Sydney Medical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital

The Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School of The University of Sydney is a multidisciplinary Clinical School based at the Sydney Adventist Hospital in Wahroonga (known as the “San” from its earlier days as the Sydney Sanitarium). Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School is an inter-professional, multidisciplinary school offering clinical training placements for medical, physiotherapy, pharmacy, and other allied health profession students across a range of clinical teaching facilities primarily based on Sydney’s North Shore. The breadth of medical education at the San extends from medical student teaching to the early postgraduate years (e.g. Interns) and into specialist training programs (e.g. Registrars).

Sydney Adventist Hospital is a division of Adventist HealthCare Limited and the flagship of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist health care system in the South Pacific. This worldwide system includes over 170 hospitals and 200 clinics. The San is the largest private hospital and the largest not-for-profit hospital in New South Wales with over 550 licensed overnight beds, and it is the largest single employer in the Hornsby-Kur-ing-gai Council area. Approximately 2,300 staff, 500 volunteers and 900 accredited medical officers care for more than 53,000 inpatients and 180,000 outpatients annually; approximately 2,000 babies are delivered each year. Emergency Care admits approximately 17,500 patients annually making it NSW’s largest and busiest private Hospital Emergency Department. The San offers acute surgical, medical and obstetric care including complex cardiac and orthopaedic procedures as well as state of the art comprehensive multidisciplinary cancer care.

The San offers the latest in services, technology and facilities, including 23 operating theatre and endoscopy suites, 3 cardiac catheterisation laboratories, intensive care and coronary care units, a renal dialysis unit, day infusion unit, rehabilitation unit and dedicated units for adults and children’s sleep disorders. Advanced technologies include Australia’s first X and X(i) robotic surgery unit, NSW’s first MAKO orthopaedic robot (enabling precision insertion of prosthetic implants for hip and knee replacement procedures); and the new state-of-the-art Hybrid operating theatre (enabling vascular and cardiac surgeons to do both minimally invasive and complex surgeries in the one space).

Students who choose to study at Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School not only have access to such facilities but will receive a broad clinical training experience alongside an opportunity to observe and learn about a clinical caseload that differs in important ways from the contemporary caseload in large public-sector teaching hospitals. In particular, students will be exposed to common conditions and procedures that have moved to the private sector as a consequence of changes in the Australian health system over the last decade (e.g. 60% of all surgical procedures and 98% of specialist dermatology activity are now conducted in the private sector). Furthermore, experienced clinicians are involved in medical student teaching from Day 1. Students will also have the opportunity to rotate into the public sector for placements in particular disciplines (e.g. psychiatry).