An “away” placement is when you undertake a clinical placement that is part of your Phase 2 (Years 3 and 4) courses in a place that is “away” from a UQ clinical teaching unit. You are able to undertake up to three away placements during Phase 2, subject to approval by the Course Coordinator. Please note, the Ochsner Clinical School is a UQ site and therefore undertaking a clinical placement at Ochsner is not considered to be an away placement.  Likewise, the Elective is not defined as a clinical placement, and is therefore not included in the permissible number of away placements.

Every institution has specific criterion that students must meet before undertaking a medical placement. Students must ensure that they can comply with all requirements before applying, as significant costs could occur. The Faculty of Medicine can assist in certain aspects of host institution requirements, but the responsibility remains with the student. 

Approved Disciplines for non-UQ Locations 

 

Important Note for Students on Placement Selection

  • Students are advised NOT to make any travel arrangements until the final approval has been granted.
  • Students are responsible for contacting any proposed teaching institution and for seeking agreement that a teaching program will be available consistent with the published Learning Objectives and Goals.
  • Students are required to establish that supervision will be provided.
  • UQ students are covered for Travel insurance while undertaking placements at non-UQ locations. The Placements team will advise the student of the relevant forms to complete prior to the placement to be covered for UQ's insurance. Students can also find further information here

Important Note for students applying for International Rural and Remote Medicine
In week 1 of the CCP Semester students will attend a Preparation week, which is mandatory. The aim of preparation week is to prepare you for your learning in your upcoming clinical placements and will be targeted to either RRM or Medicine in Society (MIS) learning objectives.
International students who are approved to do an away Rural and Remote placement will attend the RRM preparation at either the Bundaberg or Hervey Bay Rural Clinical School (RCS) sites.

Locations

The below table lists sites with current overarching agreements.  No further legal negotiations or Student Placement Agreement (SPA) is necessary, however students must follow the standard application and approval procedure.

Institution
Country
AIC Kijabe Hospital Kenya
Alice Springs Hospital Australia
Alfred Health (Melbourne) Australia
Baylor University Texas, United States
Brisbane Skin Dermatologists Brisbane, Australia
Changi General Hospital Singapore
Charles University, Pilsen Czech Republic
Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Arizona, United States
Dalhousie University Canada
Epworth Healthcare Australia
Everton Hills Medical Centre Everton Hills, Australia
Freeman Hospital United Kingdom
Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre Canada
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children United Kingdom
Harvard Medical School Massachusetts, United States
Hue Central Hospital Vietnam
Hunter New England Local Health District Australia
Icahn School of Medicine, Mt Sinai Hospital New York, United States
Imperial College London United Kingdom
Johns Hopkins University  Maryland, United States
Karapitiya Hospital (University of Ruhuna) Sri Lanka
Kelowna General Hospital Canada
Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Ghana
Leicester General Hospital United Kingdom
Lennox Hill Hospital New York, United States
Louisiana State University Louisiana, United States
Lund University Sweden
Maastricht University Netherlands
Mackay Rehabilitation Hospital Australia
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust United Kingdom
Manipal University India
Mayo Clinic Maryland/Florida/Arizona United States
McGill University - only for students who are eligible to do residency in Canada and in their final year of medical studies Canada
McMaster University Canada
Medical University of Graz Austria
Memorial University of Newfoundland Canada
Mercy Hospital Missouri, United States
Michael Garron Hospital/Toronto East General Canada
Monash Health Australia
Mountain Family Health Centers Colorado, United States
National Kidney Foundation Singapore
Nepean Hospital Australia
Newcastle University United Kingdom
Northern Ontario School of Medicine Canada
Our Generation Voluntary Organisation South Africa
Papworth Hospital United Kingdom
PCEA Kikuyu Hospital Kenya
Queen Mary University of London United Kingdom
Queen's University Canada
QSports Brisbane, Australia
Ravine Medical Centre Canada
Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Melbourne, Australia
Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP) Canada
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital California, United States
Seoul National University College of Medicine South Korea
Severance Hospital  South Korea
Singapore General Hospital Singapore
St Mary's Vunapope Hospital Papua New Guinea
St Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College Ethiopia
St Vincent's Private Hospital Toowoomba, Australia
Stonewall Medical Centre Brisbane, Australia
Summa Health Ohio, United States
Synergy Medical Clinic Canada
Tan Tock Seng Hospital Singapore
Taiwan National University Taiwan
Tugun Family Medicine Tugun, Australia
University Hospital Munster Germany
University Medical Centre Groningen Netherlands
University of Adelaide Australia
University of Auckland New Zealand
University of British Columbia Canada
University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
University of Glasgow Medical School United Kingdom
University of Malta Malta
University of Melbourne Australia
University of New South Wales Australia
University of Otago New Zealand
University of Ottawa Rady Faculty of Health Science Canada
University of Texas Health Science Centre Texas, United States
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine - PENDING Canada
 University of Tübingen Germany
University of Witwatersrand (Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital) South Africa
Vila Central Hospital Vanuatu
Western University Schulich School of Medicine Canada
Whistler Medical Clinic Canada
York Teaching Hospital United Kingdom

 

Travel

UQ students are covered for Travel insurance while undertaking placements at non-UQ locations.The Placements team will advise the student of the relevant forms to complete prior to the placement to be covered for UQ's insurance. Students can also find further information here.

