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Elective placements

Undertake an elective placement and enhance your clinical skills
Gain hands on clinical experience, broaden your knowledge in a specialty area and develop your clinical and patient care skills with an elective placement at one of our six clinical schools based in Sydney.

Sydney Medical School offers elective clinical placements for national and international medical students in their final year of study at another university. Eligible students who meet the selection criteria can undertake a placement throughout the year in a variety of rotations.

Our clinical elective placements range from three to 12 weeks and depend on availability at each clinical school and hospital location. 

Elective placements

The following clincial schools offer elective placements. Visit the school or hospital page to find our more information about the placements and how to submit an application. 

Specialties and placements available
  • Anaesthetics
  • Dermatology
  • Drug and health services
  • Endrocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics
  • Haematology
  • Neuroscience
  • O&G
  • Orthopaedics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology, renal medicine, rheumatology and surgery (cardiothoracic, colorectal, ENT, head and neck, liver transplant, neuroscurgery, plastic, upper GI and vascular)

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Specialties and placements available
  • Anaesthesia
  • Allergy & immunology
  • Cardiology
  • Clinical genetics
  • Emergency
  • Endrocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General paediatric medicine
  • Haematology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Intensive care
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Ophathlmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatric surgery (cardiothoracic, ENT, general paediatrics, neurosurgery and rehabilitation.

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Specialties and placements available
  • Anatomical pathology
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Drug & alcohol services
  • Emergency medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics
  • Immunology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Neurology
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Oncology
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Renal/nephrology
  • Rheumatology
  • Respiratory and surgery (anaesthetics, colorectal, ENT, general/breast-endrocrine, general/upper GI, plastic, ophthalmology, orthopaedic, urology and vascular).

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Specialties and placements available
  • Addiction medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine
  • Emergency medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics
  • Haematology
  • Intensive care
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Paediatrics
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Psychiatry
  • Rehabilitation
  • Renal
  • Respiratory and surgery (acute, breast/endocrine, colorectal, general surgery, neurosurgery, obstetrics & gynaecology, orthopaedic, plastics, upper GI, urology, vascular).

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Specialties and placements available
  • Aged care
  • Anaesthesia
  • Anatomical pathology
  • Cardiology
  • Consultation
  • Psychiatry
  • Dermatology
  • Developmental disability
  • Emergency medicine
  • Endrocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General medicine (gastro and respiratory)
  • Gynaecological oncology
  • Vaematology
  • Oncology ophthalmology
  • Eurology
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Pain management renal medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Radiation oncology
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Sexual health and surgery (cardiothoracic, colorectal, ENT/head & neck, hand, neurosurgery, orthopaedic, upper GI, 
urology and vascular).

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Dubbo Base Hospital and Orange Health Service take applications for medical electives from Australian medical students.

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The Sydney Adventist Clinical School take applications for medical electives from Australian medical students.

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The Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health coordinates and supports medical student placements in a variety of clinical settings.

There are opportunities to experience rural healthcare in the emergency department, general and elderly medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and paediatrics.

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Rural placements are provided in a variety of hospital and community settings to meet the curriculum requirements of each university but with a focus on a rural environment.

These placements 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.

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Medicine specialties and placements available
  • Anaesthetics
  • Endocrinology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Haematology
  • Immunology
  • Intensive care medicine
  • Infectious diseases
  • Neurology
  • Medical oncology
  • Palliative care
  • Radiology
  • Renal medicine
  • Respiratory medicine.
Surgery specialties and placements available
  • Breast/endocrine
  • Cardiothoracic
  • Colorectal
  • ENT
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Plastic surgery
  • Surgical oncology
  • Transplant
  • Trauma
  • Upper GI
  • Urology
  • Vascular.
Specialty placements available
  • Dermatology (limited)
  • Ophthalmology (limited)
  • Obstetrics & gynaecology
  • Psychiatry
  • Public health.

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Our partners

The Office for Global Health offers elective medical placements at the Univeristy of Sydney for external students studying at our below partner institutions. For more information, email ogh.placements@sydney.edu.au

McMaster University

McMaster students wanting to apply for an elective placement at the University of Sydney should email Emma Whitford on whitford@mcmaster.ca.

