Access the Family Medicine Year 4 Electives Request Form.
Process for Requesting an Elective – Western Students
Electives in Family Medicine can be two - four weeks long, and take place in London or one of the surrounding communities.
The request period opens on March 1st each year for the Fall time period. Electives are booked on a first come, first served basis.
Electives can be arranged for London or surrounding rural sites. Travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed for travel outside of London (see the expenses page for more information). Our Department is independent from electives through the Distributed Education Program program.
After you review the Community Sites available, please complete the online request form indicating what your top three choices are (dates, location, preceptor). Your request will be sent to the physician, and once confirmed, the Program Coordinator will contact you by email. Please allow four - six weeks for confirmation of an elective.
You can arrange your own elective with a family physician who is not affiliated with Western. They must have: A certificant of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP) OR a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). The Canadian Medical Directory is a good resource for CCFP information. Unfortunately, information on CFPC membership is not published.
Please note our rural locations commutable to London fill up fast, as do our academic centres.
Students with unapproved or informal elective arrangements are not covered. This puts the student and preceptor at risk and will not be registered as an official elective with Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.