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Recommendations for undergraduate medical electives: a UK consensus statement

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Matthias Schmid


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© 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and The Association for the Study of Medical Education Introduction: Many doctors, across grades and specialities, supervise or advise students and juniors undertaking elective placements. Electives form part of medical curricula on a worldwide scale. The Medical Schools Council (MSC) Electives Committee in the UK identified a gap in the current literature in relation to provision of comprehensive recommendations for the design and management of undergraduate elective programmes. Electives afford many known benefits for medical and other health care students, but the context, and risks (impacting potentially on patient, public and student well-being) are usually different from those associated with ‘home’ clinical placements. Aim: The aim is to share experiences and good practice within UK Medical Schools, and inform and inspire others involved with similar programmes across the globe. Method: This paper reports the results of the formation of a sub-group to draft a set of recommendations, drawing on the reported experiences of academic elective leads across all UK schools, and including input from the MSC, and the student group Medsin (to capture the learner voice). The final document was the result of a national consultative process of four iterations. The end document was approved at school level, e.g. by curriculum committee, by each of the participating schools. Recommendations: The recommendations consolidate the experiences of 30 participating UK medical schools. The consultation process generated 17 pre-departure recommendations, seven during elective recommendations, 11 post elective recommendations and a further four recommendations relating to infectious disease. Conclusion: We believe developing elective programmes using collective recommendations will provide a basis for a safer and more structured approach to a medical elective without losing the uniqueness and creative experiences valued by participants. Issues relating to undergraduates leaving their home school to experience medicine in a new context or country replicate across sites, so many recommendations will be transferable internationally.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wiskin C, Barrett M, Fruhstorfer B, Schmid ML

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Medical Education

Year: 2018

Volume: 52

Issue: 1

Pages: 14-23

Print publication date: 01/01/2018

Online publication date: 02/11/2017

Acceptance date: 10/07/2017

ISSN (print): 0308-0110

ISSN (electronic): 1365-2923

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/medu.13445


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