About Us - Medical Student Education

The Central Clinical School (CCS) coordinates teaching for medical students at a number of teaching and independent hospitals in a structured clinical teaching program. The Central Clinical School program covers the final 3 clinical years of the course (Years 3B, 4C and 5D).

The program is coordinated by Associate Professor Anne Powell along with the local site leaders, Associate Professor Laila Rotstein (Alfred Health), Associate Professor David Brewster (Cabrini Health), Associate Professor Debra Renouf (Peninsula Health) and Professor Geoffrey Metz (Epworth Healthcare).

The full suite of locations for the Central Clinical School programs can be found here - Education Clinical Sites

The program extends beyond Patient and Theme-Based Learning with timetabled teaching in most specialist medical disciplines.  Emphasis is based on bedside skills and clinical reasoning in addition to the necessary theoretical knowledge.  An extensive lecture and tutorial program is given by senior clinicians.  Access is available to the latest in research and development advances in medicine within a challenging and supportive learning environment.

Year 3B

Year 3B medical students undertake clinical placements in a range of specialities and campuses. Campuses include the Alfred, Epworth, Cabrini and Peninsula hospitals. Students have a structured lecture and tutorial timetable running concurrently to their clinical placement.

Year 4C

Peninsula Health has the full complement of clinical rotations including General Practice, Women's and Children's health and Psychiatry. Psychiatry placements are also offered at Alfred Health.

Year 5D

Year 5D placements are offered at Alfred Health (including Sandringham and Caulfield hospitals), Peninsula Health, Epworth Hospital, Cabrini Health and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Science every six weeks across a diverse range of specialities. This is a Pre-Intern year that follows the apprenticeship model helping to prepare students for a smooth transition to their internship.