After finding an International Elective, your elective must be pre-approved by the Medical Education Office and the International and Global Health Office (IGHO). You must be in good standing and your name should not appear on the Academic Concern List. Please see Student Guide for definition.
Once your application has been received and verified by the Medical Education Office, it will be forwarded to the Global Health Coordinator at the IGHO. The Global Health Coordinator at the IGHO will be in touch with you to confirm the status your international elective.
The following must be completed:
You are required to provide as much information as possible on where you are planning to do your elective (Country, Title of Elective, Supervisor's Name, Name & Address of Hospital, Dates of Elective, etc.).
- A risk assessment is required. Visit the Global Affairs Canada Travel Advice and Advisories website to get information about country's risk factors, i.e. political instability, infectious diseases, crime, etc. Global Affairs Canada provides travel updates regarding health and safety around the world.
- Identify your learning objectives and provide them on your application.
The application form with all required information must be submitted to the Electives Coordinator at the Medical Education Office by email (elective@uOttawa.ca) or in person in Room 2046 for approval at least 2 months prior to the start of the elective.
It is expected that all 4th year students will be in Canada and continental USA on CaRMS Match Day. Electives abroad are not permitted during that period to ensure that students' can easily be contacted and urgently return to Ottawa should the need arise. Students cannot be outside Canada and USA during these times in the event of an "unmatch" due to the timelines involved in the "unmatch" process which requires less than 24 hours turnaround.