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Complete a medical placement in Orange or Dubbo

Discover the unique experience of a rural clinical year
Gain broader clinical exposure and patient care by undertaking a clinical year at one of our rural sites and experience living and working in a thriving regional locations.

A rural clinical placement offers a number of personal and professional developments. For one year, you will have the opportunity to gain an insight into rural health in a great learning and teaching environment. 

With the School of Rural Health, medical students can undertake a clinical placement at our Orange or Dubbo location.

We offer placement options for domestic students enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) at the University of Sydney.

Open to third and fourth year Australian medical students, our clinical placements also include centrally located accommodation and student facilities to help you get the most out of your time with us.

Placement options

Medical students can apply to undertake a one year clinical placement in their third or fourth year at our School of Rural Health in Dubbo or Orange. 

You will continue the Doctor of Medicine (MD) at one of our regional centres where you will experience a broad range of clinical exposure and patient care. You will have access to tutors and supervisors, mentoring with academic and professional staff, and opportunities to network with the local medical fraternity. 

Some eligible students can now also complete both the third and fourth year of their degree at the School of Rural Health as part of a two year placement. 

If you would like more information on our placements or to discuss your options, please email

Medical electives

Dubbo Base Hospital and Orange Health Service take applications for medical electives from Australian medical students. These are clinical elective placements only and do not include formal teaching or summative assessments to fulfill course requirements.

Please get in touch for more information about the elective programs.

Dubbo Base Hospital: email

Orange Health Service: email

How to apply

If you are a University of Sydney medical student and are eligible to come to the School of Rural Health in Orange, all relevant information about the application process will be provided to you along the way. You will be notified about several key events, including presentations during both Stage 1 and Stage 2, which give an overview of the opportunities available and the application process.

You will also be invited to join the Discovery Bus Tour, held over a weekend each year in March. The tour involves visiting the SRH campus, where you will meet current students, staff and tour the local community and medical facilities. To learn more about this tour, watch the Discovery Bus Tour video. 

Each year in April, all eligible students will receive a personal link via email to the School of Rural Health application. They will be required to complete and submit it by the deadline, then a ballot allocates positions and students will be notified if they have secured a place.


If you have any questions about the School of Rural Health application process, please email the Student Recruitment and Liaison Officer on



  • 4 Moran Drive PO Box 1043 Dubbo NSW 2830


  • 1502 Forest Road PO Box 1191 Orange NSW 2800

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