Medical Electives abroad are increasing in popularity – many more students in the healthcare field are considering this option, and for good reason! Students have had placements cancelled due to COVID-19, and many are finding it hard to arrange placements in the UK as a result.
Whether you’ve already decided to take your Elective abroad, or are still considering it, here are six reasons to show why it’s an excellent choice in 2021 and 2022.
3. Acquire new skills
From observing medical staff to assisting with practical tasks and treating patients under supervision, you’ll come away with a wealth of new information and improve your own abilities. Depending on the department, some Vietnam Medical Elective students have been involved with:
- Measuring vital signs
- Changing clothes/bandages
- Measuring blood pressure
- Taking blood samples
“As the week went on my confidence grew and as the midwives and obstetricians learnt more about me and my level of experience I was able to become more involved in the practical side of clinics.”- Midwifery Elective in Peru by Lauren D
5. Personal development
You will often find you learn a great deal about yourself and the things you value about your future career. Your elective overseas will teach you useful lessons you can implement back home, highlight your strengths and weaknesses, and reveal how you work under a different set of circumstances. It may even spark an interest in a specific medical field, and help shape the future practitioner you will become!
“I gained a lot of independence from carrying out my elective on my own. My elective experience also made me realise the value I place on being able to communicate and empathise with patients.” - Medicine Elective in Ghana by Louise D
If these six reasons have you convinced, the next step is to pick your destination! We offer four different types of Elective placements covering the different healthcare fields:
Each of our destinations offers something different in terms of the kind of healthcare practice you will get to observe and where you will be placed – from hospitals to clinics and medical centres. We have identified 13 key placements for Elective students which meet university requirements and allow more flexibility on clinical hours and departments.
We offer 2-12 week placements on completely flexible dates, which means you can join us when your university give you the time off.
Don't forget to claim your £100 student NUS discount!