SNO Exchange

The SNO Exchange is a program offered to SNO students in conjunction with the TUFH Annual Conference since 2017. The SNO Exchange program provides SNO Students with the opportunity to participate in health system placements in another country, usually on another continent, by the co-hosting university of the TUFH Annual Conference. The SNO Exchange has been in collaboration with GEMx, a service of ECFMG, in the past years. The Exchange Students are fully funded by ECFMG/FAIMER to attend the site visit and the TUFH Annual Conference which includes travel, accommodations, and conference registration. 

About The 2020 SNO Exchange

Now in its fourth year, the SNO Exchange Program consists of a digital exchange and a site visit. The SNO Exchange Program will for the first time consist of a digital collaboration between 40 international and intersectoral students in the next 6 months and conclude with a two-week on-site visit at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City by the four SNO Exchange winners and other self-funded students. The site visit will take place in Mexico City, Mexico in September 2020.

The topic of the 2020 SNO Exchange is “International Health Care Systems, the Next Generation. A Comparison of Health Care Systems and the Good Practices on Different Levels”. During the digital collaboration students from all over the world and from different health sectors will work in small groups to compare their Health Care Systems. Professors from different institutions and countries will guide the work in small groups. During big group meetings, the students learn about specific topics. The students work individually and in small teams with their professors to complete exercises. All discussions will be framed into a single document during the site visit in Mexico. It is an amazing opportunity for students to work with students and professors from different countries and health sectors.

During the site visit in Mexico City, the four SNO Exchange Winners alongside Mexican students and other international students will visit the three large networks and their three-tier levels of health care in Mexico including a visit to a private hospital and the Ministry of Health. They will end their site visit by attending the TUFH 2020 Conference. The four winners will be fully funded to attend the site visit and TUFH 2020, this includes air travel, accommodations, and conference registration fee.

The 2020 SNO Exchange is a collaboration between SNOTUFH, and the local co-host: UNAM that is sponsored by ECFMG|FAIMER & GEMx.



Prior Years Exchanges

Meet The 2020 SNO Exchange Student Winners

Esther Ejiroghene Ajari

A 5th year medical student from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.

Maria Paula Rubiano Varela

A 3rd year medical student from the Universidad Potinficia Bolivariana, Medellín in Colombia.

Mugahid Awad Mohamed Elmahi

A 5th year medical student from the University of Gezira in Sudan.

Maria Del Mar Moreno Gómez??

An undergraduate doctor doing her Masters in Public Health from Universidad de La Sabana in Colombia.

The Professors of The 2020 SNO Exchange

The 2020 SNO Exchange is not only a collaboration between TUFH, SNO, ECFMG/FAIMER, GEMx and UNAM. There is a team of international and intersectoral professors that work with the students during the digital SNO Exchange.


  • Tony Claeys, VIVES University of Applied Sciences, Belgium
  • Magalie De Pauw, VIVES University of Applied Sciences, Belgium   
  • Ariel Vilchis, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
  • Adolfo Martinez Valle, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
  • Juan Pablo Gutierrez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
  • Amy Clithero-Eridon, University of New Mexico, USA
  • Mohamed Elhassan, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

The Students of The 2020 SNO Exchange

The 2020 SNO Exchange can only be a success if there are students willing to do the work and learn from each other. During the digital exchange, there are 39 motivated students participating from different countries, institutions, years and study fields. They work in small teams guided by their professor and all meet during the big group meeting for discussions. The students have to complete individual work and work in teams. They get grades and will receive their final grade with a certificate at the end of the digital collaboration.


