Visiting Medical students:

Electives & SSCs


We love hosting visiting students, and have had excellent feedback from our Elective programme, with students visiting us from Australia, NZ, Canada and all over the UK.

Our elective slots are in great demand, as we have to limit numbers both to maintain quality of elective experience but also because we are busy for many weeks of the year hosting Cardiff students (3rd and Final years, plus SSCs) & Swansea students (SCPs) plus soon the new PA students from Bangor university and some very organised elective students who book up to three years ahead!

  1. We require a minimum stay of 4 weeks and the recommend minimum is 6 weeks.

  2. Our elective programme is best suited to students in the final 18 months of medical school and is not suitable for students in the first two years of training

  3. Accommodation on-site is usually available (there is a charge of £12.06/night, but we do throw in a free washing machine & tumble drying token per week!) - this would be sorted out via the North Wales Clinical School with you, after you have been accepted onto the ED visiting student programme.  

  4. Read more about our ED in our Student induction Pack

  5. In the event we are full in the ED, there may be other elective opportunities within Ysbyty Gwynedd, most notably with the fantastic Dr Chris Subbe in Acute Medicine. Community-based frailty/“Hospital at Home” service electives are currently suspended but may be available in Llandudno in the future. 

Student Selected Components (SSCs) & Electives

We are delighted to consider applications from senior medical students wishing to undertake Electives or SSCs in Rural Emergency Medicine. However, places are very strictly limited to maximise the quality of the attachment - we can only supervise a maximum of one written SSC project at a time (none in July/August), or two visiting students without written projects. At certain times of year - when we have Cardiff students in the ED - we cannot accept any visiting students at all due to lack of capacity.

To get the most from a placement with us, we recommend a stay of 4-8 weeks. Four weeks is the absolute minimum - any less than this and you won’t get to experience the full package of Bangor ED!

Placements in Bangor ED: what do you get?

  1. An excellent all-round grounding in Emergency Medicine in a rural ED, immersed in the team with carefully-graduated support until you are handling your own patients, with your clinical findings and management plans being checked and signed off by on of the ED doctors. 

  1. Get to see the acute conditions that in many city hospitals are now bypassed: we are too far from tertiary centres to be able to by-pass much major trauma and we also thrombolyse strokes in the ED.

  1. Student placements are overseen by a named consultant supervisor, but the key mentors for visiting students are our fantastic middle grade team (StRs and Clinical Fellows)

  1. Students without a formal written SSC project to complete are encouraged to do “something CV-enhancing” during their time with us - for example an audit, or a small project aiming for a poster publication... it all helps gain crucial extra points for Foundation Programme applications.   

  1. Pre-hospital experience - we can sometimes arrange for students to gain some (ground-based) pre-hospital experience, riding out on Welsh Ambulance Service Trust vehicles as observers. To do this, you must have undertaken a one-day Violence & Aggression training course before the start of your placement in Bangor (all hospitals run them). Naturally, ambulance observer shifts are subject to availability and dependent upon our WAST colleagues. 

Please note: there are no opportunities to fly with either the SAR or Helimed aircraft, and our local Mountain Rescue Teams do not accept visitors except for centre-based first aid training.

There may be opportunities to observer and assist with MRT training, or SAR rear-crew/pre-registration paramedic training by coming to “play casualty” for some classroom based training. See this blog post for an example.

It is vital to understand that all Bangor ED SSCs are hospital-based, not fieldwork, even those with a Mountain Medicine written component.   

If you are a (non-Cardiff) medical student, and you’re interested in coming to Bangor for your SSC or elective:

  1. Contact the Consultant Lead for visiting students in EM, Dr Rio Talbot, by email in the first instance, including a copy of your CV and explaining why you want to come to Bangor (and clearly stating what dates you are asking for, and whether there is any flexibility in those dates) -

  1. We are very happy to consider international medical students, but you must have in place both proof of indemnity insurance cover via your own medical school and/or student membership of the MPS/MDU/MDUS or equivalent before we can make a firm booking.

  1. For more information about studying in Bangor, including accommodation available for visiting students (we can put you up, although there is a small charge!), click here.

  1. If we are full in the ED, our colleagues in Acute Medicine, Anaesthetics/ITU & orthopaedics are often happy to accommodate elective students; or join EM consultant/GP Dr Linda Dykes in the Anglesey “Hospital At Home” service and learn lots of acute geriatrics!

  1. Minimum duration of placement is 4 weeks.

  1. All students must be in the final 18 months of training.

ELECTIVE AND SSC availability - UPDATED 19/9/2018


  1. Fully booked

  2. Check back for any cancellations


  1. Fully booked up to and including July 2019

  2. We are not yet taking bookings for August 2019 and beyond.

  3. Please check back regularly - they will open again soon.

Dr Rio Talbot has taken over from Dr Linda Dykes as the main host of EM Electives and SSCs although Dr Helen Salter also looks after some Elective visitors. Rio knows Bangor ED very well indeed: she did her final-year SSC with us in 2006/7, was an F2 with us, a Clinical Fellow, an ST4 and part of her ST6, and started as a Consultant with us in January 2017.