Clinical Elective Program

Medical students can undertake clinical elective placements in a variety of specialties across Epworth HealthCare sites. Clinical Electives at Epworth allow students to explore a chosen medical or surgical discipline, in a setting different from that of their primary training. Clinical Electives are supervised by specialists in a range of disciplines. Students may have the opportunity to attend ward rounds, tutorials, lectures, operations, and to interview and examine patients (subject to variation according to the selected discipline).


Applying for the Clinical Elective Program




Jane Berkley - Medical Undergraduate Coordinator
Ph: 03 9426 6125


Professor Geoffrey Metz - Director of Medical Education




Clinical Elective Program


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Students must be in the final or penultimate year of their medical degree at the time of the Clinical Elective.


Duration of clinical elective period

  • Clinical Electives are offered from a minimum period of 4 weeks to a maximum of 6 weeks, subject to availability

  • All elective disciplines start on a Monday and finish on a Friday



A $200AUD fee is required at the time when application is submitted.


This deposit is non-refundable and does not guarantee an elective placement. If your application is successful, a further $1,000AUD (which consists of administrative fee of $200AUD and placement fee of $800 AUD) is required to secure your place for a 4-week elective.


 For students who would like to apply for an elective of more than 4 weeks, an additional fee of $150AUD is required for each week thereafter.

International Students

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is a requirement





  • It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the appropriate visa for entry and temporary residence in Australia is obtained.



​Epworth HealthCare is un​​​​able to act as a sponsor on your behalf and will not complete sponsorship forms for study visa.



Students must arrange the following insurance and forward a copy of the documents to the Elective Coordinator prior to commencement of the elective:


  • Professional Indemnity / Medical Malpractice (Minimum: $20,000,000AUD)


  • Public Liability (Minimum: $20,000,000AUD)


  • Personal Accident Insurance 


If your insurance is provided by your university (as is commonly the case)  please forward the relevant supporting documentation.


We also recommend that international students obtain appropriate personal travel/health insurance.


Epworth does not provide accommodation. However, you can find information regarding accommodation options at​

Cancellation Policy

Should you wish to cancel your Clinical Elective, please notify the Elective Coordinator as soon as possible. No refund is possible if a cancellation is made within 30 days of the commencement date of the elective.