Medical Student Electives

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:

**2015 - Elective places are CLOSED for 2015 calendar year**

**2016 - Elective places are CLOSED for 2016 calendar year**


Elective placements for students enrolled at local, interstate & overseas medical schools are only available in the following periods during 2017:

29 January – 17 March


4 - 29 September

(Please note there are limited elective placements available each year - If you can attend during either period above – please complete an expression of interest form and submit to: ).

All times outside of these periods are closed.

If you are interested in applying for an elective during the available periods, Expressions of Interest for an elective placement open on 1 Feb 2016. Please complete the expression of interest form and send to .

All elective requests must be processed through the Electives Officer at The Children's Hospital at Westmead Clinical School first.

Direct approaches to departments within the hospital will not be accepted.

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
Requested elective dates (start and finish)

All elective requests must be processed through the Electives Officer at The Children's Hospital at 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 applications from international and Australian 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.

In most cases, approved applicants for clinical electives will join our regular students undertaking clinical attachments.

Duration of an Elective

Elective placements at The Discipline of Paediatrics & Child 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 (mid-December to early February).

The experience is "elective" in that it does not fulfil requirements in the student's own course for experience in a specific discipline. We cannot allocate elective students to the one team/specialty for the length of the elective. Students will be placed with various teams.

Refer to the Sydney Medical School Policy on overseas elective students - PDF


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

  • Anaesthesia
  • Cardiology
  • Clinical Genetics
  • Emergency
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Medicine
  • Haematology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Intensive Care
  • Neonatology
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgery

General information

Student concession for public transport
Concessionial travel for overseas students is not available on NSW public transport. 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.

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.