About us - Medical Student Education
The Central Clinical School (CCS) coordinates teaching for medical students at a number of hospitals and community services 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 Dr Fiona Bodey 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 Associate Professor Indi Rasaratnam (Epworth Healthcare).
The full suite of locations for the Central Clinical School programs can be found here - Education Clinical Sites
A/Prof Anne Powell describes medical education in CCS.
Year 3B medical students undertake clinical placements in a range of specialities and campuses. They have core didactic and small group sessions at either Alfred Health or Peninsula Health each Wednesday throughout the year. For their clinical placements, they are based at one of the 4 sites - Alfred, Epworth, Cabrini and Frankston hospitals and are given the opportunity to rotate through the different health hospitals allowing student a valuable insight into the differences between public and private hospitals.
Peninsula Health has the full complement of clinical rotations during Year 4C, including General Practice, Women's and Children's health and Psychiatry, run in a unique longitudinal program. This is co-ordinated by Associate Professor Mio Dodic. Psychiatry placements are also offered at Alfred Health for students rotating through a variety of other Monash metro sites during their year. The psychiatry program is co-ordinated by Professor Jayashri Kulkarni and Dr Sarah Rotstein.
Year 5D placements are offered at Alfred Health (including at the 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 student doctors for a smooth transition to their internships.