Medical Elective Placements at University of Sydney
Sydney Medical School welcomes applications from overseas and Australian medical students wishing to undertake elective placements at one of its teaching hospitals in the clinical schools. The usual duration of these placements is up to 8 weeks and may be clinical or research-based. Longer placements may be possible upon request.
It is important that you read the following policies:
Only students in the final stages of study will be considered.
Medical students seeking to undertake elective placements are encouraged to apply to the clinical schools at least 9 months in advance.
How to apply for an elective placement
For information on how to apply for a clinical placement, contact the relevant Clinical School directly.
Please note you may only make one application at a time.
If your first choice is not available, the Elective Coordinator will contact you to see if you wish to apply to another Clinical School within the Medical School.
General Application Process
Each clinical school may have its own requirements relating to electives. However, as a general guide to applying for a placement:
Fill in an University of Sydney application form (provided by the clinical school to which you are applying)
Pay an application fee (please contact individual clinical schools for information on their elective fees)
Provide a current curriculum vitae (CV)
Provide information as to the elective requirements of your medical school
Provide a letter of recommendation from the Dean or a senior faculty member from your medical school (in English, or provide a certified translation)
- Provide written proof from your medical school that you are covered by public and professional indemnity insurance (including medical malpractice) for the period of your elective (in English, or provide a certified translation). You should also arrange personal health and/travel insurance prior to coming to Australia.
- NSW Health requirements: Students undertaking study within NSW Health Department facilities will be required to undertake a NSW Health National Police Check, Prohibited Employment Check and fulfil the NSW Health infectious diseases requirements providing evidence on a Vaccination Card.
For further information on National Police Check, please visit the NSW Department of Health website http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/ (type “clinical placement” in the search area).
All documents mentioned above should be submitted to the clinical school at least 3 months prior to the desired commencement date of the elective. Please be aware that some of these documents may take time to organise (for example, the criminal record check).
At the end of the elective, students will be expected to complete an evaluation form to be signed by their mentor.
Criminal record check
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Any criminal record check must be dated within 12 months of the expected date of completing your elective. For example, if you plan to finish your elective on 30 November 2005, your criminal record check must not be dated prior to 30 November 2004.
must be state-wide or province wide (local or shire is not sufficient)
must be from the country in which you have spent a majority of the last 12 months (usually the country that you are studying in)
if not in English, must be accompanied by a certified translation.
originals or certified copies must be sent with your application.
Schools offering elective placements
Central Clinical School: The Central Clinical School (CCS) is based at Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital, but CCS also has large teaching and research units at Sydney Eye Hospital and Balmain Hospital, and staff based at Canterbury Hospital.
Staff at CCS cover a wide range of disciplines, and are active in both research and teaching. The CCS research activities are also supplemented by our affiliation with the largest number of external research units and institutes in the Faculty of Medicine, covering a diverse range of disciplines and research areas.
Concord Clinical School: The Concord Clinical School is a teaching hospital of the University of Sydney based at Concord Repatriation General Hospital (CRGH), renowned for combining its teaching and scientific excellence.
The teaching program provides a supportive and cooperative environment for integrated, inter-disciplinary learning at all levels, from the four years of the medical program through to graduate studies and medical professional training.
Research in the Clinical School is associated with the ANZAC Research Institute, a state-of-the-art facility for biomedical research with a focus on ageing, the Centre for Education and Research on Ageing (CERA), the NSW Institute of Sports Medicine and the Bernie Banton Asbestos Research Centre.
The Children's Hospital at Westmead Clinical School: The Clinical School is based at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW), and uses the laboratory and office facilities provided by the hospital. It is a leader in medical education and medical education research; has a broad teaching, education and research role and is overseen by the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health.
The Clinical School encompasses diverse graduate training areas including: epidemiology of childhood disorders, social and psychological aspects of child development, genetics research encompassing morphologic, biochemical and molecular genetic investigation of disorders in children, vaccination, obesity, neuromuscular disorders, infectious diseases, indigenous health, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
The hospital is a member of the Westmead Research Hub, with close links with other research communities such as Westmead Hospital (an adult facility) and the Children’s Medical Research Institute.
There is a strong established research environment at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School, with 250 researchers across 30 research groups covering research areas including cell biology, clinical physiology, clinical studies, epidemiology and population health. There are many opportunities for postgraduate research; we have over 90 students at the Clinical School.
Nepean Clinical School:The Sydney Medical School Nepean is centered at Nepean Hospital and is one of the eight clinical schools of the University of Sydney. Since becoming a teaching hospital of the University of Sydney in 1992, Nepean Hospital has experienced continued growth in its teaching and research.
The school presently supports around 50 students in each of the four years of the course. With its relatively high patient load in comparison to the student population, Nepean Clinical School is able to provide invaluable learning opportunities for attending medical students and research opportunities for Australian and International students in biomedical, clinical and epidemiological research.
Our new Clinical School Building will do more than provide first class educational facilities for our students and staff. The new clinic areas run with the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District will provide extra high quality outpatient services to our community in an educational setting. Already the building has been embraced by other health professionals including the paramedics, social workers, nurses and general practitioners. The local schools and non health related faculties of local universities have been involved with our building.
All goes well for the future with our building being the focus for further education and research projects in the future including applications for specialist training positions in our clinics. Our clinics are being linked via telemedicine to all the major hospitals between Nepean and Dubbo. This provides an opportunity not only to help provide services to our rural neighbours but do this within a framework or education and research.
Northern Clinical School: The Northern Clinical School comprises a range of clinical teaching facilities spread over the whole of the northern area of Sydney and beyond. The School is headquartered at the Royal North Shore Hospital, which has provided teaching to undergraduate medical students for over 50 years.
Teaching within this School comprises medical education continuing into the early postgraduate years and, further, into specialist training programs conducted by the various Royal Colleges. There are also links with the education of nurses and allied health practitioners, in hospital and community settings.
Westmead Clinical School: Since its establishment in 1978 the Westmead Clinical School at Westmead Hospital has been a place of innovation and growth. The Westmead Clinical School serves the largest area and population of any of the University of Sydney's Clinical Schools and has a patient population of approximately 1.1 million.
AUD$850 - $900 for an elective of up to 4 weeks
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AUD$1050 - $1100 for an elective of 4 to 8 weeks
For students wishing to stay longer than 8 weeks the fee is AUD$500.00 for each week of their stay (including the first 8 weeks), ie the cost of a 16 week stay would be AUD$8,000.
Plus AUD$100 - $150 enrolment fee (non-refundable)
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