The Royal Melbourne Hospital Clinical School coordinates medical elective requests from Australian and overseas medical students in addition to teaching medical students from The University of Melbourne.

The University of Melbourne, Royal Melbourne Hospital Clinical School has a current agreement with The Royal Melbourne Hospital to coordinate all incoming medical student elective placements. Our placements are only available to enrolled medical students who are in the final two years of their current medical degree.

Current status of elective placements

2022 elective placements

We are currently accepting applications from Australian and International students for 2022. If you are applying for later in the year there may be a delay to your application being processed as we are working through a backlog.

2023 elective placementsWe are taking applications for the first half of 2023. There may be a delay to your application being processed as we are working through a backlog.

We accept applications no earlier that 18 months in advance of the proposed elective date - any applications submitted 18 months or more in advance will be deleted.

Our elective placements are clinically based allocations. Students will be expected to participate in the activities of the unit while under the supervision of hospital staff, where there will be many opportunities to engage in clinical activities in relation to patient assessment and patient care. Although there may be opportunities to attend current tutorials, The University of Melbourne does not provide assessment or formal teaching sessions related to your approved elective placement.


You are expected to attend your elective placement from Monday to Friday during normal business hours. Failure to do so will result in your attendance form being signed off only for days attended.

All elective placements are now only available for a maximum of eight weeks only, and a minimum of two weeks. We will try our best to accommodate your first preference; however, due to the number of applications we receive, we cannot guarantee that the clinical placements requested will always be available.

Please read the RMH Elective Information Guide carefully before you apply.

If after reading our guide you would like to apply for a placement here at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, please complete the application form and submit via email with other documents as listed on the form to the Electives Coordinator.

We do not offer electives in paediatrics, obstetrics or gynaecology placements. Information on these placements is available on the Melbourne Medical School Clinical Elective website.


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