Pre-Clerkship Summer and Research Electives (Years 1 & 2)

Undergraduate Medical Education studentsPre-clerkship summer electives are designed to introduce medical students to the practice of medicine in rural and regional communities in Southwestern Ontario. These electives, assist students in developing their clinical knowledge and practicing their skills in clinical and community settings outside the teaching centre.

Medical student applicants should be aware that, although there is funding provided for travel and accommodation, they must have access to their own transportation as many of the electives are in communities that are not reached through public transportation.

Program Updates

Our office is working closely with our community partners to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 and follow local health authority recommendations. More information can be found on the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Education and Research Program Changes – COVID-19 online.

Elective Opportunities

Electives will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, as there are a limited number of electives available (for research and clinical electives only).

  • Clinical and research applications are open from November 20, until positions are filled.
  • Application deadline for Indigenous MedLINCs and Discovery Healthcare Summer Camp is January 31.
  • Clinical electives must be 4 weeks in length to qualify for funding.
  • Medical students must follow the Registration Process through the Schulich Undergraduate Medical Education site.
  • Medical students are required to pay a $60.00 fee at the time of registration.  

Educational Goals

  1. To assist students in developing their clinical skills and knowledge outside of a tertiary teaching centre.
  2. To provide an enrichment experience for students with an interest in rural regional medicine at a time when they are considering future career paths.
  3. To provide undergraduate medical students with an opportunity to discover the joys and challenges of living and working in a rural and regional community.