Introduction to electives
The elective period of study is one of the highlights of the undergraduate course. It provides an opportunity for you, usually during your 4th or 5th year at medical school, to broaden your medical education by spending part of your course working abroad or in this country.
It is very much up to you where you go and what you do but it is important that you start thinking about your elective well in advance.
Unfortunately, many students make the mistake of underestimating the amount of effort required in organising a successful elective. In many medical schools, the dean's approval will be necessary so check this at an early stage too.
There is a great deal of bureaucracy to deal with and numerous forms to complete, but it is attention to detail that is important. The ultimate responsibility is yours, and your elective will only be as good as you make it. Remember that funding awards will go to those with the best plans.
Every effort was made to check the accuracy of this guidance at the time of publication but there may have been later changes. Therefore it should not be treated as an authoritative statement of the situation governing medical electives.