is a medical doctor, her name is Gülperi Ateş.

Gülperi came up with this idea by thinking about the future of medical students in Northern Cyprus and how can she connect all those students to the outer world and improve the health care system in this country. 

After she worked hard on this idea, she ended up gathering a group of her friends whom she thought could contribute to the success of this association and  together they were able to represent Northern Cyprus in IFMSA meetings and got us into this big association. Thanks to her amazing work we are currently able to represent ourselves as medical students of Northern Cyprus in IFMSA, which is the most prestigious medical student association out there. 

An important day to note for MSANC is August,2017. On that specific month in Tanzania, MSANC officially became a candidate member in IFMSA for the first time.

Year 2017-2018:

A new team was formed by elections in hope that the legacy will continue. Almost everyone from the old team has left the association and it was in the hands of new medical students who were eager to grow this association more. 

The entire team worked very hard from the start as they were new to this association and each one of those members had to figure out what they had to do. Yet they were able to overcome some struggles and were able to achieve some remarkable achievements.

Our first successful project for that year, made by Zeliha Kocaismail, was Blue Elephant project, was shared among IFMSA projects which is registered in our name. Moreover, the project was also presented in the activity fair which was hosted in Hurghada, Egypt in IFMSA March Meeting, 2018.

In August, 2018  two of MSANC representatives went to Montreal, Canada to further represent our association and introduce the world to Northern Cyprus. During that meeting, we were able to sign 24 bilateral contracts with 19 different countries. Which means, in the summer of 2019, we will be sending 24 medical students from Northern Cyprus to one of those countries for a month, to train in a hospital and at the same time hosting 24 medical students from those respective countries in our university. 

Year 2018-2019:

The year started with elections, almost the entire old team left and a new team was appointed. The new team is composed of highly motivated and enthusiatic medical students from different cultures, backgrounds, faculties and phases. Luckily enough thanks to our current president, our team is well guided and has a clearer vision and goals set ahead to achieve. We have seen that the guidance, vision and goals were clear by things our team have done in the first two months after being appointed into their respective positions. We are half way through this year, and we are looking good and stronger than ever. And of course, more great things are yet to come.

The year started with a social event (MSANC Welcome Party) which was solely aimed to introduce medical students in all universities to their new national team members of MSANC. The event was a success based on the reviews of those who attended. We had over 350 participants joining us in this celebration which was memorable.

The second event which was made by MSANC, was a symposium regarding HIV/AIDS awareness which was hosted in Near East University on the 20th of December, 2018. For further details about this event please review the events page. 

MSANC after that hosted more than 5 events which you can read about in our event page.

Participation in IFMSA meetings:

March Meeting 19:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   MSANC sent 4 of its delegates to attend and represent Northern Cyprus in IFMSA March Meeting, 2019 which was held in Portorož, Slovenia. The 4 delegates attended different standing committees according to their working areas and interest. 

August Meeting 19:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In IFMSA August Meeting 2019, which took place in Taipei, Taiwan; Northern Cyprus was represented by the President of MSANC, Sultan Jarboue Salaheldin and the local exchange officer, Mohammad Essam. Our delegates had two main goals to achieve,  

  1. Upgrading MSANC membership in IFMSA from candidate to associate members 
  2. Signing 35 bilateral contracts in SCOPE and 7 unilateral/bilateral contracts in SCORE. 

However, things didn’t go as planned. 

After getting prepared to present their candidature to upgrade MSANC’s membership to associates, MSANC was approached by IFMSA Executive Board regarding the membership in the federation. MSANC was informed, that unfortunately MSANC’s membership wasn’t aligned with IFMSA constitution and bylaws and that MSANC may be removed. This was a confusing and deeply saddening situation, especially when it was revealed that this issue was pointed out by a certain country as soon as the AM has started. 