Fudan Medical School 

Students from Fudan Medical School will be selected to spend 4-8 weeks at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. For further information, email Yang Liu on yangliu102@fudan.edu.cn

Peking University Health Science Centre 

Peking University will select up to two senior medical students to undertake up to eight weeks of clinical placement at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Students should nominate a specialty area of interest as a preference. Under our agreement, the University of Sydney will waive tuition fees. For further information, email Neng Weigang on nengweigang@126.com

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

The medical school at Shanghai Jiao Tong will nominate up to two senior students from the Renji Hospital English language stream class to undertake up to eight weeks of clinical placement at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Students should nominate a speciality area of interest as a preference. Under our agreement, the University of Sydney will waive tuition fees. For further information, email Xu Shuyan on kyo0918@hotmail.com

Université Descartes

The Faculty of Medicine, Paris Descartes University will nominate up to three final or penultimate year medical students to undertake a clinical placement at the University of Sydney for up to eight weeks. Selected students should nominate specialty areas of interest as a preference. Under our agreement, the University of Sydney will waive tuition fees. There is a AUD$100 fee. For further information, email Erichetta Mazerat on erichetta.mazerat@parisdescartes.fr.

University of Gadjah Mada

The University of Gadjah Mada will nominate up to two students per year for an elective placement at the University of Sydney. Students should nominate sub-specialty areas of special interest as a  preference. The placements will usually occur in November to December for 4–8 weeks. A AUD$100 application fee to the Centre for Continuing Education will apply. For further information, email Sari Wulandari on sari.ugm@gmail.com.

Technion University

The Faculty of Medicine at Technion University will nominate one student per year for short term elective placement at the University of Sydney. Students should nominate sub-specialty areas of special interest as a preference. Student are usually placed at Royal North Shore Hospital. Under our agreement, the University of Sydney will waive the tuition fee. For further information, email Katrin Berger-Zreihan on katrinb@technion.ac.il

National University of Singapore 

Students from NUS will be selected to spend 4-8 weeks at one of the main teaching hospitals of the University of Sydney. For further information, email medelectives@nus.edu.sg

Karolinska Institute

The International Office at the Karolinska Institute will nominate up to five students per year for short term elective placement at the University of Sydney. Students should nominate specialty areas of interest as a preference. Students are usually placed at Royal North Shore Hospital. For further information, email Karin Forslund on karin.Forslund@ki.se

Uppsala University

The International Office at the Uppsala University will nominate up to two students per year for short term elective placement at the University of Sydney. Students should nominate sub-specialty areas of special interest as a preference. For further information, email Caroline Olofsson on caroline.olofsson@medsci.uu.se

Chulalongkorn Medical School

Students from Thailand will be selected to spend 4-8 weeks at Nepean Hospital. For further information, email Dr Chitraporn Boonthanom on chulamed.international@gmail.com

Georgetown University

Each year, the Georgetown University School of Medicine nominates two students to undertake an elective placement for four weeks at the University of Sydney. Students should nominate clinical sub-specialty areas of special interest as a preference. For further information, email Dr Irma Frank, Senior Associate Dean of International Programs, on franki@georgetown.edu.

Weill Cornell Medical College

The Weill Cornell Office of Global Health Education nominates two students to undertake an elective placement for at the University of Sydney. Public health is a special feature of this exchange agreement, therefore students will spend some time in clinical placement at Westmead Hospital and at the University Department of Rural Health in Broken Hill, a rural town approximately 1200km from Sydney. Students may have the opportunity to visit remote community health clinics and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Cultural awareness training with an indigenous academic staff member is mandatory. Students should nominate clinical sub-specialty areas of special interest for their Westmead placement as a preference. For further information, email Professor Madelon Finkel on maf2011@med.cornell.edu

Hanoi Medical University with the Học Mãi Foundation

A group of outstanding recent graduates of Hanoi Medical University are selected for the placements at the University of Sydney. They will receive advanced educational experience, equipping them for leadership, management and innovative change in medical education and research. For further information, email Esmond Esguerra on esmond.esguerra@sydney.edu.au