Malta has become a very popular destination for Medical electives.
The Medical electives programme permits medical students from all over the world to enhance their medical experience in a brand new state of the art teaching hospital: Mater Dei Hospital.
The programme runs all year round and students should book places as early as possible as places are limited.
The languages spoken in Malta are Maltese and English. English is widely spoken in Malta and whenever the Maltese language is used consultants make it a point to translate.
How to apply for a Medical elective in Malta
This programme is run by the Malta Medical Students’ association in collaboration with the University of Malta Faculty of Medicine and surgery.
In order to apply you will need to submit an application form to the MMSA electives coordinator and include a passport photo and a letter of recommendation from your University confirming that you are a medical student.
If you require a Visa to travel, you will need to send a copy of this too.
You will also need to submit :
a Police conduct certificate (this should not be more than a month older than the date of application)
Evidence of Malpractice Insurance
In case English is not your first language you will also need a letter from your University stating that your level of English is adequate to follow the Medical electives Programme.
When you have submitted all the documents you should receive a provisional letter of Acceptance from MMSA.
You will then need to submit a Health form signed by your doctor with results of some blood samples.
You should receive a letter of acceptance around 2 months prior to the commencement of your medical elective placement and you will also receive an invoice with the total amount payable. 50% of this amount must be settled 30 days prior to your arrival date in Malta.
The application form can be downloaded online from the faculty website.
Working hours on your placement
Rotation in more than one speciality is possible however for students to take the full benefit of the clinical elective it is recommended that the minimum rotation is of 2 weeks and there is no limitation to the length of stay.
Working hours are generally between 8.00am and 2.30pm, however this can vary depending on your consultant. On the first day you will be expected to be there at 7.45am for a show round and information meeting.
Electives are placed in one of the following hospitals according to the speciality chosen :
Mater Dei hospital (all specialities except for Geriatrics, Oncology and Dermatology)
Karin Grech Hospital (Geriatrics)
Sir Paul Boffa hospital (Dermatology and Oncology)
How much Does it cost to Enrol for a Medical Elective in Malta
An elective of 4 weeks comes to €375 and is broken down as follows :
Application fee €75 (paid once) + €75 per week administrative fee.
If you need a Visa or Residence permit an additional €75 is applicable (this fee is paid once not per week)
You will be asked to pay 50% of the amount when you receive the letter of acceptance and must be settled 30 days prior to your arrival.
The remaining amount is to be settled on your first day of placement.
Nursing electives in Malta
For Nursing electives, students should contact the Department of Nursing studies at the University of Malta and express your interest in enrolling for a Nursing clerkship.
Accommodation for Medical electives
You won’t need to catch any buses to get to the hospital or University as our lovely accommodation is located at just a very short walking distance.
We are located also located at a short bus ride away from Karin Grech hospital and Sir Paul Boffa Hospital.
Our homestay accommodation offers self-catering facilities for those who prefer to be independent and do their own cooking.
A lovely sun terrace furnished with garden furniture, bar-b-que and plants are available for the enjoyment of our guests and supermarkets and shops are at a 5 minute walking distance too.
For those who prefer total independence a new independent one bedroom apartment called Vista Apartment is also available for rent.
This apartment is located up the road from our home, also at 10 minutes walking distance from Mater Dei hospital.
Vista apartment is a new, tastefully decorated apartment ideally located for Medical electives. It is equipped with a modern kitchen and washing machine and also has wifi internet connection and tv.
Have a look at our Testimonials to read about the experiences of our past guests.