IFMSA Executive Board helped MSANC through every step of the process and advised MSANC to withdraw their candidature and not to proceed just before the plenary where, MSANC was supposed to be presenting their candidature explaining that it might cause more conflict and complicate the situation further. At that specific moment, we felt that certain decisions were affected by governmental interference which tried to deviate the federation from its main purpose which is to include and not exclude and to serve society and medical students all over the world through its member organizations.  

After multiple discussions throughout the general assembly, during president’s sessions and plenaries, the only possible solution for MSANC to join and be part of IFMSA was for IFMSA to send MSANC a standing invitation. According to bylaw 2.8: “the above paragraph “2.7” applies to all members except: Entries that received a standing invitation to participate as a member. Extending a standing invitation is decided by the General Assembly with a two-thirds majority”.  

First, according to motion #99, to terminate the membership of MSANC – Northern Cyprus in the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations on the 31st of October, confirming our exchange students won’t be affected, and passed by 2/3rd majority (59 votes in favour, 9 against and 11 abstain). Followed by motion #100, to send a standing invitation to MSANC – Northern Cyprus which also passed by 2/3rd majority (59 votes in favour, 11 against and 9 abstain).  

After extensive discussions and efforts, we are thrilled to share with you, medical students from Northern Cyprus that, MSANC will be presenting their candidature to be part of IFMSA in the upcoming March Meeting 20 which will take place in Rwanda. Receiving this standing invitation will give MSANC the right to apply for full membership in IFMSA in the upcoming 3 years and will further give MSANC the right to be one of the National Member Organizations that have voting rights.  

MSANC would like to thank all of their supporters whole-heartedly! 

Some honorable mentions include 

1) President of MSANC, Sultan Jarboue Salaheldin for standing up and defending the rights of medical students in Northern Cyprus to be part of IFMSA and obtaining the standing invitation. 

2) TurkMSIC for always standing on what they believe is right and fair, on the side of those who are in need and in helping us secure our rights in being in IFMSA. 

3) IFMSA Team of Officials, who went through all the documents, decisions and struggles to assure that we get to remain in this prestigious federation. 

4) Near East University and the student deanship, for their constant support and for sponsoring our trip to Taiwan, hosting and agreeing to host a bigger amount of students for the exchange program.  

5) The academicians who worked with us to activate research exchange by sharing with us their projects.

6) Last but not least, every single person who stood by our side and supported us morally to reach to this stage.

MSANC Mentor & Advisor

Emil Mammadov, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Paediatric Surgery

Dr. Emil Mammadov is one of the most known and respected surgeons in this country. He is the head of paediatric surgery department in Near East University.

Dr. Mammadov completed his medical education at Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine in 1998-2004. 

In year 2005, Dr. Mammadov started to specialize in Pediatric Surgery at the Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty of Istanbul University and successfully completed his specialization in 2010. During this period he has conducted experimental and clinical studies, published scientific articles and has attended many international congresses.

Between the years 2010-2011, he has participated actively in robotic surgery and took the first steps in this branch specialization at Florence Nightingale Hospital, Minimal Invasive and Robotic Surgery Center.

He is the Co-Founder and Medical Supervisor NEU3D Laboratories in Near East University.

In 2011, Dr. Mammadov started his career at the Near East University Hospital.

Furthermore, Dr. Mammadov has guided MSANC members since it was founded in the year of 2016. With his help and wisdom, he contributed to all the success MSANC has done throughout the year and we shall always be grateful for his work.

We would like to highlight that during his studies in Hacettepe University, Dr. Mammadov was the National Officer on Research exchange in TurkMSIC. 

For contact: dremilmammadov@gmail.com

MSANC Alumni

Sultan Jarboue Salaheldin, MD

Near East University Medical Faculty Graduate

Dr. Sultan Jarboue Salaheldin is a graduate medical student from Venezuela, who completed his studies in Near East University as a Medical Doctor.

He was a top-seeded tennis player in both cities, Al-Ain & Swaida. He was honoured to play with two of the world top 10 ATP tennis players, David Ferrer and Robin Soderling, during high school. Furthermore, he also excelled in many types of sports including table tennis, basketball, football, swimming, scuba diving, and horseback riding.

