Changing your elective plans at the last minute
What can you do when the best laid plans fall through?
Many medical students look forward to their elective placement more than any other part of their medical school years. The questions and comparisons began in the third year for us at Cardiff and became more frequent and eager as the time to travel loomed. I sent several emails to various centres and secured a placement in Gisborne, New Zealand, with relatively little hassle. It seemed perfect: the staff were friendly; the accommodation was free; and I could do a placement in anaesthetics, which is where my interests lie. Planning started, and my departure date drew nearer.
But sometimes life doesn’t run smoothly: an elective placement may fail for many reasons. Hospitals that seemed keen at first can back out. You may become ill or have to take on the role of carer. Natural disaster, epidemic, or warfare may occur in the area that you wanted to visit. Your financial situation