The Children's Hospital Westmead Clinical School deliver the child and adolescent health components of the Doctor of Medicine to over 500 medical students each year. We are dedicated to delivering innovative approaches to medical education and conducting high-quality medical education research.
We have around 100 students undertaking higher degrees by research in the clinical school. We also have many skilled researchers, including clinician researchers, many of whom are international leaders in their respective fields.
Our staff work across numerous specialties at the Sydney Medical School and our clinical school is the location for the heads of child and adolescent health, ear, nose and throat, emergency medicine and genomic medicine.
Please refer to the FMH elective placements page.
Research is intrinsic to delivering excellence in clinical care, and there is a thriving research environment at our clinical school. Our research has directly and rapidly resulted in significant health benefits for our patients, their families and the community.
We undertake research in partnership with Kids Research, the research arm of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. We also have close research links Westmead Hospital (adult facility), the Westmead Institute of Medical Research, Children’s Medical Research Institute, other parts of the University of Sydney, and many national and international collaborators.
Our research areas include:
Mobile devices are becoming ubiquitous in health. Our work focuses on the use of personal mobile devices (smartphones, tablet computers and laptops) to aid the learning and teaching of university students when they are on work-integrated learning placements in health practice settings. As future health professionals, university students in health-related programs need to become familiar with the use and development of mobile health, both for their health practice and to guide patient self-care and monitoring. We aim to improve the quality and effectiveness of learning experiences and learning outcomes by investigating and recording innovative cases of mobile device use for improving learning and teaching in health practice settings. We include a range of health specialties (allied health, dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy) and health settings (hospitals, community health centres and clinics).
Smartphones and tablet computers enable the functionality of a computer in a hand-held, portable device that students can access at the patient bedside or chair-side. Mobile devices enable students and teachers to engage in evidence-based healthcare by connecting to web-based sources of knowledge, including those offering video and audio files. They can also take notes and photographs, share information with fellow students, communicate with teaching and administrative staff, and organise their day through a variety of calendar tools.
Devices in health practice settings can raise issues of privacy, security, confidentiality, trust and distraction. Students and teachers may be perceived as distracted from patient care and untrustworthy, putting patient privacy and data security at risk through social media.
Because devices provide internet access and communication facilities they can be problematic in health practice settings.
Students can receive mixed messages, with prohibitions from some teachers, directions to use their mobile device from others and observation of health staff using their mobile devices in violation of existing policies. To make use of the learning opportunities afforded by mobile learning in health practice settings, teachers need to ensure clear communication about their aims and methods with patients, colleagues and students
We have identified six broad learning designs:
The project was jointly developed by the following academic staff in health-related faculties at the University of Sydney in 2015:
This project was funded by a University of Sydney 2014 Large Education Innovation Grant, with additional generous contributions from the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sydney Pharmacy School.
Based at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, and partnered with Kids Research, we have access to world-class laboratories and equipment.
The Kim Oates Australian Paediatric Simulation Centre (KOAPSC) is a unique facility designed to train staff and students in cutting-edge treatments for sick children, especially in emergency scenarios. This is part of Kids Simulation Australia (KSA), the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network simulation program.
The clinical school offers opportunities to study at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, through the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program or postgraduate courses (research and coursework) through the Specialty of Child and Adolescent Health.
We operate in partnership with the Children's Hospital at Westmead to set the direction of teaching and education for medical and allied health staff and are actively involved in the recruitment of high-quality educators and researchers and their professional development.
Paediatric teaching occurs across the four years of the Doctor of Medicine (MD).
The major paediatric component of the course is the seven-week Stage 3 Child and Adolescent Health Specialty Block, which includes clinical placements.
We offer the only fully online postgraduate degrees in Child and Adolescent Health Medicine in Australia, allowing flexible integration of your studies with your professional and personal life.
Learn more about postgraduate degrees in medicine and health.