Alexandra at Cambridge University School of Clinical Medicine

Pre-departure:

During my MB, ChB IV elective in 2017, I remained in my hometown of Port Elizabeth and conducted my elective at my local hospital which, is situated right around the corner from my house. It had been my greatest desire to complete one of my two electives in a different country, preferably somewhere in Europe, and when my attempts proved unsuccessful at the end of 2017 I resolved myself to make my dream a reality in time for my final elective. One of the main reasons for not being able to go overseas for my fourth year elective was the fact that I had left the planning for too late and by the time I looked into elective programs abroad I was very disappointed to realise that majority of the application deadlines had already passed.

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Chia-min at National Taiwan University Hospital

I chose to do my four week elective in two fields of surgery at the National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) in Taipei, Taiwan. I spent my first two weeks in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the remaining two weeks in Cardiothoracic Surgery.  I decided to do my July elective abroad as I felt it would be valuable for me to experience what medicine was like in a developed country setting and how different it was from the South African health system.

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"When it comes to suitcases: backpack beats duffle bag, suitcase with wheels beats backpack and convertible backpack with wheels trumps everything. " Summer School Traveler Corneli Smit