Medical Elective resources

The IIME (Institute for International Medical Education) produces a database of medical schools around the world. This is useful if you wish to make direct enquiries as to whether they accept students on electives.

Professional insurance
MDDUS is a medical and dental defence organisation offering access to professional indemnity and expert medico-legal and dento-legal advice for doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals throughout the UK.
is the Medical Protection Society providing legal defense and ethical support for members.

Electives for Medical Students: Membership guidance note – medical students

The foreign office website gives good travel advice by country.
s has a comprehensive list of available grants for electives.
The Royal Society of Medicine awards some bursaries for electives.

Elective link website a website that allows students to rate and review their elective experience for the benefit of undergraduates following in their footsteps for free.

The Electives Network provides information and advice on medical electives throughout the world

Royal College of Physicians medical student elective bursaries
Medsin –
NGO Code of Conduct:
British Medical Journal:

Recommended reading

The Medics Guide to Work and Electives Around the World by Dr Mark Wilson.
Beyond Borders
by Hamish Graham.
Medical Tourism: The Ethics, Regulation, and Marketing of Health Mobility by C. Michael Hall.
The Essential Guide to Travel Health: don't let Bugs Bites and Bowels spoil your trip by Jane Wilson-Howarth
Health Professionals Abroad by Tim Ryder
The Virgin Travel Health Handbook: Sound Advice for Anyone Travelling Abroad by Michael Wright
Working in International Health (Success in Medicine) by Maïa Gedde, Susana Edjang, Kate Mandeville
Diagnosing Empire by Narin Hassan
Hitting the Road: A Guide to Travel Nursing by Shalon Kearney
First Aid for the International Medical Graduate (First Aid Series) by Keshav Chander
GO! Work, Travel & People in the Third World by Janice Stevens
Travel Happy, Budget Low by Susanna Zaraysky
Going First Class?: New Approaches to Privileged Travel and Mov (EASA Series) from Berghahn Books
Getting Global Health Teaching in your curriculum by Rough Guide

 Health Systems Strengthening – NGO Code of Conduct recommended reading

Some are available via the Web links provided while others can be found in common medical and public health journals.

  • Pfeiffer J, Johnson W, Fort M, et al. “Strengthening health systems in poor countries: a Code of Conduct for nongovernmental organizations,” American Journal of Public Health; 2008; Volume 98, Number 12: pgs. 2134-2140.
  • World Health Organization Secretariat. The Global Fund’s Strategic Approach to Health System Strengthening: Background Notes 3 and 4 for July 30 – 31 2007 Consultation; 2007. 
  • Ooms G, Van Damme W, Temmerman M. “Medicines without doctors: why the Global Fund must fund salaries of health workers to expand AIDS treatment,” Public Library of Science Medicine (PLoS Med). April 2007; Volume 4, Number 4: pg. e128.
  • McCoy D, Chopra M, Loewenson R, et al. “Expanding access to antiretroviral therapy in sub-Saharan Africa: avoiding the pitfalls and dangers, capitalizing on the opportunities,” American Journal of Public Health. January 2005; Volume 95, Number 1: pgs.18-22.
  • Travis P, Bennett S, Haines A, et al. “Overcoming health-systems constraints to achieve the Millennium Development Goals,” The Lancet. September 4-10, 2004; Volume 364, Number 9437: pgs. 900-06.
  • Buve A, Kalibala S, McIntyre J. “Stronger health systems for more effective HIV/AIDS prevention and care,” International Journal of Health Planning and Management. October-December 2003; Volume 18, Supplement 1: pgs. S41-51.
  • Turshen M. Privatizing Health Services in Africa. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press; 1999.