Note: Electives for non-UNSW students, please go to the Clerkships webpage
The Elective Term is a compulsory component of the UNSW undergraduate medicine program. These pages will provide the neccessary information for organising the term.
!!! As of 19 December, 2016, the faculty will no longer be approving placements for the Elective based in South Africa.
|Year 6 students in 2017|
|Register all intended placements in eMed||By the end of May 2016|
|Elective term dates||Complete Elective bey the end of Feb 2017|
|Student and Supervisor Reports on eMed||Due at the end of TP1 2017|
|Year 6 students in 2018|
|Register all intended placements in eMed||Registered all intended placements on eMed by 26 May 2017|
|Elective term dates||20 Nov 2017 to complete Elective before end of Feb 2018|
|Student and Supervisor Reports to eMed||Due at the end of TP1 2018|
The safety of UNSW students is of paramount concern to the Faculty. Therefore, the Faculty may not approve some electives.
In general, the University acts on advice issued by The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Whilst electives are organised well in advance, it is essential for students to check the DFAT website on a regular basis for travel warnings before leaving Australia. Conditions in some countries are in a volatile state and sometimes even the most serene location can become unstable in a short time. In addition to generic concerns, there are some areas where it may not be safe for women to travel alone.
UNSW & UNSW Medicine will not approve electives in countries which are declared by DFAT as “Do not travel”.
The faculty will consider applications to countries declared by DFAT as “Reconsider your need to travel” providing:
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the University has the final say as to whether travel can be undertaken.
Information about the following is listed on this page.
As part of the application for your Elective, you may be required to complete a Travel Risk Management form depending on your destination (available on the Faculty Elective website). Approval of the elective will be dependent on completion of this form.
If you will be completing the Elective in Australia or in any developed country, it is unlikely that there will be any particular risks. However for students travelling to developing countries, you need to consider the following risks:
A link is provided in your application form or on the Electives Checklist page. All potential risks should be considered, such as those associated with travel, accommodation, clinical setting, leisure activities etc. If clarification is required please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 9385 8765.
Students engaged in the Elective are indemnified in the event that they become legally liable for injury to any person or damage to the property of others arising from their participation in the Elective.
UNSW has Liability Insurance in excess of $AUS10M for any one claim in the event of such an occurrence. The university also provides personal accident insurance if the student is accidently injured whilst participating in any approved and recognised course related activity including clinical placements.
UNSW has engaged International SOS, a medical and travel risk management service to help UNSW take proactive steps to minimise and avoid risk for its travellers.
In order to access these services, students are encouraged to log on at International SOS using the UNSW student log-in details.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that both reports are received by the end of Teaching Period 1 in Year 6 in time for consideration by the Assessment Committee.
Failure to submit the student and supervisor(s) reports will result in a fail result for the elective term and the term will have to be repeated at the end of year 6, thus delaying graduation.
You are required to pass the Elective course but it is not graded.
There are two requirements to pass the Elective course.
1. Supervisor’s Report(s).
It is essential that you present the Supervisor’s Report to your supervisor(s) at the beginning of your attachment so as it is clear what is required. You must ensure that the supervisor completes the report at the end of the attachment and forwards this to the Faculty.
2. You are required to write a report on the Elective course.
The report needs to be a minimum of 1,000 words covering all placements together. This is to be done via the original eMed submission. If there was more than one placement, please submit the report as one submission only. The reason for this is so that the elective report will go into Portfolio as one single document. There is no Learning Plan associated with the Elective course.
The Elective report must be submitted to eMed by the end of the following teaching period. For most students, this will mean the end of TP1.
The report should focus on how the elective has helped in your development in the graduate capabilities. You should describe what you did, how this experience has complemented your experiences at UNSW, what you learnt and how this relates to the graduate capabilities.
The report will not be graded but will be reviewed by the portfolio examiners at the time of your Phase 3 Portfolio Examination and it may be addressed during your interview.
Please note that the report is not intended to be a travelogue – it should not include details about travel arrangements, accommodation, local tips on good restaurants etc. While information of this nature may be beneficial to future students choosing an elective, it is not to be included in your report. Students wishing to pass on practical information for the benefit of future students can provide this to MedSoc which maintains a database of possible elective sites.
Failure to submit either the Supervisor Report(s) or your Elective Report will result in a Fail grade which would delay graduation.
The supervisor reports must be submitted to the Medicine Education & Student Office at the completion of the elective term. Your own report must be submitted online via your Electives page on eMed.
* Please note that Java counts words differently from a standard word-processing software. In eMed, you will find that the elective report ("My experience") has a maximum word count of 2100 words. This is to account for the way that Java counts words but you will still be limited to 2000 words if using a program like MS Word to draft your report.
Medicine Education & Student Office
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