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Electives

Protection during your electives

Undertaking your elective is an exciting time during your student journey, allowing you to put your skills and knowledge into practice. While on your clinical placements, you may come across medicolegal and clinical challenges. Rest assured, Medical Protection are here to support and protect you.

As a Medical Protection member, you have access to the full benefits of membership, including emergency telephone advice to help you through any medicolegal or ethical dilemmas you may encounter while you are away.

Taking your elective outside of the Caribbean Islands?

Medical Protection offers you access to free elective protection in most locations that medical students choose to spend their electives, including the USA and Canada. We have local membership schemes in the Caribbean, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and Hong Kong, where we have a significant number of practising members.

If you choose to undertake clinical placement electives outside of the Caribbean, there may be laws and regulations that you have to comply with to work in that country. These could include:

  • The need to gain a work permit or visa
  • Additional professional obligations including registration or licensing
  • Minimum qualifications or training
  • Specific rules about the type of indemnity cover you can hold.

It’s important that you check that you comply with all the requirements to practise in the country. 

Conditions of elective protection

To qualify for free elective protection:

  • Your elective must be authorised by the Dean of your university
  • Your elective work must be supervised by a qualified medical practitioner and must not exceed the level of your own qualifications or competence
  • You must be a student member of Medical Protection in one of the following countries:
      • The United Kingdom
      • Ireland
      • South Africa
      • Hong Kong
      • The Caribbean Islands
      • New Zealand
      • Singapore
      • Malaysia

To apply for your free elective protection, please complete the form below. If you have any questions please email international.applications@medicalprotection.org