Overseas Programme
  • Introduction
  • Regulations & Requirements
  • Registration
  • Possible Elective Destinations
  • Contact Details
  1. In introduction

The College of Medicine & Health Sciences (CoM&HSc) of Sultan Qaboos University has had, since inception, an Overseas Elective Program. Students who have completed their six years in the University spend a minimum of 8 weeks' elective attachment abroad under the supervision of doctors in other universities’ hospitals. Students normally travel to different parts of the world including USA, Canada, Europe, Middle East, Australia, … etc.; depending on available opportunities.

 

 

AIMS & OBJECTIVES

 

The benefits of the Clinical Elective Program for our students abroad are as follow:

  • Broadening of students’ practical and clinical experience by observing patients with different medical problems.
  • Experiencing independence and the need for personal initiative boosts self-sufficiency and self-confidence of the students.
  • Awareness of standards of medical education in other universities brings satisfaction to students of the local program at Sultan Qaboos University.
  • Gain knowledge of the importance of diseases that are uncommon in a student’s home country.
  • Gain experience in aspects of medicine beyond the core curriculum
  • Exposure of our students to other faculties has often opened opportunities for their post-graduation.
  • An opportunity to broaden the students’ horizon and to experience varied cultures. Many of our students do not get the opportunity to travel abroad and foreign visit does help them to imbibe knowledge and mingle in different academic atmosphere.

 

The student should note and obey the following:

 

  1. In order to qualify for clinical electives the students should successfully complete the Junior Clerkship of the MD program.
  2. Clinical electives are part of the MD curriculum in the College and students must complete a minimum of 6 weeks in recognized medical institutions preferably overseas.
  3. No alteration will be entertained whatsoever once the elective destination has been approved unless permitted by the host institution.  
  4. Rotations of SQU medical program shouldn’t be modified to accommodate the elective program in the host university.
  5. If there is any university cannot accommodate the student according to the SQU medical program, then the students should look into an alternative destination.
  6. Student shouldn’t leave for electives before the last Thursday of the buffer period and after getting the final result of Junior Clerkship.
  7. If the student left for electives earlier and it’s appeared later that he/she didn’t pass the Junior Clerkship, then the student will be requested to cancel the electives program and get back immediately. The student also will be asked to return back the whole elective payment.
  8. Students who travel overseas are required to submit a copy of their valid “Health Insurance” document to the Clinical Elective Office before travelling.
  9. Student Elective Deceleration Form in English / Arabic must be signed by both, the student and student’s parents/guardians (Deceleration Form).
  10. Students with “Hep B positive” cannot apply for electives in Western institutions.
  11. Accommodation may or may not be available at the medical school/hospital the student is applying for. Therefore, upon acceptance at a particular institution the student should ensure that accommodation is sorted out through personal contact, unless otherwise advised by the Elective Office.
  12. Students, who decide to proceed overseas, should ensure to obtain the proper legal documents (e.g. visa, vaccination, insurance coverage, etc.), if required, for entry into the country of their choice.  Immunisation procedures must be completed preferably beginning of the year in order to avoid any disappointments, as most of the overseas destinations are particular about health hazards  (Immunisation Form)
  13.  It is advisable that students carry with them a white coat to wear in the wards, stethoscope, and a name badge and some passport size photos.
  14. Students are strongly advised to adhere to the Rules and Regulations of the host institution(s)
  15. Students should act as ambassadors for the College, University and Country, so you should always leave a good impression wherever you go. Also keep good links with the hospital, where you have done your elective, so that in future other colleagues can benefit from your successful educational experience.
  16. Following completion of the electives, students are always encouraged to write a letter of thanks to the institution where they had been attached.
  17. Students are advised to bring with them any information that may benefit their future colleagues such as leaflets, application forms, brochures, information about expenses, accommodation, transport etc.
  18. Within two weeks of completing the electives program, the students should submit their reports and copy of evaluation form. The students who fail to do so will get an “F” grade. (Elective Evaluation Form)

If student failed to undertake the elective program abroad, he/she should complete it locally.

 

Please note that choice of destination must be made depending on your own budget as we are not sure of specific amount we may obtain from the University.

Please note that, STRICTLY no student will be allowed to change the chosen rotation(s) or destination, once arrangements have been made in the host institution. Clinical Elective Office will not be responsible if you have changed the arranged rotation(s) or place of destination which may delay your graduation. It is mandatory every male student is supposed to spend at least two weeks in Obstetrics & Gynecology department in an overseas institution.
 

 You are highly advised to form a group and complete the application form. All the elective applications should be submitted to the elective office on or before February of each year.

