The electives provide the students with an opportunity to explore subjects of particular interest to them in greater depth than the core course allows or to improve upon the areas of weakness by repeating a regular clerkship. This allows them additional time for personal growth as they fine tune their general medical skills and begin to explore the specialized areas that interest them. Students are encouraged to select an elective course of their own choice for a period of not less than two weeks during semester eight till twelve. The electives taken can be Home electives or Away from home electives. The Home electives are electives within the School of medicine, whereas Away from home electives can be an elective at another medical school or a clinical facility.
The Away from home electives are available from many schools and a variety of clinical facilities. The Office of the Dean and faculty members in the department will guide the students regarding electives.
RAKMHSU has got academic tie-up with Hashemite University of Jordan, Cyber Jaya University of Malaysia, Charles University of Czech Republic, International American University College of Medicine, West Indies, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed University) India, Dr. MGR Educational & Research Institute, India, Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan Republic and AOC International and Academy for Advanced studies & Training International UK in the areas of clinical elective clerkship training, internship, continuing medical education and research. Similar tie-ups are being worked up with New York Medical College.
The cost of travelling and accommodation and personal expenses during any overseas training is to be borne by the students.
As with all other clerkships, failure to attend an approved elective will result in an unsatisfactory grade.