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. After its huge success last year, this conference is now in its third year and will consist of a series of stimulating lectures addressing a selection of topics from tropical diseases to surgery in the developing world. Small group sessions will equip students with additional skills and knowledge required while on elective, and which will also be invaluable as a junior doctor in the UK. Attendees are encouraged to present research posters on global health topics and submit elective-themed photographs for our two competitions, with a prize-giving ceremony at the end of the day. We hope this conference will inspire students to plan fantastic electives, help equip them to work in unfamiliar settings, and broaden their interest in global health.

Fee, Time, Date and Venue

  • Date : 28th October 2017
  • Time : 0845 - 1715
  • Venue : John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust Headley Way Oxford OX3 9DU
  • Conference Fee : £15.00.
  • Refunds will only be given up to 3 weeks before the conference.
  • No of Places Available : 100
  • All delegates will be contacted closer to the time of the conference to select their workshops. Priority will be given based on when tickets were purchased.
  • Closing Date : Places will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis and, as such, we are unable to provide a precise closing date.
  • Dress code : Professional/Semi-formal.


Time Programee
0845 - 0915 Registration with tea & coffee
0920 - 0930 Welcome
Miss Onayomi Rosenior-Patten – Director, OEC 2017
0930 - 1000 Seize the day! The role for elective students in the 21st Century
Dr Douglas Wilkinson, Anaesthetic and ITU Consultant, Oxford.
1000 - 1030 To Change The World
Dr Tejshri Shah, Doctors Without Borders.
1030 - 1045 Break with tea & coffee
1045 - 1115 Misperceptions about surgery in lower income countries
Dr Roberto Bottura, Emergency
1120 - 1220 Electives Panel

Chair: Dr Helen Please, FY1 and Director OEC 2016
Panelists: Oxford foundation doctors
1220 - 1230 Presentation of gifts for speakers
1230 - 1320 Lunch
1330 - 1615 Workshop Sessions
Session 1: 1330 - 1415
Session 2: 1430 - 1515
Session 3: 1530 - 1615
1615 - 1630 Break with tea & coffee
1630 - 1700 Preparing for your elective: Guidance and Hazards
Professor Chris Conlon, Professor of Infectious Diseases, Oxford
1700 - 1715 Prize Giving and Closing


Dr Alistair Reed, FY2
Dr Helen Please, FY1
Professor Bee Wee, Electives Lead


  • Dr. Tejshri Shah, from Doctors Without Borders
  • Dr. Roberto Bottura, from Emergency
  • Dr. Douglas Wilkinson, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences
  • Dr. Chris Conlon, Professor of Infectious Diseases and Head of Department, Nuffield Department of Medicine

Organising Committee

  • Director: Onayomi Rosenior-Patten
  • Assistant Director: Alexandra Lindsay-Perez
  • Treasurer: Matthew Tranter
  • Sponsorship and Communications: Lee Ann Quek
  • Workshop lead: Jessica Webster
  • IT and Publicity: Daniel Murphy