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United Kingdom Electives - too much choice - where to decide!!

Hi guys,

I am a 4th year medical student in the UK and am planning to apply for residency in a few years in the States. I have been thinking about the electives and have read a lot of the information in this sub-forum.

What schools provide an advantage of doing electives their.. e.g. John Hopkins/Harvard? Or does it not matter at all if you just get a really good LoR. Because you assume a better application is linked with the top schools!

And also, is it better to do 4 weeks of specialized elective e.g. general surgery and 4 weeks of a research elective, or is it just better to do 4 weeks of 2 specialized electives?

Thanks and looking forward to your replies!

Schmeevey x

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I'd say both John Hopkins and Harvard are prestigious big names here in US and getting an LoR from any of these two is a fantastic addition to your CV.

As for two specialty or one specialty and one research elective it depends and what's your goal.

If you are so determined for example to do general surgery then it would be best to do 4 weeks clinical and 4 weeks research electives.

If you are having both surgery and internal medicine in your mind then it would be best to do 4 weeks IM and 4 weeks surgery to get something from both worlds and therefore have chances in matching in any of them.
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