If you intend to travel to a country that is considered to be of high risk to Australian travellers, then you will need formal approval from the University to go there. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) groups countries by perceived risk, and travel to DFAT category 4 countries (do not travel) will generally not be allowed. Travel to DFAT 3 countries (reconsider your need to travel) will require formal approval, and this can take many weeks to obtain, so please consider this in your planning. Generally, we are more likely to allow travel to DFAT 3 countries where you have family there (and intend to stay with them), you know the language and customs etc.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Placements Team (med.placements@uq.edu.au).

 

Important note on the Student Placement Agreement

The student placement agreement, or other contract is a UQ requirement for students to undertake a clinical placement. In prior years, students have sourced these agreements themselves. The Faculty of Medicine will arrange each SPA on behalf of students applying for an away placement. Please note that an application for an away placement will not be approved until a relevant SPA has been fully executed. 

NOTE: The University of Queensland, with the help of the Faculty of Medicine has recently adopted the AAMC Uniform Clinical Training Affiliation Agreement as a standard UQ document. Students are encouraged to seek placements at institutions that have also adopted this template. The purpose of the AAMC template agreement is for contract negotiations to be more simplified between the Host and the Home institution when arranging student placements. 
 

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Eligibility

Student’s eligibility to undertake an away placement will be assessed on the following criteria:
 
1) Previous away placements - students are eligible to take up to three (3) clinical placements (or part thereof) at a non-UQ location within Phase 2 of the program. This does not include the Personalised Learning Course (elective) placement
2) Grade Point Average (GPA) - a cumulative program GPA of 4.5 at the time of application, with a subsequent check prior to the start of the clinical placement
3) Previous Misconduct –students must not have any findings of misconduct at the time of application, with a subsequent check prior to undertaking placement
 
Students are required to meet the above criteria and subsequent checks prior to the placement commencement. Failure to maintain adequate GPA and conduct, will result in the withdrawal of placement approval.  
 

Academic Approval

Academic approval to undertake an Away Clinical Placement is at the discretion of the course coordinator(s).  Each application is assessed on the information supplied by the student.

Students are required to establish that the learning opportunities and supervision meet the published Learning Objectives as per the Electronic Course Profile (ECP). 

Student Placement Agreements

The student placement agreement, or other contract is a UQ requirement for students to undertake a clinical placement. The Faculty of Medicine will arrange each SPA on behalf of students applying for an away placement. Please note that an application for an away placement will not be approved until a relevant SPA has been fully executed. See more information about Student Placement Agreements

Application Process

Applications must be submitted no later than 12 weeks prior to the start of the placement to be taken away. 

Students must submit the following:

  • Application form for away placement
  • Confirmation of placement from the host institution in the form of a Letter of Acceptance. The letter must be on letterhead and signed by the supervising consultant.
  • Weekly timetable of activities to be undertaken during placement, or other evidence of the course and/or placement learning. 
  • Additional documentation as required by the relevant discipline. 
Additional supporting documents

Sometimes, placement providers require additional documents to support a placement. These may include:

Centrelink

Students who receive Centrelink payments and are planning to complete a placement outside of Australia could be at risk of having their payments ceased.  Students should contact Centrelink directly for further advice. 

If Centrelink request a statement from your education institution, please email the placements team (med.placements@uq.edu.au) to request a Centrelink Letter. 

Approval Deadlines - 2019

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis; however, applications must be received no later than 12 weeks prior to the start of the placement to be taken away.

Clinical Placement Block

Application Deadline

Block 1

22 October 2018

Block 2

3 December 2018

Block 3

21 January 2019

Block 4

1 April 2019

Block 5

13 May 2019

Block 6

1 July 2019

Student Placement Agreements 

Important note on the Student Placement Agreement

The student placement agreement, or other contract is a UQ requirement for students to undertake a clinical placement. In prior years, students have sourced these agreements themselves. The Faculty of Medicine will arrange each SPA on behalf of students applying for an away placement. Please note that an application for an away placement will not be approved until a relevant SPA has been fully executed. 

