Clinical Schools

One of the strengths of the Faculty of Medicine and Health and the MD program is the strengths and variety of the clinical schools which are so important in developing the skills and knowledge to effectively practise medicine. Each clinical school 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.

Central Clinical School

Central clinical school

Based at Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital, the Central Clinical School also has large teaching and research units at Sydney Eye Hospital and Balmain Hospital, and staff at Canterbury Hospital. Central Clinical School 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.

Northern Clinical School

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Students at the Northern Clinical School 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. The 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

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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.

Children's Hospital Westmead Clinical School

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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.

Westmead Clinical School

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Since its establishment in 1978 the Westmead Clinical School at Westmead Hospital has been a place of innovation and growth. 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 research institutes in Australia.

Nepean Clinical School

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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.

Sydney Adventist Clinical School

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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.

School of Rural Health (Dubbo/Orange)

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The Dubbo/Orange 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 Dubbo/Orange Clinical School 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 Dubbo/Orange Clinical School takes place during Stage 2.

The Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health

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The Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health (BHUDRH) aims to improve health care in far western New South Wales by providing high quality support, education and training for rural and remote health workers. The Department’s research and development team provide comprehensive research training for general practitioners, primary health care workers, Indigenous mental health trainees and professional development support for local health professionals in our region.
Overall the BHUDRH has a strong population health focus and supports existing health providers to improve health service development, especially in public health and primary health care.

The University Centre for Rural Health

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University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH) rural placements are provided in a variety of hospital and community settings with a focus on a rural environment. These placements may include acute hospital placements in areas such as critical care, emergency, mental health, medicine and surgery as well as exposure to small rural hospitals, community centres, General Practices and Aboriginal Medical Centres.
The UCRH provides a comprehensive education program including simulation and clinical skills, a weekly timetable of bedside tutorials, student led clinical discussions, opportunities for students to engage and practice long case exams, social and personal development activities, a cultural welfare program and opportunities to engage with the local community.