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Ethics and medical electives in resource-poor countries


Medical electives can be one of the most rewarding parts of your undergraduate medical education.

Properly planned and supported it can be a transforming educational experience, giving students a unique opportunity to learn about some of the most challenging contemporary global health issues.

Although the overwhelming majority of students enjoy electives in developing countries, they can be very challenging on various levels.

Produced by the BMA Medical Ethics and International Committees, this downloadable tool kit provides practical advice on managing the kinds of common ethical dilemmas and conflicts that students can experience in resource poor countries around the world. 

Topics include:

  • recognising and working within limits
  • understanding and responding to cultural differences
  • preparation and planning
  • being concerned about fellow students or professional colleagues


Ethics and medical electives in resource-poor countries - a tool kit (PDF)