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 surgery 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)

Northside Clinical Unit (Redcliffe 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

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’

More information: 

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.

Rural & 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.  

Rural & Remote Medicine - (domestic students)

Rural & Remote Medicine is only available to domestic students and is focused on clinical practice in the rural context.  This page also provides information on the Extended Placement Program.  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 & 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.


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 2019, you will be required to submit your preferences for RRM/MiS in October 2018. Alternatively, if you are undertaking CCP in Semester 2 you will required to submit your preferences in late January 2019.

Due to operational constraints, preferencing for Semester 1 has been delayed to the start of October.  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.

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.

Allocation Timeline


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

Thursday, 1 November 2018

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

Medicine in Society at Queens University, Canada

NOTE: Placements for all blocks in 2019 have been filled.

There will be an opportunity at the Queens University Ontario for one student to undertake an away placement during each MiS (former MiS C) block. Please note that MiS away placements cannot be delivered in a GP context. The clinical setting provided at Queens is appropriate to the requirements of the MiS course.

The usual away placement restrictions will apply, including satisfactory GPA level.

Where there is more than one eligible applicant, preference will be given to students who have not already been granted an away placement in Canada in any other Year 3 course. The successful student will be determined at random from the list of preferred candidates by a ballot. Otherwise the successful applicants will be chosen at random.


For more information -

Email (Rural & Remote Medicine):

Email (Medicine in Society):



General Practice

Students will have the opportunity to nominate their preference for the GP surgery to undertake their GP placement.  Students will preference by GP practice and this is irrespective of the clinical unit allocation.

Students will have the opportunity to apply for an away placement in Canada. Three (3) students are permitted per placement block.  Please refer to the Away Placements - General Practice page for more information.

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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.

Applications for the Extended Study Program (EPP) must be made in accordance with the published Allocation Guidelines and Timeline.  

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, however students will be responsible for all other associated costs.


For more information -


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 2019 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