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Electives 

Electives
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Electives
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10.1093/med/9780199681907.003.0055
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date: 26 August 2019

Chapter 55 provides an overview of electives, which are clinical placements chosen by the medical student during the later years of medical school. The elective provides an excellent opportunity for experiencing a chosen specialty in a particular setting and offers opportunities for travel. Choosing an elective may seem daunting; this chapter details sources of information that can help in decision-making, and outlines key considerations before selecting your likely preference. There are many reasons for selecting a particular elective, and the more common ones are outlined. Funding may be a limiting factor; however, this chapter details sources of possible funding which may help widen your choices. Practical tips on travel arrangements are provided including visas, insurance, medical indemnity, health checks, and flights. Looking after your own health is important while on elective and a travel clinic appointment is recommended to ensure the correct vaccinations are planned, as well as malaria prophylaxis and HIV post-exposure prophylaxis if necessary. Further sources of information on medical electives are listed at the end of the chapter.

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