Preferencing

In Year 4, students will undertake a range of clinical placements across two semesters.

Women’s and Children’s Health Semester

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology (6 weeks)
  • Paediatrics (6 weeks)
  • Elective (6 weeks)

Advanced Hospital Semester

  • Medical Specialties (6 weeks)
     
  • Surgical Specialties (5 weeks)
    • Ophthalmology (2 weeks)
    • Orthopaedics (3 weeks)
       
  • Critical Care (7 weeks)
    • Anaesthetics (2 weeks)
    • ICU (2 weeks)
    • Emergency (3 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. Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology).

Students should read this information in conjunction with the Allocation Guidelines, Year 4 Offerings and Preferencing Dates.

Students will have the opportunity to nominate their preference (rank order) for allocation to a Clinical Unit, as well as a preferred Placement Block for their Personalised Learning Course (PLC) placement.

Further information can be found here: 

2020 Year 4 Allocation Presentation
Please click here for access to the Placements System

    Medical Specialties

    After the release of finalised allocations, students will have the opportunity to nominate their preferences for Medical Speciality sub-disciplines that are available within their allocated Clinical Unit. This preferencing will occur 10-weeks prior to their clinical placement block (specific preferencing dates can be found here).

    A summary of the medical specialities avaialble at each Clinical Unit in 2020 can be found here.  Please note this is a guide and is subject to change due to operational requirements.

    Away Placements  

    Students undertaking Medical Specailties in 2019-2021 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. It is not recommended that students split their placements between an external site and UQ.

    Students 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 academic and administrative approvals. Further details in relation to the application process and possible locations can be found here:

    Away Placements

    Ochsner Clinical School

    Domestic and International Onshore Students may also apply to undertake their Medical Specialties at the UQ-Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans (NBThe Ochsner Clinical School is a UQ site and therefore undertaking a clinical placement at Ochsner is not considered to be an away placement). It is important to note that priority will be given to students who:

    • Are committed to practising medicine in the United States or Canada (e.g. have been approved, have applied, or expect to apply to undertake medical licensing examinations), or
    • Have applied to undertake their elective placement at the OCS.

    Important to note: 

    • Students can ONLY apply for blocks that correlate with their allocated placement pathway
    • Further details can be found here

    Elective (Personalised Learning Course)

    UQ Clinical Unit Placements

    Eight weeks prior to each Elective block, students will have an opportunity to preference from the Elective placements offered by UQ Clinical Sites. Students can undertake an Elective placement at any UQ Clinical Unit, regardless of their clinical unit allocation. You can find the guide of the 2020 UQ Elective placement opportunities here (noting that not all placements will be available in each of the six blocks).

    Students are not permitted to contact clinicians at UQ Clinical Units directly regarding clinically based elective opportunities.

    Elective opportunities at UQ clinical sites must be taken in their entirety and cannot be split with a self-arranged placement.
     

    External Placements

    Students are also able to undertake a self-arranged elective placement somewhere other than a UQ Clinical Site. Students will need to apply no later than 12 weeks prior to the commencement of their elective placement. These timeframes are in place to allow the Faculty sufficient time to obtain the appropriate approvals (e.g. Student Placement Agreement (SPA), academic approval etc).

    Further details about application deadlines and possible away placement locations can be found on the Away Placements webpage, under their respective tabs.  
     

    Application Process for External Electives

    • Applications are submitted via the Self-placement submission link on your Placements page. Please note, your application must include:
      • a 200 word statement around the goals of your proposed placement, and 
      • attached evidence of confirmation from your proposed supervisor, that includes your agreed placements dates.
         
    • Following the application due date, the course coordinator will assess all applications for approval and students will be advised accordingly. Application due dates can be found on the Year 4 Preferencing and Allocations page, under the tab 'Preferencing'.
       
    • The Placements Team will then arrange the SPA with your host site. Note that getting an SPA signed can be a lengthy process and in some cases, placements may not be able to go ahead. In the event that an SPA cannot be secured for a placement, students will be allocated an Elective placement at a UQ Clinical site.
       
    • Once the placement is approved by the course coordinator and the SPA has been secured, you willl be provided with confirmation of final approval. 

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

     

    Queensland Health Facilities

    Please note that applications for placements at any QH facilities in the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services must be coordinated through the UQ Placements team. This includes Gold Coast University Hospital, Robina Hospital, Nambour, Caloundra, Gympie, Maleny, and Sunshine Coast University Hospital.  Students are not to contact individual clinicians to arrange/request clinical placement.  Please direct all enquiries to the placements team - med.placements@uq.edu.au

     

    International Partnership Opportunities

    Medical University of Graz, Austria

    4 week placements are available in Paediatric Medicine, offered twice a year in February and July. If you are interested in applying for an elective, please see the below documentation. Enquiries can be sent directly to Graz - petra.papst@medunigraz.at

    Graz Paediatrics
    Graz Immunisation requirements
    Application Form


    Lund University, Sweden

    Lund University offer electives in 4 week blocks, commencing on the first Monday of each month. Typically one 1 place is available, though additional places may be negotiated by the placements team.

