Planning an elective in the UK
- By: Caroline Elton
It’s not uncommon for medical students to stay in the United Kingdom for their electives and doing so will not result in an automatic downgrading of your marks. Of course, many students use the elective window as a chance to squeeze in some exotic travelling, but the elective period is a unique opportunity for you to develop as a medical professional rather than building your CV as an adventure travel agent. And there are numerous ways in which you can organise challenging medical electives within the UK.
There are also many reasons why, despite the lure of foreign climes, students might opt to remain in the UK. Finance is probably the number one factor. With the rise in university fees and ever mounting debt, more students are taking their electives closer to home. Yes, all sorts of different sources of financial support are available, and the faculty in charge of