Welcome from the Associate Dean


As the Associate Dean of Sydney Medical School – Northern, I would like to welcome you to our School.

Our program at Northern involves the Royal North Shore Hospital and the other hospitals within our Local Health District where excellent teaching and clinical experience is available. These facilities include Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals, Hornsby Hospital and Ryde Hospital. The School also has a close association with General Practitioners and Community Health facilities in the area. There are additional opportunities for students to experience medical practice in rural settings at the School of Rural Health (Dubbo and Orange) and in Lismore and Murwillumbah.

A large number of people contribute to our teaching program. Many of these are experienced clinicians who work in busy environments and give their time generously to provide medical education for our students. Our program has also been enriched by involvement of staff from Nursing and the Allied Health professions. Contributions from all these groups is essential to help achieve a well-balanced educational experience for students that underlies how care is provided to members of our community by a cohesive team of health professionals.

Medical research is another important activity that occurs within the Clinical School. Over one hundred postgraduate students are involved in a broad spectrum of research ranging from basic laboratory research to clinical and epidemiological projects across the campus. The Kolling Institute of Medical Research is the oldest research institute in the state of New South Wales. It forms the nucleus of our research activity, which is conducted at a variety of locations on the hospital campus and throughout the Local Health District.

I trust that your time with us at the Northern Clinical School will be both productive and enjoyable. The administrative team of the School are a dedicated group of people who will assist you with enquires and advice about the program.

It is our hope and expectation that you will gain both knowledge of medicine and an understanding of how to provide compassionate care to the people of our community during your time in the school.

Chris Dennis