About the Central Clinical School
The Central Clinical School is the largest of Sydney Medical School's Clinical Schools, with the largest number of academic and clinical academic staff of any clinical school.
We are affiliated with many basic and clinical research units, with a wide variety of opportunities for graduate students to join in the on-going research programs.
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, located at Camperdown, is the main teaching hospital of the Central Clinical School. RPAH is an institution with a rich heritage in both under-graduate and post-graduate medical training in Australia. Because of the close proximity to the main campus of the University, the Clinical School at RPAH was the Medical Program’s first clinical school, established soon after Sydney Medical School opened in 1883.
The Clinical School at RPAH offers a huge scope of clinical exposure to common and rare chronic medical illnesses. This includes acute illness and trauma, the full range of surgical conditions, with patients ranging across all age groups - from pre-term newborns to the elderly. Many of the clinical teachers at RPAH are national and international leaders in their respective fields of medicine.
For basic clinical skills training, the Clinical School at RPAH has comprehensive clinical skills laboratories, including facilities for the development of advanced levels of consultative skills and surgical procedural skills training.
The precincts of RPAH have the largest concentration in Australia of leading Medical Research Institutes – including the Woolcock Institute of Respiratory Disease, the Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology, and the Heart Research Institute.
Alongside RPAH, CCS has specialty disciplines located in other hospitals.
Balmain Hospital was opened on the Balmain peninsula on the 26th of June 1885, as a small local hospital with two beds. The much-expanded current Hospital is the headquarters for the Medical Program's Discipline of General Practice and students today gain experience in Geriatrics and Rehabilitation. The group are leaders in their discipline and coordinate student placements with general practitioners within the community. Most students in the Central Clinical School will spend some time at Balmain Hospital.
Sydney Eye Hospital is Australia's oldest hospital and dates from the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788. This historic facility has been located in Macquarie Street since 1816, and is steeped in history with a legacy of nursing and medical firsts to its credit. Today, Sydney Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospitals' modern facilities and professional staff provide a strong blend of general and specialist medical services for the public.
The Sydney Eye Hospital houses the Discipline of Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health and the Save Sight Institute and accommodates the largest training program in Australia for the training of ophthalmologists.
Canterbury Hospital is a large district hospital (approximately 200 beds) within the Central Clinical School. Canterbury Hospital has an active teaching program in general medicine, general surgery, and paediatrics, and about one third to one quarter of the students in CCS will spend some time at Canterbury.
Strathfield Private and the Masonic Hospitals also provide additional opportunities for clinical training for CCS students.
The clinical services of our hospitals have been integrated within the Sydney South West Area Health Service, and the Clinical School takes full advantage of these integrated resources for student teaching.
The CCS Office is located in Room 408, Blackburn Building, D06.
The CCS is spread over a number of buildings around the Blackburn precinct, RPAH, and other USyd campuses.
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