The Division of Community Engagement

IFMSA, Non-Field Station, non-UAlberta European Electives, non-CACMS, non-LCME, student-arranged electives


Global Health Office Registration Procedures

All students participating in non-field station electives, IFMSA electives, non-UAlberta European electives (i.e. not from the UAlberta Electives Catalogues), any electives taken through a non-CACMS or non-LCME accredited institution, or electives students are arranging on their own must work with the Global Health Office to ensure they are adequately prepared for their elective in accordance with the U of A’s electives and travel policies and the policies of the FoMD. According to the Global Health Electives in Low & Middle Income Countries Policy, students taking their elective in a Low or Middle Income Country are required to take the 12 Hour Global Health elective.

The following forms are required:

These 5 forms are to be submitted to

In addition to completing and submitting these forms by their due dates, students must follow the directions in the tab titled ADDITIONAL STEPS.

Note:  the Global Health Office follows Electives Cancellation Policy, section 5 of the MD Program Electives Policy.

If additional funds are available, students attending non-field station electives in Low or Middle Income Countries (LMIC) may be eligible for the Global Health bursary.  In order to qualify for the bursary however, the student must take the  12 Hour Global Health elective
(available in the Spring) and their elective must be at least 4 weeks in duration.  There is no need to apply – students are automatically enrolled if they qualify.  For more information about the bursary, go here.

UME Registration Procedures:

Students need to register their elective in BearTracks.
For external electives associated with a Canadian university -- IFMSA, non-CACMS, non-LCME, non-field station -- students request the elective through the AFMC Portal.  The student forwards to the UME office ( the official confirmation from the AFMC Portal.  The UME office will then add the elective to MedSIS. 

If the elective is not associated with a specific Canadian university, the student must request approval of the elective.   To do this, the student is required to send to the UME office ( a brief description of the elective and the location of the elective.