Preferencing

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)
  • Rural & Remote Medicine (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 practice for GP placement).

Students should read this information in conjunction with the Allocation Guidelines, Year 3 Offerings 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)

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

 

Year 3 Preferencing Demand Data 2020

 

2019 Preferencing Dates

2019 Year 3 General Practice

 

Semester 1

Semester 2

Preferencing Opens

12pm Mon 15 Oct 2018

12pm Mon 4 March 2019

Preferencing Closes

12pm Mon 22 Oct 2018

12pm Mon 11 March 2019

GP Canada Ballot

Block 1 - Mon 22 Oct 2018

Block 2 - Mon 3 Dec 2018

Block 3 - Mon 21 Jan 2019

Block 4 - Mon 1 Apr 2019

Block 5 - Mon 13 May 2019

Block 6 - Mon 1 Jul 2019


2019 Year 3 Medicine in Society 

 

Semester 1

Semester 2

Preferencing Opens*

12pm Fri 5 Oct 2018

12pm Mon 21 Jan 2019

Preferencing Closes

12pm Mon 15 Oct 2018

12pm Mon 4 Feb 2019

*NOTE: International students who would like to apply to undertake an away placement in Rural and Remote Medicine must lodge their application no later than 12 weeks prior to each block.  Further details can be found here under ‘Away Placements’


2020 Preferencing Dates

2020 Year 3 General Practice

 

Semester 1

Semester 2

Preferencing Opens

12pm Fri 04 Oct 2019

12pm Mon 23 March 2020

Preferencing Closes

12pm Mon 14 Oct 2019

12pm Mon 30 March 2020

 

2020 Year 3 Medicine in Society 

 

Semester 1

Semester 2

Preferencing Opens*

12pm Mon 30 Sept 2019

12pm Mon 09 Mar 2020

Preferencing Closes

12pm Mon 08 Oct 2019

12pm Mon 16 Mar 2020

*NOTE: International students who would like to apply to undertake an away placement in Rural and Remote Medicine must lodge their application no later than 12 weeks prior to each block.  Further details can be found here under ‘Away Placements’

More information: 
 
 
 
 

Rural Clinical School Allocations

If you are allocated to a Rural Clinical School (RCS), you will be challenged to go further and do more. You will gain a greater depth and breadth of experience and benefit from hands-on, face-to-face, up-close-andpersonal experience. You will get to live and work in a vibrant rural community and experience the many attractions the place and its people have to offer. Find more information here.
 

2 Year Allocation at the Rural Clinical School

There may be limited availability for Domestic Students to be allocated to a specific Clinical Unit of the RCS for the whole of Phase 2 (Years 3 and 4).  Students wishing to apply for this opportunity will be required to submit a written application. The application form is available here.

Applications for 2020 have now closed.


International Student Placements at Rockhampton

There may be limited availability for International Onshore Students to be allocated to the Rockhampton Clinical Unit in Years 3 and 4.  International Onshore Students wishing to apply for this opportunity will be required to submit a written application. 

Further information on this opportunity can be found here.

Applications for 2020 have now closed.

Intern Shadowing Opportunities for International Onshore students

UQRCS invites applications from current third year international MD students to undertake a two week “Intern Shadowing” placement opportunity commencing Monday November 18, 2019.

Placements are available as follows:
Hervey Bay – 2
Bundaberg – TBA
Toowoomba – TBA
Rockhampton – TBA.

Applicants are requested to provide a one paragraph “Expression of Interest” demonstrating your passion to practice medicine in a Rural / Regional context.  Applications open on July 15th and close on July 21st, 2019 and may be emailed to Ms Maree Nichols (UQRCS) at c.nichols1@uq.edu.au.  Applicants will be advised of their outcomes mid-August . Limited Student accommodation will be available at a cost of $100 per week.

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

2020 Special Consideration applications open: Midday Tuesday 7 May 2019

2020 Special Consideration applications close: Midday Monday 3 June 2019

 

Allocation Swaps

Students are able to submit one request to swap their allocated pathway, by emailing med.placements@uq.edu.au during the allocated swap period (12pm Monday 29 July – 12pm Friday 9 August 2019).

It is important to note that students are responsible for finding their own swaps and the Faculty will not be facilitating this process.

Students are required to swap their entire allocation for the year and are NOT able to swap part of their pathway and/or individual placements within the year. 

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

Students should email med.placements@uq.edu.au with the name and student ID of both students involved in the swap. The email should be sent by one of the students only and both students will be advised once the swap has been processed.

 

Rural and Remote Medicine, Medicine in Society

Effective from Semester 1, 2019 the Medicine in Society course will be split into two separate courses with different course codes:

  1. MEDI7315 Rural and Remote Medicine (RRM), and
  2. MEDI7321 Medicine in Society (MIS) 

You must undertake one of those courses as part of your MD program. By default, domestic students will undertake the Rural and Remote Medicine course, while international students will enrol in the Medicine in Society course.  

