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 Preferencing Dates.

Students will have the opportunity to nominate their preference (rank order) for allocation to a Clinical Unit, as well as their semester order:

Option 1

Hospital Practice Semester

Comprehensive Clinical Practice Semester

Option 2

Comprehensive Clinical Practice Semester

Hospital Practice Semester

 

Further information can be found here: 

 
 
 

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.  

International onshore students will be required to undertake their Medicine in Society placement in a vulnerable and/or disadvantaged sector of the community, and generally this is held in Brisbane. 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.

Other opportunities:

  • 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 (see below).
  • 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 (see bleow).

International students interested in completing a placement in a vunerable and/or disadvantaged sector of the community in their home country,  will need to apply for International RRM.  Details can be found in the 'Rural and Remote Medicine' tab below.

Queens Univerity Canada

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, or if you have any questions, please email - med.placements@uq.edu.au

 

Tan Tok Seng Hospital, Singapore

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. Students must apply and secure a placement from Tan Tock Seng, prior to applying to the Faculty of Medicine for approval.

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.

Please provide the following information in your online application:

  • Where you wish to undertake your placement – please provide the name, address and a brief description of the hospital/clinical site including population demographics and areas of special clinical expertise.
  • Preceptor details- Name, Position
  • Preceptor’s area of clinical practice
  • A detailed timetable of the learning activities you will participate in during your proposed clinical placement, for example:
    • Clinical ward rounds
    • Clinical team meetings
    • Outpatient clinics
    • Hospital Educational Meetings e.g. journal club, grand rounds
    • Opportunities for engagement with other health professionals e.g. physiotherapists, occupational therapists etc.
    • Opportunities to engage in health care within the community e.g. hospital outreach clinics
    • Clinical research meetings
  • Please identify the prime medical conditions you will be exposed to during your placement e.g. what is the main clinical focus of the unit you will be attached to?
  • Please identify how this placement will enhance your clinical skills? ( max 150 words)
  • Please identify why you would like to undertake this clinical placement? ( max 150 words)

Students are advised NOT to make any travel arrangements until the final approval has been granted.

To apply, please follow the instructions on the Faculty of Medicine webpage.

 

General Practice

Students attached to a Brisbane Metro Clinical Unit will have the opportunity to nominate their preference for GP practice to undertake their GP placement, This is irrespective of the clinical unit allocation and preferencing dates can be found here.

For more information, email med.gp@uq.edu.au

Rural and Remote Medicine

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. 

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.

You will be provided with a list of placements that will be available in your course and in your allocated placement block.  If you are undertaking the Comprehensive Clinical Practice (CCP) semester in the first half of 2020, you will be required to submit your preferences for RRM/MiS in October 2019. Alternatively, if you are undertaking CCP in Semester 2 you will required to submit your preferences in March 2020. 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 and specific preferencing dates can be found here.

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.

Special Consideration

Domestic students who find themselves in circumstances that they feel prevents them from undertaking a rural placement; students with a rural background or connection (i.e. completed TREES Observership) and may wish to complete a rural placement at a specific site; OR students seeking credit for the John Flynn Placement Program (see JFPP), have an opportunity to submit an application for RRM Special Consideration prior to preferencing placement sites.

Further details can be found here.

 

International Students (Self-Arranged)

International onshore students have the opportunity to  “transfer” from Medicine in Society (MiS) to RRM to undertake their placement in a rural or remote location in their home country. It will be the responsibility of the student to plan and negotiate the proposed placement opportunity. This will include the student arranging and funding all their own accommodation, travel and other support for the placement. Students must note this contributes to one of the three permitted away placements. 

If you plan to undertake your placement in a rural setting in your home country, you are still required to preference for a metropolitan MIS 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.

International students can submit an application seeking to undertake a supervised placement at an approved location in their country of origin. Placement locations must meet the following criteria:

  • At least 25km from a major teaching hospital
  • A local population less than 100,000
  • Placement Supervisor has a broad generalist set of skills and commonly works across a number of settings such as hospitals, private practice, Indigenous medical services and community health centers

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.
  • Students completing the Medicine in Society course will attend a preparation week program in Brisbane.

Students undertaking an international placement in RRM in Block 1 will be exempt from attending the RRM Preparation Week, but will need to demonstrate how they are going to achieve the learning objectives for Preparation Week. Didactic sessions will be recorded for these students to view online or they can zoom in live.

Students are required to submit an application at least twelve (12) weeks prior to commencement of the block to seek approval to undertake their RRM placement overseas. To apply for an away RRM placement, please follow the instructions on the Faculty of Medicine webpage.

Note on Enrolment: Students approved for an away placement for RRM must ensure their enrolment is updated in SInet from MEDI7321 (Medicine in Society) to MEDI7315 (Rural and Remote Medicine), prior to the relevant 2020 Semester census date.

Questions about the placement requirements can be directed to the Faculty of Medicine Clinical Administration team at med.placements@uq.edu.au

 

 

Extended Placement Program

The Extended Placement Program provides an opportunity to spend more time in a rural location by undertaking back to back placements in General Practice and Rural & Remote Medicine, either in Block 1 & 2 (Semester 1) or Block 4 & 5 (Semester 2). The 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

Please see the EPP information flyer and EPP Information booklet for further details or contact Rural & Remote Medicine Team Lead Clare Butters via email: med.rrmstudents@uq.edu.au or by phone (07) 4633 9705. 

To apply, complete the attached Application form and email to med.rrmstudents@uq.edu.au.

For a first hand insight into the Extended Placement Program, check out Travis' story here.

 

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 25, 2019.

Placements are available as follows:
Hervey Bay – 2
Bundaberg – 4
Toowoomba – 4
Rockhampton – 2

Applicants are requested to provide a one paragraph “Expression of Interest” demonstrating your passion to practice medicine in a Rural / Regional context, together with your two preferred locations. Applications open on 19 August and close on 30 August and may be emailed to Ms Michelle Wright at michelle.wright@uq.edu.au.  Applicants will be advised of their outcomes mid-September. Limited student accommodation will be available at a cost of $100 per week.