What to do if your elective falls through
The best laid plans sometimes go awry
Receiving an email that includes the words “elective” and “cancelled” can be heartbreaking. Do not despair, other options are available. If you have thought about the specialty and career path you are interested in then you will be well positioned to find a new placement at short notice. It is often these unexpected developments that can change the course of our lives for the better. This article gives an overview of why electives fall through and how you can bounce back from this disappointment.
Electives fall through for several reasons. Travel abroad depends on the safety of the location, and that can change. In April 2015 and in her final year at the University of Manchester, Miriam Leach was all set to go to Nepal on elective.
“The day I was due to fly out I was woken by a text message asking if I was all right. I put