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Introduction to your medical elective

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Medical electives were instituted as part of the medical curriculum in the 1970s, and for many students, are one of the highlights of undergraduate medical training.

Electives can be undertaken in the UK but can also provide the opportunity to travel overseas, allowing you to experience a different culture, health system and encounter a range of medical conditions seldom seen in the UK and Europe.

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.

This guide aims to assist medical student members to organise their elective, by collating the available information and including a rough timeline for students to use when planning their elective.

The ultimate responsibility is yours, and your elective will only be as good as you make it.

There is a lot to organise and numerous forms to complete when getting everything ready for your medical elective, but you will be rewarded with the experience of a lifetime.

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