Alfred Health Medical Electives (Inclusive of Caulfield and Sandringham)

Alfred Health Medical Electives (Inclusive of Caulfield and Sandringham)

Medical students can undertake elective placements in a variety of specialties across the Alfred Health sites. Medical Electives at Alfred Health allow students to explore a chosen medical or surgical discipline, in a setting different from that of their primary training. Medical Electives are supervised by specialists in a range of disciplines. Students may have the opportunity to attend ward rounds, tutorials, lectures, operations, and to interview and examine patients (subject to variation, according to the selected discipline).

Applying for Medical Elective Program

Calendar of Medical Electives

The calendar provides the medical electives and subsequent dates that are available. It is recommended that you apply for a medical elective as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Medical Elective Program

  • Pre-requisites
    Students must be in the final 1 -2 years of their medical degree at the time of the Clinical Elective. There are no available Junior Electives and students must have had previous clinical experience. This elective must also be part of your own university elective period.  
  • Duration of the Clinical Elective Period
    Clinical Electives are offered from a minimum period of 4 weeks to a maximum of 6 weeks, subject to availability.  All elective disciplines start on a Monday and finish on a Friday and all elective participants are required to attend orientation.
  • Administration Fee
    Once you have received confirmation that your application has been accepted you will be requested to provide an adminstrative payment of $A770 via the provided payment gateway. This fee is to cover the administrative costs and is non-refundable. This is the only charge required for your elective. Any prepayment of this fee DOES NOT guarantee acceptance. Payment should only be made once you have received instruction to do so.
  • International Students

    • Fluency in written and spoken English is a requirement.
    • Students should contact the Australian Embassy (Diplomatic post) in their own country for visa requirements and permissible length of stay, as Clinical Electives are subject to a visa being granted.
    • It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the appropriate visa for entry and temporary residence in Australia is obtained.
    Alfred Health is unable to act as a sponsor on your behalf and will not complete sponsorship forms for a study visa.
  • Insurance
    Students must arrange the following insurance and forward a copy of the documents to the Elective Coordinator prior to commencement of the elective:
    • Professional Indemnity / Medical Malpractice (Minimum: $20,000,000 AUD)
    • Public Liability (Minimum: $20,000,000 AUD)
    • Personal Accident Insurance  
    • If your insurance is provided by your university (as is commonly the case) please forward the relevant supporting documentation.
    • We also recommend that international students obtain appropriate personal travel/health insurance.
  • Accommodation

    Students are responsible for arranging their own accommodation, Alfred Health does not provide accommodation.

    You can find information regarding accommodation options at

    The Alfred Health is located approximately 5km from the Melbourne CBD and you can use public transport (tram, train or bus) to the hospital site.
  • Cancellation of PlacementIf at anytime an applicant wishes to withdraw an application or cancel an offer of placement, this should be done immediately via e-mail to Please Note: Administration fees, once paid, will NOT be refunded.
  • Dress Code
    Neat professional attire, please refer to attached Dress Code for Medical Students.
  • Interaction with staff
    As an elective medical student you are a colleague of the staff in the clinical environment. Alfred Health expectations are that all staff and students will behave in a professional manner. Harassment and bullying are not acceptable.
  • Patient Privacy
    We expect a polite, considerate attitude to patients. Respect your patient's privacy - make sure no identifiable information about your patients is removed from Alfred Health. Do not discuss patients with non-clinical staff, or with you your non-medical friends. When discussing "cases" try to avoid identifying the patient, and focus on the clinical issues.

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