Clinical Electives Program

This page is designed to help guide students navigate their path to a clinical electives course at Shifa College of Medicine.

The curriculum of the College (including the electives program) is based on a highly customized CanMeds competency framework. Our electives programs are designed to provide you with a holistic experience that not only caters to ‘medical expertise’, but emphasizes 360 degrees competencies that are essential in an enabled physician. The experiences you will share with the faculty, staff and patients will aid in your understanding of how the health care system is evolving in Pakistan and how, despite limited resources, our patient care is evidence based.

Please use the following links to navigate the electives program web resources. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the elective program office. Please note that only a limited number of seats are available. Apply well in advance to make sure that you can opt for a program of your choice/interest.

Electives Offered

Shifa College of Medicine offers 4 weeks clinical electives in the following specialities:

  1. Medicine
  2. Surgery
  3. Obstetrics & Gynecology
  4. Pediatrics
  5. Ophthalmology
  6. Otorhinolaryngology (ENT)
  7. Neurology
  8. Nephrology
  9. Urology
  10. Anesthesiology
  11. Dermatology
  12. Radiology
  13. Endocrinology
  14. Gastroenterology
  15. Orthopedics
  16. Cardiology

Eligibility Criteria

For all clinical elective placements the student must be in their clinical years of an undergraduate training program. For those of you who follow a 5 year training program, you are eligible for electives at Shifa if you are in your 4th or final year of training.

Applying for an electives program

If you fulfill the eligibility criteria you can apply for an elective at Shifa College of Medicine. Before applying please familiarize yourself with the rules and regulation in place for elective students. You can apply to more than one elective program; however each program will have a duration of 4 weeks.

Electives Form [Download]

Electives Policy for External Students[Download]

The Application Process

a. Timing:

Electives are available throughout the year. You should apply at-least 4 weeks before you intend to begin your electives (at least 8 weeks before for summer electives). You should base your elective on your climate preference as well. Please visit the ‘Introducing Islamabad’ page to familiarize yourself with the city’s weather. You should pack appropriately (depending on which part of the year you want to begin your electives). Once you submit your application it will not be possible for the College to change the intended dates of your start of program. Please make sure that you are available during the time period you have selected for your electives.

b. Pre-requisite documents:

A letter of recommendation from your Principal or Dean must accompany your application.

c. Accommodation:

You must specify on your application if you would require accommodation during your electives. A separate fee is applicable for accommodation which is dependent on the duration of your elective. The College cannot guarantee that every applicant can be provided with accommodation. If accommodation is provided then you will be responsible for your food and medical needs (if any arise).

d. Filling out your application form:

The application form can be downloaded from the downloads section of the website. Once the form is downloaded you can fill it by hand or on a computer. The form must be filled in full. Incomplete application forms will not be entertained. You should indicate your choice of elective(s) and at-least 2 alternatives on the application form. We will try our best to place you in a program of your choice. However if this is not possible you will be accommodated in the alternative programs you mention on your application form.

e. Electives fee:

The current fee for a 4 weeks program for Pakistani students is Rupees 5000. For international students the fee is US$ 200. The fee must accompany your application. The fee is payable via a bank draft drawn on a bank in Islamabad in favor of Shifa College of Medicine.

Rules & Regulations

The Student affairs office will be your contact point with the College. They will provide you with an ID card and a log book. You must enter your daily activities in the log book. The instructions for using the log book are provided in it. If your College provided you with a set of objectives that you need to meet during your electives program you will need to show those to your mentor (i.e. the faculty member you are going to do your elective with).

The rules and regulation are designed to provide you with the best and trouble free experience as possible. For you to be recognized as an elective student you must wear your ID card that the student affairs office will provide you with on your arrival. This is the only way the security personnel can identify you and will allow you to move within the College and hospital premises. You must wear a white coat at all times when you are in the College or the hospital. This is an essential requirement just like the ID card. Although every effort would be made to make the elective an enjoyable experience, Shifa College of Medicine and Shifa International Hospitals would not be held liable for any mishap, experience and events that may directly or indirectly, physically or emotionally impact you on or off the college, hostel, or hospital premises during the course of the elective. The current rules and regulations for elective students can be downloaded from [here]


If you have any questions regarding the electives program please do not hesitate to contact us using any of the means listed below:

Telephone: +92-51-849-3007


Postal Address: Shifa College of Medicine, NCBMS Tower, Near Federal Board Office, Sector H-8/4, Islamabad, 44000, Pakistan.

The office will try and answer your queries as soon as possible. However at times this might not be humanly possible. Rest assured we do respond to all queries we receive sometimes a little later than sooner.