Medical Student Electives

Information for local, interstate, and overseas medical students who are currently enrolled in a medical program and are required to complete an elective placement as part of their course:

**2019 - Elective places are CLOSED for 2019 calendar year**


Our elective expression of interest for 2020 opens for Friday 1 February 2019.

Elective placements for students enrolled at local, interstate & overseas medical schools are only available in the following periods during 2019:

Our January 2019 – March 2019 placement Six weeks from 29 January – 8 March 2019 is closed


Our September 2019 placement Four weeks from 2 - 27 September 2019. is closed

All times outside of the periods above are CLOSED.

If you are able to attend during these periods; please complete our online expressions of interest form

All elective requests must be processed through the Electives Officer at Children's Hospital Westmead Clinical School first. Direct approaches to departments within the hospital will not be accepted.

Information for: Sydney Medical Program (University of Sydney) students

Medical students enrolled in the Sydney Medical Program (University of Sydney) who are interested in completing an elective (between 4-8 weeks duration) at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) should email with:

Your name
Clinical School
The dates you are requesting to complete your elective (e.g start and finish)

All elective requests must be processed through the Electives Officer at Children's Hospital Westmead Clinical School first. Direct approaches to departments within the hospital will not be accepted.

Undertaking Clinical Electives at the Children's Hospital at Westmead

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) welcomes expression of interest applications from medical students wishing to undertake an elective term with us in the available periods mentioned above.

Please note: Only students in their final year of study, or close to their final year, and where the elective is a required component of their medical degree, will be considered.

Once applications for expressions of interest are reviewed, successful applicants will be made an elective offer. This offer will include an elective application pack for which you will be required to confirm your:

Vaccination status – that you comply with current vaccination requirements: Adult Boostrix (dTpa), Hep B, MMR, Varicella (including documented evidence of each dose and serology levels confirming immunity titre levels.) You will also need to provide information about your TB status.

Student status – that you are a student of good standing with your medical school, that this elective is a required component of your course and that you are covered by your University’s medical indemnity (or you are willing to obtain your own).

Criminal record check information
All students entering into a NSW Health facility are required by the NSW Health Department to obtain a National Police Check (NPC). This must be obtained regardless of whether you have ever visited Australia.
The application form and further information can be found on the Australian Federal Police (AFP) website.

International students
International students will require a National Police Certificate as well as a Police Clearance from their home country and any country they have been citizens or permanent residents since turning 16 years of age (incorporating any charges the preferred applicant may have against their name).

Statutory Declaration
If unable to provide a Police Clearance from any country they have lived in, they must complete a Statutory Declaration stating they have no pending criminal charges or convictions from any country they have been citizens, permanent residents since turning 16. If they do have such records, they must list date of offence, type of offence and court outcome (refer to Appendix 5). Any criminal record check in a language other than English must be accompanied by a ‘certified copy’ of an English translation of the criminal record.
Appendix 5: Statutory Declaration
NSW Health Forms

Identification must be current and must include at least one type of photographic ID and identification that contains a signature and date of birth. Passport and/or Driver’s License are preferred. Refer to NSW Health 100 point check

English Requirement
In order for students to benefit from their placements they are required to have a minimum English level of IELTS 7 or TOEFL iBT 96. It is assumed that students from non-English speaking countries will have an advanced level of English proficiency both written and spoken before commencing an elective placement. (Your University should include in their letter of good standing a paragraph on your English ability: either the language of instruction for your studies is entirely in English; OR that they are happy that your English ability is sufficient for you to gain an acceptable level of experience and skills from your elective placement, to satisfy their elective criteria.) See conversion table

Duration of an Elective

Elective placements at The Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health and any of its affiliated teaching facilities are for a minimum of four weeks and a maximum of eight weeks. We do not accept students during the Summer Holiday period (December to early January).

Students will have to provide the medical schools’ criteria for their elective. Where possible we try to allocate elective students to the one team/specialty for the length of their elective.

