One of the strengths of the Sydney Medical School and the MD program is the strengths and variety of our clinical schools which are so important in developing the skills and knowledge to effectively practise medicine. Our affiliated clinical schools will allow our students to develop the confidence, skills and compassion that they need to become a competent doctor. Teaching is offered both in a formal and in a self-directed manner, allowing our students to experience a wide range of medical environments, gain hands-on experience and deliver the core MD curriculum.
Find out about the brief summary of each schools, disciplines and centres below. For more detailed information, visit each schools' links.
Based at Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital, CCS also has large teaching and research units at Sydney Eye Hospital and Balmain Hospital, and staff at Canterbury Hospital. CCS staff are active in research and teaching across numerous disciplines. The wide variety of disciplines and specialties allows our students to pursue their chosen field.
Students at Northern experience medicine in various settings, including large and small hospitals, general practice and rurally. They learn from caring, knowledgeable and skilled clinical tutors in up-to-date facilities. Royal North Shore Hospital, our main teaching hospital was opened in November 2012. There are also links with the education of nurses and allied health practitioners, in hospital and community settings. Our affiliation with the Kolling Institute, renowned for its high quality researchers and facilities, offers students many exciting opportunities to be involved in world class research. Lifelong learning is nurtured at Northern.
Concord Clinical School is based at Concord Repatriation General Hospital, renowned for combining teaching and scientific excellence. Research is associated with the ANZAC Research Institute, the Centre for Education and Research on Ageing, the NSW Institute of Sports Medicine and the Bernie Banton Asbestos Research Centre. Concord also provides simulation based education in a state-of-the-art clinical school.
Teaching and research in paediatrics at the University of Sydney is based primarily at The Children's Hospital, Westmead (CHW), one of the world's most modern and sophisticated hospitals. CHW provides a comprehensive child-focused, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation service. Prospective MD students should note they cannot nominate this school as a preferred allocation at enrolment
Since its establishment in 1978 the Westmead Clinical School at Westmead Hospital has been a place of innovation and growth. The Westmead Clinical School serves the largest area and population of any of the University of Sydney's Clinical Schools and has a patient population of approximately 1.1 million. The great number and diversity of people within the Sydney Western Area serves to enrich medical student training and experience. Westmead is also home to the Millennium Institute for Medical Research, one of the largest and most influential researcher institutes in Australia.
Nepean supports up to 50 students in each year of Sydney Medical Program. With its relatively high patient to student ratio, Nepean provides invaluable learning opportunities. Our population covers the broadest range of socioeconomic status allowing great exposure to the full scope of disease burden. Teaching is delivered by clinicians including academics, hospital specialists and private practitioners, in both hospital and community settings. Our teaching hospitals include Nepean, Nepean Private and Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospitals. The Charles Perkins Centre Nepean has recently established itself as an important part of our research facility.
The Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School (SAHCS) is the first Clinical School of The University of Sydney to be based within a large private hospital, the Sydney Adventist Hospital in Wahroonga (known as the ‘San’). The San has been a teaching hospital of the University since 1994 and provides outstanding training across all stages of the Sydney Medical School program. Uniquely, multidisciplinary teaching opportunities are provided by academics, hospital specialists and practitioners within the private sector, in conjunction with outpatient clinical and community settings. We find that students interested in the discipline of surgery find the San particularly enriching, due to the large volume of surgical procedures that occurs in the private system, and the opportunities that provides.
The University’s rural clinical school was established in 2002 with the dual aims of providing medical education in a rural setting, and addressing the rural medical workforce shortage. The School of Rural Health delivers Stage 3 of the Sydney Medical Program at its Dubbo and Orange Campuses. Students have the opportunity to spend up to one year of their rural placement years at either of these campuses. Prospective MD students should note they cannot nominate this school as a preferred allocation at enrolment; recruitment to the rural clinical school takes place during Stage 2.