Planning you elective - France
Bhanu Krishnan and Toby Briant-Evans fill you in on what you need to know to do an elective full of the proverbial French charm
Risking the classic cliché of your average, unimaginative travel book, France really is a country of astonishing diversity. From the romance and art in Paris to the mountain activities in the Alps and Pyrenees, and to the warmer climes of the Mediterranean coast, France is a great country in which to spend time working and brushing up on your French while either steeping yourself in culture or enjoying adrenaline ridden sports. Those who fancy spending their afternoons topping up their tan after a morning on the wards are well served by the sunny beaches of the south.
There is also, of course, the opportunity to further the progression of the cirrhotic liver begun in medical school at home, by visiting the vineyards and tasting those famous wines. France's proximity to the United Kingdom means that money otherwise spent on long haul flights by those travelling further afield on their elective