Refer to the Sydney Medical School - Elective Term Opportunities


Electives are available at the Children's Hospital at Westmead in the following areas of paediatrics:

  • Anaesthesia
  • Allergy & Immunology
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Child Development Unit
  • Clinical Genetics
  • Emergency
  • Endocrinology
  • ENT Surgery
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Medicine (General paediatrics)
  • General Surgery (General paediatric surgery)
  • Haematology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Intensive Care
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Rehabilitation

General information/FAQs

What is a certified copy?
A certified copy is a copy of a document that has been endorsed and signed by an authority figure - a solicitor, lawyer, Justice of the Peace or a Notary Public - as being a true copy of the original document.
The endorsement must be in the following form: "I certify that this is a true copy of the original document" along with the name and signature of the person who certified it and the date.
A family member cannot certify documents.
Senior members of your Medical School can certify documents. Any document certified by a senior Medical School member must include the name and position of that Medical School member, and carry the University stamp or seal.
Each page must be certified.
This must be done on the front of the document, not on the back of it.
Be sure your copy is certified correctly or it will be rejected.

Who can translate a document?
All translations must be certified translations. This means that the person who does the translation must be suitably qualified to do so. This depends on the country you are from so you will need to check with the appropriate authorities.

What kind of visa will I need?
The type of visa required is subject to the country of your passport. For information on visas and how to apply please see the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.

All visas are issued at the discretion of the Australian Immigration Department.

Same rights and duties statements
We are unable to sign off on "same rights and duties" for a number of reasons such as:

  1. Our students have access to the Sydney Medical Program web site which contains a lot of their learning materials. Elective students do not have access to this site as the content is very specific to our program so is not necessary for Elective students.
  2. Our Medical program is a 4 year graduate program so does not always correspond to that of an Elective student from another University. When available, elective students are welcome to attend large group lectures, but are not able to attend the smaller group learning sessions.
  3. Our students are covered by the University of Sydney’s insurance policies whereas Elective students are not.

If I already have my elective confirmed, can I change my dates or specialties?
We will always try to accommodate changes providing enough notice is given. Once you have started your placement, changes can only be made in exceptional circumstances.

My University states that I must do a 30 day elective. If I do 4 weeks, is this enough?
No. You need to check with your University how flexible they are on this ruling. Electives are measured in weeks so you could do 4 weeks (28 days) or 5 weeks (35 days). Should you decide to do only 4 weeks, we will not, under any circumstances, sign your elective off as 30 days.

What if I am sick and have to have time off?
If you are away sick for 2 or more days, you will be required to show a Doctor’s certificate.

Where should I report on my first day?
All students will be emailed reporting instructions the week prior to the start of the elective period.

Please do not be late. Unless prior arrangements have been made with the Electives Coordinator, late starters may be turned away and their electives may be cancelled all together.

Can I get student concession on public transport?
No. The NSW State Government policy states that only students who are registered full-time in NSW are eligible for a concession on public transport. Inspectors do regularly check tickets and will give on-the-spot fines. Purchase and use of concession tickets may result in a heavy fine.
An International student ID card will give you access to a network of specialist student travel offices around the world and valuable savings on accommodation, tours and transportation (such as a 40% discount on full adult ordinary fares on Countrylink train or coach services).
Your student ID from home may not be accepted everywhere.

Dress code
As a medical student you will be involved in day-to-day interactions with patients, members of the public and medical staff. These interactions may involve discussion of sensitive issues and the performance of a range of clinical duties. Thus, while attending the ward, clinics or general practice, your dress and general appearance should be appropriate.

As a guide, a medical student must appear well groomed and professional at all times. Your official hospital ID badge must be displayed prominently at all times so that your status as a student is clear.

Males are expected to wear a collared shirt (no tie). Females are expected to dress modestly, avoiding tops that are low-cut or which bare the midriff. Short skirts are also inappropriate.

Trainers and jeans are not acceptable items of clothing. Sandals or open-toed shoes are inappropriate for clinical areas as sharp objects such as dropped needles may pierce the foot.

Theatre scrubs can only be worn within designated areas and are provided by the hospital where required.

While Australia is not a very formal place, you need to remember that our society is a very multicultural one and what could be offensive to others should be taken into consideration.