Clinical Elective Program

A limited number of clinical elective placements are available for medical students in a variety of specialties across Epworth HealthCare sites from February to July each year. Clinical Electives at Epworth allow students to explore a medical or surgical discipline in a setting different from that of their primary training. 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).

Please note: preference is given to the partner University​


Applying for the Clinical Elective Program




Epworth Clinical School 


Telephone: +61 3 9426 6125




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 for a period of 4 weeks, subject to availability​


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.

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 cover and forward the relevant Certificates of Currency evidencing each line of insurance has been obtained to the Elective Coordinator prior to commencement of the elective.

Please note that the insurer for each line of insurance must be an approved provider. 

Approved providers are those institutions regulated by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), and a list of these is available via the following link:

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


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


Personal Accident Insurance 


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 Epworth Clinical School as soon as possible. No refund is possible if a cancellation is made within 30 days of the commencement date of the elective​.