International clinical electives

Every summer RCSI students undertake clinical elective placements abroad to expand their clinical knowledge and skills and to enhance their employability.  Students can apply for a contribution towards their elective travel and living costs through the Clinical Elective Fund, a competitive award scheme which is generously supported by RCSI Alumni each year.

Clinical Elective Grant 2021 application form PDF | 358.2 KB Guidelines for Clinical Elective Grant application PDF | 229 KB

Jeffrey Lam, a fifth year Medicine student from Canada, explains how his experience on a clinical elective placement in New York enriched and developed his medical education.

“I had the privilege of completing a four-week clinical elective at Mount Sinai St Luke’s Hospital in New York City.

This would not have been possible without the support of the Clinical Elective Grants Fund and I am very grateful for the support from the generous donors.

While at Mount Sinai St Luke’s Hospital, I worked with the Infectious Diseases Service under the supervision of infectious disease specialists Dr Christine Stavropoulos and Dr George McKinley.

The hospital is situated on the border between Harlem and the Upper West Side, allowing me to work with a variety of patient populations ranging from the under-serviced to the highly affluent. Patient cases included HIV/AIDS, Legionnaires’ disease, malaria, and toxoplasma pneumonitis, among many others.

The elective placement gave me a better understanding on the latest developments in antibiotics and antiviral therapies.

I would like to sincerely thank RCSI and the Alumni donors who have contributed to my medical education enrichment and development."

– Jeffrey Lam