Clinical Elective

Mercy Hospital for Women

The Mercy Hospital for Women is currently unable to accept medical students for electives in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Royal Women's Hospital

The medical student 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 including those based at The University of Melbourne. Our placements are only available to currently enrolled medical students who have completed their women’s health or obstetrics and gynaecology as well as neonatal rotations before their clinical elective placement.  Please note these elective placements is designed to augment or supplement prior learning and not replace or act as a stand-alone women’s health or obstetrics and gynaecology or neonatal medical student 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

We only offer electives in obstetrics and/or gynaecology or neonatal paediatrics. For general medicine, surgery, paediatrics and other placements please click here for a list of The University of Melbourne affiliated hospitals that offer these disciplines and type of elective placements.

For further information, please click on the links below.

RWH Medical Student Elective Program – Information Guide (PDF 209.7 KB)

RWH Application for Medical Student Elective (PDF 78.4 KB)

RWH Medical Elective Program Immunisation Declaration Form (PDF 479.5 KB)

Current status of obstetrics & gynaecology elective placements

Current status of neonatal paediatrics elective placements

  • 2021 elective placements - limited placements may be available to students based in Australia ONLY  - please contact Ms Wendy Golden directly for further information

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.  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 hospital educational activities, please note elective placements occur outside the usual academic year and 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.  Occasionally shorter duration placements can be negotiated on a case by case basis.

Please read The Royal Women’s Hospital Medical Elective Program Information Guide carefully before you apply to ensure you meet all criteria and that the elective placement meets your needs.

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: We will respond with a decision but please note application does not guarantee a placement.

ALL elective enquiries must be directed to the Elective Coordinator.

Please DO NOT contact hospital clinicians or staff directly.