In Year 4, students will undertake a range of clinical placements across two semesters.

Women’s and Children’s Health Semester

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology (6 weeks)
  • Paediatrics (6 weeks)
  • Elective (6 weeks)

Advanced Hospital Semester

  • Medical Specialties (6 weeks)
  • Surgical Specialties (5 weeks)
    • Ophthalmology (2 weeks)
    • Orthopaedics (3 weeks)
  • Critical Care (7 weeks)
    • Anaesthetics (2 weeks)
    • ICU (2 weeks)
    • Emergency (3 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. Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology).

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 Units

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 ^

Sunshine Coast 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 Personalised Learning Course (PLC) block.

Block 1

Semester 1

Block 2

Semester 1

Block 3

Semester 1

Block 4

Semester 2

Block 5

Semester 2

Block 6

Semester 2

More information: 

Year 4 Allocation Presentation

    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 allocation pathway 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.

    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.

    Medical Specialties

    After the release of finalised allocations, students will have the opportunity to nominate their preferences for Medical Speciality sub-disciplines that are available within their allocated Clinical Unit.  This preferencing will occur 10-weeks prior to their clinical placement block.

    A summary of the medical specialities available at the clinical units can be viewed here.  Please note this is a guide and is subject to change due to operational requirements.  

    Elective (Personalised Learning Course)

    After the release of finalised allocations, students will have the opportunity to nominate their preferences for Elective opportunities that are available at UQ Clinical Units.  Students will be able to preference for all clinical units and this is not dependent on your clinical unit allocation.  This preferencing will occur 8-weeks prior to your elective block.

    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 4 - one page will display Clinical Units and another will display elective blocks.  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

    Ochsner Clinical School Placements

    Each year students in Phase 2 have the opportunity to apply for placements at the Ochsner Clinical School through a pre-approved selection process. These placements cannot be split, and must be taken in their entirety.

    Domestic and International Onshore Students may apply to undertake a Placement at the UQ-Ochsner Clinical School.  It is important to note that priority will be given to students who:

    • Are committed to practising medicine in the United States or Canada (e.g. have been approved, have applied, or expect to apply to undertake medical licensing examinations), or
    • Have applied to undertake their elective placement at the OCS.

    Important to note; 

    • Students can ONLY apply for blocks that correlate with their allocated placement pathway
    • Students can apply to undertake their PLC (elective) block at the Ochsner Clinical School

    2019 Available Placements

    Discipline Availability
    Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4 Block 5 Block 6
    Anaes/ICU/Ophthal Placement 0 1 1 4 0 0
    Anaesthesia Elective 0 2 2 2 0 1
    Cardiology (Med Spec or Elective) 2 0 1 0 2 1
    ED/Ortho Placement 1 2 0 0 3 0
    Emergency Medicine Elective 1 2 0 0 0 0
    Endocrinology (Med Spec or Elective) 2 2 1 0 1 0
    Gastroenterology (Med Spec or Elective) 3 0 0 0 2 2
    Hematology/Oncology (Med Spec or Elective) 3 2 1 1 2 1
    Medical ICU Elective 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Neuro ICU - Elective 0 0 0 1 0 0
    Neurology (Med Spec or Elective) 0 0 2 0 0 1
    Orthopaedics Elective 0 1 0 0 0 0
    Renal Medicine (Med Spec or Elective) 3 2 1 1 2 1
    Rheumatology (Med Spec or Elective) 1 1 1 0 0 1
    Surgical ICU Elective 0 0 0 1 0 0
    Thoracic Medicine (Med Spec or Elective) 1 1 1 1 1 1

    Applications Open:          Monday 3 September 2018 (midday)

    Applications Close:          Friday 14 September 2018 (midday)

    Core Placements Apply HERE

    Elective Placements Apply HERE

    • Students who applying due to their desire and commitment to practise medicine in North America (see 1 above) are required to supply supporting documentation.
    • Undertaking a Placement at the OCS is not an Away Clinical Placement, and therefore does not contribute to the allowable number of Away Clinical Placements.
    • Students undertaking a Placement at the OCS are responsible for all associated costs. 

    If you have any questions please contact