How to organise your dream elective
Beginning 18 months in advance is not too early
For many, the elective placement is a highlight of medical school. Electives differ between universities but generally offer students the freedom to choose a placement anywhere in the world. After years of hard work, the elective is a chance to relax, but it also represents an opportunity to think big with a placement that pushes your boundaries. The myriad of options can be daunting. We aim to offer guidance in arranging an ambitious placement, be it space medicine at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), research at Stanford University, or shadowing the New Zealand rugby team’s doctor.
Why should you go the extra mile to organise an ambitious elective? The main benefit is personal development. An elective allows you to explore your interests in depth and can equip you with new skills and perspectives, both practical and intellectual.
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