• Elective Mummy Blog: Week Three Elective Mummy 02 Jul 2017
    The bird mites are still crawling around my babies’ room. The ‘entomologist’ hasn’t finished analysing them apparently, in order to decide on a suitable poison. I hadn’t imagined this to be such an (...)
  • #ElectiveMummy WEEK 2 Elective Mummy 13 Jun 2017
    WEEK 2 So wait for it. We don’t have bed bugs…..we have BIRD MITES from the sodding pigeon’s nest outside the window! I’m weighing up the relative benefit of it now being our landlord’s responsi (...)
  • Culture Shock! Ruth Price 16 Aug 2016
    For a German version, please scroll down I've lived and worked in the US, New Zealand and Cambodia, and travelled across Asia and Europe, and one of the things everyone finds when they travel o (...)
  • How much does an elective cost? Sam Marns 02 Mar 2016
    If you are currently starting to plan your elective you may be thinking ‘how can I afford an elective?’ or even ‘how much does an elective cost?’ These are two crucial questions to ask your self and t (...)
  • Mandritsara, Madagascar - 2 weeks in. Sophie Gerring 23 Nov 2015
    "Saturday 14th November, 2015. After a long journey from Aberdeen to Antananarivo (with a nice few days in Paris in the middle), I managed to transit through the airport in less than an hour and a ha (...)
  • An update from WA Emma Shephard 05 Sep 2014
    It is now the start of Spring in Australia which hopefully means an increase in temperature... fingers crossed! Western Australia is great as it tends to have milder winters compared with other states (...)
  • A Sri Lankan Adventure Alex Johnston 19 Aug 2014
    A Sri Lankan Adventure An elective means different things to different people. Some want to experience the healthcare of a developing country, and be given more responsibility than they would in the (...)
  • Fertility Medicine Elective – Week 4 Rachna Joshi 15 Aug 2014
    Days 16-17 This week is egg recovery/oocyte transfer week again and I now feel that I am part of the team and know what happens with each procedure. I am also getting used to seeing the pelvis on u (...)
  • A typical week in RPH ICU Emma Shephard 12 Aug 2014
    The structure of the week in ICU is pretty much the same for the general and surgical sides. Luckily the staff are very relaxed and understanding that an elective is also a great opportunity to explor (...)
  • Life at Royal Perth Hospital Emma Shephard 08 Aug 2014
    Life in Perth so far has been wonderful! We had expected to arrive to a dreary winter, but so far we have only had one rainy day and every other day has been above 20 degrees - more than comfortable (...)
  • Fertility Medicine Elective – Week 3 Rachna Joshi 01 Aug 2014
    Days 11-13 This week the consultant I am shadowing is “on service”, which means they are in charge of all of the inpatients in OB/GYN. This occurs on a rota basis (about one in every seven weeks or (...)
  • Fertility Medicine Elective – Week 2 Rachna Joshi 26 Jul 2014
    Day 6 – This week is “oocyte-recovery/embryo-transfer” week for the department. This occurs every other week, however in some larger centres, it can take place every day. This morning was “oocyte-re (...)
  • Fertility Medicine Elective – Week 1 Rachna Joshi 26 Jul 2014
    Day 1 – Today I arrived at my placement at 8:30am and was greeted by the consultant I am working with. We spent half an hour running through my learning objectives for the elective period. I want to (...)
  • Solar Spotter Halina Malone 03 Apr 2014
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  • Elena’s Kasese adventures Sam Marns 02 Dec 2013
    Elena’s Kasese adventures Reposted from www.act4africa.org/elenas-kasese-adventures/ Act4Africa is well known for its medical electives but we can also tailor make our placements. Student Elena Davi (...)
  • A week in the underwater world Sam Marns 25 Jun 2013
    Over the last week I've come from Bangkok down to Koh Tao to do some more scuba diving. I got my Open Water certification last year in Koh Tao and absolutely loved the island so I had no hesitations a (...)
