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Concord Clinical School elective placements

Develop your clinical skills in medicine and surgery
Complete an elective placement in a multi-specialist hospital with strong links to local practices and a commitment to integrated, inter-disciplinary teaching at all levels.

Updated 1 November 2021: Due to travel restrictions in place related to the COVID-19 pandemic, The University of Sydney Medical School will not be accepting elective placement applications or making elective placement offers to students from international medical schools until further notice. This includes applications for the whole of 2022.

An update for students from Australian and New Zealand medical schools will be provided in early 2022 for placements commencing from March 2022.

Elective placements

We welcome domestic and international medical students wishing to undertake an elective placement with us at Concord Repatriation General Hospital.

The hospital is committed to teaching and research, and for many years has been one of the most sought-after hospitals for junior medical officer and registrar appointments. The hospital has a particularly strong commitment to integrated, inter-disciplinary teaching at all levels.

Elective placements are available from February to November every year.  Placements last between four and sixteen weeks, with a minimum of four weeks in each department. 

Available placements

Please make sure the specialty is available for the dates you want before you apply by emailing (do not apply directly to a potential supervisor).

Only one elective student is permitted per department at any one time, and departments are often unaware of their capacity to take an elective student - even if they have said they can accommodate a student. 

  • anatomical pathology
  • dermatology
  • *emergency medicine Canterbury Hospital
  • endocrinology
  • gastroenterology
  • neurology
  • nuclear medicine
  • oncology
  • psychiatry
  • radiology
  • renal/nephrology
  • rheumatology
  • respiratory

*Accident and emergency is available at Canterbury Hospital.

  • colorectal surgery
  • ENT surgery
  • general/breast-endocrine surgery
  • general/upper GI surgery
  • plastic surgery
  • ophthalmology surgery
  • orthopaedic surgery
  • urology surgery
  • vascular surgery

How to apply

Before applying, check with the Electives Coordinator ( if the dates and departments you are interested in are available.

Once you have confirmed your dates are available, please complete and email the following documents to the Electives Coordinator:

Once the application has been submitted, it will be assessed accordingly and you will be notified via email when your application has been processed. Please be patient during this period as some delays could occur.

If accepted, you will then be required to submit mandatory documents via post along with the mandatory documents checklist (pdf, 100kb) to the Electives Coordinator as required by NSW Health

Mandatory documents include:

You must submit either original documents, or copies certified by your dean with the university seal stating that the document is original. 

You are responsible for organising your own visa.

  • We will not accept students that have enrolled in elective placements at other institutions in Australia if the total period exceeds 8 weeks. You are welcome to spend 4 weeks at one hospital and 4 weeks at another, but if you are planning on spending more than 8 weeks in Australia it must only be at one institution (at the prices stated).
  • We will not sign forms provided by students certifying that they have the same rights, duties and responsibilities as the students from the University of Sydney. We do provide forms that state the same practical clinical training, so please check with your examination boards before applying.
  • International Elective Students are not eligible for Australian student concession cards.
  • The Clinical School reserves the right to cancel an elective placement if any information provided is incorrect or misleading.
  • Elective placements will be cancelled if all mandatory documents are not submitted to the clinical school (at least three months) prior to commencement of elective.
  • As a medical student you will be involved in day-to-day interactions with patients, members of the public, and members of the medical staff. These interactions may involve discussions of sensitive issues and the performance of a range of clinical duties. Thus while attending the ward, clinics or general practice, your dress and general appearance should be appropriate to the environment. As a guide, a medical student must appear well groomed and professional.
  • The clinical school staff will not accept any gifts or tokens.

Medical Indemnity Insurance Written proof of Public and Professional Liability Insurance cover (including medical malpractice) is required for the duration of elective placement. 

You may be covered by your university, otherwise you can apply for coverage with the Medical Indemnity Protection Society.

All students entered a NSW Health facility must have up-to-date vaccination record. You are required to submit this to the clinical school along with the mandatory documents.
Visit NSW Health for more information about requirements
  • Vaccination record card - every single entry must be signed and stamp by your GP otherwise paperwork will not be accepted) including serology (must be in English).
  • Attachment 6 and Attachment 7 - must be submitted for review by Staff Health. Immunisation cards must be completed correctly; that is Medical Officers must sign each vaccination entry and provide their practice stamp and provider number. Serology showing immunity to Hepatitis B and Rubella must be recorded as a numerical value - not 'positive' or 'negative'.
  • Only provide a completed Attachment 9 if you are unable to provide your GP or accredited immunisation provider with evidence of a history of age appropriate Hepatitis B vaccinations and remember to have the GP record on the vaccination card that a statutory declaration has been signed confirming that an age appropriate dose of Hepatitis B vaccinations has been previously administered
  • Serology reports which must be in English or a document which has been officially translated into English.


  • Application (enrollment and administration) fee: $200 AUD (non-refundable)
  • Elective fee (up to 4 weeks): $900 AUD
  • Elective fee (from 4-8 weeks): $1,300 AUD
  • Elective fee (more than 8 weeks): $500 AUD per week calculated from week 1

Elective fees are to be paid in full within six weeks of the elective offer email.


If you can no longer complete your elective placement at your desired time, you may be able to postpone depending on the availability of the clinical school. You will need to provide evidence in support of your application where appropriate at least six months in advance.

If a refund is granted, only the elective fee will be refunded and the amount refunded will be based on your date of notification.

Date of Notification

Refund Amount

Six or more months prior to the start date of your placement 75% of the elective fee
Less than six months and more than three months prior to the start date of your placement 50% of the elective fee
Three months or less to the start of your placement No refund


A list of private home-stay accommodation near the hospital is available from the Electives Coordinator upon request.

Alternatively, the University of Sydney has an Accommodation Service department located at the main campus, which helps students find off-campus accommodation. They maintain an extensive database of accommodation in various areas (but primarily close to the University or within easy access to public transport). More information can be found on the website of the University of Sydney Accommodation Service.

Concord Hospital offers limited accommodation to elective students staying 12 weeks or longer. Only long-term students are eligible to apply. Bookings are organised by the Electives Officer.

Kady Kharade

Electives Coordinator
  • +61 2 9767 6785
  • Concord Clinical School Medical Education Centre (Building 26) Concord Repatriation General Hospital Hospital Road Concord NSW 2139 Australia