Transition to Practice (TTP) is the capstone subject for the Melbourne MD, rounding off the fourth year of your studies. TTP consists of four 4-week terms, one of which is Vocational Selective.

The Vocational Selective is intended to provide you with an opportunity to explore an area of medical practice of interest to you and which you might consider as a possible vocation.

Along with the MD Research Project that precedes it, the Vocational Selective (VS) is a formal part of the curriculum that carries expectations of the activities you will undertake under the dedicated supervision of clinical supervisor(s). The VS is conducted within the Melbourne Medical School's network of clinical placement sites however, this is not the usual range of intern settings. As much as possible, you will experience the vocation in the same way as a Fellow of the discipline.

This is an opportunity to consolidate your knowledge of the breadth of clinical medicine as viewed from the perspective of a Fellow of a chosen discipline. It is also intended that you will be involved in clinical care of patients as appropriate and to engage with suitable educational opportunities.

You might:

  • choose to add a clinical perspective to research activities by undertaking a Vocational Selective in the same discipline in which you undertook your Scholarly Selective
  • choose a discipline or context in which you feel you have unmet learning needs
  • choose a clinical area about which you are uncertain, as much to exclude it from your vocational considerations as to include it
  • negotiate and organise your own VS - 'Student-initiated'
  • preference those proposed by a supervisor - 'Supervisor-initiated'.

You are encouraged to think carefully about the selective you choose, while also being open to a range of possibilities. Try not to become fixated on securing a selective in a particular sub-specialty (or at a particular location with a particular supervisor) and narrow your choices unreasonably.