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Date:        22nd October 2016 (Saturday)

Time:        9.00-17.30 (8.45 registration)

Venue :     John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, (Academic block)


The Oxford Electives Conference is a one-day national event aimed at medical students who are either planning their electives, have recently undertaken a period of elective studies, or have a general interest in global health. Following the success of last year's event, this conference is now in its second year. It will consist of a series of stimulating lectures which aim to address a variety of topics, from the ethics of electives to the provision of healthcare in catastrophe zones. Group workshop sessions will not only equip students with the skills and knowledge required to successfully undertake an elective, but will also prove invaluable to junior doctors located in the UK. Delegates are encouraged to present research posters on global health topics and to submit elective-themed photographs for our two competitions. The winners will be announced during the prize-giving ceremony which will conclude the day. This conference aims to inspire the delegates to plan meaningful electives, help equip them to work in unfamiliar settings, and broaden their interest in global health.


Lectures from eminent clinicians on the broad topic of global health:
  • Mr Tim Goodacre: Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Oxford. Former President of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, which he represented on the Royal College of Surgeons Council and The European Union of Medical Specialist
    • "What ethical problems do electives pose?"
  • Dr Vicky Lavy: Head of the International Ministries Office at CMF, London. Founder of the paediatric palliative care programme at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi
    • "Why go to a developing country?"
  • Air Vice-Marshall Aroop Mozumder: President of the Faculty of Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine, Society of Apothecaries, and Researcher at Harris Manchester College, Oxford. Previously RAF medical director and Inspector General for Defence Medicine
    • "Good medicine in bad places: the challenges of healthcare in conflict and natural disaster"
  • Professor Parveen Kumar: Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist in London. Former president of the British Medical Association and the Royal Society of Medicine. Co-founder and co-editor of the textbook Clinical Medicine with Dr Michael Clark.
    • Title TBC
Group Workshop Sessions:

The group workshop sessions are practical sessions and seminars which will cover a variety of skills invaluable for elective placements and beyond. During the registration process, you will be asked to note the sessions in order of preference and these will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

The sessions include:
  1. Surgical Skills: Students will be given the opportunity to practice your surgical skills, including the tying of surgical knots and suturing techniques - Session Full
  2. Chest Drain: Students will develop both the theoretical and practical aspects of chest drain insertion - Session Full
  3. Lumbar Puncture: Students will gain a deeper understanding of lumbar puncture in theory and in practice - Session Full
  4. Fracture Management: Students will be given an insight into the effective management of fractures.
  5. Burns Management: This is a crucial skill to develop, particularly when working in the developing world. This session will develop the students' understanding of both the theoretical and practical approach of the initial management of burns. This session is a new addition to this year's programme.
  6. Developing World Case Studies: These interactive scenarios, which are centred on tropical-medicine, will allow students to advance their medical knowledge in this area.
  7. Ethics of Electives: This seminar, which involves case studies and the examination of community engagement models, will encourage students to consider potential ethical challenges that may be encountered during an elective abroad. This session will be led by the Director of European Engagement at the non-profit organisation Child Family Health International. This session is a new addition to this year's programme.
  8. Approach to Infectious Diseases in Different Resource Setting: This case-based, interactive seminar will provide students with an insight into how to diagnose tropical diseases in a resource-poor setting compared to diagnosing such diseases in a resource-rich setting. Students will gain un understanding of appropriate diagnostic tools and of the effect of the environment on the approach. This session is a new addition to this year's programme.
'How to Plan and Organise': The Electives Panel Discussion followed by a Q&A Session
A panel of junior doctors who have recently returned from their electives will offer an insight into their experiences. Their presentations will be followed by an open discussion in which students will be actively encouraged to participate. This session will provide useful tips and cover practical necessities, as well as offer essential knowledge for planning your elective, staying safe and benefitting from such an invaluable opportunity.

Poster Presentations:
This offers delegates the opportunity to present and discuss their work with their peers and senior academics. Prizes will be awarded for the best entries. Abstract submission is now open. For further information and to submit your abstract, kindly follow this link:

Tickets are priced at £20.

All profits from the conference will be donated to our supported charity AMECA.

Delegates are asked to rank the practical sessions in order of preference and these will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Kindly note that workshop numbers are limited and registering early will avoid disappointment. The workshops will not be allocated until payment has been received.

Follow the links below to visit the Oxford Electives webpage or Facebook page:

Oxford Electives Conference -

Oxford Electives Facebook -

Course fee: £20.00

Closing Date : The registrations will close when all the places are taken up, and, as such, we are unable to provide a precise closing date.

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