Life is full of choices, and a medical student’s decision to help a community in need is a momentous one. It has wide reaching effects, particularly for the individuals and communities who inevitably welcome their skills and assistance with open arms.
MIGA’s annual Elective Grants Program seeks to provide financial assistance to these students, and since it began 15 years ago in 2004 we’ve now supported over 100 students and communities around the world. We are extremely rewarded by the success of the Program over these years, and hope that you too can be proud of the support provided.
This year we had a record level of interest, with applications ranging from participation in health camps on isolated islands of Africa, to placements in the bustling city centres of India, to remote clinics in the heart of the Australian outback. It has been truly inspiring to see the commitment so many medical students have made to global health and their selfless commitment to instigating change.
We are thrilled to announce this year’s ten MIGA Elective Grant recipients, each receiving $1,500 towards their personal elective costs and $1,500 to provide medical or other aid to the community visited. While a special congratulations is extended to the recipients appearing below, we wish all students travelling on their electives interesting, challenging and rewarding placements.
As electives are completed, reports and photographs from these students’ experiences will be added to our website. They’re a great resource for students planning electives and inspiring reading for the medical community – we encourage you to review the extensive library at www.miga.com.au/elective-grants-reports.
We look forward to continuing our support next year and to releasing details of the 2020 Program to students and universities in coming months.