NOTE: The University of Queensland, with the help of the Faculty of Medicine has recently adopted the AAMC Uniform Clinical Training Affiliation Agreement as a standard UQ document. Students are encouraged to seek placements at institutions that have also adopted this template. The purpose of the AAMC template agreement is for contract negotiations to be more simplified between the Host and the Home institution when arranging student placements. 

 

I will commence Year 3 in 2020 - what can I do?

In 2020-2022, there will be several opportunities in the program for students wishing to undertake a placement interstate or overseas.

Placement

When

How

Who

Medicine in Society (MiS) ^

Year 3

Pre-Approved *

(Queens University, Canada)

International students who can demonstrate an intention to practice medicine in North America

Rural & Remote Medicine (RRM) ^

Year 3

Self-Arranged

International Students Only

General Practice

Year 3

Self-Arranged

Canadian Students Only (Note: Communication was sent to Canadian Students about this in Nov 2018)

Elective

Year 4

Self-Arranged

All Students

Medical Specialties

Year 4

Self-Arranged

All Students

Medical Specialties

Surgical Specialties & Critical Care

  • Emergency Medicine / Orthopaedics
  • Anaesthetics / ICU / Ophthalmology

Year 4

Pre-Approved *

(UQ Ochsner Clinical School, USA)

All Students - priority will be given to students who can demonstrate an intention to practice medicine in North America

Surgical Specialties & Critical Care

  • Emergency Medicine / Orthopaedics

Year 4

Pre-Approved *

(Queens University, Canada)

All Students – priority will be given to students who can demonstrate an intention to practice medicine in North America

^ Please note, international students will enrol in either RRM or MiS, therefore it is not possible to undertake both as away placements. Domestic students must undertake a UQ-arranged RRM placement in Queensland.

* If oversubscribed, these placements will be allocated by random ballot.

 

Medicine in Society (MiS)

In Year 3, all international students are required to undertake the Medicine in Society (MiS) course, and generally this is held in Brisbane. Currently, we have one pre-approved MiS placement at Queen’s University, Canada for each of the six placement blocks in Year 3. The Faculty is committed to developing additional opportunities, but at present, Queen’s is the only definite one that is available.

To be allocated to the place at Queens University, you will be asked to indicate your interest to the placement team in August 2019. This place will then be allocated to one student per placement block by means of a random ballot, with further information provided in due course.

Rural and Remote Medicine (RRM)

In Year 3, all domestic students are required to undertake the Rural and Remote Medicine (RRM) course. International students can also request to “transfer” from MiS to RRM to facilitate an overseas “away” RRM placement. To undertake an “away” RRM placement, you must identify a suitable supervisor within a context that matches the criteria outlined by the RRM team. In specific terms that means a supervisor who works:

  • In a city or town of less than 100,000 people
  • In a workplace that is more than 25km from a major teaching hospital
  • In a range of clinical contexts, that incudes General Practice but could be others (see RRM guidelines for specifics)

As the onus is on you to arrange the RRM placement, we include having an away placement in a certain placement block as a valid reason for special consideration. If you are interested in undertaking an “away” RRM placement in 2020, you should start to consider this soon, so that you have arrangements in well before the close of special consideration processes (further details are provided below). That way, we can ensure that you are allocated to a set order of placements that matches your away placement. Please note, you must arrange your placement within one of the pre-defined 6 week placement blocks for 2020 - we anticipate publishing these dates in early 2019.

It is important to note that you will still need to apply for, and obtain approval from, the RRM Discipline to undertake an away placement for RRM (further information on the application process is available here). In terms of special consideration, proof that you have commenced making arrangements for an away placement for a particular block will be sufficient evidence. 

Elective (Personalised Learning Course)

In Year 4, you are able to undertake a self-arranged placement at a location other than a UQ Clinical Unit (i.e. interstate or overseas). You will need to apply to undertake your placement at a non-UQ site no later than 12 weeks prior to the commencement of your placement, to allow time for the relevant approvals.

Medical Specialties

In Year 4, you are able to undertake a self-arranged placement at a location other than a UQ Clinical Unit (i.e. interstate or overseas) as either 1 x 6 week block, or 1 x 4 week and 1 x 2 week block. You will need to apply to undertake your placement at a non-UQ site no later than 12 weeks prior to the commencement of your placement, to allow time for the relevant approvals.

You will also be provided with the opportunity to undertake your Medical Specialties placement at the UQ Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans, Louisiana (subject to availability).

Surgical Specialties & Critical Care 

As you may be aware, in Year 4, the Surgical Specialties (Orthopaedics & Ophthalmology) and Critical Care (Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Unit) are not placements in themselves, but a series of two and three week placements within the Advanced Hospital Practice Semester (depicted below).

