Medical electives programme
Students from medical schools from all over the world can undertake elective attachments at the Edinburgh Medical School teaching hospitals.
Your elective placement
During your elective placement, you are given a clinical supervisor and you will join his or her clinical team in the ward or unit to observe and shadow their clinical practice.
Your supervisor will give you structured supervision and a varied schedule so that you can gain experience of a range of medical conditions and NHS treatment protocols.
The experience you will gain
During your elective placement you will gain experience of the NHS Scotland clinical practices and will deepen your understanding of working in teams and collaboration with other professionals, often in acute situations or with advanced conditions.
In your clinical team, you will also be meeting and listening to patients and will gain an insight into cultural and socioeconomic factors and will strengthen your communication skills.
Living in Edinburgh
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