Advice on Electives


Where do I start?

The planning process for electives can be overwhelming and the most common remark heard from students is: “Where do I start?”

Meet with Student Affairs 

Student affairs is available to sit and review your elective plan and how it supports your career choice.  Make an appointment today to review your ideas and seek their advice.

There are lots of moving pieces when it comes to elevtives and Student Affairs can help guide you every step of the way! 

Remeber we can assist with:

- Choosing Electives
- Evaluating Career Options
- Assisting with Residency Applications
- Providing Career Advising and access to various tools and resources

The AFMC Portal

Once you have an elective plan for your 4th year, you are ready to set up your registration with “The AFMC Student Portal”  

The Portal is an online, bilingual service to facilitate the application and placement of medical students for undergraduate visiting electives at the 17 faculties of medicine in Canada.  

The AFMC Student Portal services include a searchable database for visiting electives in Canada; an online application process for Canadian and international students; and placement and confirmation tracking tools for elective coordinators at each faculty. 

Create a few different scenarios

We recommend that you create a couple different scenarios of how your electives will be scheduled, particularly since many schools across Canada require that you apply a minimum of three months in advance.

See the Med 4 clerkship schedule of dates and rotations 
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Learn from your peers

When it’s time to choose an elective, it helps to talk to people who have already been there. After all, if you can learn from others, you’re more likely to choose the right electives for you.