Elective planning: what you need to know before you go

For many students, an elective is one of the most enjoyable and memorable parts of their medical studies.

For many students, an elective placement is one of the most enjoyable and memorable parts of their studies, opening them up to new challenges and allowing them to expand their clinical experience in a new setting.

The MDU is here to help find the right placement for you, and ensure you get the most out of the experience.

Elective indemnity

If you're a student member of the MDU, you will be provided with free professional indemnity for your clinical practice during your elective.

You will also receive:

  • access to our 24-hour medico-legal advisory helpline
  • professional indemnity for good Samaritan acts worldwide.

Your elective host may ask you for written confirmation of your indemnity. When you've chosen your destination, go to My Membership and fill out the elective indemnity form. You can also contact our membership team on 0800 716 376 to confirm your elective details and what MDU benefits you're entitled to while you’re away.

Due to legislation, we are unable to offer indemnity to students undertaking their elective in Australia. However, we do provide access to our 24-hour medico-legal advisory helpline and indemnity for good Samaritan acts in this region.

Choosing your elective

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Think about what you want to get out of your placement. Do you have a particular specialty in mind? Would you prefer a rural or urban setting? Do you want to stay local, or travel abroad– and how far can your budget stretch?

Speak to your lecturers and fellow students when considering your options. Find out if your medical school has elective links with other organisations.

Planning your elective

Popular elective hospitals can book out up to two years in advance – so the right planning and preparation is key.

If you need financial support during your elective, find out if you're eligible for sponsorship from one of the organisations or associations listed on our website.

Ensure your passport is valid and you meet any visa requirements for your destination. As well as medical indemnity, it's important to have a travel insurance policy in place before you depart.

Before you go

For more information on planning your elective, check out our guide to electives.

This page was correct at publication on 17/07/2016. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.