Seven questions to think about when planning your elective
Your elective can be a great experience. To help ensure it is, here are some questions that you should ask yourself during the planning process
- By: David Brill
Taking time to plan your elective is important. The questions and advice in this article might give you some ideas on how organise your placement and help you to get the most out of the experience.
If you can answer this question clearly, it will go a long way to helping you get the most out of your placement, says Kate Dallison, a BMA careers consultant. Is your goal to do some research? Develop new skills? Beef up your CV for a particular specialty? Or is it to have a “round the world adventure” before real life ties you down with long hours, kids, and mortgages? Thinking about this question will make planning your elective less intimidating. “It can be easy to get lost in the research, but what should inform the planning stage is a clear overarching aim. This will help you decide where to focus your research in