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About the Elective Programme

Thank you for your interest in spending your elective period with us at the Faculty of Medicine (FOM), University Malaya (UM), MALAYSIA. The Elective Programme consists of a clinical placement with the posting/s of your choice. You will be given an observer status where you will experience (alongside our own students) the everyday management of patients under our care.

You will be given the opportunity to join the teaching and learning activities of our MBBS programme during the period of your elective. You may be expected to attend lectures and tutorials as well.  A supervisor will be appointed to you to evaluate your performance during your elective placement and to ensure your general well‐being.

English is the medium of instructions for our MBBS programme and is used during all teaching and learning sessions. However, Malaysian patients are a mixture of different races and may speak English, Bahasa Malaysia (the National Language), Mandarin (and many different Chinese dialects), Tamil and Hindi.   Clinical Elective Postings

Clinical Elective Postings

Available clinical postings for your elective are Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Oncology, Opthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, Pathology, Primary Care, Psychological Medicine, Surgery and Trauma & Emergency. Certain clinical postings are only available for selected period of time.

Research Elective Postings

These include translational, fundamental or epidemiological research. You may undergo your research elective posting with the departments of Anatomy, Medical Microbiology, Molecular Medicine, Parasitology, Pharmacology, Physiology or Social & Preventive Medicine.


The duration allowed for an elective placement is as follows:

1).  2‐4 weeks (one clinical posting only)

2).  5‐8 weeks (one to two clinical postings only).


We encourage currently registered medical students in their clinical years (year 3 and above) to apply

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