Information for prospective students

Entering into a career in medicine or medical research is a life changing decision, and we know there are a great many things to think about when choosing where to study. We hope that the information on this page gives you an idea on what it might be like to be a student at Sydney Medical School - Northern, but if you have any further queries please do not hesitate to get in touch with us through the contacts page.

Allocations to Hospitals

In Stage 1 your clinical day will be Mondays or Wednesdays and you will be randomly allocated for the whole year as follows:

  • Mondays: Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) or North Shore Private Hospital
  • Wednesdays: Manly Hospital or Hornsby Hospital

However in Block 4 (Haematology), all students will attend RNSH for tutorials and lab sessions, USyd main campus for lectures (Fridays) but your clinical day will remain at your allocated hospital.


In Stage 2 your clinical day is Tuesday or Thursday. You will be allocated as follows, for part or all of the year:

  • Tuesdays: Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) or Hornsby Hospital
  • Thursdays: Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) or North Shore Private Hospital (NSP)

If you are at Hornsby or Manly Hospital for your clinical day in Stage 1, you are likely to be based at RNSH or NSP for Stage 2.
However in Block 10 (Oncology), all students will attend RNSH for lectures, tutorials, etc, with the exception of a few sessions at peripheral hospitals.


In Stage 3 you complete Core Blocks in Medicine, Surgery and Critical Care, as well as Specialty Blocks in Perinatal and Women’s Health, Child and Adolescent Health, Community, and Psychological and Addiction Medicine. You also complete an eight week Elective Term and an eight week Pre-internship term.

The clinical placements will be at a variety of the hospitals including RNSH, Hornsby, Manly, Mona Vale, Ryde, Macquarie, Mater, Sydney Adventist, Children’s Hospital Westmead, Lismore, Grafton, Alice Springs, Remote NT. In addition students have the opportunity to attend the School of Rural Health for at least one year in Stage 3.

Click here to view the current term dates.

We look forward to welcoming you in the future!