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Responsible Electives

To access these modules, all you need to do is create a free account for yourself on the Responsible Electives website. Click Here to sign up for Free pre-departure training. You will also have the option to upgrade to the ‘full’ Responsible Electives package, which are electives negotiated with host partners who share our vision of an elective ‘trade’ from which we can help them benefit. They offer you some added security but do not come with a range of tourist options.

Pre-departure training
Responsible Electives (RE) have developed a package of online training materials designed to focus student’s thoughts on the type and specifics of the elective they choose. The modules are freely accessible to any registered students because we believe they will improve your awareness, sensitivity and safety whilst overseas.

We expect all students arranging an elective through (RE) to complete all the online modules and also attend a Pre-departure Workshop. This workshop will be arrangement by Challenges World Wide for one day at a weekend, and is included within your fee. The purpose is to expand on key areas and finalise your preparation.

If you are not arranging your elective through RE you can access all the online modules FREE simply by registering on the site. Some medical schools may require completion of some or all of these modules. You can print out a certificate as proof of completion. .

Online Modules
Why am I going?
Unit One invites you to consider what electives are for, what you wish to get out of yours in general terms and what your specific learning objectives will be. It might be helpful to do this quickly before committing yourself and then again to complete the task sheet which records your objectives.

Where am I going?
Unit Two introduces you to a range of Global Health resources and requires you to use these to explore variation in health care statistics and provision. Specifically you are expected to investigate your destination so you are aware of the local situation and contrast with UK/home.

Virtual Patients
Unit Three provides access to a set of ‘Virtual Patient’ cases written for use in Malawi. These are kindly provided by Edinburgh University. We have indicated the most valuable cases for demonstrating a range of contrasting presentations and management in resource poor health care settings. Good background preparation if going to a developing country. Optional if not.

Looking after yourself
Unit Four covers the key risks associated with health related work and travel overseas. The associated module requires you to do a risk assessment on your elective plans. This should be completed at least two months before you depart so there is time to organize relevant immunisations, PPE or PEP through local arrangements.

Emergency information
Accidents do happen and are typically much more alarming when overseas. Whether required by RE, your university or simply left with next of kin, these details can make it much easier to sort things out. You’ll need flight, passport, insurance details etc. to hand.

Carbon footprint
Global Health learning must now consider carbon. This excellent student authored module explores the impact of electives and invites you to consider your carbon footprint.

Ethical Dilemmas
When you travel to a low-resource setting for your elective it is likely that you will encounter uniquely challenging ethical situations. While the desire to test yourself with such challenges may have been a factor in your choice of elective setting, it is important that you are aware of, and prepared for, the situations you are likely to encounter.

In this module you will be asked to consider how you might react to certain ethical dilemmas. These scenarios have been developed from real student experiences, and they represent the kinds of ethical issues you may well encounter whilst on your elective.
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One Day Pre-departure Workshop (Only available to students who have signed up to an elective with RE)

This workshop will build on what has been covered in the online modules and cover new material.
Topics will include:
• Refining your aims and objectives
• Handling culture shock,
• Managing risks,
• Dealing with challenging ethical situations

A variety of teaching methods will be used. You will have the opportunity to:
• Meet other students going out with RE
• Ask any questions you may have
• Discuss any concerns

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