About Us

What is the JDN?

The Junior Doctors Network (JDN) is made up of junior doctors who independently join the World Medical Association (WMA) as Associate Members, although many are also representatives of their respective National Medical Associations. Any junior doctor who is a member of the WMA may be part of the JDN.

The JDN was formed in Vancouver in October 2010 to create a platform for junior doctors worldwide to ensure their voice is heard both within the WMA and globally.

The JDN provides the natural progression and development of the existing relationship between the International Federation of Medical Student Associations (IFMSA) and the WMA. The inaugural JDN meeting was held at the WMA General Assembly in Uruguay, October 2011 and since then, JDN meetings have been run in conjunction with the WMA Executive Council Meetings and the General Assemblies as well as independently in different regions.


The JDN meets on several occasions during the year, both in-person and via online teleconferences:

  • Twice yearly meetings in conjunction with the General Assembly and the Council Meeting of the WMA
  • Monthly general membership and management team teleconferences
  • Several meetings are also organized in different regions throughout the year: In 2016, independent Junior Doctors Meetings took place at the WMA Office in Ferney-Voltaire, France as well as regional meetings in the Eastern Mediterranean and Asia-Pacific Regions respectively.

Its mission

“Empowering young physicians to work together towards a healthier world through advocacy, education and international collaboration”

JDN Leadership 2016/2017


Dr.Caline Mattar
Dr.Paxton Bach
Deputy Chair
Dr.Konstantinos Roditis
Dr.Yassen Tcholakov
Socio-Medical Affairs Officer
Dr.Mariam Parwaiz
(New Zealand)
Education Director
Dr.Chukwuma C. Oraegbunam
Medical Ethics Officer
Dr.Chiaki Mishima
Membership Director
Dr.Daniel Gbujie
Publications Director
Mardelangel Zapata
Communications Director
Dr.Ahmet Murt
Immediate Past Chair
Dr.Elizabeth Wiley
Immediate Past Deputy Chair