UQ provides students the opportunity to undertake a clinical experience outside of their allocated clinical site. Students are eligible to complete up to three rotations during Phase 2 at a non-UQ location. Students are responsible for sourcing these placements themselves. 

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 responsiblity remains with the student. 

Approved disciplines for non-pre-approved locations

Away rotations flow chart

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 Student Administration team will advise the student of the relevant forms to complete prior to the rotation to be covered for UQ's insurance.


2017 Confirmed Placement Sites

The below table reflects confirmed student placement sites for 2017.  

Abbotsford Regional Hospital & Cancer Centre Canada
Alexandra & Marine General Hospital Canada
Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust United Kingdom
Calvary Hospital Australia
Changi General Hospital Singapore
Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital South Africa
Epworth Hospital Australia
Freeman Hospital United Kingdom
Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre Canada
KK Women's and Childrens Hospital Singapore
Mackay Base Hospital Australia
Maitland Hospital Australia
Manipal University India
McMaster University Canada
Medicentres - Horizon Square Canada
Monash Health Australia
Northern Ontario School of Medicine Canada
Papworth Hospital United Kingdom
Queen's University Canada
Singapore General Hospital Singapore
Tan Tock Seng Hospital Singapore
University Medical Centre Groningen Netherlands
University of Auckland New Zealand
University of British Columbia Canada
University of Melbourne Australia
University of Ottawa Rady Faculty of Health Science Canada
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Canada
Staten Island University Hospital - Northwell Health New York, United States


Guidelines for approval

Students will be assessed for placement based on:

  1. learning objectives as per the Electronic course profile (ECP)
  2. Grade Point Average (GPA) - an appropriate GPA must be maintained at the time of application and prior to the start of the rotation as per the program guidelines
  3. misconduct history - misconduct history must be clear at the time of application, and prior to undertaking rotation
  4. previous away rotations - students are eligible to take up to two clinical rotations (or part thereof) at a non-UQ location within Phase 2 of the program
  5. passed USMLE Step 1 - Ochsner only

If a student has passed the above checks they will be advised of the proper application process and materials necessary to undertake placement outside of UQ


Pending complete application materials students will receive approval to undertake placement at a non-UQ site. The approval timeline can take several weeks to complete. 

  • Approval is final on the provision that students pass a final GPA, misconduct check, and away rotation check closer to placement date
  • Upon approval students will receive further information regarding requirements and responsibilities while on placement

For further information please consult the Student Mobility Guidelines

Application form and materials

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

Students must submit the following materials:

  • Application form for away rotation
  • 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 supporting documents

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

  • A 'Letter of Good Standing' - contact the Clinical Units and Placements (med.clinicaladmin@uq.edu.au) team for the relevant documentation.
  • Centrelink letters - these can be provided to students by emailing the Clinical Units and Placements team (med.clinicaladmin@uq.edu.au).
  • Home school verifications from overseas insitutions contact the Clinical Units and Placements team (med.clinicaladmin@uq.edu.au).

Approval deadlines

All applications for Rotations in 2017 have now closed.

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

Rotation Dates

Application Deadline

Rotation 1 (8 January 2018 - 2 March 2018)

16 October 2017

Rotation 2 (12 March 2018 - 4 May 2018)

18 December 2017

Rotation 3 (14 May 2018 - 6 July 2018)

19 February 2018

Rotation 4 (16 July 2018 - 7 September 2018)

23 April 2018

Rotation 5 (17 September 2018 - 9 November 2018)

25 June 2018

Pre-approved placements: Queen’s and Ochsner

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

Queen’s University is an international UQ partner, and provides placements for students completing Medicine in Society (Stream C), and Critical Care as away rotations. Spaces for these placements are limited, and will be assessed against published away rotation criteria. Eligible students will be chosen via a random ballot system.

The Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans, Louisiana, provides the opportunity for onshore students to complete rotations in the USA. Students are able to complete Critical Care, Medical Specialties, or Surgical Specialties. These placements are not considered away rotations, therefore students will not be assessed against away rotation criteria. As the spaces are limited, students must still apply, and will be chose via a random ballot system.

Applications for 2018 places are now closed. 

Application form



Exisiting Placement Agreements 

The below table lists overarching agreements.  No further legal negotiations or Student Placement Agreement (SPA) is necessary.


AIC Kijabe Hospital Kenya
Akron General Health System Ohio, United States
Baylor University Texas, United States
Billings Clinic Montana, United States
Changi General Hospital Singapore
Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Arizona, United States
Epworth Healthcare Australia
Freeman Hospital United Kingdom
Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre Canada
Harvard Medical School Massachusettes, United States
Hue Central Hospital Vietnam
Johns Hopkins University  Maryland, United States
JPS Health District Texas, United States
Lennox Hill Hospital New York, United States
Maastricht University Netherlands
Manipal University India
Mayo Clinic Minnesota, United States
Mercy Hospital Missouri, United States
Monash Health Australia
Mountain Family Health Centers Colorado, United States
National Kidney Foundation Singapore
Northern Ontario School of Medicine Canada
Our Generation Voluntary Organisation South Africa
Papworth Hospital United Kingdom
Ravine Medical Centre Canada
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital California, United States
Summa Health Ohio, United States
Synergy Medical Clinic Canada
Tan Tock Seng Hospital Singapore
University Medical Centre Groningen Netherlands
University of Auckland New Zealand
University of British Columbia Canada
University of Ottawa Rady Faculty of Health Science Canada
University of Texas Health Science Centre Texas, United States
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Canada
Western University Schulich School of Medicine Canada
Whistler Medical Clinic Canada

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. From 2017, the Faculty of Medicine will arrange each SPA on behalf of students applying for an away rotation. Please note that an application for an away rotation 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.