Flexible study arrangements for International students

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The following arrangements have only been approved for current, full-fee paying international students enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine program.

Option 1: USMLE preparation

International students planning to sit the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) may apply to take some time off to study for the examination in one of the Stage 3 Specialty Blocks.

If approval is granted, it means that the missed Specialty Block will have to be undertaken at the end of the fourth year of the course (Term J). The associated Summative assessment paper (normally sat at the end of Terms D and I) will also have to be undertaken at the end of the fourth year of the course (Term J). The overall impact is a delayed start of the Pre-Internship term and a delayed completion of the Doctor of Medicine until some time in the following year.

Approval must be sought from the relevant Specialty Block Coordinator, the Associate Dean of the Student’s Clinical School and the Stage 3 Coordinator, or their delegates.

Option 2: Substitute PRINT Term

Students intending to seek placement as interns in their country of origin may apply to do their Pre-Internship Term in an accredited medical centre in that country.

Students will be required to complete an application form no later than 4 months prior to the commencement of the PRINT Term (end of Stage 3).

Requests will be subject to approval of the proposed term by the Print Committee and the Office of Medical Education (OME).

Option 3: Elective

Countless medical schools from around the globe invite applications from final year students to participate in their visiting electives programs. Sydney Medical School local and international students alike may self-organise an Elective Block overseas in Term F of their fourth, and final, year of study.

Students may also refer to the Office for Global Health (OGH) website for details on their international partners and the electives’ application process.

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Option 4: Specialty Block

Community Block: The Discipline of General Practice permits Stage 3 international students to complete Community Block in their country of origin. Placements are self-organised and are permitted during terms B, C, D or E of year 3. The guidelines and application forms or completing Community Block overseas are available on the Compass website (requires UniKey login)

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Option 5: Core Block

International students may apply to complete a Core Block of study, on an overseas placement in their country of origin, during their final year of study. International students intending to complete a Core Block of study on an overseas rotation can apply to do so in either 4 or 8 weeks of medicine, 4 weeks of surgery, or 4 weeks of emergency medicine.

Overseas rotations are self-organised and placement options will differ depending on your stage 3 stream. All applications must be approved by Sydney Medical School.

For further information on this initiative, and to access student guidelines and the application form, please visit: Compass website (requires UniKey login)

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