Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Medical electives for visiting students

 

Further information

How to apply

The visiting elective program is under review and the Academic Services team is not currently accepting expressions of interest. Information will be provided when available.

FAQs

Important information for applicants

Availability

Limited Paediatric electives are available and no Obstetrics and Gynaecology electives are offered. Depending on availability placements are possible in the following areas:

  • Accident and emergency
  • Anaesthetics
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics and Extended Care
  • Haematology
  • ICU
  • Liver Transplant Unit
  • Nephrology (Renal Medicine)
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Paediatrics
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Rehab Medicine
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Sexual Health
  • Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Urology

The University of Western Australia coordinates elective placements at the teaching hospitals associated with the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

The visiting elective program is under review and the Academic Services team is not currently accepting expressions of interest. Information will be provided when available. 

International, interstate and NZ medical students, who have completed clinical rotations and are in the final or penultimate year of their medical degree are considered if the student meets the following criteria:

  • Placement is between 1 December and 31 January
  • Subject to approval by Head of Department
  • Maximum period of 8 weeks
  • Compliance with hospital health screening requirements and insurances
  • Payment of the administrative fee:
    • International medical students: AUD$1000
    • Australian & New Zealand medical students: $220

Placements in all disciplines are limited especially during the Christmas New Year holiday period (late December to early January). Splitting the placement between two departments is more likely.

Please understand that we cannot guarantee placements, or electives in specific hospitals.

Students are not permitted to make elective placement arrangements directly with hospitals.

Immunisation compliance

There are mandatory health screening requirements that must be met:

Health care worker immunisation policy (pdf. updated 19 April 2017)

Health care worker immunisation policy (word doc. updated 19 April 2017)

Insurance

Evidence of public liability; professional indemnity/medical malpractice and personal accident insurance cover is required for the period of the placement and must be provided 2 months before the start date.

Visa

Visas are issued at the discretion of Australian Immigration. Clinical Elective Placements are classed as observation visits, not training/research. A visitor visa, is appropriate but conditions can vary. For advice consult the Australian Government representative in your country.

Rural clinical elective placements

Expressions of interest are considered for rural placements for a maximum of 6 weeks:

1. Placement from July to August: applications open February. Email electives@rcswa.edu.au

2. Placement from December to January open July. Email electives@rcswa.edu.au. Include your disciplinary and site preference together with specific dates.

Placement Fee

International medical students: AUD$1000; Australian & New Zealand medical students: $220