Ethics and Etiquette

Behavioural Ethics and Etiquette for Electives

The following recommendations are suggested to assist you with electives.  Please read them carefully.

  • When planning an elective, you must follow application guidelines in place for the type of elective that is requested. See guidelines on this site for UofO students electives and visiting medical students electives.
  • Have the dates and times and any questions pertaining to your elective on hand when you call, i.e. avoid making multiple calls.
  • Clarify your expectations and objectives pertaining to the elective with your supervisor on the first day. Write them down.
  • Show up on time, and call well in advance if you must miss a session or arrive late. Keep in mind that your supervisor may have made special arrangements to bring in patients with specific findings as well as scheduling time for you.
  • Always introduce yourself to patients as a medical student and ask the patient's permission to observe or participate in the examination, and thank them once you are through.
  • Never enter an examining room once the consultation is underway unless specifically asked to do so.
  • Knock before entering any closed room.
  • Dress according to the norms of the clinic or service in which you are working, and always show your name tag. You are there to serve as well as to learn.
  • Be friendly to the office staff - keeping in mind that it is they who are most likely coordinating the elective for you.
  • At the end of your rotation, write a short note to your supervisor and their staff thanking them for their time and cooperation.
  • Ensure that your evaluation has been completed by both you and your supervisor, and review each of your comments together. Always keep a photocopy of your evaluations before handing them in to the office.
  • Please voice any problems or concerns pertaining to your elective to the Elective Subcommittee in care of the Electives Coordinator.
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