Electives are short-term placements where medical students can learn by assisting in real healthcare situations. Students have the option to complete an elective in the UK or abroad. These can be organised by the students themselves and usually take place as part of an ‘elective period’, often during the penultimate or final year of the degree. The length of a medical elective can vary between four and twelve weeks. There are often bursaries and scholarships available for medical students undertaking them.
The Medical Schools Council administers the Beit Trust bursary scheme for medical students seeking to take overseas electives in southern Africa. See the Beit Trust page for more information.