Flexible study arrangements for International students
- Option 1: USMLE preparation
- Option 2: Substitute PRINT Term
- Option 3: Elective
- Option 4: Core Block
- Option 5: Specialty Block
The following arrangements have only been approved for current, full-fee paying international students enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine program.
Flexible study arrangements booklet
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 and the associated Summative assessment paper will 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 obtained at least 12 weeks prior to commencement of the relevant specialty block from the relevant Specialty Block Coordinator, the Associate Dean of the student’s Clinical School and the Coordinator (Clinical Studies), or their delegates.
International students are expected to undertake their PRINT in the system in which they are intending to do their internship.
Approval must be obtained at least eight weeks prior to the commencement of the PRINT from the PRINT Chair and the Head of the Office of Medical Education.
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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International students may apply to complete a Core Block of study, on an overseas placement in a country in their region of origin, during their final year. 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 usually self-organised. Placement options will differ depending on your stage 3 stream. Approval must be obtained from the relevant Head of Discipline, Core Block Coordinator, Associate Dean of the student’s Clinical School and the Stage Coordinator, or their delegate, 12 weeks prior to the commencement of the relevant block.
If approval is given to complete a core block overseas, all specialty blocks must be completed in Australia.
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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International students may apply to complete one of the Stage 3 specialty blocks in a country in their region of origin.
Approval must be obtained at least 12 weeks prior to the commencement of the relevant block from the relevant specialty block co-ordinator, the Associate Dean of the student’s clinical school; and the Stage 3 co-ordinator.
If approval is given to complete a specialty block overseas, all core blocks must be completed in Australia.
Child and Adolescent Health
Students may complete from four to eight weeks overseas.
Perinatal and Women’s Health
Students may complete four weeks overseas, which must comprise the obstetrics and gynaecology components of the block but must undertake the neonatology component of the block in Sydney.
Students may complete seven weeks of the block overseas during Terms B, C, D and E provided that week eight is undertaken in Australia.
Students in Term E who are remaining overseas to do an approved elective term and are therefore not returning to Australia to do week eight must:
(i) complete an eight week placement overseas; and
(ii) undergo an assessment period after Term F.
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