Pathways

Student-initiated

Those students who wish to organise their own Vocational Selective may approach practising clinicians who have a current affiliation with the Melbourne Medical School and ask if they will supervise them. Ideally, the student will have an existing mentoring relationship with this supervisor.

PRIOR to approaching a proposed supervisor, students MUST check with the Clinical School or Department with which the proposed Supervisor is associated. This helps ensure the supervisory capacity of clinicians who are required for PCP2, PCP3 or Trainee Intern roles is not compromised. A list of relevant contacts is available here; with the form to be used for information gathering and approval of proposals located here. This form can be completed online or alternatively printed, completed in hardcopy and scanned for emailing. Clinical Schools and Departments will grant permission to approach prospective supervisors on a "first come, first served" basis.

All Vocational Selectives must be based in Victoria, but do not need to be undertaken at the clinical school students were allocated to for PCP2/PCP3. The guidelines used to assess these proposals are available on the MD policies, procedures and forms webpage.

It is important to recognise that busy clinicians have limited supervisory capacity and will not be able to agree to all requests.

Once the supervisor's agreement is obtained, the student is obligated to undertake their selective with that supervisor and may not change their mind.

Supervisor-initiated

Students who do not wish to organise their own Vocational Selective are able to express their preferences for a pool of selectives initiated by individual supervisors, private clinics or hospital-based units. In choosing your preferences, make sure you:

  • think broadly about disciplines in which you are interested
  • consider the likely workforce demand for that discipline into the future
  • keep an open mind about where you are prepared to go to undertake a selective in that discipline.

Disciplines such as Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, and Emergency Medicine are likely to be heavily subscribed, especially in inner metropolitan areas. Opportunities may be easier to find in other localities.