Electives 2017

This year we have so far helped to fund 128 student electives in North America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Electives are available to students from Gaza, but increasing border restrictions have meant that only 4 students have made it out so far.

Here are some snippets from the reports we received:


Wadi – Gavle Hospital, Sweden

“It was exciting and wonderful; I learnt about medicine around the world. I got to learn about neurological examinations and examined many patients. I was happy that I could see many stroke patients with varying presentation, who had different diagnosis. Some patients left hospital in very good condition, which was facinating. I wish we could gain the same confidence and skill in Palestine as other hospitals. Students who graduate abroad can do more procedures than us. Elective course is a wonderful experience, I really would encourage students to go, explore and learn more.”


Dima – CHRU Nancy, France

“My elective was very interesting and informative. I was in the internal medicine ward and I saw many cases I had never seen in Palestine. Everyone was very kind and helpful. Discovering France was a dream come true.”


Anas – Islamic Hospital, Jordan

“In my fourth year, I liked internal medicine, but we didn’t have any training in Pulmonology. I decided to go for a short elective in Pulmonology after I finish my fourth year to bridge the gap I felt I had. We got to go on ward rounds, attend lectures, discuss cases, as well as being taught how to read CXR and lung function tests. We were also shown a sleep study for diagnosing OSA. It was a great experience.”


Bashar – University of Minnesota Medical Centre, USA, University of Jordan Hospital and King Hussein Cancer Centre, Jordan

“It was a great experience, but I suffered a lot to leave Gaza, as I had to wait in Amman for over two months for Rafah to open so I could return home. Nonetheless, I learned many new skills, interacted with colleagues from around the world and got first-hand experience of the medical systems in the USA and Jordan. I am thankful to FQMS for their support.”