In Year 3, students will undertake five clinical placements across two semesters.

Hospital Practice Semester

  • Medicine (9 weeks)
  • Surgery (9 weeks)

Comprehensive Clinical Practice Semester

  • Mental Health (6 weeks)
  • GP (6 weeks)
  • Medicine in Society (6 weeks)

Students will be allocated to a Clinical Unit for the duration of the Academic Year, and will undertake most of their Clinical Placements in the teaching sites associated with that Clinical Unit.  Depending on the course students will be required to complete some of their Clinical Placements at other Clinical Locations (e.g. GP surgery for GP placement).

Students should read this information in conjunction with the Allocation Guidelines and timeline

Students will have the opportunity to nominate their preference (rank order) for allocation to a Clinical Unit.  

Clinical Unit

Bundaberg Clinical Unit ^

Greenslopes Clinical Unit

Hervey Bay Clinical Unit ^

Ipswich Clinical Unit

Mater Clinical Unit

Northside Clinical Unit (The Prince Charles Hospital)

Northside Clinical Unit (Redcliffe Hospital)

PA-Southside Clinical Unit

Royal Brisbane Clinical Unit

Rockhampton Clinical Unit ^

Toowoomba Clinical Unit ^

^ international students will not be allocated to a Rural Clinical School site. To facilitate this, students must preference these Clinical Units last.  

Students will also have the opportunity to nominate their preference (rank order) for allocation of the semester order.

Option 1

Hospital Practice Semester

Comprehensive Clinical Practice Semester

Option 2

Comprehensive Clinical Practice Semester

Hospital Practice Semester

More information: 

Special Consideration

Students should read this information in conjunction with the Allocations Guidelines and Timeline. 

Students may have a circumstance that will impact on their ability to undertake placements at a specific site or semester order. This is known as Special Consideration, and allows the student to apply to be assigned to a placement through a process that is separate to the usual method of Phase 2 placement allocation.  The Special Consideration process will open prior to the start of allocation preferencing.

All applications for Special Consideration must be supported by evidence, will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and will be made at the sole discretion of the Faculty. While the Faculty will make every attempt to cater to a special consideration application, approval cannot be guaranteed. If approved for special consideration, students must still submit their preferences in Placements.

The following will be considered grounds for Special Consideration:

  • Have a medical condition requiring specialised treatment or care that is only available at a designated location. Students must provide evidence (for example, a medical certificate) to support their application.
  • Have a medical condition which amounts to a temporary disability, and cannot be properly supported at a specific Clinical Unit.
  • Have an approved UQ Student Access Plan (SAP) that will impact on their ability to undertake one or more placements.  Students should indicate that they have such a current SAP in place.  This will be confirmed by the Course Coordinator(s).  No personal details or information will be disclosed or requested.
  • Be recognised under PPL 3.50.07 Programs and Assessment for Elite Athletes.
  • Have principal/primary carer responsibilities.
  • Be undertaking a Research Higher Degree at UQ in accordance with the program rules relating to concurrent enrolment in a Research Higher Degree.
  • Have evidence supporting approval of, or application for, an away placement during a defined clinical placement block^.  Special consideration allows for allocation to a specific placement block, academic approval must still be sought.
  • Have been approved, have applied, or expect to apply to undertake an international medical licensing examination.

^ Remember, students still must apply and receive academic approval to undertake an away placement.  Being approved special consideration does not constitute academic approval.

The following will not be considered grounds for Special Consideration:

  • Private accommodation and/or transportation arrangements;
  • Financial considerations (including current employment and/or business arrangements);
  • Location of partner or family (except where special consideration has been approved due to carer responsibilities)
  • Family celebrations and/or social events (for example, weddings and birthdays);
  • Religious grounds

2019 Special Consideration deadline: 10 June 2018, 11:59PM AEST.

Apply for special consideration  

Allocation Swaps

Students are permitted to submit a one only request to swap their allocations with another student during the specified swap period. Part swaps are not permitted. Students are required to swap entire rotation order and/or location when submitting a request. 

Before submitting a request to swap students should ensure that they have read the relevant section in the Allocation guidelines.

We are aware that individual circumstances can change during the year and outside of any designated swap period.  For this students can submit a request for Late Special Consideration.  Applications will be considered in line with the Allocation guidelines for special consideration.

