The General Assembly of the International Federation of Medical Students Associations IFMSA in Puebla, Mexico, held on 1.-7. August, 2016 was attended by medical students of UPJŠ Dominik Kobák and Marián Sedlák, who traveled to Mexico as the representatives of the Slovak Medical Students' Association. At this event, Marián Sedlák has been elected as 'Liaison Officer for Human Rights and Peace issues' for a period of one year by the heads of the IFMSA -Team of Officials. He will represent the largest international organization of medical students in relation to the external partners and organizations in the field of human rights and peace, e.g. the professional relationship with the UNO and its agencies, WHO, UNHCR, UNRWA, UNESCO, cooperation with MSF, executive branches of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and a number of other international humanitarian and student organizations.
"It's a very demanding job, requiring extensive knowledge of human rights, humanitarian and peace-making processes, but also a job which helps saving lives and I will also represent the Slovak Republic in international fora, which will surely draw attention to Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice and Faculty of Medicine," said Marián Sedlák.
The Dean of the Faculty of Medicine,UPJŠ prof. MUDr. Daniel Pella, PhD. really appreciates the activities of students and their representation of the Faculty abroad. "The great value have, in particular, those activities, which reveal not only the excellent study results but also the moral attitude of our students in such a complex and complicated time in which we are living. Their willingness to help anywhere in the world suggests that the education and study at our faculty have also other dimensions. The election of a future doctor, the student of the Faculty of Medicine- Marián Sedlák - for the position which refers to the struggle for human rights is not only a personal achievement, but I would maintain, that it is also an honour for our Faculty, University or even the whole Slovakia," said Dean.