Like Medical Specialties, you will be provided with the opportunity to undertake these placements at the UQ Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans, Louisiana (subject to availability). In addition to these, we also have one pre-approved placement in Emergency Medicine/Orthopaedics at Queen’s University in Canada for each of the six placement blocks in Year 4.

Allocation Process (Phase 2)

As you may be aware, mid-way through Year 2 you will be allocated to a sequence of clinical placements (called a placement pathway) at a particular clinical unit for Year 3 of the program (the same process will occur mid-way through the next year for Year 4 of the program). While you will be able to preference from a range of clinical units and a particular semester order, it is important to note that we cannot guarantee that you will get your first preference in this process.

We understand that a lot of time and money goes into arranging international placement opportunities and many of these placements will need to be arranged well in advance of the allocation process outlined above. For that reason, prior to the allocation process, we have a procedure known as “special consideration”, which allows you to tell us of particular circumstances that necessitate you being allocated to a certain clinical placement at a certain point in the year.  For example, if you are an international student and are in the process of arranging a Rural and Remote Medicine (RRM) placement in Block 1 of Year 3, you can apply for special consideration to ensure that you are allocated an offering that includes RRM in Block 1. Applications for special consideration will be open in May 2019 – further details will be provided shortly.

I will commence Year 3 in 2021 or 2022 - what can I do?

In 2021-2022, there will be several opportunities in the program for students wishing to undertake a placement interstate or overseas.

Placement

When

How

Who

Observership

End of Year 1

Self-Arranged

All Students

Medicine in Society (MiS) ^

Year 3

Pre-Approved*

(Queens University, Canada)

International students who can demonstrate an intention to practice medicine in North America 

Rural & Remote Medicine (RRM) ^

Year 3

Self-Arranged

International Students Only

Elective

Year 4

Self-Arranged

All Students

Medical Specialties

Surgical Specialties & Critical Care

  • Emergency Medicine / Orthopaedics
  • Anaesthetics / ICU / Ophthalmology

Year 4

Pre-Approved*

(UQ Ochsner Clinical School, USA)

All Students - priority will be given to students who can demonstrate an intention to practice medicine in North America 

Surgical Specialties & Critical Care

  • Emergency Medicine / Orthopaedics

Year 4

Pre-Approved*

(Queens University, Canada)

All Students – priority will be given to students who can demonstrate an intention to practice medicine in North America 

^ Please note, international students will enrol in either RRM or MiS, therefore it is not possible to undertake both as away placements. Domestic students must undertake a UQ-arranged RRM placement in Queensland.

* If oversubscribed, these placements will be allocated by random ballot.

Observership

The MD Observership takes place at the end of year 1. This will allow you to gain exposure to the practice of medicine in a clinical healthcare, research or community setting prior to the clinical placement phase of the program in years 3 and 4. You are responsible for finding your own placement and you will have the option to undertake this placement in Australia or overseas.  As a global medical school, you are encouraged to pursue overseas placement opportunities and you may also consider interstate placements.

Medicine in Society (MiS)

In Year 3, all international students are required to undertake the Medicine in Society (MiS) course, and generally this is held in Brisbane. Currently, we have one pre-approved MiS placement at Queen’s University, Canada for each of the six placement blocks in Year 3.

Rural and Remote Medicine (RRM)

In Year 3, all domestic students are required to undertake the Rural and Remote Medicine (RRM) course. International students can also request to “transfer” from MiS to RRM to facilitate an overseas “away” RRM placement.  There are certain criteria that are required from the placement in order to receive academic approval for this placement.  Further information can be found here

Elective (Personalised Learning Course)

In Year 4, you are able to undertake a self-arranged placement at a location other than a UQ Clinical Unit (i.e. interstate or overseas).  You will need to apply to undertake your placement at a non-UQ site no later than 12 weeks prior to the commencement of your placement, to allow time for the relevant approvals.

Medical Specialties

In Year 4, you will be provided with the opportunity to undertake your Medical Specialties placement at the UQ Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans, Louisiana (subject to availability).

Surgical Specialties & Critical Care 

As you may be aware, in Year 4, the Surgical Specialties (Orthopaedics & Ophthalmology) and Critical Care (Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Unit) are not placements in themselves, but a series of two and three week placements within the Advanced Hospital Practice Semester (depicted below).

Like Medical Specialties, you will be provided with the opportunity to undertake these placements at the UQ Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans, Louisiana (subject to availability). In addition to these, we also have one pre-approved placement in Emergency Medicine/Orthopaedics at Queen’s University in Canada for each of the six placement blocks in Year 4.