Clinical schools

Central (RPAH)


Royal Prince Alfred Hospital is located in central Sydney, adjacent to the University of Sydney. During your Critical Care term, you will spend 4 weeks in the Emergency Department, one week of which is spent attached to the Trauma Service. As medical students, you have the opportunity to see a wide variety of patients, including multi-system trauma, adult medical and surgical patients, as well as those with psychiatric and drug & alcohol problems. The ED also has a paediatric section, where we see the common emergency presentations in childhood. ED time may be spent practicing history-taking and clinical examination skills, acquiring simple practical skills and observing the management of critically ill patients. There is dedicated medical student teaching, which focuses on managing the common undifferentiated patients, access to the junior medical officers’ teaching program and departmental meetings.

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s Emergency Department will consider taking elective students only outside the usual medical student year i.e. from late September to late January. All elective applications should be made to .

The Children's Hospital at Westmead


Paediatric Emergency teaching is integrated with clinical attachments and lectures from the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and interlaces well with the program currently offered by the Discipline of Emergency Medicine. Within the ED students have access to e-learning modules on paediatric resuscitation and common paediatric emergency presentations as well as a diverse range of clinical encounters. Specific medical student teaching occurs at lunch time 4 days a week and students also have access to the daily junior medical staff teaching program. The ED at CHW sees around 50,000 paediatric presentations a year, with a significant trauma workload. Students coming to the ED will be exposed to a variety of common and less common presentations and have the chance to follow these patients in the ED. The ED likes to emphasise the assessment and management of the undifferentiated patient and the clinical reasoning around these cases. The ED currently supports elective students from Australia and overseas as well as PRINT students from the University of Sydney. Students interested in pursuing an honours project are encouraged to contact one of the faculty for advice.

Northern (RNSH)

Northern Beaches (Manly & Mona Vale Hospitals)

As part of the Northern Clinical School , Stage 3 medical students doing their Critical Care rotation may be allocated to Manly or Mona Vale. During this rotation student receive weekly tutorials with consultant staff on key learning areas for emergency
medicine. Stage 1 Students are invited to attend emergency department on their clinical day. Elective students are invited to apply through .

Westmead Hospital


Being the tertiary referral and trauma centre for Western Sydney and western NSW, Westmead Emergency is a busy and dynamic department. It offers the medical student fantastic opportunities to learn and enhance their clinical skills. Students are introduced into Westmead Emergency in first year culminating in a 4-week rotation in Stage 3. The ED sees 60,000 patients annually and is supported by units in interventional cardiology, stroke thrombolysis, toxicology, neurosurgery and cardiothoracics. It is also the home of EMIG, the student-run Emergency Medicine Interest Group.

Students are encouraged to develop their procedural skills, take on research or independent learning projects and follow the patient journey through the ED and hospital. During the 4-week critical care block in Emergency, students will gain an appreciation for managing common and undifferentiated patients. The many teaching sessions are well complimented by a case and procedural logbook. Westmead Emergency is an attractive destination for elective medical students and this is well supported by the staff. Interested students should contact .

Rural Health: Orange & Dubbo Hospitals

Rural Health

Emergency Medicine attachments are available at our Dubbo and Orange campuses as part of a Critical Care Block. Your curriculum stream will determine whether you are allocated to this attachment.

Orange Campus: The new Orange Hospital was commissioned in March 2011 and is state-of-art in design. It is adjacent to Imaging and ICU and directly below the operating theatres. There are specified clinical pathways for acute coronary and cerebral vascular events with support by modern imaging facilities. Orange Hospital is a trauma centre. Students are attached to the term for 4 weeks - 2 weeks of Emergency medicine and two weeks of Emergency Surgery (attached to the emergency general surgeon of the week). Senior staffing consists of local ED specialists, locum FACEMs and CMOs, supported by the local physicians and surgeons.

Dubbo Campus: Dubbo Base Hospital's Emergency Department is a busy one. It caters for a large western NSW population that includes paediatric and indigenous patients. Dubbo is a base for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The ED is supported by modern services - ICU, CCU, Imaging and operating theatres. Students are attached for 6 weeks where they are involved with the management of medical and surgical emergencies. As students live on campus they are rostered for after-hours experience. The staff consist of Emergency Medicine specialists, Royal Flying Doctor staff, locum FACEMs and the local specialist physicians and surgeons.