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About Clinical Elective Placements

The UCT Faculty of Health Sciences offers a clinical elective training programme to international and South African undergraduate students studying a health sciences degree at other institutions. The clinical elective training offered by UCT is complimentary to the clinical training that we expect visiting students to have received at their home institution before they arrive. 

In other words, we require students from other institutions to have had the requisite clinical training and exposure to patients to be able to undertake the elective. It is for this reason that electives at our institution are only allowed in the final or penultimate year of their studies, and students must have had at least two years of clinical training.

Only students in their final or semi-final year of study at other institutions may be considered for placement in a variety of disciplines, for elective periods ranging from 2 weeks to 4 months.

Applications should be submitted at least a year in advance of the proposed visit. The reason for this is that most disciplines are fully booked up to a year in advance.

Training takes place at our teaching hospitals (Groote Schuur Hospital, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital) and associated hospitals (New Somerset Hospital,Victoria Hospital, Mitchells Plain District Hospital and George Regional Hospital).

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