Clinical Elective

View further information for Melbourne medical students who wish to undertake a clinical elective with one of our hospital partners

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 rotation before their clinical elective placement.  Please note these elective placements are designed to augment or supplement prior learning and not replace or act as a stand-alone women’s health or obstetrics and gynaecology 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.  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

  • 2022 elective placements – applications have now closed
  • 2023 elective placements - placements may be offered in November and December 2023 depending on the status of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Applications will open from February 2023.

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.  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.