The Electives Network

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 set up The Electives Network in 2001. While 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 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 TENS 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 is also responsible for TEN’s social media accounts, and coordinates updates to hospital profiles across the site. 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 has 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. In TEN she is responsible for the German content on the website and supports TEN’s student clients and sponsors in Germany.

Gali Aickelin

Project Developer
Gali joined the team as a project developer in January 2017, graduated with MA in Statistics and Logistics and is experienced in working on different projects within the community. She has lived and travelled 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 along side 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, United Kingdom.

Sam Marns

Student Services Coordinator Sam is a Media graduate who has won awards for his video and social media productions. As an active member of his Student Union, Sam went on to develop his passion for integrated student services on graduating through a series of roles in student advisory positions. Sam’s experience in Media production and student advice enables him to monitor and develop the TEN student services.  In addition to coordinating TEN’s student services Sam works on both the website content and on business development projects.

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