Clinical Elective

Mercy Hospital for Women

Medical student electives in Obstetrics and Gynaecology are welcome at the Mercy Hospital for Women.  There is a limited capacity of two elective students at any one time. The Mercy Hospital for Women is the second largest obstetric hospital in Victoria, delivering nearly 6000 women.  During the student term, there are approximately 25 medical students (in four ten-week blocks) from the University of Melbourne with whom elective students are encouraged to integrate.  Elective students also join in the teaching programme for the local students in obstetrics, gynaecology and neonatal paediatrics.

For further information, please click on the link below.

MHW elective placement PDF, 111.41 KB

Royal Women's Hospital

The Medical Elective Program at The Royal Women’s Hospital is administered by the University of Melbourne, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology based at The Royal Women’s Hospital. This includes medical elective requests from Australian and overseas medical students. Our placements are only available to enrolled medical students who have completed their women’s health or obstetrics, gynaecology and neonatal rotations before their clinical elective placement.

ALL elective enquiries must be directed to the Elective Coordinator. Please DO NOT contact hospital clinicians or staff directly. Please contact the Elective Coordinator at rwh-electives@unimelb.edu.au.

We only offer electives in obstetrics and/or gynaecology or neonatal paediatrics. For general medicine, surgery, paediatrics and other placements there are other University of Melbourne affiliated hospitals that offer these disciplines, please click here.

For further information, please click on the link below.

  1. RWH Medical Student Elective Program – Information Guide PDF, 184.77 KB
  2. RWH Application for Medical Student Elective PDF, 78.35 KB
  3. RWH Medical Elective Program Immunisation Declaration Form PDF, 479.51 KB

Current status of obstetrics & gynaecology elective placements

  • 2016 elective placements are fully booked - we cannot accept any more students
  • 2017 elective placements - limited placements are available between mid-November and the end of December 2017. Applications open February 2017.

Current status of neonatal paediatrics elective placements

  • 2016 elective placements are fully booked - we cannot accept any more students
  • 2017 elective placements - limited placements are available – please contact Ms Niki Stratis directly for further information - niki.stratis@thewomens.org.au

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.

All obstetrics and gynaecology elective placements are only available for a minimum of four weeks and a maximum of six weeks.  Neonatal paediatrics electives may be offered for longer periods

Please read the Royal Women’s Hospital Medical Elective Program Information Guide carefully before you apply.

If, after reading our guide, you would like to apply for a placement at the Royal Women’s Hospital, please complete the application form and submit via email to the electives coordinator: rwh-electives@unimelb.edu.au. ALL elective enquiries must be directed to the Elective Coordinator. Please DO NOT contact hospital clinicians or staff directly.