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Medical and Veterinary Electives



Ahrandeep Aujla - Medical elective in Japan, Summer 2016 After two weeks of travelling to explore the beautiful country, I began the medical part of my elective at Jikei University Hospital, Tokyo and later travelled to the private Kameda Hospital, Kamogawa. The language barrier was initially quite an obstacle but I managed to find some doctors who were confident in English to explain many of the cases...Read more

Adam Brayne – Medical Elective, Port Vila Central Hospital, Vanuatu I went to Vanuatu and worked at the largest hospital in the country - Port Vila Central. It is one of two public hospitals in the country, and the only one to have surgical theatres. I chose Port Vila as I wanted to experience medicine in a (more) resource-limited setting than the NHS and to do some surfing on world class reefs....Read more

Katie Gibson – Mongolia veterinary elective, Summer 2016 My month in Mongolia was a real rollercoaster ride - plenty of less than smooth travel, getting to know many new people (not the easiest of tasks when you speak exactly 12 words of Mongolian), and working in challenging conditions...Read more

Arav Gupta - Student Wilderness Medicine Conference,  Edinburgh 2016 Having recently returned from a fantastic elective over Summer, which gave me medical experience in both the Amazon jungle and the high Andes, I’ve been plagued by the travel bug ever since, so when I saw advertised the Student Wilderness Medicine Conference in Edinburgh it didn’t take long to make the decision to go with my elective partner...Read more

Arav Gupta – Medical elective in South America, Summer 2016 My medical elective took me across 4 countries on one continent: South America. Having done Spanish at A Level I was keen to rekindle the Latin spirit and visit this amazing continent for elective...Read more

George Sydenham – Medical Elective in Borneo, Summer 2016 I spent my elective in Kuching, and was able to spend time in Sarawak General Hospital with several medical teams: general medicine, respiratory medicine and neurology. I was also able to observe a clinic at the private Borneo Medical centre, and to spend time with a rural outreach team in a couple of fairly remote villages close to the Indonesian border...Read more

Josh Wade - Medical elective in Tanzania and Uganda, summer 2016 I went to Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in Tanzania and Kasangati Health Centre IV in Uganda. The former is a large tertiary referral centre with multiple departments and a large affiliated medical school while the latter is one step below a hospital run mostly by clinicians and a handful of doctors...Read more

Tom Williams - Medical Elective - (HCMC) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Summer 2016      I undertook my elective at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) based at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), hoping to see the presentation, diagnosis and management of a range of infectious diseases I would not be exposed to in the UK. The hospital is a tertiary referral centre for the south of Vietnam, and therefore serves a theoretical population of tens of millions...Read more


Arham Qureshi - Medical Elective - Borneo, Summer 2015 When trying to decide on an elective destination last year, I wanted to experience a different style of living as well as culture, which would also be reflected in the delivery of healthcare. Malaysian Borneo soon popped up as an ideal destination encompassing all these features.... Read more

Jon Whitby - Medical Elective – Antigua, June 2015 I had wanted to visit the Caribbean for many years and so emailed several hospitals on different English-speaking islands. Mount St. John’s Medical Centre in Antigua became my elective destination and  I chose to spend four weeks in the hospital studying paediatrics...Read more

Peter Harries - Medical Elective - Sydney, June 2015 For years I have wanted to explore "Down Under" and this was the perfect opportunity to gain an appreciation of what it was like to live and work in Australia and see how medicine was practiced in a country where there was a great deal of private healthcare....Read more

Lizzie Wicks - Medical Elective - Johannesburg, Summer 2015 I worked in Helen Joseph Hospital, a medium sized hospital in Johannesburg in the Emergency Department. Given the large volume of trauma patients due to both the high violent crime rate and the high road traffic accident rate I spent most of my time working on the surgical side...Read more

Charlotte Little – Medical Elective – Ghana, Summer  2015 I spent 9 weeks in Ghana based in Cape Coast. Overall, it was an eye-opening, heart-warming, challenging, fascinating and fun experience. I spent 6 weeks of my elective working in the Central Regional Teaching Hospital in Cape Coast, the largest medical facility in the region...Read more

Pru Gardiner - Veterinary placement in Kentucky, Summer 2015 I spent three weeks as an extern at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky, a large equine referral centre with over 50 veterinarians where I split my time between the hospital and the ambulatory vets. In the hospital I saw a very large and varied caseload....Read more