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 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

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 209.7 KB)
  2. RWH Application for Medical Student Elective (PDF 78.4 KB)
  3. RWH Medical Elective Program Immunisation Declaration Form (PDF 479.5 KB)

Current status of obstetrics & gynaecology elective placements

  • 2020 elective placements - no placements will be offered in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2021 elective placements - placements may be offered in November and December 2021 depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Applications will open in February 2021.

Current status of neonatal paediatrics elective placements

  • 2021 elective placements - limited placements may be available – please contact Ms Niki Stratis 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, 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: ALL elective enquiries must be directed to the Elective Coordinator. Please DO NOT contact hospital clinicians or staff directly.