 

 

Apply online

 

The Elective Office has a direct contact with a number of prestigious medical schools worldwide. Each year a number of our students undertake their elective in one of the following schools. Please note that students should contact these schools only through our Elective Office.

 

 

University

Country

Elective Link

1

Monash University

Australia

https://www.monash.edu/medicine/ehcs/msp/electivestudentsprogram

2

University of Melbourne

https://medicine.unimelb.edu.au/study/clinical-electives

3

University of Sydney

https://www.sydney.edu.au/medicine-health/study-medicine-and-health/sydney-elective-placements.html

4

University of New South Wales

https://med.unsw.edu.au/study-us/undergraduate/unsw-medical-clerkships

5

Australian National University

https://medicalschool.anu.edu.au/study/incoming-clinical-electives

6

Paracelsus Private Medical University of Salzburg

Austria

https://salk.at/

7

Medical University of Graz

https://international-office.medunigraz.at/en/incoming-mobility/students-observers/observership-program/

8

Arabian Gulf University

Bahrain

https://www.agu.edu.bh/en

9

Sao Paulo State University

Brazil

http://unesp.br/international/admission.php

10

McGill University

Canada

https://www.afmcstudentportal.ca/institution/uMcGill#/

11

McMaster University

https://www.afmcstudentportal.ca/institution/uMcMaster#/

12

University of Manitoba

https://www.afmcstudentportal.ca/institution/uManitoba#/

13

Charles University

Czech Republic

https://www.lfhk.cuni.cz/Science,-Foreign-Relations/Foreign-Relations/Elective-Study/

14

Cairo University

Egypt

 

15

University of Dusseldorf

Germany

https://www.medizin.hhu.de/en/studying-teaching/international-students/ich-studiere-im-ausland-und/medical-elective.html

16

Charite University Hospital

https://www.charite.de/en/

17

Frankfurt University Hospital

https://www.goethe-university-frankfurt.de/en

18

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research

India

https://www.dmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/India-AIMS-student-rotation-information.pdf

19

Christian Medical College

https://www.cmch-vellore.edu/sites/education/Student%20Electives%20and%20Observerships.pdf

20

St. John’s Medical College

https://www.stjohns.in/Courses/elective

21

University College Cork

Ireland

https://www.ucc.ie/en/medical/incomingmedicalelectives/

22

Kuwait University

Kuwait

http://www.hsc.edu.kw/fom/Forms/FOM%20Elective%20Application%20Form.pdf

23

American University of Beirut

Lebanon

https://www.aub.edu.lb/fm/FamilyMedicine/Pages/Electives.aspx

24

International Islamic University Malaysia

Malaysia

https://www.iium.edu.my/programme/show/elective-posting

25

University Science Malaysia

http://www.medic.usm.my/visiting-student

26

University of Malaya

https://medicine.um.edu.my/elective-postings

27

University Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre

https://www.ukm.my/portal/

28

University of Malta

Malta

https://www.um.edu.mt/ms/medicalelectives

29

University Medical Center Groningen

Netherlands

https://www.rug.nl/umcg/education/geneeskunde/international-students/clinicalobservership/

30

Karolinska Institute

Sweden

https://education.ki.se/medicine-2020-2021

31

United Arab Emirates University

UAE

https://cmhs.uaeu.ac.ae/en/elective/index.shtml

32

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

United Kingdom

https://belfasttrust.hscni.net/working-for-us/work-experience-and-placements/

33

University of Aberdeen

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/smmsn/undergraduate/medicine/visiting-student-electives.php#aberdeen

34

King's College

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/lsm/education/meded/mbbs/electives/visiting

35

Newcastle University

https://www.ncl.ac.uk/sme/study/undergraduate/content/electives/

36

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals

http://www.nnuh.nhs.uk/training-education/nanime/clinical-placements/

37

Cambridge University

https://www.medschl.cam.ac.uk/education/elective/application-stages/

38

Imperial College London

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/study/undergraduate/electives-and-clinical-attachments/

39

University of Glasgow

https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/medicine/mus/visitingelectives/#contactus

40

University of Sheffield

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/medicine/undergraduate/medical-electives-programme

41

Florida International University

USA

https://medicine.fiu.edu/academics/degrees-and-programs/international-medical-students/apply/index.html

42

University of Nebraska Medical Center

http://catalog.unmc.edu/medicine/senior-elective-handbook/visiting-students/

 

 

 

All application inquiries should be sent to:

Office of the Clinical Elective Programme
College of Medicine& Health Sciences
Sultan Qaboos University

PO.Box: 35
P.C: 123, SQU
Al-Khod, Sultanate of Oman

Phone:​ +968 24143416
Fax: +968 24413300
E mail: medelective@squ.edu.om