The IMSCB, short for the International Medical Students’ Congress of Bucharest is one of the greatest events to happen every year in December within the walls of our university – Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy.

Our Congress has its own history, an untold story that we are glad to share with you.

The 5th chapter of our journey marks not only the anniversary edition of our Congress, but also the beginning of a new era. Rebranding ourselves as the “International Medical Students’ Summit of Bucharest” (IMSSB), we are aiming to provide an environment where medical students from all over the world can discuss medical and non-medical themes concerning worldwide issues, in a series of roundtables.

Celebrating science and innovation, each edition was specially dedicated to an emblematic figure (George Emil Palade, Victor Babeș and Ana Aslan) that has changed the course of medical history.

The event actually was implemented as a national congress known as “The National Congress for Students and Young Doctors” in 1997, over 20 years ago. In its beginnings, the event was organized by the Romanian Federation of Medical Students’ Associations and the first edition was held in March 1997 in the city of Târgu Mureș.

In 2017, we have decided to expand our horizons and to launch our congress internationally. This is how the International Medical Students’ Congress of Bucharest was born. This way, the Congress opened its doors to students and doctors from all over the world. Our community of medical students has built a united front in order to make the IMSCB an unforgettable experience for everyone involved. 

We are very proud that IMSCB managed to offer throughout the years the greatest number of qualitative scientific events among all European students’ congresses.

Multiculturality and interdisciplinarity represent the precious core of IMSCB. Every year, the event gives the unique opportunity to more than 1000 students to broaden their knowledge and acquire practical skills through a variety of hands-on workshops and outstanding conferences. 

The interactive experience is completed by the abstract session and the oral presentation, distinctively created to give the amazing opportunity to the future young doctors to practice their presentation skills and creativity

As we are approaching a special edition, we are looking forward to bringing innovative discoveries in front of you as well as rethinking and redefining the idea of a students’ congress.

Last year represented a challenge for the medical staff from all over the world, emphasising the importance of unity and also resurfacing some of the issues that the health system worldwide faces on a daily basis. In the need of overcoming these difficulties, the concept of Summit was born, thus inviting medical students, physicians and scientists to have an active role in the long-term progress of our community.

We are confident that you will experience a proactive journey, whether you will be joining us from the comfort of your home or meeting us in person in the beloved city of Bucharest.

Medical Students’ Society of Bucharest


The Idea
The Beginning
The History
The Now

The Idea

The “Medical Students’ Society of Bucharest” , also known as SSM or SSMB, is the oldest and largest students’ society in Romania. The Society was founded on January 13th, 1875, six years after the foundation of the Faculty of Medicine in Bucharest, out of the students’ need and willingness to support each other, to exchange ideas in an organised manner and, most importantly, due to the need for rigorous scientific documentation in an age when Romanian medical literature was at its very beginnings.

The advocate of this idea was Nicolae Manolescu, then a student, who was to become an illustrious professor of ophthalmology at the Faculty of Medicine in Bucharest.

The Beginning

The Medical Students’ Society comprised, at first, ten founding members. According to the articles of association, the Society comprised active, corresponding and honorific members. Notable honorific members of the society were: Carol Davila, Nicolae Manolescu, Nicolae Kretzulescu, Constantin Cantacuzino, Alexandru Obregia, Mina Minovici, Theodor Ionescu, Ernest Juvara and many others.

During the meeting on March 9th, 1875, Nicolae Manolescu presented his dissertation on “Cholera”, thus inaugurating a series of Society conferences; these would form the basis on which the whole edifice of scientific activity within the society was built.

The History

In January 1881, the members of the society edited the first issue of the ‘Hospital’ journal, a journal consisting of scientific addresses, appearing monthly and with a subscription-based distribution. It was the first scientific journal edited in Romania.

A key element in the development of the Society was the library: from a few issues of ‘Archives Physiologiques’, by the end of the year 1900, it had evolved into an exquisite library, owned by the Society.

In 1896 (21 years after its foundation) the Society was awarded the title of Moral and Legal Person by law, voted by the Romanian Parliament, and was promoted by the King Carol I, in approval and appreciation of its activity.

In 1933 the Society achieved the first international student exchange: thus, through the Polish-Romanian Association of Warsaw, the exchange of five Romanian students with 5 Polish students was obtained.

The Society’s activity was suspended during the Second World War, but was not resumed after the end of the war, although the Society was not legally dissolved.

The Now

The Society was reestablished on the 1st of January 1990, organizing and managing countless activities to support both medical students and society. Its members have taken actions to help orphans, to aid those infected with HIV, raising public awareness about health problems such as diabetes insipidus, tuberculosis, organizing blood donation campaigns and others. The scientific activities consist of numerous projects, conferences and workshops designed for students.

The Society is a founding member of the “Romanian Federation of Medical Students’ Associations” and, through the national association, member of the “International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations” (IFMSA). In cooperation with other student societies, especially through these federations, the Society organizes numerous joint programs and events and also continues the tradition in terms of student exchanges.

If you want to know more in depth information about our Society, please check our Wikipedia page!