How we can help you on your elective



As a student member you can seek our assistance if problems arise from your involvement in the clinical care of patients during your elective. We can also help with indemnity for claims arising from any Good Samaritan acts you perform.

Before you go on your elective, please contact our membership team on freephone 0800 716 376 to confirm details of your elective and the benefits available to students undertaking electives in the country you're planning to visit1.

The Electives Network (TEN) website

MDU student members enjoy exclusive access to TEN, the ultimate online elective planning resource. Features include contact details and reviews for thousands of hospitals worldwide, country profiles, tips on planning an elective and a searchable database of funding sources. Log on to TEN here.

Medico-legal advice

If you need help with a medico-legal or ethical issue before or during your elective, you can call our medico-legal helpline. Experienced doctors are on hand to respond to queries and offer expert support and guidance.

Our medico-legal team is available between 8am-6pm Monday to Friday. Advice is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for medico-legal emergencies or urgent queries. You can call 0800 716 646 or +44 (0)20 7202 1500.

Tips from TEN

TEN was set up by a medical student for medical students, with an online database of more than 3,000 placements in over 160 countries. It has an interactive planner designed to make planning your elective a breeze; tailored search options, the ability to shortlist hospitals and great tips to help you get everything organised in time. We publish feedback and case studies from students, so you'll always get the latest information about electives direct from those who have been there before you.

Our regular newsletter contains planning advice, elective reports, hospital profiles and tips to help make sure your elective goes smoothly. An interactive noticeboard provides up-to-the-minute information about things that might affect your plans, like hospitals changing their acceptance criteria, and competitions that could help you earn a little extra for your elective fund.

We have staff members in the UK, France, Germany and Australia who are knowledgeable and dedicated to helping you plan your elective. Our team are all experienced travellers and volunteers, and will always try to respond to your questions within 24 hours, so you know you'll get great service.

If you need help raising funds for your elective we have a database of UK funding opportunities.

We also offer a grant for UK students to help with the costs of embarking on an elective.

1Because of legislation, we are unable to offer indemnity for any work done in Australia during your elective. However, we can provide you with access to our medico-legal helpline and indemnity for Good Samaritan acts. We would expect any clinical work done on an elective to be directly supervised by a registered practitioner carrying their own indemnity.

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This page was correct at publication on . 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.


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