October 2018 | Issue 38
More LKCMedicine students take up electives at Imperial

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By Roxy Hughes, Collaborative Partnerships Administrator, Imperial 

Following the success of the first LKCMedicine Electives Programme at Imperial in 2017, we hosted 34 of this year’s final-year students for their elective placements from August 28 to October 5. This was a 50% increase in students from the previous year and included some returning students, who visited Imperial in March 2016 for the first Imperial exchange week. We discussed with the students some of their reasons for choosing Imperial for their electives, during a feedback session halfway through the programme. 

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LKCMedicine students on a tour of the Imperial South Kensington campus on their Induction Day

London is an attractive destination for students and was named the best student city in the world (QS Best Student Cities 2018). With diversity of culture, excellent quality of life and high-quality university education, students are keen to spend their elective period in London. 
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LKCMedicine Electives Induction Day with Imperial staff and Philip Paul Peters, First Secretary (Administration & Consular), High Commission of the Republic of Singapore in London

The strong link between Imperial and LKCMedicine made the programme an attractive choice for many LKCMedicine students. As students of Imperial’s joint medical school, LKCMedicine elective students are placed in Imperial’s partner hospitals alongside home students from Imperial College School of Medicine. 

The elective programme is designed specifically for students from LKCMedicine, with dedicated LKCMedicine events including Induction Day, feedback sessions and Farewell Reception. Students therefore felt that the administrative arrangements for the programme are simpler than applying to other institutions. 

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LKCMedicine and Imperial students lunch with the Chief Executive of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

LKCMedicine students are supported before they arrive in the UK and throughout their elective placements by the London Office of LKCMedicine and their dedicated Welfare Tutor, Professor Mark Nelson. Elective students can also access support from the Undergraduate Offices in each of the hospitals. 

One of the key differences which sets the elective experience at Imperial apart from many other institutions is the opportunity to arrange a split elective. Students are given the opportunity to request a variety of specialities and often gain experience across multiple hospitals, which enables students to gain a greater understanding of the National Health Service (NHS) from a range of sites. 
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LKCMedicine students mid feedback session with Professor Mark Nelson

Over 100 individual postings were organised for LKCMedicine elective students this year, across 46 hospital firms. Supervising departments have taken on more students and several new speciality areas have been introduced. 

Although this year’s programme has now finished, we have already begun arrangements for the next year and look forward to welcoming the next cohort of students!