  • Last week in the happiest place on earth Sam Marns 18 Jun 2013
    So I'm sad to be writing this post about our last week in Vanuatu! It was such a great month and none of us were ready to leave and get onto our aeroplane to Brisbane. It was honestly quite sad wa (...)
  • Resuscitations and rain... Week 3 in Vanuatu Sam Marns 03 Jun 2013
    Hello from paradise. This week has been a funny one in Vanuatu! It hasn't stopped raining for about 8 days which has annoyed us all quite a bit. Despite being from England, it hasn’t meant that we wa (...)
  • First taster of tropical paediatrics Sam Marns 28 May 2013
    This blog was originally published on http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog/sarahwright1/1/tpod.html This week I've chosen to move over to the paediatrics team rather than continuing on the gene (...)
  • First Weekend in Vanuatu Halina Malone 24 May 2013
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  • Hospital, Snorkelling and Kava Halina Malone 24 May 2013
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  • Medical Student to Baby Doc Halina Malone 24 May 2013
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  • Koala Hunting Halina Malone 24 May 2013
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  • Sydney Halina Malone 24 May 2013
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  • Travels in the South Pacific Halina Malone 24 May 2013
    This blog was originally published on http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog/sarahwright1/1/tpod.html Hello! So I have just finished my fourth year at Birmingham and am going on my elective to a (...)
  • The Electives Network Sam Marns 25 Mar 2013
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  • Got the Gear? Good! Halina Malone 20 Mar 2013
    Packing for a trip can be just as exciting as going on a trip. The last minute dash to the shops for supplies, carefully selecting your clothes, working out how what to take as hand luggage, and what (...)
  • Trying to Decide where to go! Alexa Cunningham 05 Mar 2013
    As Part of the TEN Team I sometime feel like I am always on the road traveling to events and meeting students! And the comment I hear most often from students across the world is I have no idea where (...)
  • All elective phonecalls answered with a smile!
    New Year, New Faces Halina Malone 13 Feb 2013
    Things in Australia have gotten off to a flying start in 2013. Nervous and confused students arriving at Uni are a thing of the past. Instead we are finding first years are already clued up which soci (...)
  • My First Week Sam Marns 17 Jan 2013
    So I’m half way through my second week of working full time at The Electives Network and what an action packed week and a half it has been. Already I have been on a trip to Leeds to talk to stu (...)
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go? Sarah Bowers 12 Dec 2012
    Here at Glasgow  we get two electives (one after third year and one after fourth). This basically either means two opportunities to spend loooooads of money visiting two really goo (...)
  • A typical day on paeds at Karapitiya Michael Saunders 05 Oct 2012
    I don’t welcome the scorching sun on the way to the hospital in the morning. It is punishing alongside an uphill post-breakfast walk and the high humidity to contend with. It is just Rachel and Philip (...)
  • Khartoum, Friday 14th September
    'Khartoum Burns': What's the score? Peter Scolding 19 Sep 2012
    Re-posted from my blog at http://khartouminenglish.wordpress.com/ [http://khartouminenglish.wordpress.com/] We had had plans for Friday 14th September. We (me and the four other international medical (...)
  • India: the surprise, the adventure Marcus Ranney 14 Sep 2012
    For all those of you who know me, you might agree that my ability to blend in with a crowd doesn’t leave much to be desired for. Coupled with my weak hold of the local language, my love for antagoni (...)
  • Leishmaniasis galore! Halina Malone 14 Sep 2012
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  • Mix-ups and Marriages Halina Malone 14 Sep 2012
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  • Khartoum in English Halina Malone 11 Sep 2012
    The seven weeks in Khartoum will be my medical elective, part of my final year at medical school.  Such placements have been part of medical curricula in the UK since the 1970s. But what are t (...)
  • Sri Lanka is never short of signs! Michael Saunders 09 Aug 2012
    I am woken at 6am by a thunderous downpour lashing the tin roof. I try and get a little more sleep and the alarm rings at 0715. Breakfast, shower, ward 11. I am the first of the elective students to (...)
