• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Medicine
  • Areas of interest Medicine
  • Work Integrated Learning Placements
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Alexandra Webb
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2025
    Spring Session 2025
    See Future Offerings

Students in the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD) program are required to undertake a clinical elective placement between Year 3 and Year 4. The elective placement is a purely experiential course. The prime objective of the placement is to broaden a student’s horizons of exposure to a variety of clinical experiences, different health systems, diverse cultures and global health issues. Students can undertake their placement at a location of their choosing, within Australia or internationally (with approval).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Distinguish the influence of social and cultural factors in health and illness in a selected area of clinical medicine;
  2. Appraise the global burden of disease in a selected area of clinical medicine;
  3. Compare different healthcare delivery systems, including their quality and costs in a selected area of clinical medicine;
  4. Practice intercultural competence and safety in a selected area of clinical medicine;
  5. Develop career and personal experience and perspective in a selected area of clinical medicine.

Work Integrated Learning


Other Information

Inherent Requirement Descriptors continued:

Insight into their own health and behaviour

  • Medical students will be expected to demonstrate an ability to recognise when they experience poor health and put in place effective processes to ensure their own health or behaviours do not pose a risk to others.

Cognition, critical thinking and problem solving skills

  • Medical students will be expected to have an aptitude for problem solving, based on scientific principles to understand and solve the complex medical needs of patients, whilst also considering the context of the patient’s circumstances and the health system they are working in.

Team work

  • Medical students will be expected to work willingly and cohesively as part of a team, taking responsibility for their actions as well as recognising and respecting the skills of other professionals.

Physical and observational capabilities

  • Medical students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to acquire information, carry out a range of procedures suitable to their level of capability, and understand and carry out their role in assisting during a medical emergency.

Sustainable performance

  • Medical students will be expected to demonstrate both physical and mental performance at a consistent and sustained level to perform multiple tasks in an assigned period of time that provides safe and effective care without compromise.

Students can find more information about placement opportunities on the Medicine elective page.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Student Elective Placement Report (90) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Supervisor's Report (10) [LO 4,5]

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Workload will vary depending on the elective placement, however, the placement must be a minimum of 3 weeks with the host organisation. The general expectation is a minimum of 6 clinical sessions (4 hours per session) per week in addition to any structured teaching and learning opportunities.

Inherent Requirements

During the Clinical placements, students will participate in the medical care of patients including vulnerable persons. This requires students to put into practice a range of professional competencies developed in earlier courses. These competencies are guided by the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand Inclusive Medical Education guidance note and require students to be able to:


Communication skills – verbal, non-verbal and written

  • Medical students will be expected to communicate effectively and sensitively with a range of different people to establish rapport, involve patients and carers in decision making, and practise in a culturally safe way to deliver high quality, safe care. This applies to listening, speaking, reading, writing, and the capability to use these different modes to elicit information from people, often under pressure and in difficult situations.


  • Medical students will be expected to demonstrate capabilities consistent with those of a medical professional, including a commitment to making the care of patients their priority, and to practise safely and effectively, treat people with dignity and respect, and be aware of the limits of their own knowledge, skills and health. They will also be required to comply with the law, regulations and any other university codes or policies.

Insight into their own health and behaviour

Cognition, critical thinking and problem solving skills

Team work

Physical and observational capabilities

Sustainable performance

(See the Other Information for the full descriptors of the final five areas).

It should be recognised that there may be cases where students will not be able to meet the requirements of the program, even with reasonable adjustments. Students unable to meet the course inherent requirements will be unable to complete the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery and will be offered a transfer to the Master of Preclinical Science.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be active in the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (8950XMCHD), must have successfully completed [MEDI8020 and (MEDI8022 or MEDI8023) and MEDI8025] and be in good standing with the SMP Professional Behaviour Committee.

You will need to contact the School of Medicine and Psychology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

None specified


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1361 01 Jan 2025 TBA TBA 31 Mar 2025 In Person N/A

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9335 01 Oct 2025 TBA TBA 31 Dec 2025 In Person N/A

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