Students must complete the following swap form :

Swap Request Application Form

The form should be completed by one of the students only and both students will receive a copy of the request to their official UQ student emails.

Due to specific site requirements, students wishing to swap O&G and currently allocated to either QEII or Wesley can only swap with a student of the same gender.

Swaps must be pre-arranged between students.  The Phase II team cannot assist in finding a swap for students.

Year 4 North American onshore International students may swap their entire Rotation Order outside their allocated hospital site/Region with students of the same cohort or domestic students, in order to facilitate sitting the MCCEEE and USMLE examinations.  We are not able to guarantee fulfilment of any request.

Medicine in Society

Stream A (domestic students)

Medicine in Society: Stream A - Rural and Remote Medicine is only available to domestic students and is focused on clinical practice in the rural context.  This page also provides information on the Extended Placement Program.  After the release of finalised allocations, students will have the opportunity to preference by site; this is irrespective of their clinical unit allocation.  While every attempt will be made to minimise changes to MiS placements, this may not always be possible due to operational requirements.

Stream B (international students – self arranged)

Medicine in Society: Stream B - International Rural and Remote Medicine is only open to international students. International onshore students have the opportunity to undertake their MiS placement in a rural or remote location in their home country.  Applications must be made in accordance with the Away Placement process.  Students must note this contributes to one of the three permitted away placements.   Please refer to the Away Placements MiS B page for further information. 

Stream C (international students – default)

International onshore students will be required to undertake their MiS placement in a vulnerable and/or disadvantaged sector of the community.  After the release of finalised allocations, students will have the opportunity to preference by site; this is irrespective of their clinical unit allocation.  While every attempt will be made to minimise changes to MiS placements, this may not always be possible due to operational requirements.


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Email (Streams A & B):

Email (Stream C):



General Practice

8 weeks prior to the placement block, students will have the opportunity to nominate their preference for the GP surgery to undertake their GP placement.  Students will preference by GP practice and this is irrespective of the clinical unit allocation.

Students will have the opportunity to apply for an away placement in Canada.  Three (3) students are permitted per placement block.   Please refer to the Away Placements GP page for further information.   


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Extended Placement Program

The Extended Placement Program focuses on continuity of practice in a rural community, thus for students enhancing patient and learner-centeredness.   The Extended Placement Program involves identifying students from rural backgrounds or students with a keen interest in rural practice and providing for them repeated rural exposure. 

It is known that rural primary care is an excellent setting for high quality clinical and educational experiences (Worley, Stasser & Prideaux, 2009).  The chosen rural sites would provide an integrated learning environment with extensive clinical exposure.  The disciplines of General Practice and Rural Medicine will be taught by the rural generalists and visiting specialists on site. There will be extra learning opportunities organised for medical students in the Extended Placement Program to ensure that the curriculum is covered.  The Extended Placement Program will be enriched by having a Medical Educator take a role in supporting and assisting medical students to meet all the curriculum requirements.

Applications for the Extended Study Program (EPP) must be made in accordance with the published Allocation Guidelines and Timeline.  

Approval to undertake the EPP is at the discretion of the Discipline of Rural and Remote Medicine, and each application will be assessed on the information provided by the Student.  Students who are approved for the EPP will be allocated to undertake their General Practice Clinical Placement prior to their Medicine in Society (Stream A) Placement.

Students wishing to undertake an EPP will be provided with accommodation, however students will be responsible for all other associated costs.


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Placements Student Handbook

Each year, students will have the opportunity to submit their preferences for allocations. Click HERE to find out how to preference in the Placements system.

Placements is a University wide system for managing your program related placement activities. Placements will allow students to manage and view all placement related tasks and schedules in one location. 

Students will lodge their preferences via the “to do” list that will display on their home screen.  There will be a separate page for each preference type relevant to each year.  For example, Clinical Unit and Semester Order for year 3 and Clinical Unit and Elective Block for year 4.

Year 3 - one page will display Clinical Units and another will display semester order.  Students will be able to rank order their preferences by dragging up/down or using the arrow buttons.

A copy of the 2019 Placements Student Handbook can be found here

Click here to access Placements