Accomplishments: 

Successfully completed the Professional Research Exchange Trainers workshop at the SRT Turkey that was held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 19 till the 23rd of June 2018, organised by TurkMSIC.

Served as the president of MSANC for the term 2018-2019 and was re-elected for the presidency for the term 2019-2020.

Founder and creator of this website. 

Established the latest amended MSANC Constitution and Bylaws, 2019 version. 

Attended IFMSA General Assembly as the Head of the delegation of MSANC in several countries: Austria: EuRegMe18, Slovenia: March Meeting19, Taiwan: August Meeting19 (AM19), Rwanda: March Meeting20 (MM20), and Online General Assembly: August Meeting20“. 

Obtained the “Standing Invitation” for MSANC to rejoin IFMSA during AM19, after successfully presenting and gaining 2/3rd majority of all votes; hence, allowing MSANC to apply again for the IFMSA membership with the ability of becoming full members.

Secured MSANC their candidate membership in IFMSA during MM20, which took place in Rwanda, after successfully presenting MSANC candidature and obtaining 2/3rd majority of all votes. 

Currently was awarded with honorable alumni membership for all of his contributions for MSANC.

For contact: sultanjarboue@hotmail.com

Team Of Officials
Executive Board Members

Asu Özince

MSANC President

Asu Özince is a 5th-year medical student at Near East University, from Turkey, who wants to be a paediatrician and change children’s’ and adolescents’ life, who need help and support.

She was elected as the President for the term 2020-2021. 

Served as the Vice President for Internal Affair in MSANC for the term 2018-2019 and was re-elected for the same position for the term 2019-2020.

In 2016, Asu joined Near East University Medical Students Association (NEUMSA) as an assistant and participated in all events. In 2017, she became the director of Projects and Activities of MSANC.

Was the Projects and Activities Director in NEUMSA for the term 2018-2019.

During primary and high school, she joined the robotics team and attended many tournaments with them. Then, she founded her own Robotics team “Paradoks” which won prizes in the USA and South Africa. She is an active mentor of the team till this day.

Was ranked second in the Biology Olympiad in Czech Republic.

Was chosen “Golden Child” by the Turkish Republic. She graduated from the Science and Art Centre (BILSEM), which is known for gifted and talented students. 

Has a certificate in ballet teaching. 

Volunteered in the First Lego Leagues and First Robotic Competition ever since 2012.

For contact: msanc.president@gmail.com

İlayda Feray Yayla

General Secretary

İlayda Feray Yayla is a 1st-year medical student studying at Near East University.

She was elected as the General Secretary for the term 2020-2021.

She participated in several voluntarily work, which includes dealing with people and animals with disadvantages. 

Has organized and led community involvement projects in various cities.

Her understanding of various responsibilities in clubs taught her kindness and compassion, which led her to develop a principle of contribution towards the community through this voluntary work. 

Attended and learnt sign language in order to develop her communication skills.

In 2016, she worked as a volunteer in Liv Hospital at the Obstetric and Gynaecology department. 

In 2017, she attended the Organic Chemistry Olympics.

In 2018, the team which she mentored, took the first place and won an internship award in “Better Education System in Turkey” Project. 

Tango instructor. Arranged many milongas when she was in high school.

She thinks that putting a smile on someone’s face and touching their sole is a special feeling. That’s one of the reasons why she chose medicine. 

For contact: msanc.secgen@gmail.com

Canan İlgu

Vice-President Internal (VPI)

Stj. Dr Canan İlgu is a 4th-year medical student from Northern Cyprus, studying at Near East University.

She was elected as the Vice President for Internal Affair for the term 2020-2021.

Attended the “AIDS Conference and Workshop” in December 20, 2018.

Played the piano during her high school year and was a member of the scouts.

Attended  “Society for Protection Of Turtles” (SPOT’s), turtle offspring release event, during the nesting season. (still present)

Believes everyone can achieve his/her goals by making time for it and not giving up during difficult times. 

