uOttawa's guiding principles in managing home school electives include ensuring equity and fairness among students, offering a diverse range of electives, and providing all students with an equal opportunity to explore their desired disciplines. The Electives Office would like to provide you with important information regarding home school electives for 2020/2021.
Elective dates and durations:
You will undertake a total of 14 weeks of electives, which will be divided in seven two-week elective blocks. The elective period is from Oct 26, 2020 to April 9, 2021. Your first elective will start on Monday Oct 26, 2020. Your following electives will start on every other Monday (excluding weeks designated for mandatory selectives, the holiday vacation from Dec 19, 2020 to Jan 3, 2021, camp from March 1 to 5, 2021, and CaRMS interviews from March 8 to 28, 2021).
Based on the CaRMS timeline, we have generated the following two periods for electives:
- Pre-CaRMS Electives: Oct 26, 2020 - Jan 29, 2021
- Post-CaRMS Electives: Feb 1 - Apr 9, 2021
The AFMC Student Portal & Home School Electives:
uOttawa's Electives Office will be the central hub for home school electives in order to create a more organized and efficient elective booking process. The main tool that will be used to manage and track your elective requests will be the AFMC Student Portal. Each student will only submit one application. You should be able to submit your application via the AFMC Student Portal as of Friday, Aug 21. There is no fee associated with your application. The Electives Office is working closely with the AFMC to prepare for the opening of the portal to home school electives. Students are not to reach out to the hospital coordinators to secure an elective. This would cause confusion and inequity among the students. More details regarding the application process will follow. Please note that students must still enter electives in their personal CP account for approval once their electives are confirmed in the AFMC Student Portal.
Pre-scheduled electives outside the AFMC Student Portal:
All electives scheduled directly with hospital coordinators will not be granted. You will need to reapply for these through the AFMC Student Portal.
Where to find info regarding home school electives?
On uOttawa's institution profile on the AFMC Student portal, you will find a tab on the bottom left titled "Home School Electives." On that tab, you will find useful information and instructions regarding your home school electives. That tab is to be your one source of information regarding home school electives. We will still provide you with new information via email in addition to having the information posted on this tab. You may also consult the Faculty of Medicine Electives website for additional important Year 4 information.
Who to contact?
AFMC Student Portal Help Desk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact the Help Desk for any technical issues regarding your student profile on the portal.
Electives Office: email@example.com
Please contact the Electives Office for any questions regarding home school electives.
PLEASE NOTE: A detailed email with instructions regarding your AFMC Student Portal application will be sent out to students prior to the application submission date.