Student Study field Institution Country
Frida Romay Hidalgo Law Student Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mexico
Esther Ejiroghene Ajari Medicine and Surgery University of Ibadan Nigeria
Ojilong Daniel Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Busitema University Uganda
Japmehr Sandhu Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Baba Farid University of Health Science India
Mazin Mohammed Mahmoud Osman Medicine University of Gezira Sudan
Rukiye Acar Nursing VIVES University of Applied Sciences Belgium
Mustapha Aminu Tukur Medicine and surgery Ahmadu Bello University Zaria Nigeria
Nkalubo Jonathan Medicine and Surgery Makerere University Uganda
Mugahid Awad Mohamed Elmahi Medicine University of Gezira Sudan
Brandon Salas Medicine Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mexico
Deborah Pemu Nursing VIVES University of Applied Sciences Belgium
Oluwafolajimi Adesanya Medicine and surgery University of Ibadan Nigeria
Mary Lilian Nabwire Medicine and surgery Makerere University Uganda
Maria Paula Rubiano Varela Medicine Universidad Potinficia Bolivariana, Medellín Colombia
Veronika Duwels Global Health (2nd year) and Medicine (4th year) Maastricht University Netherlands
Laura Roobroeck Nursing VIVES University of Applied Sciences Belgium
Kosasia O’neil Wamukota Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (with IT) Maseno University Kenya
Seminega Ange General medicine and surgery University of Rwanda Rwanda
Ahmed Abdelbagi Abbas Medicine (MBBS) University of Gezira Sudan
Karima Bennara Pharmacy University of Batna Algeria
Ivan Acavedo Medical Student, Social Service Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mexico
Manon Strumane Nursing VIVES University of Applied Sciences Belgium
Simon Peter Oteba Orapidi Public Health Moi University Kenya
Egwela Clement Bachelor of Nursing Makerere University Uganda
Saja Elsamani Ali Shokralla Medicine University of Gezira Sudan
RA Dyah Ayu Puspitarani Medicine Universitas Gadjah Mada Indonesia
Andrés Quintero Recent graduated medical doctor Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mexico
Isaura De Schuyter Nursing VIVES University of Applied Sciences Belgium
Stephen Odiwuor Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Kenya
Shabani Maatu Civil engineering University of Dar es Salaam Tanzania
Maria Del Mar Moreno Gómez Medicine Universidad de La Sabana Colombia
Silke Depelchin Nursing VIVES University of Applied Sciences Belgium
Luciah Wanjiku Kamau Pharmacy Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Kenya
Osaretin Daniel Okpiavbe Medicine and surgery University of Benin Nigeria

ECFMG and FAIMER are private, non-profit organizations based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States. In partnership with each other and with other organizations around the world, ECFMG and FAIMER work to promote quality medical education and health care worldwide. ECFMG and FAIMER are leading experts on the world’s medical education systems and their graduates, the authenticity of physician credentials, the assessment of physicians, and research on physician migration and U.S. physician workforce issues. ECFMG and FAIMER offer programs and resources that serve global communities of medical educators and regulators; physicians and medical students; and those investigating issues in medical education, assessment, and health workforce planning.

The Network: Towards Unity For Health (TUFH)

The Network: Towards Unity For Health (TUFH) is an international, intersectoral and intergenerational organization that fosters equitable community-oriented health services, education and research with the goal of improving health locally and globally. We convene innovative health care organizations, universities, community institutions, and thought leaders from all over the world. We host an annual international conference, weekly expert virtual symposiums and a MEDLINE indexed journal, Education for Health. Our Pillars of Work include: Social Accountability; Interprofessional Education; Population Health; and Community Approaches to Engage and Serve Remote and Rural Health, Indigenous, Refugees and Migrants, Women and Elderly Populations.


GEMx, a service of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), is a global partnership for educational exchange in medicine and the health professions. GEMx’s Partners are medical schools and other institutions around the world that share a commitment to making international exchange a part of their education programs and to providing students in medicine and the health professions with increased access to exchange opportunities. 


The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México(National Autonomous University of Mexico) has played a fundamental role in the history and development of Mexico. Its purpose as a public institution, secular and autonomous, is focused on education, research and culture dissemination.

It is one of the oldest universities of the American continent. Its founding goes back to 1551, when Carlos I, King of Spain (Charles V, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire) decreed the foundation of the University of Mexico.

This educational institution opened its doors on January 25th, 1553, making it the oldest functioning university in the Americas. Modelled after the University of Salamanca, it was organized following the scholastic tradition of European institutions. The Real y Pontificia Universidad de México (Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico) included five schools: Medicine, Civil Law, Canonical Law, Theology and Arts.

After Mexico gained its independence from Spain, the University shed its Royal title to become the Universidad Nacional y Pontificia (National Pontifical University), later changing its name once again to become the Universidad de México (University of Mexico).


The Student Network Organization (SNO) is a Non-governmental, Non-Profit organization structured for professional and social purposes and is an independent organizing body within The Network: TUFH. SNO is an organization focused on creating an international network of students, associations and institutions to provide international experiences to students as a complement to the training of future health workers, highlighting the importance of working in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.