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How to organize a medical elective


Georgina Wellstead,

Lister Hospital, Stevenage, London, GB
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BSc(Hons), MBBS

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Kiron Koshy,

Brighton and Sussex University Hospital, London, GB
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BSc(Hons), MBBS

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Katharine Whitehurst,

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, London, GB
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BSc(Hons), MBBS

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Buket Gundogan ,

University College London Medical School London, WC1E 6BT, GB
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Alexander J. Fowler

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, GB
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BSc(Hons), MBBS

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The medical elective is often considered a major highlight of the medical school experience. However, organizing an elective can be a daunting experience. From selecting a destination, to securing bursaries, the road is fraught with uncertainty. In this article, we provide some guidance on how to successfully organize a medical elective. This includes the selection of the destination; options for research or clinical practice and tips for budgeting and acquiring travel bursaries.

How to Cite: Wellstead G, Koshy K, Whitehurst K, Gundogan B, Fowler AJ. How to organize a medical elective. International Journal of Surgery: Oncology. 2017;2(6):e28. DOI:
Published on 15 Jun 2017.
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