Your elective is one of the most exciting times for any medical student. Ask any doctor and we’re sure they’ll reminisce fondly and tell you great tales from their elective! As well as being an amazing opportunity to travel the world, it’s also an ideal time to explore your future career aspirations and gain some insight into areas of interest, as well as finding out how medicine is delivered around the world.
As well as incredibly exciting, it can also be a bit daunting – where to go? what to do? is it safe? We’ve been gathering the experiences of others on their Paediatrics based electives to give you some insight into what works, what doesn’t, great things to do and places to go. You can read these under UKAPS News Elective Inspo.
Some things to think about when organising your elective
- If you have no idea where to start (the world really is your oyster…), perhaps try narrowing things down by either location, elective type e.g. global health or specialities available
- See what opportunities are available – will it be hands-on (and to what extent?) or will it be more supervised?
- Consider applying for funding
- Practical stuff: accommodation, flights, visas, insurance, immunisations (and how much this all costs 😦 )
Help Us Grow Our Elective Database
If you’ve already done your elective, we’d really appreciate it if you tell us a bit about it. As you’re aware, it’s an incredibly valuable tool for those organising their elective and a great opportunity for you to practice some reflection!