Conditions and responsibilities

Elective students should note that they will not be attending Sydney Medical Program small group learning sessions, although they may spend time on the wards, in Grand Rounds, on ward rounds and other teaching sessions.

Elective students will receive Internet access for email but will not have access to the University of Sydney Medical Program website.

An elective student's placement does not correspond to that of a final year student from the University of Sydney and as such, any documentation to that effect, will be signed on a clinical basis only(eg. "same rights and duties" statements).

Personal health insurance and/or travel insurance should be arranged before coming to Australia.

Concession travel on public transport is NOT available to elective students according to NSW Government policy.

Students must book their own accommodation. Please see possible options listed on our accommodation page.

During the elective an elective student may not take leave of absence from an elective program without the permission of the SMS-Northern.

Overseas applicants should contact their nearest Australian Mission with respect to visa requirements. For the location of your nearest Australian Mission, visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship: Immigration Offices Outside Australia.

English Ability
It is assumed that elective students from non-English speaking backgrounds will have an advanced level of English proficiency, both written and spoken, before commencing an elective placement.

In order for students to benefit from their placement, they should have a minimum English level of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 570. You may be requested to provide evidence of your English proficiency.

Limitations While on Placement
Elective students must always identify themselves as students and their status should be recorded on entries into patient records. Elective students may not:

  • Make unsupervised treatment decisions
  • Prescribe medications
  • Authorize discharge and admission of patients
  • Complete forms such as death certificates
  • Arrange investigations such as X-rays or blood tests without confirmation by a registered medical practitioner
  • Sign off any documentation, request form or discharge letter unless counter-signed by a registered medical practitioner