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Outgoing University of Sydney ELECTIVE students to Weill Cornell Medical College

Number of places: Up to two University of Sydney students will to represent the Faculty under this scheme for a full-fee waiver and and additional two students for a half-fee waiver for up to 8 weeks clinical or research placement at Weill-Cornell. In 2009 the half-fee waiver was equivalent to US$1,000 per 4 weeks. (I.e. Full fees are approx US$2000 per 4 weeks).

Two of the students nominated to undertake this placement will also be able to undertake a two week public health clerkship (Health Care Policy) as part of the placement.

Institution: Founded in 1898, and affiliated with what is now NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital since 1927, Weill Cornell Medical College is among the top-ranked clinical and medical research centers in the United States. In addition to offering degrees in medicine, Weill Cornell also has PhD programs in biomedical research and education at the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and with neighboring Sloan-Kettering Institute and The Rockefeller University, has established a joint MD-PhD program for students to intensify their pursuit of Weill Cornell's triple mission of education, research, and patient care.

Weill Cornell Medical College is divided into 24 basic science and patient care departments that focus on the sciences underlying clinical medicine and/or encompass the study, treatment, and prevention of human diseases. In addition to its affiliation with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College and the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences maintain major affiliations with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Rockefeller University, the Hospital for Special Surgery, as well as with the metropolitan-area institutions that constitute NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare Network. Weill Cornell Medical College and the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences are accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education of the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Duration: Up to eight weeks.

Other: Students can nominate a sub-specialty area of particular relevance to their own career interests and the Office of Global Health Education will do their best to try and facilitate this.

University of Sydney students should not contact Weill Cornell Medical College directly. General information about Weill Cornell Medical College can be found here http://www.med.cornell.edu.

Travel and living expenses must be borne by students, although some subsidised accommodation may be available.

Interested students should read the Impressions section of this site to learn about the experiences of previous students.

Applying: Please consult these pages for details on applying for a placement and scholarship support.

Resources: Our resources pages provide some valuable material on your health and safety and on some of the medical conditions and environments you may come across while on placement.

For further enquiries contact us.

Incoming Weill Cornell Medical College students to University of Sydney

The Weill Cornell Office of Global Health Education each year nominates two students to undertake an elective placement for at the University of Sydney. Since public health is a special feature of this particular exchange agreement, all incoming students will spend soe of their time in clinical placement at Westmead Hospital and and some at our University Department of Rural Health in Broken Hill. Broken Hill is approximately 1200kms from Sydney and students should appreciate that the town is in an outback setting where the climate can be quite harsh & the conditions quite tough at times. Depending on capacity at the time of the placements, students may have the opportunity to visit some remote indigenous communities, remote community health clinics and Royal Flying Doctor Service visits. The University Department of Rural Health has a strong local student teaching load and priority will be given to local students for these attachments. Cultural awareness training with an indigenous academic staff member is mandatory.

Students should nominate clinical subspecialty areas of special interest for their Westmead placement and we will do our best to accommodate individual preferences.

It is suggested that interested students from Cornell should browse through the following websites to gain some idea of possible elective placement opportunities.

University of Sydney Main Campus:


Information about Australia’s Health can be found at www.aihw.gov.au

We also have some Impressions from students of their experiences in Sydney.

Please consult the visitor’s guide on the Office for Global Health web pages for useful information about living in Sydney.

Weill Cornell students who wish to apply for an elective placement at the University of Sydney should contact:
Professor Madelon Finkel
Director of Office of Global Health Education
Email