For contact: msanc.vpi@gmail.com

Abdullah Murat Kahraman

Vice-President for External Affairs (VPE)

Abdullah Murat Kahraman is a 5th-year medical student at Near East University, from Turkey, who wants to be a cardiovascular surgeon. His biggest dream is to have the opportunity to save someone’s life through heart translation in order to give them hope and possibility to live longer. 

He was elected as the Vice President for External Affairs for the term 2020-2021.

Was an exchange student in the Gynaecology department at Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey, in July 2019.

In 2016, he joined Near East University Medical Students Association (NEUMSA) as an assistant for 3 years. During that time, he participated in all events. 

Was a top handball player during his high school years. He played as a team captain for his school team, local club and city association team. 

Involved in theatre and Latin dancing for 2 years.

For contact: msanc.vpe@gmail.com

Vacant

Vice-President for Finance (VPF)

To be filled

For contact: msanc.vpf @gmail.com 

Standing Committee Directors

Sara Darweesh

National Exchange Officer (NEO)

Sara Darweesh is a 3rd-year student at Near East University, from Jordan, who aspires to be one of the most successful cardiac surgeons.

She was elected as the National Exchange Officer (NEO) for the term 2020-2021.

Served as the National Exchange Officer (NEO) in MSANC for the term 2019-2020.

Served as a Local Exchange Officer (LEO) in IFMSA-Jo/JUST LC for the term 2018-2019.

Represented IFMSA-Jo at the AM18 in Montreal, Quebec Canada, and participated in the contracts fair.

A traveller who loves exploring new cultures and reading about their history and psychology.

A pianist.

Worked as a director, a member at the OC, and a volunteer in different standing committees. She presented “Here I Am” Mental Health project at the AM18 activities fair, which was ranked in the 4th place.

Last but not least, she believes that there is nothing greater in this world than the mere thought of leaving behind a mark. This is how our spirit lives on, in the experiences that we make and the stories that we write. This is how we become immortal.

For contact: msanc.neo@gmail.com

Candost Sarıçoban

National Officer on Research Exchange
(NORE)

Candost Sarıçoban is a 1st-year medical student from Turkey, studying at Near East University.

He was elected as the National Officer on Research Exchange (NORE) for the term 2020-2021.

Believes that it is essential for medical students to have the basic skills and knowledge on how to do research. He also firmly believes that Research exchange will provide medical students with an opportunity as well as the experience to be introduced to new cultures.

Did Taekwondo for 7 years and been playing the guitar since childhood, since he thinks it takes away the stress.

For contact: msanc.nore@gmail.com

Erva Öztürk

National Officer on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV & AIDS (NORA)

Erva Öztürk is a 1st-year medical student from Turkey, studying at Near East University, who wants to be an Aesthetician.

She was elected as the National Officer on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV & AIDS (NORA) for the term 2020-2021.

Took part in various foundation activities such as LÖSEV, TEMA etc.

Completed the Master6 program in high school, which in turn facilitated her participation in many activities.

Played volleyball for 7 years.

Attended the 23rd national Antalya Mathematics Olympics.

Completed first aid training.

Received attendance certificates from the MOVE UP and MUN conferences.

For contact: nora.msanc@gmail.com

Amin Alasfar

National Officer on Human Rights & Peace
(NORP)

Amin Alasfar is a 5th-year medical student from Syria, studying at Near East University, aspired to be a plastic surgeon.

He was elected as the National Officer on Human Rights and Peace (NORP) for the term 2020-2021.

Served as a National Official on Human Rights and Peace for the second consecutive year. 

Was the Capacity Building Director for NEUMSA for the term 2018-2019.

Attended AM2018 in Taiwan as a General Delegate and attended EuRegMe20 as a NORP.

Official speaker at The International Global Health Congress 2020.

The first official speaker from MSANC for an IFMSA official event – OPEN SPACE – The World Human Rights Day (WHRD) 2020.

