Northern Clinical School

Students at Northern have the benefit of undertaking training in a range of different clinical teaching facilities. In their first year of training students are split between three different hospitals (Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH), Hornsby and Manly) for their clinical days. In second year students are allocated to either Hornsby or RNSH, ensuring most students get the opportunity to experience both large and small teaching hospitals before they have their clinical immersion in Year 3. (Please note we cannot allocate all first year students to the smaller teaching hospitals, but you will get an opportunity to experience this environment in third and fourth year).

Fast Facts

  • Students at Northern have access to tertiary, smaller metropolitan and rural teaching hospitals and to a variety of community teaching facilities for a rounded clinical training experience.
  • There are over 800 active clinical teachers across all Northern Clinical School sites dedicated to the education of medical students
  • Students can access world class researchers and facilities in partnership with The Kolling Institute of Medical Research
  • Northern Clinical School has a state of the art Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre
  • Active Northern Clinical School Student Society that encourages peer support and a sense of community.
  • Excellent supportive environment with experienced, dedicated academic and professional staff.

Student experiences

What does a Clinical School day look like at Northern?

In years one and two clinical days consist of small groups led by committed and experienced clinicians at the bedside or in our dedicated education buildings. These cover communication, physical examination and procedural skills.

In stage 1 and 2 all students are allocated to a junior medical officer buddy, who offers support and guidance in optimising opportunities to learn in the clinical setting.

In years 3 and 4 students undertake clinical placements four days a week as the medical student member of the inter-professional team. On Fridays there is a comprehensive structured teaching program including clinical reasoning sessions, interactive lectures and practical workshops.


Where is Northern Clinical School located and how do I get there?

Northern Clinical School has the advantage of being able to offer a wide and varied range of placements at many different public and private health care settings. Our stage 1 and 2 small group tutorials take place in Royal North Shore Hospital, Hornsby Kuring-gai Hospital and Manly Hospital. In third and fourth year students experience medical education on the wards of an ever more diverse range of hospitals, including those named above, as well as North Shore Private, Ryde Hospital, Mona Vale Hospital, The Mater Private Hospital, Lismore Base Hospital and Broken Hill, plus many more community placements.

Northern Clinical School's main office is based at Royal North Shore Hospital, which is an easy 3 minute walk from St Leonard's train station. Our many other locations are displayed on our website showing maps and further travel information.