Planning your elective is exciting but takes a great deal of time and effort. With so many places to go how do you decide which medical elective (internship) would best suit your interests, personality and aspirations?

TEN was founded in the UK in 2001 when Gordon Hamilton, then a medical student, wanted to organize his own elective “with a difference” and found himself with few options. He saw a need for a centralised online database, where medical students from all Schools of study across the world would be able to access up-to-date and comprehensive information. And so TEN was born.

We are a one-stop shop where you can come to find all the assistance you should need with planning your elective. We strive to bring you the most current and accurate information we can at all times.

Meet the team

Gordon Hamilton

Founder and Director
Dr Gordon Hamilton set up The Electives Network in 2001. As a medical student, he spent many of his holidays working in hospitals all over the world, including Belize, India, Venezuela and Malaysia. Since qualifying, Gordon has worked and studied in the USA, France, Singapore and Switzerland.

Alexa Cunningham

Business Manager
Alexa joined TEN in 2009 as a Project Developer, after working on corporate social responsibility projects for a large multi-national corporation. In 2011, Alexa became the Senior Business Developer at TEN and now manages the operational side of TEN’s activities. Alexa has a Master’s Degree in Globalisation and Governance, and has extensive experience working as a volunteer in Africa.

Sam Rowell

Global Projects Coordinator
Sam joined TEN in 2016 to help us extend our services to midwifery students, and to offer more placements to all of our members. As well as running the midwifery side of our site, he coordinates development projects, database updates and our Q&A service. He is a graduate of Spanish and French with a background in language teaching both in the UK and overseas. He is currently based in San Diego, California.

Dorothee Bechtloff

European Project Developer
Dorothee joined the team in January 2017. She has nine years experience of laboratory research within the Life Sciences and another nine years working as a technical service adviser for a large multinational company. She has lived in Germany, Sweden, and currently the UK. At TEN, Dorothee is responsible for the German content on the website and supports TEN’s student clients and sponsors in Germany.

Hadil Mkadmi

Student Services Coordinator
Hadil joined TEN in 2017, after graduating from the University of Warwick with a degree in Sociology. She has traveled extensively throughout Northern Africa, Australasia, and the US, and is passionate about giving students the same opportunities she had to be immersed in different cultures. Her role includes liaising with students across the world and developing TEN’s student services. Hadil represents TEN at many events, and is developing TEN’s social media activities.

Gali Aickelin

Project Developer
Gali joined the team as a project developer in January 2017. She graduated with a Master’s in Statistics and Logistics and is experienced in working on different projects within the community. She has lived and traveled widely in Asia and Europe, speaks English, Russian and Hebrew fluently and has a basic knowledge of Spanish, German and Korean.

Martha Griffiths

Student Services Intern
Martha joined TEN in 2017, and is currently studying for a BA in American and English Literature at the University of East Anglia. Her role includes assisting in developing the social media strategy, alongside working on a number of PR campaigns. As part of her internship with TEN, Martha is auditing the student experience of TEN members. Martha has traveled extensively in Europe and the United States, and is currently based in Norwich, UK.

In addition, the company owes much to Dr’s Mike Stein and Matthew Wood (Non-Executive Directors) who help TEN to expand and bring new elective opportunities to medical students across the world.

Please contact us on:

Tel: +44 (0)1400 269049

Contact Address:
The Electives Network
15 Wheatsheaf Lane
Long Bennington
NG23 5DU
United Kingdom

Registered Address:
The Electives Network
1 Fisher Lane
NG13 8BQ