Medical elective placements

Important note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have cancelled all medical elective placements from Jul–Dec 2020. We will update this page with more information if this situation changes. 

Medical elective placements are arranged through Imperial College. These placements last 2–6 weeks (6 weeks maximum) and applicants must be in their penultimate or final year of medical school to be eligible.

Occupational health requirements

It is imperative that all elective placement students have documentary evidence of having received two doses of MMR. You will not be placed in clinical areas if you are unable to provide documentary evidence of having received two doses of the MMR or a blood test indicating your immunity to measles, mumps and rubella. Immunity to chickenpox is also important. This can be a history of having had the disease or a blood test indicating immunity. Please be aware that your elective placement will not be approved without this and no refund will be given.

FAQs

What year of my university studies should I have reached when I take up a place on the medical elective programme?

Undergraduate Medical student should be in their final or penultimate year.

What is the initial information you need from me before the application process starts?

  • Name of university
  • Preferred two specialities
  • Length of elective (must be 2–6 weeks)
  • Dates preferred

How much are the elective fees?

Elective fees are £600 and £35 for the occupational health fee.

What supporting documents do I need to submit?

  • Electives application form

  • Passport

  • Letter from your university, including what year of university you are in and must be from the Dean or your elective coordinator

  • Occupational health questionnaire, including copies of all vaccines

  • Evidence of competency in English—some countries, please see a list of acceptable English qualification tests

  • An enhanced CRB disclosure no older than 12 months (for UK applicants only)

My school requires certification of satisfactory completion, where can I get this?

Certificates of satisfactory completion are provided in English only and include:

  • Date of placement
  • Name of supervisor
  • Specialty

What are the minimum/maximum number of weeks of an elective placement?

A minimum of four weeks and a maximum six weeks.

What are the list of specialities?

Surgery:

  • General surgery
  • Plastics and burns
  • Orthopaedics
  • Anaesthetics

Medicine:

  • A&E
  • Respiratory medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Endoscopy
  • HIV/GUM
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Dermatology
  • Haematology
  • Care of the elderly
  • Palliative care

Paediatrics:

  • Neurological development
  • Paediatric surgery
  • NICU
  • General paediatric medicine
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Radiology

Once we have the initial information we will send you contact details of your consultant by specialty choice within 48 hours.

Where can I find out more?

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