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Human Rights For Medical Practitioners

Throughout history, physicians have had an important and unique role in society. Being medically knowledgeable, we have many times served as gatekeepers between life and death. As an effect, health care facilities have often been seen as a sanctuary, obtaining the fullest respect from society. Even though physicians have a special role in society, physicians have been involved in unethical behavior and even war crimes, showing the risk of abusing power and privileges. When society faces challenges and difficulties, the support for human rights often diminishes. In recent times we have observed the raise in support for nationalist movements, decreased support for human rights, attacks on medical facilities, personnel and even medical education, resulting in human rights violations and violations of International Humanitarian Law. However, the role of physicians to heal, remains relatively intact, despite the diminished support for human rights. Our responsibility to speak up for our patients and their well-being does not change, however, the environment in which we live and work calls for new tools to advocate and defend access to health care and the right to health.

As future physicians, we need tools and skills to integrate human rights and medical ethics in clinical settings, to take on health leadership roles locally and globally and to create a positive change. Therefore, we have developed this workshop, Human Rights for Medical Practitioners - an Advanced Training in Human Rights and Ethical Principles in Clinical Settings, also known as the HRMP. By aiming to strengthen future physicians’ commitment towards Human Rights, increasing understanding of its intertwined nature with Medical Ethics, and to build capacity among students from a clinical perspective.


HRMP is a 3 - 4-day event that can be held both during international meetings or hosted by
national students’ associations. It's based on a peer-to-peer approach and interactive exercises. Each
session addresses a specific issue that can occur in clinical settings or otherwise has a strong relevance to the participants’ future role as physicians. Variety of teaching techniques are used to achieve the most efficient and innovative approach towards ethics and human rights in health care, at the same time introducing different teaching methodologies. We use interactive sessions, case studies, theatre-based techniques, simulations, role-play, debate, and group discussion. Within the training there is also room to invite external speakers, when necessary.

If you're interested in hosting an HRMP in your own NMO, you can learn more about it through these regulations! If you're already planning to host an HRMP and you need some extra promotion it, kindly fill in this form and we'll add it to the SCORP Events guide

If you're interested in participating in an HRMP, check out the SCORP Events guide and see if any HRMP is hapenning near you!