A Standing Committee consists of: a Standing Committee Director, the Liaison Officer of the respective Standing Committee if applicable and the medical students working in the fields of interest within their National Member Organisations, which are active in members of the Standing Committee.
IFMSA works on the local and national levels mainly via its six standing committees, each of them focusing focus on major health topics and medical student-related interests:
1. Professional Exchange (SCOPE) – lead by Tatiana Zebrova from Russia
2. Research Exchange (SCORE) – lead by Erwin Barboza-Molinas from Paraguay
3. Medical Education (SCOME) – lead by Cotarina Pais Rodrigues from Portugal
4. Public Health (SCOPH) – lead by Katja Cic from Slovenia
5. Sexual & reproductive Health Issues including HIV/AIDS (SCORA) – lead by Iheb Jemel from Tunisia
6. Human Rights and peace (SCORP) – lead by Idil Kina from Turkey
These abbreviations are used frequently in the organization. All start with SCO (Standing Committee on) and end with the abbreviation of the Standing Committee itself (PE – Professional Exchange).
Each Standing Committee is headed by an International Director, who is supported by an international team generally consisting of one Liaison Officer (who is responsible for communication with relevant external partners) and five Regional Assistants (one from each of IFMSAs five regions). On the national level, the Standing Committee is coordinated by the National Officer, who is elected at each NMOs National General Assembly. On the local level the work is executed by one or more Local Officers