For contact: msanc.norp@gmail.com

Rahaf Alalami

National Officer on Public health
(NPO)

Rahaf Alalami is a 3rd-year medical student studying at Near East University. 

She was elected as the National Public Health Officer for the term 2020-2021.

Has previously partaken in MSANC as the Director of Projects and Activities, which motivated her to pursue a position she has always been passionate about, which is becoming the National Officer of Public Health.

She is always the one to perk up at any opportunity that involves helping others. This encouraged her to pick medicine as a future career. She has also taken classes on environmental management in order to be fully aware of what could possibly harm the earth.

Acted in Shakespeare plays and participated in “think science” competitions conducted by her school. 

She looks forward to advancing her knowledge and becoming more proactive in her society and in MSANC. 

For contact: msanc.npo@gmail.com

Fatemehossadat Ekrami

National Officer on Medical Education
(NOME)

Fatemehossadat Ekrami is a 2nd-year medical student at Near East University, from Iran, who aspires to become a successful surgeon.

She was elected as the National Officer on Medical Education (NOME) for the term 2020-2021.

When she was 10, she got curious about ways to help others. From that time she started her small steps to help develop her society. Her attention to needy people is exemplary. She believes that a person should have 4 main elements “humanity, conscience, equality & justice”.

From 2013 till 2015, she used to present yearly scientific conferences with her team at Shahid Beheshti University in Iran. For 3 successive years, they became the first confirmed groups to participate among approximately 150 teams. 

Used to play professional basketball for 5 years; however, her medical career dream and full-time study schedule made her stand away from sports.

Believes that we need unity & peace to have a better world, regardless of gender, skin, colour, religion, language & nationality. She further believes that we are all made from the same great creator.  

Last but not least, she believes that love & kindness are parts of our souls, but because of the earth body, humans tend to forget their origin, so we must start working on ourselves and try our best to build a greater earth which is worthy to leave for the upcoming generation.

For contact: msanc.nome@gmail.com

Supportive Division

Aya Ali

Director of Projects & Activities

Aya Ali is a 2nd-year medical student from Jordan, originally from Palestine, studying at Near East University, who is looking forward to being a successful doctor.

She was elected as the Director of Projects and Activities for the term 2020-2021.

She is an enthusiastic undergraduate who aims to do something great in her life. To her, building a medical career is not only about studying or knowing it all, but also about being creative and having a wide imagination and the ability to find smart solutions on the spot.

Loves creating and editing projects as she has the ability to take care of every single detail.

Participated in MSANC to accomplish her goals in doing something great, and connecting her medical career to life experience. Step by step, we believe she will achieve the success she is seeking which must be unforgettable.

For contact: msanc.pa@gmail.com

Vacant

Director of Publication & Communication

To be filled

For contact: msanc.pc @gmail.com

Supervisory Board Members

Aysu Özbek

NEU Supervisory Board

Aysu Özbek is a 1st-year medical student from Turkey, studying at Near East University.

She was elected as the Supervisory Board Member for Near East University for the term 2020-2021.

A Project Manager at TOG (Community Volunteers Foundation in Turkey).

Was part of various scientific projects during high school, and took a part in the Tubitak Science Fair and competition.

Aims to be a successful doctor and contribute to research and projects beneficial to humanity concerning health.

Played the piano for 6 years. Performed at Fine Art High School for 3 years and gained the ABRSM/Royal Academy of Music-Grade 3 piano certificate. She believes that playing the piano allows us to be more creative and productive.

Last but not least, she likes researching, creating new projects, and developing herself. Furthermore, she enjoys playing volleyball, taking well-exposed photos, pencil drawing, and swimming.

For contact: msanc.sc@gmail.com

Vacant

EMU Supervisory Board

To be filled in MSANC upcoming National General Assembly (NGA).

For contact: msanc.sc @gmail.com

Vacant

KU Supervisory Board

To be filled in MSANC upcoming National General Assembly (NGA).

For contact: msanc.sc @gmail.com

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