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Medical Elective

COVID – 1 year on…How to make your elective safer


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Unfortunately, due to COVID, may of you students have missed out on the opportunity to complete your medical placement abroad as hoped. But there is still hope for 2022. Going on your medical elective abroad is not without risk, COVID can still be present in clinical and non-clinical settings and there may be regional variants. It is important to consider the following:

  • Firstly, seek direct advice from your medical school – they can provide clear and accurate information for your specific situation
  • Perform your risk assessment to determine your level of risk – inform your medical school and placement provider
  • Keep your medical school and placement provider up to date if your risk changes so reasonable adjustments can be made
  • The COVID Vaccine – strongly consider taking the COVID vaccine, this can provide safe and effective protection
  • Start the planning early – like pre-COVID, planning your placement abroad can take quite some time, which is often under-estimated
  • Stay up-to-date with the current travel information provided on gov.uk website

Over the next few weeks Medics’ Inn will answer all of your elective and placement abroad questions. Sign up to our mailing list so you don’t miss out on the helpful information we’ll share.

Also drop us an email (placement@medicsinn.com) or send us a private message on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with your questions – we’re here to help!

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Medics’ Inn Medical Placement Programme

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Preparing For Your Medical Elective in 2022


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Many medical students will start planning their 2022 medical elective this year. There are so many questions buzzing about:

  • Will it be safe?
  • Will I be able to do all the things on my list?
  • Where do I even start?
  • How much will it cost?
  • Can I afford it?
  • Can I arrange it myself or will I need help?
  • What will it be like in Nigeria?
  • Can I still have fun?

Over the next few weeks Medics’ Inn will answer all of these questions for you. Sign up to our mailing list so you don’t miss out on the helpful information we’ll share.

Also drop us an email (placement@medicsinn.com) or send us a private message on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with your questions – we’re here to help!

Pages to visit:

Medics’ Inn Elective Bursary

Medics’ Inn Medical Elective Programme

Medics’ Inn Medical Placement Programme

Request Brochure

Apply for the Medics’ Inn Medical Elective Programme or Medics’ Inn Medical Placement Programme

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Graduate Medicine? What to consider


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Are you thinking about studying medicine as a second degree or as a mature student? Here are 3 things to definitely consider!

 

1.Money!

All over the world, obtaining a medical degree is not cheap! So the wise thing to do would be to count the cost first before you embark on this journey!

Tuition fees? Living costs? Travel costs? Books, resources, etc? Can you really afford to study medicine for 4-5 years?

Medical schools provide a variety of financial support for mature students, there are also many organisations and charities that could provide financial support. The important issue is to be fully aware of the financial responsibility of your decision and how this may have an impact on yourself and those around you. It would be a horrible thing, to leave the medical programme because of insufficient funds.

 

2.Be sure

Be sure a career in medicine is what you truly desire. Healthcare experience before your application is essential, but as well as this, have a real good look at the life of a junior doctor in your country. Is this the kind of working life you want? The hours? Team dynamics? Career trajectory?

(Keep in mind, aspects of professional practise may change by the time you qualify as a doctor.)

Know what you’re getting into.

 

3. Be open-minded and connected

Sometimes, being a mature student amongst 18 year olds or 20 year olds can bring a sense of failure or insecurity when in fact it is a strength. You have previous experience in higher education, a degree, life experiences, a career etc. Be open to meeting new people, you will soon find out, students are unbothered about the fact that you have done a previous degree or are several years their senior, because in reality everyone is starting at the same level – year 1 of medical school. Also, it may help to connect with other mature or graduate students, a problem shared is a problem halved (most of the time).

 

If you would like to study medicine as a second degree or as a mature student please leave your questions and comments below. You can also contact us privately with your questions.

If you are currently studying medicine as your second degree, or have ‘been there, done that, got the t-shirt and the debt that goes with it’, please share your experiences below for someone else to be enlightened!

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