When to Go

Learners may ask when the best time is to do a global health elective. There are a few things to consider:

  • When do you have time available in your schedule?
  • When are the elective hosts/supervisors able to provide supervision for you?
  • What is the minimum duration of the elective (often specified by the hosts)?
  • What is the maximum amount of time and funding that you have available?

During the first two years of undergraduate medical training at the University of Alberta, summer is the most convenient time to undertake an elective. Following the first year of medical school, you will have four months available. Following the second year, you will have three months. The third and fourth years of undergraduate medical training have 8 and 5 weeks, respectively, set aside for electives. Both years will also have an additional two weeks set aside as holiday time. You may use any/all of your elective and holiday time towards an international elective.