    Lund require the Faculty to nominate students wishing to apply for electives. There are 2 nomination periods each year, in mid-April and mid-September. Students will need to contact the placements team during the advertised nomination period to express their interest, then submit their applications to Lund during the advertised application period.

    Note: Lund require students to arrive one week early, due to a mandatory MRSA-screening upon arrival.

    The nomination period for semester 1 2020 is now closed.

    Following the nomination period, students will submit their applications online, during 2 set periods:
    Apply between Oct 1–15 for placements in semester 1 (Lund Spring semester)
    Apply between April 1–15 for placements in semester 2 (Lund Autumn semester)

    Incoming Exchange Application Guide

    Application requirements:

    • Letter of Motivation
    • Official transcript of records
    • Certified copy of passport


    Chinese University of Hong Kong

    CUHK accept 2 students for electives each academic year, with applications required at least 6 months in advance.

    Note that these placements are self-funded, however students may be eligible for funding from OS-HELP Loan. There is no language requirement as the medium of instruction is English.

    Expressions of interest should be sent from your UQ email account to med.placements@uq.edu.au. The email should include your name and student number, elective block number, which university you are interested in, and 3 discipline preferences. Should more than 2 students apply, a ballot will be held to determine the successful students.


    Jikei University, Japan

    Jikei accept 2 students for electives each academic year. Note that places have been filled for 2020.

    Note that these placements are self-funded, however students may be eligible for funding from OS-HELP Loan. There is no language requirement as the medium of instruction is English.

    Expressions of interest should be sent from your UQ email account to med.placements@uq.edu.au. The email should include your name and student number, elective block number, which university you are interested in, and 3 discipline preferences. Should more than 2 students apply, a ballot will be held to determine the successful students.
     

    Seoul National University College of Medicine

    SNU accept elective applications no later than 3 months prior to commencement. Please contact the placements team prior to submitting your application. As their elective period commences on the first Monday of each month, placement dates will be negotiated with the SNU electives office on your behalf.

     

    Centrelink

    Australian students who receive Centrelink payments and are planning to complete a placement outside of Australia must comply with Centerlink's requirements or they could be at risk of having their payments ceased while overseas.  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. 

    Ochsner Clinical School Placements

    Each year domestic and international onshore students in year 4 have the opportunity to apply for placements at the Ochsner Clinical School through a pre-approved selection process. These placements cannot be split, and must be taken in their entirety. Students can ONLY apply for blocks that correlate with their allocated placement pathway (NBThe Ochsner Clinical School is a UQ site and therefore undertaking a clinical placement at Ochsner is not considered to be an away placement).
    For further information - Clinical Placements at Ochsner

    Available placements include:

      Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4 Block 5 Block 6
    Medical Specialties or Elective (unspecified)

    11

    11 10 3 4 0
    ED/Ortho 4 0 4 1 3 0
    ED Elective 2 2 2 0 0 0
    Anaes/ICU/Ophthal 4 1 0 0 0 0
    Anaesthesia Elective 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Hospital Medicine Elective 1 1 0 1 1 1
    Total Per Block 23 15 16 5 8 1

    Please note: The sub-specialties are not yet available for Medical Specialties or Elective (unspecified), but will consist of sub-specialties such as Cardiology, Infectious Disease, Endocrine, etc. If you are successful in gaining one of these places, you will be contacted at a later date by Ochsner with a list of available specialties. If you would like to complete your elective in either ED, Anaesthesia or Hospital Medicine, you should apply for these under their specific name and not the general Medical Specialites or Elective (unspecified).

    It is important to note that priority will be given to students who:

    • Are committed to practising medicine in the United States or Canada (e.g. have been approved, have applied, or expect to apply to undertake medical licensing examinations), or
    • Have applied to undertake their elective placement at the OCS.

    The second round of offers for Ochsner placements in 2020 are open from:

    Applications Open:          3 October 2019

    Applications Close:         10 October 2019

    Pre-Approved Away Placements at Ochsner Apply HERE

    • Students applying due to their desire and commitment to practise medicine in North America (see 1 above) are required to supply supporting documentation.
    • Undertaking a Placement at the OCS is not an Away Clinical Placement, and therefore does not contribute to the allowable number of Away Clinical Placements.
    • Students undertaking a Placement at the OCS are responsible for all associated costs. 

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

     

    ED/Ortho at Queens University, Canada

    In Year 4, all students will have the opportunity to undertake their Emergency/Orthopaedics (ED/ORTHO) placement at Queen’s University, Canada. Currently, we have one pre-approved ED/ORTHO placement for each of the six placement blocks in Year 4. The Faculty is committed to developing additional opportunities, but at present, Queen’s is the only definite one that is available.

    Eligibility

    • 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.

    Applications Open:          9 September 2019

    Applications Close:          13 September 2019

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

    NOTE
    Students undertaking a Placement at the Queens University, Canada are responsible for all associated costs

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

     

    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.

    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 about this opportunity can be found here.

    Applications for 2020 have now closed.