  • A surprise day off! TO THE BEACH! Michael Saunders 02 Aug 2012
    I have the day off today! It is a full moon tonight and so there is no teaching in the hospital. I have a little sleep in, another wonderful breakfast and pack my bag for the beach. One hairy bus ride (...)
  • "Hello, I'm the new elective student." Michael Saunders 30 Jul 2012
    This is it. My elective starts today! Shower, shave, breakfast and I frantically check that I have everything I need. I calculated that I don't have enough Rupees to pay them the whole fee upfront so (...)
  • I'm here!! At last! Michael Saunders 28 Jul 2012
    Well at long last, I have arrived in Sri Lanka! I start my elective on Monday (30th July) and am having a few days to unpack, relax and explore the area. ...my favourite part about the flight to Mumb (...)
  • 14 days to go! Michael Saunders 16 Jul 2012
    Hello! My name is Michael and I'm about to start my final year at Peninsula Medical School. It took me an age to decide where to go but I finally chose and was accepted to do an elective in Sri Lanka (...)
  • More than just a Clinical Placement Kevin Hurley 08 Mar 2012
    When thinking about electives, students sometimes focus only on the facility where they will be taking their clinical placement.  However, there are other things to consider to ensure the g (...)
  • Where to go? Harry Kent 01 Dec 2011
    ** Having spent the summer in Mongolia overseeing our projects I came across many students embarking on their elective placements. When asked why they decided on Mongolia the response was fairly si (...)
  • Moving Mountains - Updates from Embu Sarah Winstone 01 Sep 2011
    **: MMKenya undertake many projects in Embu and facilitate the smooth running of the Rescue Centre for Street Children as well as working together with County Primary School and Urban Primary S (...)
  • Elective in a foreign language Alexa Cunningham 13 Jul 2011
    We asked Kevin Hurley from Medical Electives Net to write a blog explaining why he had chosen to set up MEN and what living and working using a foreign language is like:  Originally from Birming (...)
  • Moving Mountains Summit Mt Everest Halina Malone 31 May 2011
    Adventure Alternative have been a sponsor of TEN for over 6 years and have a great reputation for providing fantastic electives for medical students. Recently their partners at the Moving Mountains T (...)
  • Brunei might just surprise you! Alexa Cunningham 20 Apr 2011
    This week we have chosen one of the smallest countries on the earth as our featured country. The Kingdom of Brunei, the last remnants of an empire that once included all of Borneo and the southwest Ph (...)
  • Want a career in neurosurgery? Alexa Cunningham 20 Apr 2011
    If you are thinking that your future may lie in brain surgery or you just feel like you would like to gain some extraordinary experience in the field then why not apply to do your elective at this wee (...)
  • What about an Elective in Peru? Alexa Cunningham 13 Apr 2011
    Well what’s not to like about Peru? If you like natural beauty then there can’t be much to beat the majestic beauty of the Andes in fact Lonely Planet say 'between the parched coastal desert and th (...)
  • Ever thought about an elective in Cuba? Alexa Cunningham 25 Oct 2010
    Cuba is a paradox. It is a poor country with an excellent healthcare system. It’s a place where poor people die of rich people’s disease. Cuba achieves life expectancy and infant mortality rates as go (...)
  • A Doctor's Kenyan Adventure 2005- Part 3! Kiren T 25 Oct 2010
    Well, after Christmas we started back at work on boxing day at Dophil clinic with Dr. Philip. Phil did a couple of circumcisions - I'd had enough of those after my first week. He showed the doctors ho (...)
  • A Doctor's Kenyan Adventure 2005- Part 2! Kiren T 25 Oct 2010
    On christmas day, we awoke at 10 and waited for Alfred to pick us up from the hotel in Kisumu to take us to the orphanage to deliver gifts and sodas and sit down for lunch. Fletch had told us to be th (...)
  • A Doctor's Kenyan Adventure 2005 Kiren T 25 Oct 2010
    I was both excited and apprehensive as I sat in the departure lounge at Heathrow Airport waiting for my flight to Nairobi, Kenya. I had just passed my medical school final exams, was officially a doct (...)