Rural and Remote Medicine - (domestic students)

Rural and Remote Medicine is only available to domestic students and is focused on clinical practice in the rural context.  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 rural & remote placements, this may not always be possible due to operational requirements.

Special consideration guidelines can be found here.

Rural and Remote Medicine - (international students – self arranged)

International Rural and Remote Medicine is only open to international students. International onshore students have the opportunity to undertake their 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 Placement page for further information. 

Medicine in Society (international students – default)

International onshore students will be required to undertake their Medicine in Society 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 Medicine in Society placements, this may not always be possible due to operational requirements.

  • International students from Singapore are eligible to apply for a placement in Geriatric Medicine at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore as part of their Medicine in Society placement.
  • International students who can demonstrate an intention to practice medicine in North America are eligible to apply for a  pre-approved MiS placement at Queen’s University, Canada 
  • Further details about these opportunities can be found here.

Preferencing

As was the case with preferencing for your clinical unit, you will need to log into Placements to rank the available placements in your preferred order. This will occur on a semester basis.

If you are an international student and plan to undertake your placement in a rural setting in your home country, you are still required to preference for a metropolitan placement.  You will initially be allocated to a metropolitan placement, but once your international rural placement has been approved, the metropolitan placement will be removed.

There are no restrictions on the placements you can choose in the preferencing process, as these placements are not tied to your clinical unit allocation for other courses.

2019 Allocation Timeline

Task

Semester 1 (Block 1,2,3) Dates

Semester 2 Block (4,5,6) Dates

Students apply for EPP (Extended Placement Program)

21 May – 10 June 2018

RRM Special consideration applications

Closes Friday 5 October 2018

Closes Monday 21 January 2018

Preferencing opens

Midday, Friday 5 October 2018

Midday, Monday 21 January 2019

Preferencing closes

Midday, Monday 15 October 2018

Midday, Monday 4 February 2019

International RRM Away placement block 1 application deadlines

Monday, 29 October 2018

Monday, 1 April 2019

International RRM Away Placement Block 2 or 3 (or 5 & 6) Expression of Interest

Email: med.rrmstudents@uq.edu.au 
Thursday, 1 November 2018

Email: med.rrmstudents@uq.edu.au
Monday, 1 April 2019

Release RRM clinical placement allocations

Midday, Friday 2 November 2018

Midday, Monday 25 February 2019

Release Preparation week allocations

Midday, Friday 2 November 2018

Midday, Monday 25 February 2019

Release Preceptor and Accommodation details

Monday, 19 November 2018

Monday, 15 April 2019

 

General Practice

Students will have the opportunity to nominate their preference for GP practice to undertake their GP placement, which is irrespective of the clinical unit allocation.

For more information -

Email:  med.gp@uq.edu.au

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 & Remote 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.

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 rural and remote Placement.

Students wishing to undertake an EPP will be provided with accommodation for the duration of their EPP placement and are entitled to financial assistance through the Rural Placement Student Support Program, however students will be responsible for all other associated costs.

How to apply

Students will be asked to submit an application based on the following criteria:

  • Any previous experience living/working in a rural/remote area
  • Whether you have membership and active involvement with TROHPIQ
  • Any attendance/presentations at events or conferences of rural significance
  • If you have undertaken electives in other years of the MBBS program in a rural/remote area
  • If you are a current rural scholarship holder eg. MRBSS,RAMUS, John Flynn
  • What you can contribute and what you hope to gain from undertaking a rural/remote extended placement
  • Any other information which would demonstrate an interest, in and commitment to, health in rural/remote communities 

2020 Extended Placement Program Applications open: Midday Tuesday 7 May 2019

2020 Extended Placement Program Applications close: Midday Monday 3 June 2019

For more information - Rural & Remote Medicine

Email:  med.rrmstudents@uq.edu.au

Placements Student Handbook

Each year, students will have the opportunity to submit their preferences for allocations. Information on how to preference in the Placements system can be found in the Placements Student Handbook 

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.

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.

Click here to access Placements 

Queens University, Canada

Medicine in Society

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.

Eligibility

  • This opportunity is only available to international students.
  • Students must be able to demonstrate an intention to practice medicine in North America.
  • The usual away placement restrictions will apply, including satisfactory GPA level.
  • Students can ONLY apply for blocks that correlate with their allocated placement pathway.

Where there is more than one eligible applicant, the successful student will be determined at random.

IMPORTANT: Please note that if you have already applied (and are awaiting confirmation from AFMC) to attend an away placement in Canada and you accept one of these placements at Queens University, you will not be permitted to return the Queens placement and undertake you own self-arranged placement.

NOTE

  • These placements cannot be delivered in a GP context - the clinical setting provided at Queens is appropriate to the requirements of the MiS course only.
  • Students undertaking a Placement at the Queens University, Canada are responsible for all associated costs

Applications Open:          9 September 2019

Applications Close:          13 September 2019

To apply, email - med.placements@uq.edu.au

If you have any questions please contact med.placements@uq.edu.au